Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Progress being made - July 26th, 2010

Progress has been slow this summer at the temperatures soared. But the railroad is taking shape through the switchback.

Some new cars are on the line, rolling stock belonging to my friend Fred, who needed a new home for his equipment. These cars will augment my own rolling stock and be reconditioned (replacing and cleaning parts) and painting or varnishing.


RGS 302 (left) is in tie service, RGS 300 in wall stone service (middle) and Fred Wood's coach (number and name unknown.)

Almost all the ties are in place on the switchback. The rails were connected to the lower switch and soon the wires for power, signalling and controlling will be run and the "initial" ballasting and tamping done. (Final ballasting happens about 6 months later when the ground is settled.)


RGS #302 and the 8' long gap waiting for ties.

RGS #300 is sitting on the house track waiting for the switchback to be ballasted so the wall can be built below. This car will then be spotted down where the 302 is now parked. Then the house track will be completed. All the tracks need at least some minor ballasting.


RGS #300 and Fred Wood's coach on the house track.

Fred's coach we have been talking about working on soon. We'll set it up so little kids can ride in it but we'll also add a removable roof and windows so we can use it for Maintenance of Way (keeping track tools in it.) We'll also set it up for lights - marker lights, mars light and headlights.

My idea is to have plugs on the ends and wires under the coach. The plug will be on the right side of the couplers. Using standard 4 pin plugs, it will give us a ground, marker lights, mars light and headlight circuits. To control if the coach lights work and what side of the car, we will have a SPDT (center off) switch under the car on the "A" end which allows us to control with side the of the car the lights come on, if at all. It's single pole because it will be on the ground only...


Fred's coach. We are also discussing painting it too.

Pine Hill Siding switch needs a new staff. The switch broke when something caused the very heavy switch for the lower switchback to fall off the flat car as it was parked alongside this switch. I have replacements so I need to drill holes and paint one up.



Pine Hill Siding switch - broken


Chloe checks out the tail end of the upper switchback. This is the track which will be extended another 20' on a bridge.


One big milestone was met with the powering of the upper switch which was needed to access the switchback. The signal head is a simple design which displays green when it's uphill, yellow for downhill and red when the switch is moving.

Green signal - going uphill.


Amber (Yellow) Signal - downhill travel.
The switches are controlled from either end with two buttons. The upper button is the upper switch, the lower button is the lower switch, way off in the distance (not powered yet.) Halfway up the hill is a repeater signal which shows Amber if the switch ahead is aligned or Red if it is not. Also, there is a second red light below which flashes red when the car barn switch is aligned to the car barn track. This means the trains going uphill can not go through the switch but the ones going downhill would enter the yard at the car barn.

The switch controller. Below next to the end of the deck is the main power switch with its two test buttons (which do the same thing as the controller head above, just in closer reach to the switch for making adjustments and repairs.


Casey walking the track. On Pine Hill siding is the battery which will be located in the wind turbine tower about 40 feet to the west next to the chicken coop.


The maze of tracks at Pine Hill.


Chloe and Casey on a hot summer day down at Pine Hill. The different grades are obvious.


The switchback track, car barn switch, gondola #302 and the lower switch beyond.
Fred's flat car was originally set up to be the engineer's car at the Triad Live Steamers. They tore the car up and it's next to undergo repairs. I will fashion a new end beam and paint the sides and varnish the top. The trucks will be checked out as well and couplers inspected. Then we'll run the wires for train lighting. I'll have to add those same wires to the other equipment as well. Then it will get the engineer seat put back on it and it will be used for RGS #10 and Fred's F-unit diesel locomotive which is being worked on at his home. I hope to see it on the tracks soon. Of course I'd like to get RGS #20 going too!
Fred's flat car (number / road name unknown.)
Telluride is a busy place now, holding materials for walls, ballasting, track repairs and rolling stock in service as well as waiting repairs and inspection for service.


All the equipment at Telluride covered in case of rain. On the mainline (left) is RGS #10, the switcher, RGS #301 and RGS #4686. On the siding (right) is Fred's flat.

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