Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Car and Locomotive Frames

RGS #100 will be based upon the WP&Y 100 class of Alco-built locomotives. They are Co-Co wheel arrangement (3 axle trucks) instead of my Bo-Bo (2 axle trucks) but I am only wanting to use these locomotives as a basis for my biggest diesel.

RGS #11 when it arrived was orange and did not have a headlight any longer.

This is the pile of frames at the barn. On top if the diesel locomotive's frame and engine bed. Under the locomotive is the steel frames for 5 new narrow gauge rail cars. These are set up to be wrapped in wood so they appear to be wooden cars but will be STRONG steel (and heavier) cars. The shorter frame will become a flat car to use with the #10 switch engine as the engineer's car as well as a general use flat which is handy for track building. The longer frames are going to be built into RGS (long) caboose 0404, box car (no number yet) and two flats (also not numbered yet.) These cars will require their trucks and couplers and I plan on using Rolls Models as the supplier for these as well as Mountain Car Company for the supplier of the brake systems (which will have to be altered for the larger car trucks.) I will also alter the brake cylinders for dual action air brakes to give these cars automatic air brakes.

The #100 diesel will be built similar to the White Pass and Yukon's hood diesels (as shown above) and will be powered with a large gasoline engine and the Eaton 11 hydraulic transmission. I have been looking at how to transmit the power to the axles and decided on using a smaller axle closer to the bolster which I can put the gear box on and a smaller gear set to transmit power to the chains connecting the wheels. That way the axles on the trucks do not need to be modified and having the gear box closer to the center bearings of the trucks, there would be less side-to-side motion in the drive lines.

Here the trucks for the #100, spare battery and motor for the #11 were waiting to be moved. The battery was used on the powered switches for the railroad's switchback and the other parts stored until later.

Close-up of the engine frame and engine bed steel. This will be a strong pulling locomotive which is what I will need to haul wood on the railroad when the #20 is not in service.

New Rollingstock Arrives

On Sunday August 8th, the new (to the RGS) switch engine #11 arrived along with frames for 5 more rail cars and one diesel locomotive.

The newly numbered #11 was painted in the railroad's standard yellow paint scheme and the new headlights installed. The dome light and electrical connections for the train will be added later, as will an air brake system.

Lexie, my niece and engineer trainee, at the controls of the new #11 with the coach on Pine Hill Siding.

Also completed over the past week was the electrical for the switchback which allows trains on either end to control both switches. In the middle is a repeater signal (and I am now considering adding another signal for farther up the switchback since even this signal would be difficult to see from the upper switch.

The mid-switchback signal which shows the aspect of the signal ahead as well as indicate if the carbarn switch is aligned to the siding and not the mainline.

With two working locomotives, it is now possible to switch the yards. With the switch stand for Pine Hill siding repaired the train has been parked there out of the way for ballasting the switchback and house tracks.

Pine Hill - looking south. Notice the green light on the switchstand indicating it is lined for the mainline (uphill) track.

Pine Hill looking north. Gondolas #300 and 302 are on the switchback track right now full of ties for the tracks below. These cars have been relocated to the siding on the left (where the train is) so the ballast train can get past them. Gondola #301 is out of sight on the house track loaded with wall stones for the tracks below. It too was moved so that track can be ballasted.

RGS #11 and RGS #10 showing off in the yard at Telluride. Behind the #11's engineer car (yes, it has its own dedicated car for that) is Fred's Santa Fe coach which we'll be working on. Currently it's parked out of the way at Pine Hill. Behind the #10 is Fred's flat car which we use for the engineer car behind the other diesels (the #10 and his own diesel he's working on.) Behind that car is the big #4685 narrow gauge car which will be loaded with ballast here soon.

Later this month I plan on ordering a full load of 6/7 ballast to complete the ballasting of the tracks down the switchback so the lower switchback tail track can be built and then the retaining walls, roadbed and tracks for the tracks which will head down and around Pine Hill. This is one of several projects going on at the same time.