Monday, June 6, 2011

Water tower progress 5th of June, 2011


Progress has been slow but steady over the past week.  The new tank siding has been purchased, cut and painted.  The wood was cut on an 8 degree angle to allow for the curvature of the tank.

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Siding lined up to be painted.

Inside of wood is painted first (to protect it from decades of weather.)  The ends and outside will be painted as well.

The legs of the tower were also painted.  You might notice all the old siding was removed.  I decided to paint all the bands and put a nice foam pad under the wood.  So I will use a bungee cord to hold the wood in place as it's all put back together.


Wood outside awaiting painting on both sides.

Tank masked off so the roof can be repainted.

Silver roof restored.  It was resealed with caulk, primed and then painted.

Tank bands were primed and then painted gloss black.

The foundation was started.  The tower will stand next to the crossover between the craft building and barn.  The railroad is almost on the bridge at this point.  The tank was set off so that a spout roughly the same size as the siding will come down into the middle of the tender's water hatch.  In order for the tower to have plenty of room for the spout to come down, the base of the foundation will be a little higher.  Also, due to the soft ground in the area, the foundation will be deeper and wider.  Also 2 pipes extend from the uphill side to the downhill side to allow water to pass under the tower and not backup over the path.  Water can also pass on either side of the tower.

Foundation outer ring.  There is an inner ring which makes the wall 3-1/2 inches thick all the way around.  The inside will be sand so the legs which pass through the tower's concrete can be firmly planted in sand.

The water tower will service locomotives on track 2.  The idea is, trains will come in on track one, the locomotive will cut off and head to the turntable and pass the train on track 2.  The position of the water tower is back enough to allow the locomotive to stop for water without fouling the switch.


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