Thursday, July 5, 2012

RGS 0300 retuns to service

RGS 0300 was put back together and moved out of the barn to return to service on July 4th.

0300 with #11 at Telluride.
Since the car is an older Railroad Supply Co. gondola with a wooden floor and worn out trucks, I decided against any brakes on these cars (they are limited to Maintenance of Way service anyway.)  So the cars can be used in trains with other heavier cars with brakes, the brake pipe passes unser the car from end to end.  The valve is on the right covered with a plastic cap to protect them.

It was decided that the standard for the cars was to have the chains for the cars mounted under the knuckle to that if a car derails, it pulls in the straight line with the car it uncoupled from.  The end of the chain is attached to the same bolt which serves the pin for the knuckle coupler.  In order for these chains not to drag, a second hook is mounted to the side at an angle so the chain can be easily removed to connect to the adjoining car.  The brake hose will loop down under this chain (so it does not get pinched or broken.)

Appliances on the end of the car.

Up next for restoration work is the sister car, the 0301.  It was at the end of the tracks with a load of wooden ties.  Some carpenter ants took up residence in the ties so I removed the ties into a pile at Pine Hill (instead of into the 0300) and put the 0301 back down the hill by itself to get the ants to leave before moving it to the shop.  I need to unload the 302 as well to preserve it from the ants moving in.

0300 on House Track with 302 (under cover) while 0301 behind the coach is unloaded.
The lettering for the car is being created now and should arrive before August.  It and the 0301 will have the same simple lettering the RGS used on its MOW cars.

0300 and #11 in Telluride yard on track 2
The 0300 tracks very well.  Luckily only one spring in the couplers were shot and so a new one was installed.  The trucks are a little on the loose side but are not showing signs of wear and the axles are riding in the bearings well (unlike the 302 when it went into the shop.)

RGS 0300 on crossing at Wood Spur Switch
You might notice the parallel between the 0300 and the water tower.  Yes, they are the same color.  Also, to the left of the 0300 are the car frames for the new narrow gauge equipment which will transfer into the barn for storage until after the existing equipment is shopped which right now seems to be only the 0301 and the Santa Fe coach (which is mechanically is great shape but will need the brakes, painting, new seats manufactured, windows and a roof - so hopefully it will not need to be under cover like all the flats and gons.  Also, the 4686 will be shopped once new trucks are purchased (2.5" scale) and equipped with brakes.  It will get the same setup for brakes, chains and the like and a new paint job and lettering - same reporting marks and number.

Telluride on July 4th.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Update

Work has been commencing in the new garage space of the barn.  Out of the shop to make room for materials was one of the drop arm crossing gates.  This particular gate will be installed here at the crossing for the garage.  The other crossing gate and cross bucks will be located down at the crossing below Pine Hill.

Part of the restoration involved new sealed boxes for the lights (actually holds the flasher and bell.)  It's a tight fit when the arm comes up.  The arm is lowered by an air compressor and air cylinder.

The signals were both in bad shape being out in the weather for 2 decades.  Parts broke off.  Stuff got bent.  In order to prevent additional bending of the cross bucks, I have this signal upside down in the garage.  It too will be restored but stored under wraps until the tracks are completed to the crossing.

RGS 0300, a M.O.W. gondola which will be used to haul ties and ballast is being completed.  The couplers will be mounted once the safety chains are mounted.  The air brakes bypass this car but the air lines are being installed.

Since the 0300 is M.O.W. and so old (and made of wood which is not good for a passenger car) and the trucks are worn out there will be no brakes installed on this car.

The old floor of the 0300 was so badly rotted that the coupler had fallen out and the truck was poking through and while the car was being moved into the garage, the bolster fell off.

100 degree heat this week limits the work which can be done.  The work being done in the garage in the mornings in front of the big fan makes it tollerable.

Reciently completed was the new turnout switch for what was supposed to have been the car barn but will instead be a couple storage tracks.  A new roundhouse structure will be built into the hill to the left of the garage which will also involve more pipe and filling in the ditch between the roundhouse and the turntable at the end of the two tracks here at Telluride.  The electronics for this switch still needs to be made which will also control signals.  This switch will also be installed 20' higher up the hill on the switchback.