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.

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