Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Automatic Air Brakes installation on RGS #11 and 988

The weekend of June 13th I managed to construct and install the new air brake valves and hoses onto the #11 locomotive since she has an air compressor and reservoir on board and was already set up for automatic air brakes.

The new hoses have 2.5" scale glad hands which functions like the prototype.

East Broad Top #988 was delivered with working automatic air brakes.  It only needed the hoses.

The other rolling stock, some of which already has air brakes, will be getting set up to use these style hoses and valves.  The 1.5" scale stuff such as the 0300, 0301 and 302 gondolas, the beam riding car and so on, the valve will be place after the 45 degree elbow so the hose does not stick out quite so far.

Front of the #11.  Had to drill through the steps and anticlimber (1/2" steel frame) to run the pipe under the locomotive.

Rear of the #11's engineer car coupled to the #988 hopper.

Air brake hose loops under the coupler.

A decent view of hose the glad hands couple up.  If the car separates from the adjacent car or locomotive, the hoses separate and the brakes all come on.

Ballasting the engine house House Tracks with RGS #11 and EBT #988

The first week of June, 2015 saw some action on the RGS using the new East Broad Top hopper #988 built by Adam Wright of Michigan.  One thing I learned is I need to meter how much ballast dumps.  The spreader tie which rides ahead of the rear truck needs to be made of a 4 by 6.  Also, I need to dump from the back to the front as the other chutes act as dams too.  And I am also thinking I will place 2 by 4 blocks in the chutes above the doors to keep ballast from dumping on the rails which would give a more even spread when pulled.

RGS #11 awaits assignment over the inspection pit

Number 11 fresh out of the shop pulls the fully loaded 988.

First service of the 988.

Ballast Extra (yes, the white lights are on the class lights.)

Setting up the pull.

Number 11 with new paint and parts.

Train passing engine house

988

Ready to pull

Dumping, with tie to spread.  Need a larger tie next time.

Ballasted track.

Ballasted past the House track switch

Dressed and ready.  Actually the tracks will continue to need to be aligned and leveled.