Anybody know what these are?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jeffrey-wimberl, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    I came across these sitting on a siding in the Leesville railyard.


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  2. Dave1905

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    Windmill cowlings. The vertical pieces are where the blades attach (or more properly cover the prop hub) and the horizontal pieces are the hulls for the generator that sits on top of the tower.

    Dave H.
  3. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    Thank you. I had never seen them in pieces before.
  4. Colton_modeler

    Colton_modeler Member

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    That's a nice looking modern load.
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    That is a very familiar sight around here as they are putting windmills up on the mountains here in cambria and blair county. But they all come in by truck and not rail.
  6. Mountain Man

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    What? No blades? :confused:
  7. Colton_modeler

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  8. Mountain Man

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    Very nice! Thanks for the info and the response. You're right - great project - just a couple of hundred years too modern for me! Of course, I could ship an old cattle tank windmill...:mrgreen:
  9. Dave1905

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    Just so you know those are some of the widest loads (over 14 ft wide) handled by railroads. they are so wide that they can't pass annother train on normal tangenet track. The track centers have to be over 14 ft. That goes for trains on mains or sidings, cars on yard tracks or industry tracks next to the main. Trains have to be held at "wide spots" for this train to pass. It takes a week of planning just to figure out where the train can meet other trains along the way.

    Dave H.
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  11. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Now that would be a nice project to see once it is done.:thumb: :clap:
  12. Colton_modeler

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    One of the things that caught my eye in the photos I linked to was the street running in Colton; for everyone not familiar with the are, this is east of the main UP (former SP) West Colton yards. There's a wye, the 'tail' of which is the Riverside branch. The first several blocks of the branch are in 9th st, and all the cross-street crossings are still protected with classic wig-wag signals. The branch line itself was the only place to stage the entire train to allow for other movements to clear the line.