Bill and Tom's EXCELLENT ADVENTURE in Logging and Mining

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, May 28, 2009.

  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    Bachman for some unknown reason made the Big haulers in Tweetsie colors, but figured no one would by a train set lettered from a railroad they had never heard of, so they were lettered for the Santa Fe. go figure. that is why spray paint was invented.

    Bill Nelson
  2. Doctor G

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    More pictures of the Loggers on the club layout

    Here are a few more shots taken of the Camp One logging site on the club RR layout.
    Dr Tom:wave:

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  3. Sawdust

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    Hey Tom. That gorge would be great to model especially if you could put it on a penninsula where you could see the backdrop of another area to give it tremendous depth. A string of log cars would look good coming around the bend.:thumb:
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    Hey Tom really good shots. I have a weekness for old trucks & any type of crane. Your track work looks good, some area's are crooked just like the real thing. Hope you meant to do that if not you did good.:mrgreen:
  5. Doctor G

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    Tweetsie

    Yes, the ET&WNC "tweetsie" has a special fascination for me. The RR is mostly narrow guage and the Doe River Valley is much like the Animas Canyon outwest with the roadbed blasted out of granite cliffs and hugging the cliff face several hundred feet above the river below. In On30 Cliff faces should not take up much depth and could be modellled readily. This could be done on a peninsula as you said.

    Also the tweetsie did have a considerable lumber, passenger/tourist and "magnetic" iron ore business so a variety of narrow guage equipment would be in order.
    Dr Tom:wave:
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    Thanks sawdust!!!! Of course the crooked track was planned....wouldn't have it any other way.

    Dr Tom:twisted:
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    I on the other hand, I can't lay straight track to save my life. I had to have two observers watch me as I did the track in front of where the sawmill is going, to try to insure that waht whent in there was better than what I tore out.


    Bill Nelson
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    Love the loaders hanging the tongs over the rails, heck, the whole thing is good. Cant wait to see more :thumb:
  9. Doctor G

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    Whooping it up at the Clarksville RR club

    Hey this little guy is enjoying his recent visit to the Clarksville RR club. In fact he is "whistlin and whooping" for the logging train in the background there to get moving and clear the tracks for the diesels and their freight trains. Of course might take an hour or two with those slow moving steam machines on the head end.
    Doc Tom:thumb:

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  10. Bill Nelson

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    And he wanted to pick out the engine ! I take it he was satisfied with our choice of #34.


    Bill
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    after another glance, it looks like Eric is enjoying watching his excitement too.

    Bill
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    Hey Bill Victor and Eric both are excited about #34 and the fun it brings. Me too. My favorite engine on the club layout. Here's a picture before it went to Bill's paint shops.
    Dr Tom:wave:

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  13. Bill Nelson

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    a very nice locomotive!

    That URSA 0-6-0 is a fine running beast! The proto 2000 people put two speakers in that long tender, which gives #34 a better sound than any of the other sound equipped steamers on the layout.


    Surprisingly it is very capable on the logging branch, and can handle the largest train that can fit on the crooked stub of the switchback.

    The biggest problem with #34 is it needs to be in several places at once. as I said, it can run the log branch, it is a natural for switching at the log branch junction. It is fun to use it to run the JEPC&LCo passenger trains that will run from the various company towns, and Dyersburg.

    Most of all I'd like to have a second one so we could double head them, That would be fun to double head a pair to run the long log trains and coal drags, so we need three or four.
    Bill Nelson
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    Some of your pics didnt take, Bill :confused:

    That's about how it goes when i take my heisler or shay down to the club... i'm constantly in the way of those diesel guys! sign1

    Now the club has some of it's own home power, an SD40-2 and a GP60, so i run them sometimes to keep up appearances. But i'll still slow'em down when i get the chance! I was looking at one of those b-mann spectrum 0-6-0T's, they have a very logging-esqe look to em. :thumb:
  15. Bill Nelson

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    The bachman 0-6-0T is a nice locomotive, I had one when they first came out in the 70's and mine was a very good running locomotive. Unfortunately I killed mine trying to add leading and trailing axle to get a 2-6-2

    Bill Nelson
  16. Doctor G

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    Deezuls and Club RR's

    Hi ytter_man

    Here we have our Deezul brothers "tied up" in the yard. Well at least it is a southern outfit.
    Dr Tom :cool:

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    Bill...The new Bachmann line bears no resemblance to its earlier kindred of the 70-80's....I had (actually, have) a 2-8-0 and a 2-8-2 from way back then...and they are terrible runners. I converted the 2-8-0 into an 0-8-0 using a Bowser "conversion" kit, and while it looks nice...it runs like h**l....The power train without the motor is smooth as silk, but put on the motor and it turns into a monster....I tried every which way to get that motor (open frame) to run smoothly but it just doesn't do it.... wall1
    Maybe you've got some tips I haven't tried..??
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    I am talking about the 0-6-0T. I have seen the new ones, had pieces of the old one until recently, and they are the same animal. rivet detail on the frame, split axle design, Idler gears between the motor and the axles, and spur gears gearing each axle, so the side rods are just there for the ride. The engineering on this particular locomotive is much better than other lokies Bachman made @ that time. At the time I bought that 0-6-0 the only rod locomotive I had that ran that well was a NWSL Sierra RR 2-8-0, which dated from about the time NWSL started paying as much attention to the mechanisms of the locomotives they imported as they did to the detais.


    These little 0-6-0ts (judging from this one sample 35 years ago) run so well I would highly recomend them. I have been tempted to buy another one, but small rod locomotives, no matter how well they run are of minimal use on my RR, and there are three times more geared locomoitives setting around than can be operated at any given time due to the limitations on throttles and room for operators in the aisle.

    Bill Nelson
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    Moving logs

    Here are a few more shots of the J.E.Patterson operation moving logs down a cut from Camp One and off loading at the Ericson Yard. Ericson Yard is far removed from the log cutting and those log trains can really tie up a Class I railroad getting to the off loading yards and sawmill.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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  20. Maico Shark

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    Stunning work!