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. Sawdust

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    Hey Bill & Tom check out the new links I posted on the Sticky Logging Info Thread. I could spend all day looking inside that catalogue.
  2. Bill Nelson

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    That I am!

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  3. Doctor G

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    More pictures including TRNL.....Bill

    Hey Guys,

    Here are a few more pictures of the Clarksville RR club. Included is a good mug shot of that Tennessee Red Neck Logger Bill Nelson himself as he works a coal train. Still do not see any diesels in the pictures including Bill's t-shirt with its mug shot of a shay.

    Peace Dr Tom:cool:

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  4. Doctor G

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    Logger's Catalogue

    Hi Jim,

    Those are great websites. I used them a few years ago when I "really weathered " the new style Rivarossi Heisler. They were a big help in getting the creative juices flowing.
    Doc Tom:thumb:

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    I really like those class A's, are they kits? scratched/bashed? Looking good :thumb:
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    Class As

    Those are both Westside models imports dating from the early 70. The horizontal boiler A , I purchased new many years ago. It has seen very heavy use in the past, and so the heavy weathering put on it 30 years ago seems natural now. The vertical boiler model I picked up a few years back, and It hasn't seen much work. It's previous owner painted it in a scheme that is accurate for a Class A straight from the factory. I need to re paint it to look as much like the other one as possible.


    They have a 44 to one gear ratio, and the imperfectly centered axles on the tiny wheels makes them dig in, and pull very well.

    on a grade the horizontal boiler unit can sometimes outpull a Bachman 3 truck shay three times it's size.

    Bill Nelson
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    more on the class As

    These two units have been bouncing around the RR in between permanent assignments. #3 used to be assigned as the switch engine @ Terrapin, it was replaced by #15, when it was bumped out of the mill switcher slot for being too slow (gear head reduction motor in a PFM 25 ton Shay) #15 was bumped out of that slot by my Bachaman climax, which has some kind of malfunction going on it it's front truck, and is out of service. I'm thinking of returning #3 to the Terrapin duty, and using the other to move log cars between Terrapin and the Strong and Perry mill @ the Gizzard.

    The vertical boiler unit has it's original motor, and with the 44-1 gear ratio, the motor will melt it's plastic brush and bushing block if used for long runs. #3 had two or three original style motors replaced before I remotored it with a heftier motor. I had to butcher the boiler to get it to fit, but after all these years the boiler just looks like it has rolled over a coulple times. I'd have too find a tiny motor if I did the vertical boiler unit, as it's motor is in the water tank. which looks way big to my eye allready, so no long runs for it,

    Bill Nelson
  8. Doctor G

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    New Sawmill a'coming

    Well, the good folks from Spittenchoo took the old excursion train out to see the new sawmill site. There is so much promise of good jobs and good things for these Tennessee mountains with this new enterprise.

    The folks really enjoyed meeting Paul Bunyon.....errr Bill Nelson as he laid down the sub roadbed for the new project.
    Doc Tom:mrgreen:

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    I was out @ the sawmill site @ Patterson, starting to cut in the heavy plywood sub roadbed, and tom comes over and starts to set up a photo right where I was working. After he got his photo, he became helpfull

    Bill Nelson
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    I got the risers in place and the subroadbed screwed in place nice and level for the main lead into the sawmill. Next week I need to work on the areas where the track where the switches will lead off to the company store and warehouse, the drying racks, and the loading areas (those will be hidden behind the backdrop, and the lead going off behind the back drop on the other side of the complex, where we will store the empty log cars..

    Bill Nelson
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    Ties!

    I ran the little saw today, I gad some nice clear cedar, and I cut a whole bunch of "profile tie" blanks. this will cut down to be more than enough ties to hand lay the saw mill area @ Paterson. I will have to run the saw some more to cut the bridge ties and bridge timbers necessary for the bridge that will lead off to a nearby coal mine.


    I'll do that later I have breathed enough fine sawdust for one day.


    Bill Nelson

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    Nice...:thumb:
  13. Bill Nelson

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    Tonight @ the train club I got much more of the sub roadbed in for the sawmill area. God willing, one more club work night and I will have the subroad bed in and can start playing with Homasote.

    I have to get some more of that cedar like I used for the ties to cut bridge ties and bridge timbers for the bridge where the track to the coal mine crosses over the log pond. it is going to be getting fun soon. I have the back drops off, as the tracks to where the boxcars will be loaded, and the track for storing empty log cars both will pass through the backdrops, which will allow the tracks to be much longer.

    Bill Nelson
  14. Doctor G

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    THANKS for all this good work Bill.......particularly as I goof off at the North Carolina beach. Sorry I missed the work sessions, but I am enjoying this "goofing off" time.

    Doc Tom in shades and suntan lotion.:cool:
  15. Bill Nelson

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    We figured you was somewhere, as you had been absent from both the club and this forum. It is good to know that you are on vacation.

    We were scheduled to go to the outer banks this year, but my trip there, was preempted by the request from my sisters to go to Mississippi to help clean out my dad's house, and then everyone else's trip was canceled due to my mother in law's brain surgeries.


    Get all rested up Tom so that you can get back and go to work on that other logging camp, so that we can have two logging camps ready when the track is in to the sawmill area.

    I'm trying to get fired up to finish those #!*## Surry Parkers, and progress to ward another camp might help to get that project moving as well.


    Bill Nelson (sore all over from digging a tunnel under my kitchen foundation and into my cellar to extend the pipe to the new septic tank into the cellar for eventual extension to the original bathroom -actually the original back porch too- so when I rebuild the bathroom I'll be able to abandon the old, less than adaquate septic tank.)
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    I got some bridge ties cut today, and some bridge timbers, which also are sized properly to make some of the cribbing over by the narrow gauge. Before Monday nights work session, I want to get some #6 switch sized pieces of homasote, as well as some strips sized for tracks. If I can do that and find my homasote cutting jig saw blade (which has been modified on a grinding wheel- sharpened like a serrated bread. I use it to cut the slits in the homeasote to allow it to bend, and with theknife blade the gaps anen't as wide, nor does it kick up much dust.

    Bill Nelson
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    Train club night tonight. I cut some homasote for subroadbed, including some rectangles for under switches . I laid out some #6 switches , marked off tie, rail, and throw bar locations. so god willing . I can get some homasote down tonight.
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    So Bill how did it go tonight? I hope to be there next Monday with my new shiny old church! I'm having trouble with the shingles any guidelines?
  19. Bill Nelson

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    Keeping them shingles level is hell. using blue masking tpe for a guide line might help. when I have done shigles recently they have been individual shingles, which when you mess them up it looks ok. a row of shingles, though, has to be just right or it looks real bad


    I didn't make much progress at the sawmill, although I now have all the homasote I need cut. I did start some of the cribbing over on the lower leg of the switchback on the narrow gauge. That is going to look good but is going to take for ever.


    Bill Nelson
  20. ed101

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    Checked out your other thread for your RR. Pretty good stuff!! You and Dr. might get me converted after all!!))