The Little River Rail Road in Doc Tom's Back Yard

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  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    In real life the Little River Railroad was standard Gauge, Tom is cheating in order to use easily available equipment.


    But when driving my family down the ridiculously curvy road from Elkmont to Townsend, when I notified my family that this road was built directly on the roadbed,Emily , Forrester, and Jennifer all said this can't have been standard gauge, the curves are way to tight. The youngest Joey, didn't say anything, but he had the biggest grin on his face rounding those tight curves, he was probably thinking "This guy is trying to kill me."
  2. Doctor G

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    Moving logs from Elkmont

    Moving logs from Elkmont

    When we bought this place I really liked the shed “out back.” It reminded me of the set off houses on the Little River Rail Road in East Tennessee.
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    So I slapped the LRRR logo on the door and I have been using the shed as the “shops” of the Little River RR in the back yard ever since.
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    Internet research led me to consider using the shed to store rolling stock and locomotives as well.
    I went to my Large Scale hobby shop…….Lowes and got a doggy door and some latches and a piece of wood.
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    What you see here is the beginning of the Elkmont yard the first indoor track I have placed in several years.
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    Hopefully I can recreate the real Elkmont yard on the Little River Rail Road high in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
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    Here is the first load of logs out of Elkmont heading downgrade to the sawmill in Townsend Tennessee.
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    It should be interesting to have ready made trains that I can take out on the layout whenever I wish.

    Doc Tom Doc Tom and the Little River Rail Road in Tennessee [​IMG]
  3. Doctor G

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    Night Vision on the Little River RR

    1920 "night vision" technology was used to get this picture of LRRR 2147 pulling passenger car 310 out on the line on a warm spring evening. The combine is fully lit and the passengers are reading brochures about the Wonderland Hotel in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. They will be arriving there soon.

    Doc Tom

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    Want to see an incredible Large Scale train video?

    This amazing video shows what is possible in Large Scale model railroading.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpIUsXWN7Y&feature=youtu.be

    It is one of the best I have ever seen. It is done by Kevin Strang who is on a lot of Large Scale Forae and is a writer for Garden Railroads magazine.

    Enjoy.

    Tom:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
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    Wild Flowers in The Great Smoky Mountains

    Wild Flowers in the Great Smoky Mountains

    Dr Theodore, Botanist at The University of Tennessee, makes his annual Spring wildflower pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Each year he finds a unique specimen to take back to the lab in Knoxville.

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    But what is the whole crew of 2147 doing stopping the train and tramping on into the verdant forest?

    Seems they like pretty flowers too for their girlfriends and wives back in Townsend and are going to pick them too.

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    Happy Easter

    Doc Tom Doc Tom and the Little River Rail Road in Tennessee [​IMG]
  6. Bill Nelson

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    I like that image. the last couple years I have been mowing my front yard selectively in the early spring, avoiding the patches of wildflowers until they are done now almost a third of my front yard is full of white wildflowers.


    Bill
  7. Doctor G

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    That must be a very beautiful front yard. Tennessee has an outstanding Spring and Fall.

    Tom:mrgreen:
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    My front yard is exceptional. My house is on a road that used to run to a ferry across the Cumberland river to downtown. the ferry has been gone since the first road bridge was built across the river in the 1930's , but the front of my house faces downtown, across the river, the river bottoms, and the approach to the swingbridge across the Cumberland from the L&N"s old Memphis line, a vestigial portion of wihich is operated by the R J Corman RR, so not only do I have exceptional privacy, a view of my wildflowers, downtown Clarksville, and a big railroad bridge on an operational shortline.

    Bill Nelson

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    Excellent photo. You have a very nice place there Bill.

    Tom
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    Loading logs at Tremont Landing.

    Loading logs at Tremont Landing.

    I have always enjoyed the photos from the Little River RR museum and their website http://www.littleriverrailroad.org/

    This picture in particular of one of the early Shays, an AHD loader and the early skeleton log cars has always caught my eye. I particularly liked the built up landing on a slope using log cribbing.

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    I have slopes like this on my garden rail road and have been working the last several weeks to recreate this scene. I only have one skeleton log car that I picked up cheap at the NGNC in St.Louis a few years back. The 1920’s LRRR I am modeling used logging flats. I think the prototype picture may be some time circa 1901 to 1905 when they used skeleton logging cars.

    Anyways here is my attempt to recreate the log landing at Tremont in B&W.

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    Here are some color shots of the scene as well.

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    Let me know what you all think. Thanks.
    Doc Tom and the Little River Rail Road in Tennessee [​IMG]
  11. Bill Nelson

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    I think that west coast style skeleton log car looks like a high $$$ model, how is it working out
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    Hi Bill,

    That is a West Coast style skeleton log car I got for $60 at the narrow gauge convention a couple of years ago in St Louis. It regularly retails for $80-$90. It is all metal and has a lot of detail. It was made by Accucraft. It does not track as well as the logging flats and is the only car I have that regularly derails.........derailing equipment is quite dramatic in Large Scale.

    I am glad that by the 1920's the LRRR was not using skeleton log cars as I would not want to get another.

    I am continuing to plant trees on the garden RR and advancing the line about 3 feet a month.

    I hope to see you at HO choo choo club tomorrow.

    Tom
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    Good Looking Goose

    Nice Bill very nice. I like the green color a lot and it is a dead ringer for your State Line HOn3 goose.

    I liked the video too with the neat chain drive.

    Any plans for a sound system??? Sputtering infernal combustion engine and aaaaooooogah horn would be neat.

    Motor Car #1 needs someone to play with on the Little River RR. It would be neat to make a video of the Goose at play in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee.

    Tom

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  15. Bill Nelson

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    Sound would be really fun, but most likely just doing radio control will be a stretch for now

    I squeezed just enough of the paint out of the can, I do need to get more as that color is the base color for my passenger equipment as well, I'm pretty sure it is the same stuff on the HON3 goose.
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    Good Job. The boys are looking forward to seeing the Goose waddle on the Little River Rail Road.

    Tom

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    The Bridge at Hurricane Creek on the Little River Rail Road

    The Bridge at Hurricane Creek

    Hurricane Creek, high in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, is usually a fairly dry rivulet crossed by the Little River Rail Road.

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    However, when hurricanes crash in to the Gulf Shores of the United States they lose their punch and dump their torrents of rain in the Appalachians. This is when Hurricane Creek will roar and wash out everything in its path including backwoods logging bridges.
    Since 1906, when this part of the Little River Rail Road was constructed, this little bridge has washed out three times.
    Col Townsend was excited to get out to the site and see what the third and hopefully last repair looks like.

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    The surveying team is re-establishing the gradient.

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    The woods and rail crews are fairly confident that this well reinforced sluice will handle the next deluge.

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    WRRY #37 gets a make over.

    Tyler's beautiful box car, WRRY #37, is going to work on the Large Scale Little River Rail Road.

    I has received body mount Kadee couplers ( about as big as half an HO steam engine when done in G scale) and is weathered a bit for the travels it is making from Wisconsin to Tennessee.

    Timmie is excited about what is inside the box car.........the first electronic components for a trailing battery car for all the LRRR steam locomotives.

    Pictured is a Printed Circuit Board with on/off switch and plug for the battery charger and all important fuse to prevent the "white smoke phenomena" noted with first time electric projects.

    Doc Tom

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    Very Hot Work on the Little River Rail Road

    It is a 100 degrees in the shade at the Elkmont Post Office and Commissary.

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    After a couple of lukewarm Coca Colas it was time to get on the work train and move some of the 4 tons of limestone rip rap recently delivered to advance the line out of Nelson’s Gap.

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    The sweat was pouring as the ballast was laid and as the sun set the boys said, “Lets forget the Coca Colas …….we need some BEER and very cold.”

    So they dropped the gons and highballed in reverse to get to the Dew Drop Inn in Townsend (headquarters of the Little River Rail Road ) as night cooled the Smoky Mountains.

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  20. Bill Nelson

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    It ia looking good Tom, I'm going to have to get there some day and check it out