The "Original" Kittom Lumber Company. Part #2

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    X2 on everything BillNelson said. Excellent thread, those black and white pics make the scenes timeless. ;)
  2. Doctor G

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    Thanks Z and Bill. Encouragement goes a long way to keep on with the build. Now, working on an On30 vertical boiler late 19th century CLIMAX locomotive. Big and ugly. Gonna name it "Bull o' the Woods." More to come. Tom
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    I have always enjoyed the early steam logging equipment. The primitive prototypes of things to come in moving the logs. Since my layout is set in 1910 I thought I could bring to life one of these beasts:

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    The early Class A Climax with a vertical boiler.

    Railway Recollections makes this nifty urethane kit.

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    So I got the kit and the "donor mechanism" from this Proto 2000 switcher.

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    So for the last several weeks in between Holiday Hoop De Doo I have been slowly building the beast.

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    The thing is big and hence I am going to name it "Bull O' the Woods." I had to widen the clearances along the right of way to get the thing to fit on the tracks. Fortunately it fits snuggly in the new Engine House.

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    Christmas Gift this year is a Tsunami 2 sound decoder loaded with geared locomotive sounds and over the next few weeks I will be installing this in the locomotive.

    Thanks for following along. Doc Tom
  4. Bill Nelson

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    To establish which motor pole is the positive one, figure out which end of this is the front.

    With locomotives like this that can be almost arbitrary. I have not yet decided on my CN 60 Shay, but decide, and then hook up a 9v battery to get it to go the direction you want to be forward when it goes forward, note which motor terminal is hooked to the + terminal of the battery. And that is your + terminal.

    Looks like a fun project.
  5. Doctor G

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    Hey Bill. I got the decoder in this afternoon and hooked it up correctly. Sound is incredible and the whistle nearly blew me out of the train shed. It is running well, very slowly and smoothly. When the model is complete I will work on the CV's to customize the sound and turn down that whistle! Tom
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    I managed to complete the vertical boiler class A Climax. I researched the likely color of this locomotive in 1910. From what I could read it was primarily painted black.

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    I elected to paint mine as a flat black beast.

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    The Tsunami 2 steam decoder I got for Christmas worked after all that infinitesimal wiring soldering and insulating!![​IMG].

    So, to celebrate and since it was a Christmas gift, who better to christen the "Bull of the Woods" than Santee Claus hisself?

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    The man in red was really moved by the deep gorge at the Kit Creek watershed.

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    He was glad to get back to the relative safety of rail camp and was looking for his reindeer and sleigh to get him gone.

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    Next to come are windows for the cab, a decal for "Bull O' Woods" and light weathering.

    Looking forward to choosing one of the 60 whistles and all the other electronic goodies that come with a Tsunami 2 decoder.

    Thanks for looking.Doc Tom
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    It is cold and snowy outside. A great time to get in the engine house, fire up the stove and light the kerosene lamps and warm up. Time to shoot the bull and plan for a little work when a thaw sets in.

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  8. Bill Nelson

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    The factory paint on a Class A Climax wouldn’t last long.

    I chose my freight colors for the body of my HO Class A Climax.

    On my On3 D9FABA62-48CD-45AD-89C4-584C495B07A3.jpeg CN #60 Shay, a similarly constructed locomotive, which was factory painted black , I painted the upper body like weatherd wood, as the black hid too much detail
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    Nifty early Shay there Bill. Love all the exposed plumbing. The top hat on the engineer is also way cool.:Drinks:
    Tom
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    Got the crew from grizzly mountain engineering.

    Going to do a tar paper roof with coffee filter paper.

    A 18 inch radius is too tight for this locomotive if the line shaft is on the inside

    I have some 0n3 flex track , the best flex track I have ever seen, made by San Juan Car Company. If I need to get my Americans but together enough to run, and test them , and the Shay on a 19 inch radius, and larger radiuses if they don’t like the 19 inch radius,

    I have remotored my Max Gray 4-4-0 with a motor salvaged from a GM truck HVAC door control head.. incredible slow speed control. I was thinking that DCC and sound might be fun, but this motor would likely be too slow on DCC. I’ll test it to see, but it runs so nicely sound would not be an improvement if the performance was reduced
  11. zathros

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    That's awesome, it kind of has a post apocalyptic look to it. :)