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by Erskine Tramway
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Re: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question

Thanks Mike, I’ll start looking for a copy. Correction: 3 minutes- found an original volume on Amazon! Apparently he has a six volume set. Very prolific writer apparently. Much appreciated, Glenn Good deal, Glenn. I doubt that one writer did all those books, they are textbooks, after all :D Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Re: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question

Hello Mike and Gregg, Iam back home in Seattle after working on the Oahy Railway coach for the winter. We made some progress that I documented in the Museum section, under Oahu Rr thread. Mainly installing the 2x10 truss plates on both sides of the car frame. Now, back home here in the PNW, have de...
by Erskine Tramway
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Bolster clearance question
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: Bolster clearance question

Our 15" gauge trucks at Sandley's all had pivoting side frames. The pivot ran through the upper 'spring plank', and the bolster side bearings had about 1/8" clearance. our load to empty ratio was 1:2. We figured a ton of load in a car that weighed a ton. Here's a picture of the last design we had, w...
by Erskine Tramway
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Glad-Hands
Replies: 24
Views: 7100

Re: Glad-Hands

There are at least three different sizes of gladhands in the US. The brake pipe connection is the largest, by Westinghouse part #FP-5. The Main Reservoir hose on locomotives is #LS-4, and the other two Multiple Unit hoses are #HS-2. The different sizes keep you from connecting the wrong hoses togeth...
by Erskine Tramway
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Glad-Hands
Replies: 24
Views: 7100

Re: Glad-Hands

The gladhands do uncouple (break apart) just like the prototype, but this process needs, from my point of view too much force. At that point, I still have to make an improvement. So I've ordered an "updated" pair of gladhands from SHAPEWAYS , which haven't arrived yet. Stay tuned ;-) Cheers! Tom Hi...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: charging two batteries in series
Replies: 7
Views: 1646

Re: charging two batteries in series

I use the Battery Tender double charger on Sparky. It is pricy, but will keep the combined batteries in the 27 volt range. https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-022-0165-DL-WH-12-Volt-Management/dp/B000NCOKV0/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1550762955&sr=1-6&keywords=battery+tender The pigtails ...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Re: Oahu RRwy apassenger car build qu

Mike, perfect! This is almost exactly what the car remenants look like, which includes an original car, in advance stage of decomposition. So we can inspect some existing parts and pieces. However, I’ve not found any sign of fastenings, tenons, or mortise yet related to the framing. So will go look...
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Re: Oahu RRwy apassenger car build qu

Thanks Larry, yes, I’d be interested in learning what you discover. Out internal drawings do not show construction detail, such as how vertical frame members are attached to the floor or sill beams. We do have good dimensions on all the joinery. And there is a vast amount of joinery in these old wo...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Oahu RRwy Passenger car build question
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Re: Oahu RRwy apassenger car build qu

Hi Glenn...… Here's a drawing from the 1908 "Science of Railways" series. Sorry, part of it didn't scan very well, the book is pretty thick, 711 pages. According to this, there are no framing members on top of the sills. The frame is build pretty much like a house floor, except that the 2x4 and 2x8 ...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Looking for info about high-speed caboose trucks
Replies: 7
Views: 1887

Re: Looking for info about high-speed caboose trucks

Hi Benjamin....

Here's a picture of a truck under a CB&Q waycar up in Billings, Mont. that I took a few years ago. Waycar trucks would have been sprung more lightly than passenger car trucks, mostly account they are not as heavy.

Sorry I can't help you out with a manufacturer.

Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 8hp vs 16 hp
Replies: 25
Views: 5148

Re: 8hp vs 16 hp

We always called them switches, as in 'Number 1 Track switch', or ' power witches , never turnouts, anyway. I've met one or two witches over the years, but was not sure if they were manually operated or had power assist. :D Well, you've got me there, BDD :lol: :lol: I never learned to type, and on ...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 8hp vs 16 hp
Replies: 25
Views: 5148

Re: 8hp vs 16 hp

Well, At least I have turn outs in my track work and not switches. Thanks Nik3v Well....if we're getting pedantic, you have both :D The switch is the track assembly. The turnout is the curved side of a switch that 'turns out', and is usually speed restricted. They are shown in the Company's 'Timeta...