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by Erskine Tramway
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: SD60F
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: SD60F

I use a program called ScalePrint http://raildriver.com/products/cycloped ... .print.php

All you need is one known dimension, and you can print a photo or drawing out at any scale you want.
I've been using it to make my drawings of Sir Arthur Heywood's 15" gauge equipment.

Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

Re: Surveying techniques?

Thanks for all the feedback. I suppose this is mostly a 'working' railroad in the sense that it will provide avenues to the interesting far-flung parts of the property without trampling the hillsides with roads or footpaths. I'd love to try building John B's Class A Shay but 99% of the time I'm int...
by Erskine Tramway
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

Re: Surveying techniques?

The tonnage rating on the Rio Grande's narrow gauge engines was determined by how many, and how large, air pumps they had. They were as much concerned with how well they could control the train downhill, as how much they could pull.

Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

Re: Surveying techniques?

I have about 90ac of hills to work with, with an elevation differential of ~200'. Much of it will need to be "benched" into the hillsides. It should be plenty interesting but I'm a bit afraid of pushing the limits for grade and curve :-/ It sounds like you have plenty of room. What kinds of trains ...
by Erskine Tramway
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Alco AAR class B trucks
Replies: 26
Views: 1602

Re: Alco AAR class B trucks

Our coal GE's, both U30's and C30's, used the same kind of alternator set-up. It also gave a reference speed for running the "Pacesetter" speed control we used when loading coal.

Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Scale size and actual size for 1-1/2" scale?
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Scale size and actual size for 1-1/2" scale?

My solution for stability is mostly a low center of gravity where the seats are. Admittedly, my equipment isn't 1-1/2" scale, but 'full size for the gauge', and 24" wide. Here's a picture of my unfinished passenger coach pressed into service on the occasion of our daughter's Wedding. When the coach ...
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

Re: Surveying techniques?

Hi Jeff..... Welcome. The way I did the extension to my Erskine Tramway, was to first take my riding mower out and 'eyeball' some possible routes between the current end-of-track and where I want to go. You could call it a 'preliminary survey'. I did it first by eye, and ended up with three mowed po...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 14
Views: 978

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Simple question for everyone, what is your method for grading your RR's right of way? Weed cloth? Gravel type and size? What kind of environment? Tie type? Hi RK......... I use heavy duty weed fabric, four-feet wide. I cover that with an inch and a half deep layer of 'base course' or fines. On top ...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Hydraulic controls?
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: Hydraulic controls?

Combine the throttle and fwd/neutral/rev? I'm expecting to have to set a high idle which will bog down when put into "gear", and then work the throttle separately to speed up. Math on the hydraulic combination I'm planning to use says 48 rpm at the wheels at 1200 rpm at the motor, which comes out t...
by Erskine Tramway
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Hydraulic controls?
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: Hydraulic controls?

I'm building a 12" gage Baldwin S-12, in my "12" working railroad" thread. It will be hydraulic driven from a 15HP 420cc gas engine. I want to fabricate a control stand and mount it on the riding car, with the throttle, brakes, horn, and light controls all on it in a somewhat prototypical manner in...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 245
Views: 30817

Re: Erskine Tramway

Hey there Mike, I've been lurking on your pages for some time without commenting. How much space do you have up there? Obviously enough for a true point to point railroad. I wish I could say I have been accomplishing things on my 2.5 acres, but the older I get the slower I get. Seems like I want to...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 245
Views: 30817

Re: Erskine Tramway

rkcarguy wrote:Such a wide open expanse of land to fill with track! I'm envious...except for your track bill lol:)
It's going to be more like the 'big railroad'....lots of land, just a little bit of railroad :D I did count my rails, and I need to get another 20 rails for sure.

Mike