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by johnpenn74
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spark arrester design
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: Spark arrester design

Do these things really work? Last time I was running at night I saw a lot of spark going up through the stack and cinder trap... which makes me ask how effective they are. Here the one on my engine. The Costagon cabbage stack traps cylinder by deflecting the flow of air, which I would think is a mor...
by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Standards
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Track Standards

I will cast a vote in support of super elevation. Having worked through a couple of curves I feel it is well worth the effort. Tools: In the past I have used a plumbers level that has fractional inch drop / 12". I recommend using 3 targets 1) level, 2) minor tilt (say 1/4 in 12") and 3) major tilt (...
by johnpenn74
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 43
Views: 3231

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Ryan, If you are decided to go the bar stock route, take another look at the forms used that I mentioned earlier. The original forms method done by Charlie was made for building his groovy track RR. Canton Modified the system slightly so it would work with standard section rail. Charlies confguratio...
by johnpenn74
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 43
Views: 3231

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Forms The forms are set up about 100' feet at a time. The time it costs you in setting up the forms, it sames you in tamping and leveling and having the track operable. I would argue it give a much better final product. Ask the guys at Canton, they laid the bulk of the RR using the form method. That...
by johnpenn74
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building a Veranda
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: Building a Veranda

There were two different tender. The totally round one being nick named the "beer Can" I think.

JP
by johnpenn74
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 43
Views: 3231

Re: Your RR grading methods??

You make a good point Glenn; some railroads actually pull off not graveling below the ties and dirt. I have laid track at Mill Creek where we did not use any gravel between the ties and dirt. We simply cut the grade dirt and make sure the clay / dirt is flat by rolling, tamping, etc. The ties that g...
by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 43
Views: 3231

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Here's a picture of the forms method. Charlie Howell of Columbus, Ga pioneered this method. This construction method allows you to cut the grade a little rougher and compensate with gravel sub base. This nice part about this method is the leveling is done on the tops of the forms (like you would do ...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Got Logs?
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Got Logs?

CSME Logging Meet 2018 July 4 Rodney, Amber and I pulled out the donkey and decided to move some logs over the 4th of July Holiday. We ran 2 different configurations. The first was a variable sky line and mainline. This let us drop the entire cabling rigging to get the shuttle down to the logs. The ...
by johnpenn74
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Arch between engine stand and P/U
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: Arch between engine stand and P/U

This is my design for a bridge plate. I got tired of using other ones at the track and wanted on long enough that I would not have to remove the tailgate anymore. Is should be noted that it is directional and always tapers down (yes the direction is specific whether you are loading or unloading. The...
by johnpenn74
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 43
Views: 3231

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Glenn, a mirror is simply a tool that allow yous to look down the run of dirt, gravel, or railhead with having to drop to your knees. Typically, you attach the mirror to a pole at 45 degrees so you look down, towards the ground, and the mirror reflects your vision down the right of way, railhead etc...
by johnpenn74
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast tipple design request
Replies: 10
Views: 1225

Re: Ballast tipple design request

The practical welded design and the more prototypical design.. One thing I can add is make it have enough capacity for a weekend... The idea being you can load the tipple up for the meet and should the need arise to move several loads out without having to get the tractor.

JP
by johnpenn74
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signaling Beyond Simple Passing Sidings
Replies: 15
Views: 2343

Re: Signaling Beyond Simple Passing Sidings

Chuck, Reading an old post I am curious what you figured out on the WYE Signaling. Here's my .02. I agree with a lot of previous points that APB wired in this case will simply give you an identical permits on both sides of the wye. I beleive the solution is would to treat the whole thing at an inter...