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by chiloquinruss
Thu May 03, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 8597

Re: Removing winter debris

Versions 3.1 and 3.2 of 'da' beast! 3.2 added a swing arm and support for the middle of the hose. The beast can do both sides of the double track portions of the railroad. Russ
by chiloquinruss
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 8597

Re: Removing winter debris

Ever think of having someone build pick up nozzles? Looks like you've got a good start there This is certainly a work in progress. We are excited about where this is headed but it still is a learning curve. We may end up getting an additional unit and mount to one of our Gators for yard work and ro...
by chiloquinruss
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 8597

Re: Removing winter debris

I think Tom is working up another video that shows some of the experimentation we've done so far. It's working but we are still in the early days of using it so it's a learning curve. The cool part is the compaction of the debris. Works out to be about 6 to 1. What use to take 6 pine needles cars us...
by chiloquinruss
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 8597

Re: Removing winter debris

The noise is NOT ballast it's the pine cones being pulverized! The sweepers work great on our lawn areas, we have several of those, but not on the railroad. This is just the very first test of this machine, we will make it more and more railroad friendly as we find out what it can and cannot do! It ...
by chiloquinruss
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 8597

Removing winter debris

For the Train Mountain regulars we all know all about trying to clear 37 miles of track from our accumulation of winter debris. Our railroad winds through 2,200 acres of pine trees. This of course means pine needles, pine cones, etc. We have struggled with many ideas for getting the park open for th...
by chiloquinruss
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 26
Views: 10568

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

A plasma cutter can only do vertical cuts. It cannot do under cuts or any sort of rounding.
You'll love the cutter, they make one dynamite machine. I've attended some training at their plant. Nice folks.
What amp machine and table size are you getting? Russ
by chiloquinruss
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 26
Views: 10568

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

Thinking out loud (I know big mistake) how about using cotter pins as your standoffs. Once formed you could solder the opening end to make a solid piece and then trim to get the height right. Russ
by chiloquinruss
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 9814

Re: Surveying techniques?

One more thing to make sure you add into your plan is drainage / runoff. It looks like you are going up a little bit of a valley which means you might be at the BOTTOM of the runoff. Some ditches on the sides with an occasional cross drain may help. We are technically high mountain desert but winter...
by chiloquinruss
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Engine not selling # 2 ****SOLD****
Replies: 9
Views: 4248

Re: Engine not selling # 2

OK, I'll take a stab at it! In Erie PA they just had 36 inches of snow in 24 hours. Here in Oregon it is 20 deg right now at 2:45 in the afternoon on a sunny day! Probably not what you would call a good outdoor item sales day! :lol: Russ
by chiloquinruss
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New record in South Africa
Replies: 18
Views: 3592

Re: New record in South Africa

With pit stops of up to 5 minutes per hour that makes their feat even more remarkable. That's 5 times 24 or 120 minutes when the train was NOT running. In order for Train Mountain to attempt what it did took a lot of work beforehand. The course was just over 9 miles long and they spent almost a mont...
by chiloquinruss
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 2632

Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted

Train Mountain is looking for vendors to display their wares at the upcoming 2018 Triennial. If you have a favorite vendor please ask them if they are coming or would like to come. Have them contact Train Mountain at: info@tmrr.org Thanks. Russ
by chiloquinruss
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Triennial Vendors Wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 1870

Triennial Vendors Wanted

Train Mountain is looking for vendors to display their wares at the upcoming 2018 Triennial. If you have a favorite vendor please ask them if they are coming or would like to come. Have them contact Train Mountain at: info@tmrr.org Thanks. Russ