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by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 50
Views: 15616

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: 963

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: 3525

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: 50
Views: 15616

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: 12
Views: 5283

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: 5776

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...
by johnpenn74
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 50
Views: 15616

Re: Your RR grading methods??

Dick and I once tried the salt on MCC railroad for weed control. It all started when he replaced a water softener and dumped the salt water out near the track.. Killed everything. Armed with this idea we figured figured we would use a push fertilizer spreader to scatter animal salt that we picked up...
by johnpenn74
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: "Trip Track" signals
Replies: 5
Views: 3231

Re: "Trip Track" signals

Chuck, My understanding is the prototype actually uses trip tracks to take single track in between Augusta and Greenwood. As far as the model application goes there is a benefit where you could have it seal in logically or hardwaired based on the requesting direction, that it it makes a really easy ...
by johnpenn74
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: nuts and bolts in scale
Replies: 20
Views: 5362

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Use Metric and live with the hex head. all the way down to 3mm in A2 stainless or zinc. Mcmaster has them all.
by johnpenn74
Sun May 20, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans

More dreaming than doing. As I have been on the road continuously since December of 16. Have made a few parts, but nothing consequential. I am being quite accomplished at collecting cast iron... :-)
by johnpenn74
Sat May 19, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans

Can anyone point me in the direction of any quarter scale donkey drawings? Would like to find a model of a larger one (as opposed to doubling the Harris design).

JP
by johnpenn74
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passing of Doug Van Veelen
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: Passing of Doug Van Veelen

Just a small 4.75 gauge 0-4-0 that Doug gave me. There came a time when he had to let go of some of the heavier projects and so I inherited this and another 4.75 2-6-2 chassis and a partial Clishay. Sold the water tube boilers and Crab to make some $ for him. I think these other projects are on the ...