Arch between engine stand and P/U

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wa6mdi
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Arch between engine stand and P/U

Post by wa6mdi » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:17 am

Hi,

I almost had a situation where I dropped a 40 inch long 600 lb 2.5 inch loco recently. Problem is getting between the engine stand and the pick up bed. Stand and truck bed are the same height, that is not the problem. Seems that the 1/2 inch gap between the steel plate I am using and the flanges of the two axles are too much of a gap. Specifically the 1/4 inch plate has a pair of reinforcing strips that are held in place with screws and nuts. So this accounts for the 1/2 inch gap.

My input from other rail fans suggests a straight 3.8 steel plate and possibly tapered on each end, engine stand and truck bed. BTW truck bed is using plywood with oak strips at the track width. Question is what are other folks using.


Second what are the thoughts on a back up of a pair of cargo straps and engine hoist such as used when removing or replacing a car engine. Two ton enough? This could/would be used in case the loco gets off the track again.

It should be noted the engine stand is strapped to the rear bumper with a nylon strap, so the engine stand drifting is not the problem.

Thanks

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Karl_Losely
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Re: Arch between engine stand and P/U

Post by Karl_Losely » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:34 pm

I would suggest a aluminum pan like what the Big Boots & Western RR in Florida is selling. You can see it on Discover Live Steam. I have one and it works well.

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Gary Armitstead
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Re: Arch between engine stand and P/U

Post by Gary Armitstead » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:57 am

Karl_Losely wrote:I would suggest a aluminum pan like what the Big Boots & Western RR in Florida is selling. You can see it on Discover Live Steam. I have one and it works well.
Ditto on the aluminum pan from Capt. John Boots......Bought one last year and use it all the time.
Gary Armitstead
Burbank, CA
Member LALS since 1980
Member Goleta Valley Railroad Club 1980-1993

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