Erskine Tramway

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by Erskine Tramway » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:43 pm

Hi Folks......

It only took the dozer guy a couple hours to knock out the last 500 feet of mainline. He's still out there leveling off the Erskine Terminal area, but, mostly he's done.

Here's what it looks like from the current end-of-track.......
11-10-17 Mainline grade North.jpg
Here is what it looks like from the top of 'Target Bluff'.........
11-10-17 Mainline Grade South.jpg
And looking towards 'Erskine', the terminal area. I might run a line of 'Decauville' style track with a push car to carry targets and such, over from the Depot, through the gap between the bushes. It's level enough for a push car track.
11-10-17 Erskine Terminal.jpg
Enjoy.....

Mike
Former Locomotive Engineer and Designer, Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works, Inc. and Riverside & Great Northern Railway 1962-77
BN RR Locomotive Engineer 1977-2014, Retired

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by rkcarguy » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Such a wide open expanse of land to fill with track! I'm envious...except for your track bill lol:)

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by Erskine Tramway » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:28 pm

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
Former Locomotive Engineer and Designer, Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works, Inc. and Riverside & Great Northern Railway 1962-77
BN RR Locomotive Engineer 1977-2014, Retired

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by DBauer2250 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:26 am

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 get out tomorrow and build some track, and something else comes up (good excuse anyway). So I get a thrill out of watching your railroad expand.

Anyway, just thought i would drop a congratulation along, and say Happy Thanksgiving!

BTW, what was the statement about hauling targets about?
Don Bauer

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by Erskine Tramway » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:29 pm

DBauer2250 wrote: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 get out tomorrow and build some track, and something else comes up (good excuse anyway). So I get a thrill out of watching your railroad expand.

Anyway, just thought i would drop a congratulation along, and say Happy Thanksgiving!

BTW, what was the statement about hauling targets about?
Don Bauer
Hi Don......

Long time, how've you been? Happy Thanksgiving to you too. It's raining today, but that's a good thing in our drought conditions.

You should be able to build a railroad on 2-1/2 acres.....short cars and locos, sharp curves, will get the job done.

The railroad expands one step at a time. I've got a jig to build track panels, and I took an old TV base cabinet up the other day, and screwed it to the back wall in the Car Shed to hold my track tools and supplies.
11-10-17 cabinet hauling.jpg
We've got 20 acres North of the house. I think I've shared this view before. The light colored curve at the top right, down in the canyon, is the abandoned 'Q' Hot Springs Branch. My Shop/Garage/Loco Shed is the white roofed building. The red line is my original plan, but the blue one is how it ended up, mostly for grade considerations, and to avoid building fills or bridges :D It would be nice if Google Maps would come over and take a new picture, so I could locate it for sure :lol:
Overall 2_LI.jpg
The pile of dirt out at the North end came from levelling the ground where the garage is now. I've been using it as a backstop for trying out guns. When I get the track out here, I'll be able to carry 'real' targets out, instead of just shooting at the dirt pile. I'm thinking about putting in a couple little spurs at 'known distances'.

This week, I decided to put a roof on 'Sparky', aka 'Motor #1', so I mocked up the size with some lath. The corners are square, but the roof will be arched, like the old Sandley coaches, the main thing was to check clearances. It fits both the Car and Loco Shed doors, and it's the same cross-section as the coach roof would be. It was 71F's yesterday, so after I got done putting the 'Summer' machinery away, I took 'Hermann' my topless VW, into town and got the wood for the roof framing.
11-14-17 fits Car Shed.jpg
All for now, it is good to hear from you.

Mike
Former Locomotive Engineer and Designer, Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works, Inc. and Riverside & Great Northern Railway 1962-77
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Re: Erskine Tramway

Post by rkcarguy » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:56 pm

The pictures a few posts up are amazing, it looks like your RR is heading off into the horizon like you are adding 1/2 mile + of track, not 500'.

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