Working Sanders?

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Re: Working Sanders?

Post by Trainman4602 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:06 pm

Not only does the sand need to be dry the air need to dry also. I made working sanders using some compression fittings I made a venture nozzle they worked fine. You really don't need a lot of sand to get traction. It would be a nice addition but they are really not needed unless you are going to pull a very heavy train.

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Re: Working Sanders?

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:58 am

Harry 'Scorcher' Bean used to have working sanders on his SP Consolidation. His sand was stored in dummy 'tanks' right under his running boards, and he had a manual valve that had linkage back to his cab. He would pull the rod back and sand would start dropping from his 'tank'. He had one for each side, totally separate systems. His method was that when he needed sand, he would alternate opening/closing one side then the other, back and forth. I believe his system dropped sand right in front of the 2nd driver. I do remember that he had oversize piping from his tanks down near the rail, but that it was kinda hidden, being a bit back and turning out towards the rails a little bit. Anyway, his system seemed to work good and I never saw him have problems with it. I must also point out that this was running down in Texas and it seemed like it was always hot... and dry. He's the only person that I ever saw who consistently used sand when running. He could pull some pretty darn impressive trains with that Consolidation, too. I asked him what sand he used, I think he said that he used beach sand, and would sift it then lay it out in the sun on a newspaper to get it completely dry, then would put it in a sealed can to use in the 'tanks'. He was very careful to keep everything dry.

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Re: Working Sanders?

Post by FLSTEAM » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:47 am

Play sand from Lowes, et al comes in a nice sealed bag and is always dry. ( unless they stored it outside )

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Re: Working Sanders?

Post by rkcarguy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:25 pm

I'll 2nd FLSTEAM's comment, the very light colored sand used in ashtrays, for blasting media, and in sandbox's is pretty nice dry stuff. My RR is going to be pushing the envelope for grades, so I'm watching this thread for ideas for some home-made solutions.

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Re: Working Sanders?

Post by tomc » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:55 pm

We use plastic tubing from the dome down to the frame. I put a hole in the end of a 35mm film canisters and push it on the hose to help keep them dry as u can't hammer on plastic very well to vibrate the stuck sand out.

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