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Rerailer Revisited

Post by ccvstmr » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:22 am

This is a subject that comes up from time to time. There are many variations out there. I had a version using a wheel barrel handle and a swivel caster. Worked nice. Lots of leverage. Problem was, it was big and bulky.

The 2nd time around, I wanted something that was portable, collapsible, easy to set up, reasonably light weight and had limited adjustment. I wanted the lifter to fit in a caboose where where I carry a remote brake unit, red flag, first aid kit, weatherproof battery charger and an extension cord. As such, no room for interior details. Functional concerns and having necessary items when needed outweighed interior design and decorations.

I purchased a couple lengths of perforated square tubing at Lowe's along with some chain. Other metals and hardware came from the scrap bin. The base was made by welding two pieces of steel crosswise that would still fit between the rails. Some scrap stainless was turned to fit inside the square tube to create the swing center. Matching offset pivot plates were made so the unit could be left intact and folded for storage in a car. A piece of flat plate and square tube made up "the business end" to hold and "latch" the chain for lifting. A lifting strap could also be used. And if additional lifting power was needed...another length of perf tube with a telescoping piece of larger steel tube could be slid over the lifter handle to increase the leverage. A piece of sheet metal was bent to hold the base to an inside wall in the caboose.

The Lowe's perforated tubing is about .075" thick. It would have been nice if the wall thickness was a little heavier. After assembly, this lifter picked up the back end of an EZ-Go golf cart with batteries installed...that was close to 1000# right there. The tube did flex, but didn't fold. If you need to lift something heavier...changes in material selection can be made to increase the load lifting limit. A stiffening piece of square stock could also be inserted inside the square tube.

I expect to have another caboose in my fleet soon...(1) for each loco. The lifter is ready for installation in its new home. So, no matter which train I travel with (or have in operation at my home track), there's a portable loco lifter nearby. Carl B.
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Re: Rerailer Revisited

Post by Errol Groff » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Could you post a photo of the tool as if in use? I take a lot of pictures of trains but don't know all that much about them so I don't visualize how the rerailer would be used. Other than, duh, to get the locomotive back on the tracks.

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Re: Rerailer Revisited

Post by johnpenn74 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:13 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of Bob Dean's device for rerailing his northern? I saw it in action once at mid south I think but didn't have the camera ready.

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Re: Rerailer Revisited

Post by ccvstmr » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:26 pm

Errol Groff wrote:Could you post a photo of the tool as if in use? I take a lot of pictures of trains but don't know all that much about them so I don't visualize how the rerailer would be used. Other than, duh, to get the locomotive back on the tracks.
Errol, I got a couple of photos per your request. In case you didn't realize...the vertical post and lever swivel on a pin mounted to the "X" base. This provides up/down as well as side to side movement. You can choke up on the chain by lifting the lever handle higher...and then slide the chain link in the slot. You can also adjust the pivot point of the lever handle...a 5/16" hex head bolt with the threads cut off slides thru the perf tube. It's "captured" with a hair pin clip.

If you need more leverage...add the handle extension. If you think you've got a loco that weighs too much, you can always slide a solid square bar down the center of the perf tube...even drill a hole thru that for the lever pin. Hope that helps. Carl B.
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Re: Rerailer Revisited

Post by Errol Groff » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:47 am

I thought I had posted a "thank you" for the pictures but I don't see it. So, thank you!

Errol Groff

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