Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by VO4454 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:28 am

Hello Jack, The railroad and landscaping look great. You are quite the artist and craftsman. I will have see it in person. I think it may be a little like going to Disneyland. Will we need E tickets to ride the high line ? Keep up the good and hard work.
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Greg_Lewis » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:29 pm

VO4454 wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:28 am
Will we need E tickets to ride the high line ?
Ah, you just revealed your age. I don't think anyone under 45 would know what that is. Remember how the E tickets would be gone first and we'd always get stuck with a bunch of A and B tickets? Perhaps Jack would allow a ride for an A ticket.
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by JBodenmann » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:06 am

Hello My Friends
Thank you Vic for the compliments. E ticket ride.. yes I remember that, from the happiest place on earth. My favorite ride was, you guessed it the railway. I remember my brother and I riding in the baggage car behind the engine, that would have been in 1960. In those days if you showed up at school on Monday with a Mickey Mouse shirt everyone knew, you had been to Disneyland, as that was the only place on the planet you could get one. If you show up with an Alcalde & Coalfield shirt everyone will know where you have been, too much fun! Although my little pike could never compare, I have thought about Disneyland. Usually at the end of the day around sunset when wandering around and brainstorming. Lets see, a little town here, a red brick culvert there, a group of trees over there. So many ideas, so little time. The second steaming bay is in now. Today, more pavers. The pavers really aren't so bad and they are going in a lot faster than the retaining walls last winter. But now there is another jobstacle. There is a dry creek bed that drains the steaming Bay Area and the west end of the drive way. The drain pipe from the steaming bay drain pops out there. It needs a little tractor work before the main line and remaining steaming bays can go in. Some boulders need to be moved around, and another small mountain to plant a tree on must be made. No shortage of things to do!
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Cary Stewart » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:42 pm

The combine that Jack refers to above can be seen at the Los Angeles Live Steamers RR Museum on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month when the Disney Barn is open. It has been fully restored and beautiful.
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Harlock » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:23 pm

Hi all,

Jack asked me to post a few pictures from the inagural steam run at the Alcalde and Coalfield!

Part 1: The day started with a work session with mainline track being built west of the turntable switch, the opposite direction of the existing hundred or so feet of main laid. once the ground is tamped to level and the track set up with light weight plywood templates, the real (heavy) stuff is brought in and put in place, and then comes the track laying on top, with pre-drilled ties and itty bitty 3/4" scale rail. Later Jack will go back and put a flat head nail through a tie every now and then to the treated side boards. The concrete pillars are not attached to the ground in any way so they can be adjusted easily over time.

As you've seen in this thread, Jack spent a lot of time studying and collecting 'best practices' for high lines and I think he's arrived at an elegant and flexible track by not permanently affixing it to the ground.

Part 2 in next post.
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Harlock » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:31 pm

Part 2...

At lunch time the tools were put away and everyone convened in Jack's house for sandwiches and split pea soup. Then it was play time. Mike Getscher (whom you may recognize from my Live Steam Magazine cover article featuring his amazingly detailed Falk) brought a partially completed OS Porter chassis, being converted into a Baldwin as be builds.

Larry Fisher, who has a growing collection of small scales locomotives brought his LBSC Juliet.

Contined...
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Harlock » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:34 pm

Part 3...

Larry also brought this unpainted 0-4-0 who's make and model has left my brain since yesterday.

Andy Romer brought his Raritan, a familiar sight to LALS small scales members. After a quick remedy for a leaky sight glass drain, the locomotive became the first ever to take the main at the Alcalde and Coalfield with a great cheer. Sounds of small scales chuffs were heard echoing off the scenery for the first time.
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Harlock » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:35 pm

A few more general pictures of the day, showing good times and good friends. I had to leave before Larry got out on the main, someone else may have a picture or two of that.

All in all a great day and I feel honored to witness the birth of a new railroad.

-Mike
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Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Post by Andy R » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:20 am

Jack has really put in a lot of time, thought and capital into the Alcalde and Coalfield. What a classy steaming bay - with fancy brick retaining walls and herring-bone pattern paving bricks. And of course very conveniently placed air and water lines. Note the height of the steaming bays too - very easy to work on the locos. What a pleasure to run on a highline instead of on the ground at LALS. No backache and no leg cramps. Time to schedule more trips to the A&C to help grade and build the rest of the track.
And we had a great time jawboning when not working or steaming. See Mike's last photo.

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