Erskine Tramway

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby rkcarguy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:22 am

Excellent thank you!

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:35 pm

Today, I decided it was time to start getting ready to haul wood. So, I had to clean off the cars. I hauled five of the new track panels out and laid them on the ballast. I see I need to roll out a couple more feet of weed fabric to clear the sixth panel, I'll work on that later. I'll take the last panel out now, and lay it alongside the fifth one.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Glenn Brooks » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:07 pm

Mike,

Don't see a wood pile yet at End of Track!?? :D

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:39 pm

Glenn Brooks wrote:Mike,

Don't see a wood pile yet at End of Track!?? :D

Glenn


Glenn........

That's because the wood pile is next to the Car Shed, and at the moment, there isn't much there :D We're expecting another four cords, first of next month. The end of track has nothing to do with hauling wood, it's just about half way to the pile of dirt I shoot into. There'll be another five-hundred or so feet, depending on the exact route I end up taking. It'd be nice if Google Earth would take another satellite picture, so I can figure out exactly where the track is now :lol: I could use a new picture in my drafting program, and the levels I plan to run this Fall, to plot a route. Failing that, I can use the current picture, and measure the track with my measuring wheel to find it, it's just more trouble :roll:

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby rkcarguy » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:19 pm

I've seen quite a few methods for laying track as far as the base, ballast, and weed cloth goes. I like yours the most.
In my neck of the woods, it can pour rain for weeks. As I'll be installing a "trail" first then laying track on it, I'll probably use 3/8 clear for the base, lay the track, then 5/8 clear ballast to the top of the ties. I find the 3/8 clear easy to work with, it packs pretty smooth yet still lets rain flow through. Still undecided on weed cloth or not.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:39 pm

rkcarguy wrote:I've seen quite a few methods for laying track as far as the base, ballast, and weed cloth goes. I like yours the most.
In my neck of the woods, it can pour rain for weeks. As I'll be installing a "trail" first then laying track on it, I'll probably use 3/8 clear for the base, lay the track, then 5/8 clear ballast to the top of the ties. I find the 3/8 clear easy to work with, it packs pretty smooth yet still lets rain flow through. Still undecided on weed cloth or not.


I like the 'base course' for sub-ballast account it's got some dust in it that 'sets up' to make a 'crust' over the fabric. I think that helps to shed water off the fabric and makes a sort of cushion to help keep the 3/4" clean rock from poking holes in the fabric. I guess your local conditions would determine whether you'd really need the fabric.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby rkcarguy » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:11 pm

That's a good point. I was thinking I wanted the cloth/base to pass water, just not allow weeds to grow, after I used a product that didn't pass water in the past and watched a heavy rain wash all my dirt and bark landscaping into the ditch many years ago.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby boaterri » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:25 pm

You might try "flash earth" for satellite imagery. Don't know about your area but the images for my area are clearer and newer.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby neanderman » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:42 pm

Erskine Tramway wrote:...the Throttle, pull back, with 9 notches (Idle through #8) of power.


I'd have to have one that goes to 11...

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:00 am

boaterri wrote:You might try "flash earth" for satellite imagery. Don't know about your area but the images for my area are clearer and newer.

Rick


Rick.......

The image isn't as clear, but it's new enough to show the grade. Thanks.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:02 am

neanderman wrote:
Erskine Tramway wrote:...the Throttle, pull back, with 9 notches (Idle through #8) of power.


I'd have to have one that goes to 11...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4xgx4k83zzc


I've run engines with 16 power notches.....I don't know what good the 'half-notches' did, but they were on GE 'U Boats'.

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Re: Erskine Tramway

Postby Erskine Tramway » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:48 am

boaterri wrote:You might try "flash earth" for satellite imagery. Don't know about your area but the images for my area are clearer and newer.

Rick


Say, Rick......

Is that a Pay service? I'll bet that would sharpen up the image :D

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