Progress on the Triple O

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Posted by chocho willy on Monday, June 18, 2018 10:15 AM

Eric, really looking good, the pile of rocks reminds me of the good old days of coquina rock finding, as they use to say "the mother load". What is the building in the corner picture, in front of the water tower, looks like a 2 story switching tower? Is that one you were working on for the MLK? Keep up the great work, Bill 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:40 AM

Bill & Tom,

Thanks as always for the encouragement and kind words!

Bill, the my father-in-law built a pair of little switch towers to hide light switches tha turn the two station tracsk on and off.  The 2x4 beauty the gang and I crafted for the build challend on Large Scale Central is just visible in the rear.  You can see its outsized observation platform.  This, too, has swithes to turn tracks on and off, but we've yet to wire them in due to family travel and bad weather.

Next on the "need" to build is a replacement for that little truss.  Kid-zilla did a number on it.  It is holding for now as I dither looking at options - wood vs. vinyl; deck girder cs. trestle.  At this stage, simple and durable will win out.

Oh, photo proof of progress...

Oldest Daughter buttressed this turn into Haluku'ilio.  She observed Mr. Otto the Cattle Dog follows this path to the guppy pond, and figured we should double brace the curve:

My father-in-law built the structures from his scrap heap, by the way.

We worked together to countersink stones in here to suppor the outer loop, add visiual separation, and give more sense of mass to the tunnel complex.  These are before and after shots, though obviously taken from opposite sides of the railroad:

Before:   After:   

 

We also replaced a series of small stones with larger rocks to shore up the mainline to Pu'u'oma'o.  Again, you have different angles, but you get the idea.  Also, I thought it time I submit proof I occassionally get dirty on the railroad, too!

Before:     After:  

Trains ran great after we leveled the grade, though the slight rise from right to left where you see the caboose disappearing still seems to slow trains down.

Hope your week is going well!

 

Eric 

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, August 05, 2018 2:27 AM

Aloha All!

Just a couple quick updates.  First, Gustav, our venerable 0-6-2T made "his" way back from repairs at Western Edge of Tombstone.  The old fellow had been a featured derelict on this and another site as I chased faults that had accumulated over 30+ years.  Basically, he needed every last link, gear, and rod replaced.  He came home with us after a visit with family in Arizona.  I'll try the video:

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Failing that, here's the photo:

The trip provided an opportunity to take advantage of the hobby's congeniality, and yet another Tucson railroader opened his home and shop.  I got to hold a live steamer for the first time...Hmmmm....

In the meantime, the "strategic parts order" arrived, so we can slowly build up our war chest of traction tires, idlers, rail clamps, coupler bits, etc.  Again, another generous hobbyist unexpectedly donated a collection of LGB hook-and-loop parts, so we can start double-ending some cars and reparing / replacing worn out couplers.  Oh, the railclamps are the type with vertical screws.  I am curious to see how they compare with "Split Jaws."  They cost much less, for sure.  Anyway, rail clamping is on the agenda for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the tablesaw follies continued.  I'd hoped to find a cheap 4" one in Arizona.  Nope.  Our local big-box hardware store has one for ~$100, making it almost a wash with regards to shipping.   Our truss is giving out, so there is a need (in the hobby sense of the word) to cut timbers for a replacement trestle, probabaly one along the lines of the one in the most recent GR. I have a book full of trestles from our local sugarcane plantations, so I might even make an attempt to at least be evocative of those.  Then again, I might just focus on not cutting off a finger...

Our 1:1 scale fence goes in later this month.  As mentioned elsewhere, I see no better use for the dirt than to put it into raising a portion of our inner loop.  Salvaged lava rocks are on hand for that one!  

I should mention I had to divert time to another project.  A well meaning relative gave Oldest Son a roughly HO-ish toy train for Christmas.  He wants to use it for his own garden railroad.  I had a pallet in my garage from a home improvement project, gave him my hot knife, glue and styrofoam, and off he went.   

  

I am not sure how far he will get, as it is his project, but, at Bill's (aka ChochoWilly) prodding some time back, I have been looking for a way to get him going.  I consider the time diversion as a strategic investment for later.

And that is that!

 

Hope all are having a great weekend!

 

Aloha,

Eric

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Posted by chocho willy on Sunday, August 05, 2018 9:03 AM

Eric it sounds great and I'll bet the youngster well have it done in half your time, sure I don't need to tell you but keep those pictures and post cards coming, Bill

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Posted by Neiler on Sunday, August 05, 2018 2:50 PM

Neat engine. Too wet here to play in the garden. 

My son flew over from Oahu last weekend and helped with stuff that has been bugging me. I should head over to take him to Ewa. He still likes to ride the rails! I did something right. Good for you to instill a passion for creating things in hour children. 

Malahini boy, Neiler

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, August 05, 2018 5:03 PM

Neiler,

 

If you ride the Ewa train, the LIONEL club in the railyard had LGB for sale from a large donation they took in a while ago.  You sort of have to show interest.  I picked up my LGB 2018D for a song, which the guy there still put them ahead relative to a consignment sale.

Lunch and then to the garden!

 

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Posted by Neiler on Sunday, August 05, 2018 5:50 PM
Thanks for the tip!
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Posted by ttrigg on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 4:58 PM

Nice to see the next generation growing into the hobby.

 

Dictated by Tom, typed by Carrie, Tom's daughter.

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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 5:23 PM

Tell Tom I said hi, thinking of him, Bill

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, August 13, 2018 2:14 AM

Aloha All!

Well, the Triple O had its Summer 2018 "Little People on the Railroad Day."  200+ mostly Wild West themed PLAYMOBIL came out to really bring the road to life, and Pu'u'oma'o becomes Green Hills and Haluku'ilio becomes Dogwallow.  To be fair, the trains become secondary to the Little People once I let go and let imaginations take over, but that is OK.  

For me, this event was particulary poignant.   If GR was proof a couple years back this project was possible, Tom Trigg's kindness, guidance, patience, and mentorship pushed possibility into reality.  He has crossed over to a better place, but he made a whistle stop in Hawai'i yesterday to join us, I am sure en route to his final destination.  The trains rain beautifully, Tom, so thanks for stopping by.

If the photos that follow are not train centric, they are a tribute to Tom, who has gifted my these memories by guiding me into this hobby.  ALL ABOARD!!

Set up begins about 0800 by placing drop cloths around the perimeter.  This saves most of the detail parts.  Oldest Son prepars to bring Dogwallow to life:

Meanwhile, the girls get Winnetou's village into order.  Note the "tree-pi."  

Meanwhile, I get to have fun, too.   I get to set up a miners' camp in our gorge. This truss is about to give out and the trestle to come will be the first product of my table saw.  I also get to set up the cattle drive, mostly because I am the only one who has seen one in a Western.

    

OUr authenticity director, aka Kid-zilla, ensured that only US rolling stock was on the railroad today...or about 18" above it, in any case:

Somebody took a shot of an actual scene of railroad personnel doing actual railroad things.  Accidents happen:

It would not be a Wild West day if deperados didn't try to rob a train!  A band of ruffians waits in our forest (rosemary) to hit a passing a freight! The ensuing melee was a two hour affair, settled by none other than Doc Holliday and the Earps, seen approachng from the left in the second picture.

     

The Ladies of the Triple O help Winnetou and his band on a hunting expedition in the Dudestep Range.  The mountain is covered in what are allegedly native succulents called 'akulikuli.  The Dudesteps themselves are lava rock and concrete rubble stacked on half hollowtile.

Meanwhile, Kid-zilla helps the good folk of Green Hills go about their business.  In the background is Hell's Mountain, named for its inability to grow anything...until we gave it a name.  It is aslo a concrete rubble and lava rock creation with "Some kine" sedum, daisies, 'akulikuli, and random succulents than seem to come and go with relative abandon.  The large tower, by the way, lets us turn a passing siding and engine service track on and off.  The townsfolk are flying a banner commemorating its receipt of the "2018 Spirit of the Mik" award on Large Scale Central.  Ugly, but fun to build and functional!  

I am always impressed by the details the kids put into their vignettes, too.  Oldest Son set up 1st Section, Battery B, 2nd US Artillery doing gun drills outside Fort Union, a good Triple O customer, and someone took the time to set up the smith at work and the parson at prayer:

    

 

By 5:00 p.m., though , all was stashed away, and the boilers dropped to cold iron.  We were outside; we were dirty.  I think Tom would've been pleased.

The Nuernberg is in want of a crewman, Tom, and I think you best get aboard!  Until we meet again, aloha 'oe!

 - Eric

 

 

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Posted by ttrigg on Monday, August 13, 2018 4:24 AM

Thanks for the kind words for dad.

If your engine takes off on its own, probably just dad out for a joy ride. As much as dad talked (phone, text, email) about you and your garden railroad he had some pride in your efforts. I was in high school before all of my 'toys' were ejected from dad's railroad. He even shared some pictures of your layout with me. Like I said before, I always thought you were a short drive from his house and I thought he had been to your place a few times.

Carrie

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Posted by chocho willy on Monday, August 13, 2018 10:20 AM

Eric, as always, great pictures, great story, great placement of actors, you should have been a movie set director. That's probably why I never got into the war of the sugar cane moguls with you. It would be like a "d" class movie compaired to a block buster. Wonder ful job always like looking and reading your story lines, Bill

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Posted by ttrigg on Monday, August 13, 2018 5:37 PM

Eric

I need your postal mail address. indymis@cox.net 

About a month ago dad told me that there are a couple wood passenger car kits in the garage that he wanted me to send to you. Today I was clearing out mom's closet, dad still had ALL of her stuff after eight years. I found a box wrapped in Christmas paper, tagged from mom to dad but not her handwriting, must have been one of her care givers. I opened the box, a wood kit for a passenger stop. I'm not sure of the proper name, it's not a station but more like an overgrown bus stop shelter. The engraved place name for the roof is "Rosebud Falls" the name of dad's railroad.

If you are interested send me your address. I'll start clearing the garage next week.

Carrie

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:12 AM

Carrie, 

I am touched beyond words, both in that our efforts here brought joy to your Dad and that he should think of us, too.  We will be honored to allow the Triple O to become a physical a piece of your Dad's legacy.

I shall send a personal e-mail entitled "Eric in Hawaii" in a moment, but please do not hurry to respond.

 

 

Eric

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