Garden railroad, take 2

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, August 9, 2020 6:54 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, August 9, 2020 6:58 PM

This new end of track may be a jumping off place.....

if I ever decide to extend the trackage.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, August 9, 2020 9:30 PM
Glad all this work survived the 'quake! I still think you are brave man without a piece of electrically dead track at the end of the line! The boys really enjoyed seeing the rack railway and asked if we could install one. I spoiled their fun with my answer!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, August 9, 2020 10:47 PM

Eric, 

 it's amazing about Garden Railroading: I think you have to adapt for the local challenges at hand. Here in this Southern California climate, the challenges are:

1. The Sun  . Extremely hot, and relentless.

2. Earthquakes. 'nuff said

3. occasional high winds

These are the main concerns I have to work with. Other parts of the country have their own, separate challenges, possibly quite different from mine.

Fortunately, moisture, tarnish, electrical conductivity issues are less here. I have been fortunate so far, but the cog line is a long stub ended branch line, and my plan is to put in another power feed near end of track. 
Just in case.... I think it's too far right now from the source. 
This is next project, as well as a control station of some sort.

If you ever decide to build a cog line, I would be happy to share what I have learned along the way. It's a fun side project, anyway! You've got a great railroad as it is!

Paul

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:50 PM

It's been too hot to work outside for weeks.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:53 PM

Now that it's cooled off, time to run trains!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:55 PM

Damn the torpedoes!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:57 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, August 29, 2020 4:00 PM

I will use this time to contemplate my next move...

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, August 30, 2020 7:13 PM
Nothing quite like just letting things run to understand what "needs" to come next! We are under stay-at-home orders again, and I let 2 days of just running the iron horse point out irregularities in the track, areas of poor electrical connectivity, uneven grade, you name it! All the numerous little faults that I'd "fixed" by jiggling and wiggling have been permanently removed and / or corrected!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, August 30, 2020 9:44 PM

That's what it's all about! I had another run day today, and it was great! 
I ran mostly passenger trains today, sorry no pictures. Ran 2 Spectrum Moguls, The Aristo C-16, 10th Anniversary Pennsy loco, the LGB Forney,and The RhB engine and coaches.Everything behaved today, and ran flawlessly! I did learn much about gradients, load limits, and engine capabilities. I have some curves and slopes, and need to keep my trains short, or pony up for more horsepower!

Other than that, it was a great day!

You have to run to know what you have, and , what you need...

Paul

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:19 PM

The story is that I used to travel a lot. 3 places that have stuck with me are: Japan, Australia, and Switzerland.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:22 PM

Here's my new Montreux Oberland Bernois Ge 4/4 look. 2 motor blocks.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:26 PM

My late friend Noel, who lived in Geneva, we used to exchange train photos. He was a brilliant photographer!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:29 PM

It's been 20 years, but I remember a cheese buffet in the hotel for breakfast. And I love cheese!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:32 PM

So the Swiss portion of my " Swiss-Colorado Lines" is an unofficial tribute to my friend Noel.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:35 PM

The Shay is a great engine, and always a favorite!

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Posted by BLT_BY_LIONEL on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:43 PM

Everything looks great!  Love the cog railway line.  It must be awesome to have trains running in all different directions and elevations.  Keep up the great work Yes

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, September 20, 2020 2:12 PM

Postwar Paul

So the Swiss portion of my " Swiss-Colorado Lines" is an unofficial tribute to my friend Noel. 

What a wonderful, living tribute!  The Triple O serves much the same purpose.  CINCHOUSE has two Nisei still with us.  I made sure both painted a small portion of our sugar mill loco Komaka Iki for this very reason!

Keep the updates coming and the story rolling forward!

 

Eric

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:12 PM

Here's snaps from the "Colorado " roster, featuring the Spectrum Moguls. Notice that I have cut back the train length due to the single gearbox. The Accucraft cars have metal trucks and wheels, and are very heavy !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:16 PM

Smooth running engines. They require R3, as do the Accucraft cars.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:22 PM

Need to get back to work on the railroad!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, October 9, 2020 11:00 PM

More to come ...

my iPad requested a software update a week ago. I have not been able to post any pictures ever since. I'll be back when I get this figured out...

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:37 PM

Looking forward to it!

 

Also, I have decided R1 curves have a singular advantage... VISA card preservation! Big Smile  Those are beautiful models!

Desultory progress on the mill continues, but we'll be running trains today just the same.

Eric

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:22 PM

Eric, 

this railroad is really getting to the point that it is very pleasant and enjoyable as it is!

when I make significant progress, and get my picture dilemma sorted out, I'll show you what I've got. Usually, it's something gone wrong with the share site...

I'll figure it out....

Paul

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