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Incline railway? Or not?

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Posted by tgindy on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11:15 PM
Back from out of town and all is fixed.  Thanks for the heads up!

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Posted by vsmith on Monday, September 29, 2008 11:32 AM

Angels Flight is a funicular FYI - cable operated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_Flight

 

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Posted by richg1998 on Monday, September 29, 2008 10:51 AM

How about this one?


If any of you ever make it to New England, try to get to the cog railway on Mt Washignton in NH.
The cog railway now has a bio diesel locomotive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVlLGXaIwqA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orlMEIEGxX0&feature=related

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Posted by Johnnny_reb on Sunday, September 28, 2008 11:45 PM
 richg1998 wrote:

Hey tgindy

All your links lead to: http://cs.trains.com/forums/

Did you try the links while in Preview?

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Posted by PASMITH on Sunday, September 28, 2008 8:39 PM
A number of years ago when General Dynamics was big in San Diego, they sponsored a model railroad club on their premises. One of their club members was a real craftsmen and built the only operating incline ( HO gauge) model that I have ever seen. It operated flawlessly. I do not know what happened to this model railroad when GD was broken up. Sometime thereafter I noted that the San Diego Model RR Club at the San Diego Model RR Museum started to build a downtown trolley line. The quality of this work reminded me of the work that was done on the GD incline although, I have no idea if it was done by the same person. I know that this is not much help, but perhaps someone reading this forum has pictures of this incline or additional information on how it was built.

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Posted by richg1998 on Sunday, September 28, 2008 7:58 PM

Hey tgindy

All your links lead to: http://cs.trains.com/forums/

Did you try the links while in Preview?

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Posted by milo on Sunday, September 28, 2008 7:46 PM

Here's another one, from Wellington, New Zealand.

 http://www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz/

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Posted by larak on Saturday, September 27, 2008 10:50 PM

Look for Otis elevating railway (Palenville NY). One of the early ones.

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Posted by tgindy on Saturday, September 27, 2008 10:12 PM

Welcome to the world's steepest mountain railway in my backyard:

The Johnstown Inclined Plane with a grade of 70.9%...

http://www.inclinedplane.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown_Inclined_Plane

Two suggestions if an inclined plane like this were to be scratchbuilt:

[1]  A sufficient length of flextrack.

[2]  A triangular-framework under the incline car to make it level.

One inclined plane car starts at the bottom, and the other inclined plane car starts at the top, and they do "a meet" at the halfway point of their journey.  The engine/cable house is by the observation deck & restaurant at the top of the Inclined Plane.

Resting on cement piers, the ties and rails are not lying directly on the ground with a roadbed, but have a supporting foundation under its entire length.  In the pictures you can see a walking path on the hillside and a sculpture where the walking path goes under the rails and continues to wind up the hillside.

The "white specs" you see in the pictures beside the rails are llights...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:JohnstownIncline.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:InclineTopView.jpg

Also note the technical specs that you can easily convert to HO Scale dimensions.

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Posted by stebbycentral on Saturday, September 27, 2008 8:35 PM
There are plenty of US prototypes to model.  Your real problem may be finding the parts to build one.  Doing a Google search for rack rail in HO, the only current supplier I could come up with was for the European manfuacturer: Fleischman.  Ditto for a cog-driven locomotive.  Finding a US distributor that carries those products might be an issue.

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Posted by gkhazzard on Saturday, September 27, 2008 6:15 PM

The Mill Mountain funicular, in Roanoke Virginia, is no longer in operation, but you can find some basic information about it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_Mountain_Incline

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Posted by TxPRRfan on Saturday, September 27, 2008 5:28 PM

Here's links to information on the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines in Pittsburgh, PA.  FYI both have been in operation for about 125 years.

http://members.tripod.com/~riid/inclines.html  http://incline.pghfree.net/

Here's a YOUTUBE video of a model of the Duquesne incline:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbz3nSMfE9Q

 

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Posted by maxman on Saturday, September 27, 2008 5:08 PM

Mount Washington cog railway is: http://www.thecog.com/

The Pittsburgh Duquesne Incline is: http://incline.pghfree.net/ 

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Posted by tomikawaTT on Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:55 PM

The words you are looking for are funicular for a cable-hauled incline (2 cars on the ends of a single cable, passing siding in the middle of the run) and cog (or rack) railway for the variety where the trains have big gear wheels centered on their axles which engage a rack centered between the rails.  Angels Flight and Lookout Mountain are funiculars, while the routes up Mt. Washington and Pike's Peak are rack railroads.

Hope this helps.

EDIT...  Looks like the two previous posters were typing faster than I was!

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Posted by NEMMRRC on Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:51 PM
Cog Railway.

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Posted by paulsafety on Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:50 PM
Try "FUNICULAR" -- this should work for your searches.

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Incline railway? Or not?
Posted by UK78ALUM on Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:44 PM

Guys,

I'm at a loss for words for a Google search.  What I'm looking for is information on an "incline railway" in HO scale.   I'm thinking of something like Angels Flight in LA, or I think Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga may have had one as well.  That's the principle anyway, and I'll modify it to fit my planned layout.

So, "incline railway" returns a great deal of hits, but they seem to all be about the various ways to gradually raise your regular HO roadbed, and also various products to accomplish this task.

Again, I'm (unsuccessfully) looking for information on how to model the "up and back" transportation car that I only know as an "incline railway".  Is it actually called something else?

Thanks!

 

 

Dave Lexington KY

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