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Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:38 pm

My Picasa Web Album has been updated to include my recent Aristo-Craft Milwaukee Road RS3 locos at work.

I hope those who view it find it of interest but please be aware that the pictures were taken using a cell 'phone and not an expensive camera. :eek:


http://picasaweb.google.com/FSigs52/ONF ... enRailway#
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Post by Alan Lott » Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:48 pm

Just added three of these hoppers, making four, which will run with my open gonds. I was initially going to sell the original hopper car but it looked fine with the gonds. It looks even better with the three companions.
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Post by Alan Lott » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:06 pm

Increased passenger traffic has meant that a combine has to be added to some freight trains.

A yellow J&S car has been re-painted- any similarity to Milwaukee Road colors in quite intentional.
;) Running numbers are to be added tomorrow.
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Post by Alan Lott » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:39 pm

The trial with the Combine, now carrying a car number (81) was a great success.

So much so that an extra full car has been hurried through the paint shops to satisfy the passenger demand. It seems quite likely that a third car may well be needed.
;)

A third car (60), the last one, has been finished the same as car 42 (the second one). Running with a couple of boxcars will make a great mixed train.
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Post by Alan Lott » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:45 am

Due to a heavy work schedule in the paint shops a caboose, formerly PRR, has finally been repainted into road colors. (Sorry PRR fans ;))

The first pic shows the caboose in service in its PRR livery (many will recognize an Aristo track cleaning car), the following two are in the new paintwork.

Some may feel the color bright. Most of the railroad employees are of advanced years and not such good vision so every endeavor is made to make important stock high highly visible.
:D
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Post by Alan Lott » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:16 pm

Some two years ago one of my sons built a tunnel portal: it is just a spur road but at least can hold a short consist and can be electrically isolated. This tunnel is named Tomahawk Tunnel.

The subject of storage sheds has been discussed on the Forum and my new two road shed - just a solidly built and waterproof box section of about 8ft. in length - ideal for short term storage, or when rain showers appear.

It was decided that the entrance to the new shed would be via a tunnel portal. Thus came the construction of Oshkosh Tunnel.

These portals are made from building blocks which are lightweight and easily shaped. Details about the names chosen for the tunnels was given in a recent thread in the Off Topic Forum. (Why do we do this?).
The fist pic is Tomahawk Tunnel portal, the other two are the new Oshkosh Tunnel portal.
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Extension of spur and new facilities

Post by Alan Lott » Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:00 pm

The O&NF has extended the spur leading to Tomahawk Tunnel by moving the switch westwards some distance. This means a longer consist can be run into there and has allowed for loading and unloading facilities on a small scale. (i.e. brute force - no crane yet);)

The official opening was to be a low key affair but was thwarted by the arrival of the former inhabitants of the area who objected to the railroads expansion. It can be seen that the local Sheriff and his deputies are dealing with the fracas. :D


Now to the realities. I have been looking for a small area where a cameo could be displayed and hopefully remain intact and undisturbed by my dogs. The recent removal of climbing plants and a low fence allowed the switch to be re-sited further from the tunnel and clearance of a few ferns made an reasonably small open space.

The accompanying pics were taken, as usual, with a cell 'phone.
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Post by Alan Lott » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:59 pm

There was a new loco on the O&NF property today. The bright red bonnet raised a few eye brows with the locals who are used to seeing orange and black and gold and black RS3 types.

After crew familiarization it was soon given suitable work hauling a reefer and three boxcars. ;)
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Post by Alan Lott » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:43 pm

Things are on the 'up and up' on the O&NF RR. So much so that the small shed and grounded boxcar has become unsuitable for the amount of merchandise arriving at Tomahawk.

The RR has decided that a new freight depot is needed. The site is now cleared ready for the new building and the opportunity was taken to move the water windmill, tank to the opposite side of the tracks.

Many prefer structure construction jobs be done wintertime but I prefer to do them outdoors when the weather is warmer and whilst operating my trains.

The 'photos show the model in its mostly completed condition. Two further doors and some embellishments are still to be done. It will also need to be painted.
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Post by Alan Lott » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:58 pm

Here are two pics of the completed building.

I have only given the darker color one coat of weatherproofing which, hopefully, will convey an impression of a busy and used place.

A further coat will be applied in the Fall. Apart from the roof. which is cement based roofing slates, the construction is made of lumber and screwed or pinned to secure. It is quite heavy in weight and should last for some years. :D
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