Oliver & North Fork Railroad

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Gareth Palmer
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Gareth Palmer » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:11 pm

Ed, be careful with the Roundup 365. I sprayed it on my brick patio in the early spring, and after a couple of months it started leeching into the lawn, about 12 to 18" in. I have tried to plant grass seed twice and it sprouts then dies. It is a long lasting herbicide, but take precautions to keep it where you want it.

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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Ed Headington » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:28 pm

Thanks for the advice, Gary. I won't be using it near grass etc. that I want to grow for the most part, but I'll be extra careful if I start getting close to some flowers or grass. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Bud Harriss » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:34 am

Alan, you have certainly been a busy beaver in the construction of new facilities.
You also need not worry about your skill with photo equipment or technique with the cell phone.
You are doing just great.
Bud Harriss, Florida, USA

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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:42 pm

Thank you Bud for your kind comments.

The weather has been cold (by our standards) with a continual wind and rain, so I have not run any trains since early November on the RR. I was also ill for almost a month so even my inglenook set up has had little use of late.

But, I have now regained my railroading enthusiasm and am thinkng about building the school house, which has, actually, been in my mind for a couple of years.
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:24 pm

No work yet on school house project - it will be a nice outdoor job, I guess, during warm sunny weather. ;) However I have managed to run trains once or twice a week in recent times.

But the railroad is stopped at present. Yesterday (Thursday 2 April) I decided to make a fairly large alteration to the ROW.
Between the covered bridge near Lonesome Pine Valley and the Tomahawk branch (around 20ft.) there is a grade which takes the line around a magnolia tree. Due to a large root of this tree and the building blocks which form the ROW base, the grade, though not severe, was to me an undesirable feature of the railroad.
Accordingly the blocks and 4" deep pieces of lumber, which have been there now since 2005 when the line was built, have been lifted. 2" deep treated lumber has replaced this and allows for a virtually flat ROW. This ROW alteration has been in my mind for a considerable time, but not wishing to halt train running in the better weather and not wanting to be in the back yard in bad weather has meant this project being far too long on the back burner. :eek:
So on Monday (5th.), weather permitting ballast will be laid, track relaid and test trains run.
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:10 pm

Further progress was made this afternoon. Only part is now treated lumber as I remembered a stack of bricks that were lying around without a purpose. So the grade is now virtually eliminated, ballast laid and the track re-instated. A final application of ballast, where needed, will be done Monday (weather permitting).

Hard work, when you are the wrong side of 75, but with a bit of help from 'er indoors, I am more than pleased with the outcome.
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:12 pm

As a relaxation after a very busy few days before and including Easter I decided to apply new ballast to the alteration area and other areas where needed. It was a very nice day.

Today is virtually a summers day with temperatures up in the mid 60's F so a small embankment - for lawn mowing purposes - has been built and trains are running well.
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by IVOR SNODDY » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:49 pm

Alan it's not often that it's as good up here as it is down there ( if that makes sense, sounds double Dutch ) , but it truly was an excellent day, I've got a bright red receding forehead tonight to prove it, it was a great day to start my yard clean up, looking forward to running some trains soon.

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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by Alan Lott » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:42 am

It appears it was some time since I updated this thread.

The summer has been pretty good here on the English Riviera, little rain, not very hot and only one or two gales. A couple of alterations, for operational reasons, have been made. The spur to the grain elevator has been reversed. it is now running north/south: this made for a simpler choice of switch selection, having a switch on its own rather than close to another which controlled the main to the Oshkosh tunnel tracks. I did find, from time to time - a senior moment I guess - of throwing the wrong switch. Another bonus here is that I have a little help mate now who enjoys coming over the fence and helping run the trains. He is only three years old but a fast learner! :D His family moved in next door a couple of months ago.

The other major change was to resite the chocolate factory facility. The loading bay is sited opposite its original location on the Tomahawk Tunnel spur and the pumping house is now adjacent to the freight depot approaching the Oshkosh Tunnel. This means the chololate industry no longer exists and I have yet to decide the purposes for the resited structures. But that does not hinder train running of course. ;) The spur which served the erstwhile chocolate facility is now a single track train barn/storage facility - it can hold four 40ft. cars. As my track is principally a single line with a passing loop and four spurs (three for storage and the elevator one) it does allow for another change of train type. Variety is the spice of life it is said!

I have also reintroduced some track power in addition to battery power. This allows for two Ten Wheelers and an Aristo Centre Cab to operate on track power plus the RS3's and FA-1 which only require a flick of the power selection switch. The youngster loves the Ten Wheelers you see. :D I have isolation sections in the spurs to allow for power changeovers. When running track power batteries are disconnected in the trailing cars and when running battery power the power to the track is switched off.

The only addition to the inventory this year has been an Aristo CofG covered hopper, which now gives me three cars of this type. I have to be honest that coal drags are my favourite train. I have 9 Aristo 2bay offsets, 2 Aristo PRR 100T'ers. and 5 Bachmann 3 bays all of which are frequently in service. As the 'theoretical' northern terminus of the railroad is situated in a coal area of SW PA it seems logical to have coal trains. The Aristo coal loads are reasonable in appearance but the Bachmann were grim looking. I have some black granules and when mixed with a special glue produce a 'springy' type tarmac such as used in kiddies play areas. I coated the plastic coal load with adhesive a sprinkled on the granules. This produces a much better looking 'coal' effect and is not 'messy' like real coal. (I do have lots of real coal by the way).

The worst time for outdoor railroading will soon be with us. For me that means lots of leaves on the tracks! :eek: This occurence is still a few weeks away and I hope the colder weather keeps away until December. The quitest month for me is usually January when it is cold (by UK standards) of just above freezing point, often made worse by strong winds. We shall see what Mother Natue has to offer later on.
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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Post by R.J DeBerg » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:16 pm

Glade to see your still updating your RR. I've been in stand by mode for a while but finally after 6 months I ran a train the other day. To many other things going on for now. Thanks for the up date. Later RJD
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