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Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:54 am
by smcgill
But we still have Aristo items & spirit! :)

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 2:18 pm
by Ed Headington
Thanks, Cal. Have ta check-em out!!

Ed

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:38 pm
by Alan Lott
I posted some details of the very laborious work I undertook last week on the birthday thread. To recap I spent a few hard days relaying part of the RR followed by the re-painting of most of my structures. That was all achieved and this week I had had a n easier time, re-balasting a couple of areas and making final adjustment to the location of the station and freight facilities. Today saw the covered bridge being re-painted - after removal of small lodgers and cobwebs. :lol: Close to the covered bridge is an area known as the trail of the lonesome pine. Well, there is one large (nearly 20ft. high) Christmas tree. Those with similar trees will know the needles that these trees shed. The ballast below a part of the area was in good condition, just overwhelmed with needles. I shovelled all the ballast into a wheelbarrow and filled the barrow with water. As I anticipated the needles floated to the surface and I removed then with a fishing net. I then was able to remove and relay the ballast. Looks fine.
So half of the RR has been dealt with and the remainder can wait until after the leaves have fallen of the trees. I can now see more of the train as it rolls around the back yard; it was slowly being hidden by plants!!
As they say "its great when a plan comes together" ;)

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:12 pm
by Alan Lott
Eleven days later and I finally finished the rebuilding of most of the railroad. I decided not wait until the leaves fell, I wanted to take advantage of the good, warm and dry weather. Not ideal working when cold, damp and possibly soggy dirt.
I have levelled a grade by around 2 inches to 3 inches so hopefully trains will take advantage of the easing of the grade and not slow down anymore :lol: Those figures don't sound much but the labour to achieve them was a big deal. Lumber substrate which had been in place for fifteen years has been replaced with bricks which keeps unwanted shoots showing in between the ties. I once saw a photo of a garden railroad where some form of bulb (maybe bluebells or daffodils) had spread and made it virtually impossible to operate trains. That was a good lesson to take note of.
All that remains tomorrow is to run one of my RS3's hauling a coal train just to see how things are and whether any minor track adjustments need to be made. Hopefully there won't be.

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:05 pm
by Alan Lott
Test runs were a success and the speed of the train around the curve, which was now almost level, was noticeably different with no slowing down as it did before. There is a small grade now in Wilsons Gulch but as this is a straight section progress was not noticeably impeded. I am happy the it all, the hard work seems worthwhile and the general appearance is improved. Over the years some plants etc. had tended to obscure a fair proportion of the ROW.
Luckily I had finished the major works as we have entered a mini monsoon period: A Hurricane (Ophelia) came up from the Atlantic picking up Sahara sand and smoke particles from forest fires in Spain and Portugal. Unusual skies - red sun and then turning orange and very high winds. My area missed the worst, that hit Wales, and Ireland before bashing Scotland.
Heavy rains are the present as storm Brian arrives.
Anyway it has given me chance to sort out a good number of tins containing all manner of nails, screws, tacks and household maintenance odds and ends plus the junk of over 30 years that has accumulated in the garage.

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:49 pm
by Ed Headington
You put me to shame, Alan. I have a lot of trackwork (to which Jim Miller will concur) that needs to be done after Irma passed through here. In good short line tradition, I have made temporary fixes that allow trains to run at reduced speeds, but now I have to get to work and make the fixes/changes permanent.

Glad to hear your railroad is up and running again on nice pristing trackwork!!

Ed

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:49 pm
by Alan Lott
Well Ed, 10 mph is better than no speed. :D
My relaying/rebuilding was simply due to the settlement of the ground. It was not essential work but was an improvement with levelling and flattening out that grade. Now Irma was a horse of a different colour and I can imagine the disruption it cased. I guess some guys (who we don't know because they don't use fora), probable lost most, or all, of their railroad.
By the way, this happened a few years ago just up the coast from here.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26042990

Re: Oliver & North Fork Railroad

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:58 pm
by Ed Headington
Actually, Alan, we were very blessed with our entire property regarding Irma. Most of my railroad issues were a matter of ground washing out under the tracks. With all of the trees and branches down across the yard, none damaged the track, and the other damage we suffered was very minor. When I see what happened to many others, we feel VERY blessed!!!

Anyway, enjoy your new upgraded railroad now!!!

Ed