Nashville Valley RR – Phase 2 has begun

After some reworking of the original plan, I have begun Phase 2. The track now has 1,750′ of main line. The first part of phase 2 will add another 400′, making a reverse look and double tracking part of the main line. In the spring, the second part of phase two will add another 1,000′. This part will include a few bridges. I’m still working out how I want to build the bridges. I have the basic layout in my head. Tomorrow, my dad and I are going to do some transit work to figure elevations and the kind of prep work that must be done. Below, you can see the switch at the end of the 400′ extension that will complete the reverse loop.

Switch that will return to the main line before crossing the culvert and entering the tunnel.

Switch that will return to the main line before crossing the culvert and entering the tunnel.

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WLS Annual Meet Weekend

Waushakum Live Steamers annual meet weekend August 28, 29 & 30.

For more info and directions, click here.

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How to weld rail

This is a really cool video of how the railroads weld rail.

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Merry Christmas!

I wish to you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! May you experience the love and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I will remember you in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Christmas.IMG_1321

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Update

Check out the new tips link in the menu bar. If you know of any good tips that you would like to see me add, just send me an eMail. Enjoy!

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Trains in the new Lone Ranger movie

Here is a great video about the trains in Lone Ranger. Those amazing scenes are amazing. Most are real trains with real people running along the roofs, jumping out of the way and doing all kinds of crazy thing. But, there are also some great effects used to achieve and deceive the eye into thinking something that really isn’t. Just check it out, I think you like this one.

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Drive Wheels

Completed one drive wheel and will finish up the other five next week.

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New Locomotive Project

Today, I finally began building my new locomotive. I’ve been looking at building either a 3/4″ scale or 1″ scale locomotive. After our annual meet in August, I got talking to a good friend of mine and he suggested I build the same engine as he is building, so that’s what I’m doing.

It’s the Friends Models, 1″ Scale, 4-3/4″ Gauge B-8 Class 4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler” by H.J. Coventry of Baltimore, MD. Now the great thing is that not only are Steve and I building the same locomotive, but for Christmas his son Paul received a set of castings. In the future, we will get to triple head. That will be the sight on the Waushakum high line.

Today, I began machining my drive wheels. I finished facing the back sides. Tomorrow, I will machine the front, dill and ream them.

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New project

I’ll tell you about a new locomotive I am beginning this coming week! Come back and see pictures of castings, prints and more info.

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Happy New Year!

Health, happiness and blessings to one and all!

Happy New Year 2014

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