August 2016

Pre-Estate Sales

 (for what it’s worth) By Rick Henderson   At some point, we ALL pass on, there simply is no getting around that fact. Also the saying that “He who dies with the most toys wins”, is often quite the opposite. When we pass on either expectedly or unexpectedly, if we leave behind our trains and other toys, we usually just burden our heirs with our collections and often they wind up

Tender brakes on the 2-4-0

Written by Jeff Frost   In the early 2000’s Dad and I looked into putting brakes on the tenders to increase the braking capacity. When pulling long trains at the White Creek Railroad, we would choose our routes so we didn’t have a long, straight downhill, but wanted curves to add resistance and help keep the train from going too fast. Due to the Mikado being heavier, it had better braking capabilities

Blind Tires and Flanged Tires

Written by Jeff Frost   Myth: to make an engine take sharper curves, install blind tires.   Blind locomotive tires are tires that do not have flanges. The sketch shows a flanged tire and a blind tire. On the outside the tires have a lip that will bear against the wheel center for its proper placement on the wheel center. The flanged tire has a 1:20 taper from the outside edge to

Building the 1940 Soo Line Russell Snow Plow

Written by R Grosser An Overland brass O scale model of a 1940 Soo Line Russell snow plow #183 (not shown), was 3d scanned by Jay Gross of JG Conversions  jgconversions@yahoo.com and DWG drawings to 1.6 scale created from that. These were made so the main body parts could be laser or water jet cut out including the rivet holes. My dad was a Soo Line freight brakeman but I do not recall him