Bill and Tom's EXCELLENT ADVENTURE in Logging and Mining

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, May 28, 2009.

  1. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I like the crane! Is it an old True Scale, or the Walthers re-pop? Looks like you chopped the frame and put it on a 6 wheel truck, so it could operate on that flat car.
  2. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    the crane

    Eric built the crane, I'm thinking it is the walther's Brouwnhurst crane, which he took off of it's base, and installed on the base he made there from an old passenger truck, some scrap styrene, and some squadron green putty.

    While Tom was taking pictures I was studying the sawmill area. I'm figuring I'll need to build four #6 switches in order to get two siddings for loading lumber (these will disappear behind the backdrop, with the hole shilded by big drying stacks of lumber), one sidding to the Company store building which will also serve as a warehouse for supplying the logging camps, and annother long sidding, dissapearing behind the back drop either between buildings, or through one, where we can store a humongous long string of flatcars. The other leg of that switch will cross over the log pond on a bridge, cross the mainline @ an angle, and lead to two siddings to one of those AHM old time coal mines (Cumberland #1).

    I also got drafted to do some track repair at a switching area on the near side of the first peninsula, where someone had pulled out a broken switch. the new switch didn't fit perfectly, as the old one had been altered some, si I did what I had to do to splice in that switch.

    Bill Nelson
  3. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Eric built it and he reports a devil of a time getting on this site to converse with all the good people here. We keep encouraging to become a member and hopefully he will be by soon. I will have some more pictures of Eric's excellent modelling tomorrow.

    Eric called the crane a "Burro" crane and Bill and I assured him that loggers used burros and donkeys and all types of beasts in their daily work.

    Doc Tom:wave:
  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    WoW....A thread about a hobby....How refreshing....

    The side clearance on that picture is a little tight..No..??
    Love that crane doing the donkey work....

    Keep those pictures coming..!! :thumb:
  5. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Ericson Yard Tower

    Here are some more shots of Eric's great modeling. These are pictures of the Junction Tower he built for Ericson Yard (of course).

    Notice those logger boys already are tying up this nice big yard with loads heading to the Patterson Sawmill.
    Doc Tom:mrgreen:

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  6. Sawdust

    Sawdust Member

    Nice work Bill & Tom or should I say Bill, Tom & Eric.:mrgreen: I like the crane especially mounting it to the rail car on rails. The colors for the tower look good.:thumb:
  7. ytter_man

    ytter_man Member

    Looks like there's work bein done, both in scale and real life sign1

    Thanks guys!
  8. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi Sawdust,

    Eric did all this nice modeling. Eric has been trying for a few weeks to get on to Zealot but is having problems becoming a member. Hopefully we will get him here in on the fun soon. He is currently building an old frame church that was converted in to a car garage and junk yard in his home town. This model will be very interesting and photogenic. Eric says the conversion ( desecration?) really angered the home town folks and the building mysteriously burned down a few years later.
    Doc Tom:wave:
  9. Maico Shark

    Maico Shark Guest

    If there's any way I can assist Eric, I'd be happy to. We want, and need, talented crafts people here to help those just starting out.
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Beautiful work! In real life, would there be stops on those crane rails to prevent the operator from over-running the end?
  11. ytter_man

    ytter_man Member

    You mean the loader crane on the flatcar? Probably dont need chock blocks/stops because they're self-propelled, and with extensions between the car's rails they can traverse the length of the train.

    I know i'd still jam a wedge of wood or two under the wheels in transit if i were working one in real life sign1
  12. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Boy I would hope so!!! Imagine trying to pick that beast up off the ground.

    Eric who did all this neat modelling is having problems getting on this site to answer questions. I think it may be cause of his .mil email address. He is part of the hard working patriots at Fort Campbell here in Clarksville, part of the "Band of Brothers" 101st Airborne Division. We have had a lot of military guys over the years at the club. They bring in a lot of experience and some pretty wild tales from all over the world.

    I may see if we can get Eric a plain jane civilian web address.

    Doc Tomwall1
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    If that were a real working crane, the operator could easily move off of the rails and ruin an otherwise fine day. :rolleyes:
  14. Sawdust

    Sawdust Member

    Hey Tom glad to hear your buddy Eric might soon be getting on. My son of 15 models 1/72 scale military & is a perfectionist at what he does. His greatest passion second to baseball is anything & I mean anything to do with the military & is practically a historian of D-day & the envolvement of the Band of Brothers. Let your friend Eric know that our Soldiers are greatly appreciated & keep encouraging him to share his talents with us.
  15. ed101

    ed101 New Member

    Well gentlemen, I finally figured out how to get on here! Thanks for posting those pics of my handywork too! I've enjoyed learning about the logging and mining railroads since being a Midwest boy myself we didn't worry too much about cutting down our 1 tree or mining cow gold. As far as the Burro goes, It's a good example of buying a crane that "needed work" I took off the bottom and replaced it with a passenger truck and used smaller wheels in place of the original ones. It still is a work in progress and is fun to work on as I find a new part it really really needs. True, it would use "chok blok" to help it stay on the rails and not run off the end. From what I've gathered, they would run rails from one logging car to the next and just bolt them together temporarily and the crane would winch itself to the next car than the rails would be unbolted and flipped to the rear to the next car behind the crane. You might of noticed that behind the crane is a set of boxcars, that is going to be a RIP track based on what I remember out at Ft. Irwin, California when I'd go out there for desert training. They set boxcars on pilings and worked out of them as shops etc.
  16. ed101

    ed101 New Member

    Oh. and thanks for the appreciation of the soldiers! I actually was with 1st. Brigade and not the 4th. which is known as Band of Brothers. I spent 8 years with them and retired over with 5th. Special Forces working with an attached Fast Team.
  17. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hey Sawdust,

    Thanks for the nice note. Here is a picture of our modern day 101st including a female soldier and "knocked out" palace of Saddam in Iraq.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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  18. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hey Eric,
    Glad to see you made it!!!!!!! I think you will enjoy this part of the web.
    Doc Tom:wave:
  19. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Coal Mine Number One on the Club Layout

    In addition to all the logging action J.E.Patterson Coal and Lumber has quite a few mining operations on the Clarksville Model RR layout.

    Here we see a high stepping Mogul getting ready to assemble a coal drag from J.E. Patterson's first coal mine. Steam power at work again with nary a Diesel in sight.

    Dr Tom :wave:

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  20. ytter_man

    ytter_man Member

    Love that ol 2 6 0! It looks well used and ready to do some work, and the tipple is very well done. You can see the light poking through the cracks! :mrgreen:

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