Come on back to the caboose and get a cup of coffee [or sweet ice tea] Part I

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by Chief Eagles, Oct 2, 2005.

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  1. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    It's HO. N scale is too small for me to handle.
  2. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    I got a p2k 2-8-8-2 engine today realy nice, can't wait to run it.
  3. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    John that is a fantastic looking flatcar with load....M48 TANK!!!! Not knocking this at all but....

    , they shipped from the factory with the gun tube blocked in the fender and a wooden crate on the rear deck that contained and of the Basic Issue Items (BII). Also the gun tube in your case should be in the bracket on the back edge of the rear deck while in transit...its called a travel lock. While serving in Germany we were delayed on a train coming back from the gunnery ranges at Grafenwier for 12 hours. We were being pulled by and electric engine. One of the gun tubes came loose from the travel lock, the turret turned to the side and the tube knocked down one of the towers that supported the overhead electrical lines for train.

    The tiedowns shoud be crossed too. Tracks were blocked front and rear with planks laid down on the inside of the tracks to stop side shifting.

    That is a very nice model of that tank too!

    Cedar, you going to post some pictures of that??

  4. flat car

    Hey John'
    Like Old tanker said , the front and rear chains should be croosed. And the turret should be in the travel lock located under the turret. Like he said load shifting can have bad results. I am still in the Texas Army National Guard and we sometimes used fail service to get our trucks to summer camp locations instead of driving the long distance required.
  5. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    Rick I will try posting one tomorrow.
  6. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Good morning all, bout 21 here. Got lazy yesterday and didn't do too much, foam goes on today.

    Have a great day everyone!

  7. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Good morning and top 'o' the day to all of ye.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 1/26/2007

    Sundown Fire Dept., Station 23
    Wind Chill: 31°F
    Humidity: 90%
    Dew Point: 33°F

    So Far Today
    High: 42°F
    Low: 36°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 6mph E

    High: 59 °F
    Low: 35 °F
    Today High: 65 Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.
    Tonight Low: 45 Increasing clouds. A 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

    Ham and eggs today please.
  8. pennman

    pennman Member

    John, Nice looking model!works for me.

    Rick, Graf huh, spent many a cold winter walking around grafs gunnery ranges and field areas. No wonder you dont mind the cold.

    Not sure what tomake ofit down here got to 19 last night and going to mid 50's today. Have the day off so looks like I'll get a chance to get some stuff done around the house today maybe somemore drywall and hopefully I can start the trim soon.
    Yallhave a nice day,
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Tony, after 3 tours of Germany I can say that I remember more about Grf and Hoenfels than I care to....LOL! The best part was the railhead and train rides!

  10. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Yanks, close the door. Could hardly get my grits to boil this AM. :rolleyes: Got things to do. Need to build car storage for layout. Have a good one.
  11. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Good Morning All.
    Not much to report from the land of Buckeyes except winter has enter the building..Its 22 outside but the wind chill is 5-10 degrees.
    I pity the folks working the receiving and shipping docks where I use to work..I remember how the wind would whistle through the open dock doors and chill you to the bone even wearing heavy coveralls..Well let me throw another log on the fire I am cold from just thinking about those days. Ah,yes,nothing like retirement on a cold windy day.:thumb:
    I shall have a cup and look over the forum!
    Have a nice day all! :D
  12. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Good morning,

    9 degrees this morning, coldest of the year so far.

    Rick & Tony, Thanks for the help. I did know the gun tube should be in the lock, unfortunatly the Corgi model is not adjustable in tube elevation and the lock is fixed to the deck. Had no idea how to block and chain. Only time I every saw a tank on a flat was at Gallup, NM and that was from several hundred yards. Was never in a tank unit but did get to drive an M41 Walker a few times in the Reserves back in the early 60s (don't ask). :)

    Next one I do I'll try to chain and block as suggested. I can still add the planks on the inside of the tracks, but the chains are glued to the flat.

    Chief, Now it is getting cold enough for me to start eating grits.:D I do mine in the micro.

    Keep warm and enjoy the trains.
  13. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Chief, sould like you guys down south need to learn about insulation....LOL

    Larry for us retired guys that sounds like a winner....COFFEE!!!!

    John ok that explains the travel lock.....on the older tanks like the M48 and M60 series we tied em down at the lower tow hooks and the chains were crossed.

    For others looking to model flats with tanks.... For US layouts that are modren the M1, M1A1 series are loaded to to a flat, with 6 chains and binders front and rear. On the front they were attached to the lifting block on the outside of the headlights and crossed and on the rear with a big ring mounted in the tow pintel.

    M1s on trains in Germany were one tank to a car, and metal chock blocks that had teeth in the botom that extended under the track, no ties downs needed. The trains were set up with passenger cars that the tank crew rode in, passenger cars in front and tanks to the rear.

    They also tied and blocked the gun tube to the rear deck with wooden blocks because travel position on the M1 series is over the right rear sponson and for train clearances the tube has to be centered. Both US and Germany.

  14. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Thanks larry... I'll think of your good wishes every time I open the "Bomb-Bay" doors :( It's a blood freezing 21 here now with a wind chill of 8 Deg. I haven't been 'warm' since i got outta bed this AM at 6:00 :(

    Got to work -- found out that my car does not warm up in the 6 minutes it takes me to drive to work -- so no heat or defroster on the way here. Then, since it snowed, we had to hand out rock salt and calcium (opening the garage doors each time). Then I had to get the mail, back out in the c-c-c-cold.... then finally got to sit in my office (inside the warehouse) and turn my space heater on.... It's about 50 here and I'm hoping we wont have any more reasons to open up the "big doors" :(

    See ya later!! :)
  15. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Mikey, I'll invite you to visit up here when/if it gets cold this year.....kinda waiting for the normal -30 to hit first! I can tell you about many mornings walking out to start the car when it had warmed up to + 5 or so and being very pleased at how warm it was!

  16. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Hey guys, how about the detail on this train?

    Jean made a train cake for our soon to be 4 year old granddaughters birthday party.


    Of course it is a chocolate cake.
  17. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    That is scupous looking.

    What is he getting as to presnts, any train toys?

    balloon6 bounce7 train97 balloon6 bday1 bday2
  18. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    John, now thats.....SWEET!

  19. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    A train & chocolate cake all wrapped into one...?!?!?? I'll take a slice ANYTIME...!!! Your granddaughter will surely have a Happy Birthday...!!!
  20. pennman

    pennman Member

    John,thats just not right!:curse: GRITS in the micro, you know your north of the Mason Dixion when you hearstuff like that, Or we will just give you sugar with that tea!!

    Mike, nice to see you again thought you fell off for a bit.

    Rick No thanks been there done that -30 not again,thats why I livein the south.
    Yall have fun,
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