Incline Railway

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Jodam, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Mechanism and Carriage awaiting the mountain & snow to appear around it.

    The drive is a junked 12v cordless drill, with a 5/16 threaded rod and modified Nut pulling the Carriage up and down via Cable.

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  2. Ho Modeler

    Ho Modeler Member

    Wow that is awesome!!!
    Quite the ingenuity using the cordless drill motor as your drive.

  3. CharlesH.

    CharlesH. Member

    Swell! It's not something you see very often in model railroading.
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Nice work jodam. :thumb:
  5. Muddy Creek

    Muddy Creek Member

    Interesting car design. Is there a prototype? I've never seen a car braced up to ride horizontally up an inclined railroad. I have a book on Alpine railroads in in the Alps and can't spot this arrangement. My only personal experiences is riding the Mount Washington Cog Railway and for a while, I lived near the foot of the long-abandoned Otis Elevating Railway in the Catskill Mountains in NY.

    Both used passenger cars tha rode parallel to the tracks and the Otis cars, I've read, had seats that could be adjusted to compensate for the incline angle.

  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great job :thumb: :thumb:
  7. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Normally the incline cars are built with stepped compartments like in the first picture (Fribourg, Switzerland).
    But now and then you find a single horizontal cabin which is simply braced up. In most cases the cabin is quite short like in the second pic (incline at Horsehoe Curve PA). Picture 3 shows a longer cabin, although the bracing is covered up. This is a top modern version of Damien's principle.

    Damien, surely your model looks more interesting than the covered up version in the alst page. I remember having seen such a contraption somewhere, but I just couldn't find a picture. And the mechanism is ingenious! :thumb:


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  8. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Thanks for the nice comments folks.
    The idea came from the site of London Model Railway Group in London Ontario.

    I found it while searching for model train related electronics. My incline is loosely based on their loosely based idea from Port Stanley, Ontario.
    My results will show perfectly why i've named my Railway Over Engineered (smirk).
    II chose a larger Carriage design as this railway is the only transport available to the proposed Big Mountain Ski Resort, hence the snow plow front & rear of the Car.

    Wayne: yes there is a prototype, this is it ( Mine is it ), i'm sure it will be copied. lol
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I remember riding one of these somewhere in Europe...Sicily I think. The advantage of bracing the car to ride horizontally, is the elimination of stairs in the platforms, it simplifies platform construction, and helps improve loading and unloading the car. Passengers can move clear of the car more easily. It also simplifies car construction.
  10. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Sorry, Damien, but I got no link on 'this is it'.

  11. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Ron it wasn't meant to be a link, i was just pointing out mine is the prototype
    Cheers mate.

    Ps, i've changed it now
  12. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    There is a similar construction in former Eastern Germany, where there is just a platform (like an elevator) and normal coaches are lifted up to the next level.

    Similar construction is preserved as a museum railroad in Romania's loggin line in Covasna were the logging cars are moved between the two levels.

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  13. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    Very nice construction, congratulation.
  14. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member


    hehehe, this is the problem when you're not communicating in the native language! (Mine is German, you know.) Und then I am soooo accustomed to click on everything which is underlined, so I gave no second thought to the true meaning of your sentence. :oops: :oops: :oops:

    But now I got it! :thumb: :wave:

    Yet still I have the nagging feeling that somewhere I saw a picture of an incline which really was a lookalike of your system! (Perhaps I'll find it one day... :) )


    PS: everything isn't a link, either! :D :D :D
  15. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Great idea,
  16. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

  17. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Don't know if there is a prototype or not but I like it! Have to admit though that it would scare the h*ll out of me to ride in that thing!!! :D
  18. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Those links were interesting reading Ray. Thanks mate.
  19. krokodil

    krokodil Member

  20. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Nice pic's unfortunately i couldn't understand a word on the web site.

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