Sep 9, 2018

RGS 20 rebuild and Strasburg visit -Sep 2018

I had the chance to visit the Strasburg Railroad recently, and Linn was gracious enough to take time and show me around RGS 20's work.  The work is sponsored by the Colorado RR Museum

More funds are needed to complete to work - please head over to the Museum's site and Donate Here if you want to help.

 RGS 20's rods (in the foreground):



Brake cylinders - I think?  And some of the valve parts and connecting rods -


Brake rigging -


I'm sorry I didn't get more photos, but here's the boiler, with extensive work completed, including a new firebox door area, and a new upper boiler course ahead of the sandbox. This is also essentially complete now.


Springs were too far gone to use, so these are completely new, and ready to install.



Main bearings - ready for install.


The lead truck was severly out of square, and Linn and his guys spent a lot of time rebuilding this.



The smokebox was too far gone, so this one is brand new.


As reported elsewhere the frame also had major damage - from numerous spot-welded repairs over the years.  Entire sections of the frame have been newly fabricated.



Here's the rear of the frame - again, extensive work was done to rebuild the tender attachment pocket and related framing.

Driver sets just out of the paint shop!


And by the way - the Strasburg Railroad itself is a great place to visit!  A great train ride, LOTS of equipment to see, and a pile of kid-friendly activities as well.  This was my first visit, and I highly recommend it.  Success on the tourist side also helps fund the generous work Linn is doing with the RGS 20. Here's some photos of the rest of my visit there:

Beautiful platform areas - with gift shops, cafe, kid train rides, etc.

A happy note, althoug I didn't get a photo, is that the 15" gauge park train (you can see the smaller track behind the fence) is the steam train ride from Buckeye Lake Amusement Park.  We actually ended up in an AirBnB right on the former location of that park, and looking through photos I realized the Strasburg's park train was the same one. 




Here's the power for my day's ride:








Beautiful equipment:









Lots of Amish farms along the route:





The ride goes out to Paradise PA, where it meets the old 4-track mainline of the Pennsy (now a 2-track Amtrak route):










And interesting equipment elsewhere on the property:






Jul 29, 2018

Beta op session completed!

So, a couple days ago my layout returned to operation, after many months of scenery work.  We located 6 guys willing to give it a try, and it sent pretty well!

Of course, I have a page of notes for tweaks, upgrades, etc - but that's exactly what I was hoping.

Overall, the layout ran well, people seemed to enjoy both the layout and the relaxed narrow-gauge flavored operating scheme.

Here's some of the work at Ridgway, including a small addressing-goof :-)











And there was lots of work on the Enterprise switchbacks, and at Rico:



Telluride also stayed pretty busy:




Here's a train descending the low-line below Ophir:



And the Durango / Hesperus area looked like this: