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by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue May 26, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: Where Is It?
Replies: 9223
Views: 602637

Re: Where Is It?

Somewhere in Appalachia... The Carolina's?
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat May 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Atkinson Railroad Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3817

Re: Atkinson Railroad Update

My 1939 issue of Railway Engineering and Maintenance Cyclopedia has been sitting on the kitchen table for a few weeks now. Browsing its many pages during a lunch, or "meal", one particular photo continues to stand out to me in the section devoted to track work. If you look carefully, you will notice...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri May 08, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Miniature DT&I caboose in Saginaw News
Replies: 3
Views: 6281

Re: Miniature DT&I caboose in Saginaw News

Better late than NEVER. Participating in Internet Forums has never been my strong point. I'm sorry I missed NS3322's question until now. Setting up the railroad could have turned into an annual activity had I stayed in that community. Because I was already in the process of relocating to the other s...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed May 06, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Atkinson Railroad Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3817

Re: Atkinson Railroad Update

Economy-of-means signal installation.

No complicated mechanical mechanism.

No line-wires.
No Wi-Fi connection.
No computer software.

Simple enough operating rule for five-year-old to understand.

SLOW DOWN, and Stop Ahead ; )

John
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon May 04, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Atkinson Railroad Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3817

Re: Atkinson Railroad Update

Brief Update. There is a little more rise going over the culvert (a couple inches or so) I'm likely going to accept. Going through the curve, the elevation changes slightly again but my objective of keeping the route as flat and level as possible is working out nicely. With additional voids required...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat May 02, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Atkinson Railroad Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3817

Atkinson Railroad Update

Updates on building a miniature railway seem insignificant or irrelevant during an ongoing world pandemic. Nonetheless progress re-setting up a 74-year-old railroad is taking place. Building the sub grade began last year at this same time which included making a culvert utilizing broken concrete blo...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: No Engineer Required
Replies: 7
Views: 3067

Re: No Engineer Required

The track I have is spaced at 12-15/16". The gauge was established by my grandfather who began building his equipment in 1946. Yes, very familiar with Russ Eldred's railroad layout. During the 1990's, I would frequent the track often but have not returned for a visit in quite some time. Ironically, ...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: No Engineer Required
Replies: 7
Views: 3067

Re: No Engineer Required

Creativity from clever people during this pandemic is encouraging... and predictable. (Folks using Radio Flyer wagons to pull their golf clubs around a golf course for example.) Steamlogger; you have posted a fun video and for what it's worth, ballast is indeed available in Michigan. The Newaygo Div...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910
Replies: 10
Views: 6486

Re: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910

Very good observation Henry.

Perhaps a motivated Internet sleuth could/will figure out what New York Central wrecker may have been working that wreck back in 1910.

John
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910
Replies: 10
Views: 6486

Re: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910

Below is a URL to photos of Ann Arbor Railroad crane 3187.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsPict ... ?id=554555

Still poking around the Internet... but it sure looks like the wrecker in the 1910 DT&I photos is identical to AA wrecker 3187.

John
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910
Replies: 10
Views: 6486

Re: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910

During earlier days on the Internet... (very early 2000's) I recall seeing a photo of an Ann Arbor crane working a wreck somewhere in northern Michigan that looked very similar to the crane shown in these 1910 pictures. There does not appear to be any record of the DT&I owning a Bucyrus wrecker. (Th...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910
Replies: 10
Views: 6486

Re: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910

Matt, let's just say I've been "multitasking" between building a Detached Garage workshop, and making progress on the roadbed for the railroad. The wrecker was tossed back into storage abruptly when I relocated to the western side of the state two summers ago. Attached photo taken from atop the gara...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910
Replies: 10
Views: 6486

Re: DT&I Historic News Photos 3-14-1910

Thank you for contributing the old photos.

A wrecker fan appreciates them.

John
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?
Replies: 6
Views: 3814

Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Over the weekend, a day was spent completely cleaning all the electrical connecting points; the wheels, the axles, and the armature commutator on the 342 engine. Checked the operation of the brushes and spring pressures and the worm gear cavity was re-lubed as were all the pivot points and axles. Up...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?
Replies: 6
Views: 3814

Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Among the sediments I'm plucking from the carnage is a number 342 0-8-0 engine. There's an issue with the reversing mechanism in the tender on this particular model. It still makes the "Chug..Chug.." sound though... so that's a nice plus. I'm not sure if this is the D.C. only model or the A.C. and D...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?
Replies: 6
Views: 3814

Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

OooH Rah Trainman2223. The white powder attribute is something I do remember on certain pieces. Back in the '90s, I recall watching the B unit from one of the Santa Fe engines disintegrate over time. It was the only piece that degraded like that. There is some "mildew" on some of this stuff but it d...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?
Replies: 6
Views: 3814

Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Well this is just plain goofy. I have been a competent repair person (or so I thought ; ) having worked on multi-million dollar pieces of equipment. I'm discovering the reeving sequence for re-stringing my American Flyer wrecker is not a task for the faint-of-heart. No wonder most of the EBAY pictur...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?
Replies: 6
Views: 3814

Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Enjoying a [memory moment] unpacking American Flyer equipment. This stuff has been dropped, dragged, and played with to its weakest soldering connections. (There's plenty of curiosity factor remaining for this hardy train stuff for 5-year-olds and up). Somewhere on the Internet there must be a predo...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Wyoming Yard layout map?
Replies: 5
Views: 3699

Re: Wyoming Yard layout map?

Page 5 of this PDF has a fairly detailed 1995 map.

http://gllx3001facts.com/maps/GrandRapidsTerminal.pdf

John
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated
Replies: 229
Views: 95698

Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Fascinating.

It looks just like 1970's railroading.

A Rail Fan's moment for sure.

Very Entertaining thread.

John