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Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:54:01 AM »
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008, 10:38:36 AM »
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Boy , I am surprised how long that older one plied the rails . Color shots are great . Maybe an HO farm tractor can be modified to one of those in N scale . If nothing else it would be a great flatcar load , though some have a pretty wide wheel spread . I have seen some of these before , but this link is much better ,

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008, 10:41:03 AM »
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Blast from the past! I used to live on the third floor of the building to the right of the ILA hall. What a great apartment that was... Of course, the tractors didn't run by then. :(
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2008, 10:47:58 AM »
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Looks like that ILA hall had a peaked roof at one time . If I lived there I would have a ton of photos of trains . Did you take any ?
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2008, 10:57:03 AM »
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I lived there in my late 20s. Sadly by then, the concrete plant at the end of the lead was truck only and no rail shipments were traversing Thames Street. I don't remember them even being run on Eastern but there was still one of the (B&O's?) tractors over in Federal Hill.

The ILA hall actually replaced another older structure that was once there. I think in that pic the hall's actually pretty recently constructed. I worked in the building for a while too, when it had become the Daily Grind Coffee House, back in the days when the main set of Homicide was on the municipal pier across Thames.
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2008, 12:22:35 PM »
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Thames and Bond Sts. Fells Point...

Here's the same intersection in the mid 80's!

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2008, 01:05:26 PM »
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Lee, That's looking up Bond from the pier side of Thames, right?
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2008, 01:17:31 PM »
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OK OK, how many of us have stumbled across those tracks more then once in our college days?

Not to sound like an idiot, where would the switch throws have been located?
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2008, 03:17:30 PM »
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It's the same angle as the older picture.  You can see the switches are the same.

The switch was thrown via a single point that would be pushed over by hand with type of crowbar.  Some have a throw mechanism in a box buried at street level with a removable plate that the brakeman would open.

You can see the plate in the Peter Schmidt photo in the switch in the foreground.  You can also see the movable point on the left hand rail.

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2008, 04:26:39 PM »
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Right, but both photos are looking uptown, right, towards Hopkins? The Sugar House is behind the photographer's left shoulder, and the the Black Olive is now up the street on the left and Duda's would be on the right hand side, just slightly out of the pic? Ooh, that reminds me, I haven't been out for steak night in a long time...
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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2008, 04:36:43 PM »
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If you're buyin' I'm flyin'!! :D

And yes about the direction.  You're looking north on Bond Street in both pics.

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2008, 10:06:31 PM »
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Whats interesting is that Radio Shack used to make those real small RC cars...

I've always wondered how you could strip them to pieces, and somehow kitbash a tractor in HO or N scale, using RC.

Only problem I see is that the pulling capability would probably be only 2 or 3 cars, if the body was made out of metal.

B&O had some of these tractors too I believe..

One question I do have, for the exception of the obvious converted farm tractor, on the rest, do they have 4 wheel steering, or only 2 wheel?

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2008, 10:20:25 PM »
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I read that the older models actually had a ship type wheel for steering and the driver (don't believe they were called engineers) stood up.  Please step in here if I got the wrong info.

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2008, 10:50:23 PM »
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If you go to the original link there are a couple of photos of the interior with the ship's wheel.

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Re: Chris, Randy, when will this one be ready to order... ?
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2008, 12:19:49 PM »
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Yeah, that's one of those where it's not the size that gets you, it's the compete lack of FLANGED WHEELS!

If somebody wants to pursue this, the obvious solution is one of those Solarbotics GM15 gearheads.  3.5v pager systems, geared way down, tiny enough to have controllable torque.  If you're into RC and can figure out the control and maybe battery, that's the power plant.

LOVE the track shots, and that color shot looks like a really good model.

If you look really closely at those big spoked wheels, they are 'twisted' on the hub - not centered.  That's one of the oddest design features I've ever seen on a wheel.  Its too bad one of those didn't survive into a museum....did they?
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