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Converting a Galloping Goose to Battery Power
These two pics are from super duper electrical genius Jim Williams work bench where he is working on a Galloping Goose. When we got the Galloping Goose it derived its power from low grade strips brushing against the axles of the wheels. If one had a totally flat track with no switches it might, just might be a runner. Our rolling stock runs outside (as well as inside) in all weather except in high winds. Hence the need to convert to battery power. Whilst in the gubbins Jim is adding an RC (Radio Control) card and a sound card. She’ll be coming round the mountain soon.
If you want to learn more about the real Galloping Geese go here.
A-Frame Bridge Installed on soon to be River Noyo
Most of the A-Frame bridges along the Redwood Coast were on the California Western’s (CWR) Skunk Line. There was one across Little River and there is one today outside Roots of Motive Power in Willits (although we are not sure why or what it does).
Once there were 115 bridges on the 34 mile-long California Western’s Skunk Line from Fort Bragg to Willits. Only 30 remain today – and they all have been “modernized”. Of the 115 original bridges it is believed that 37 of them were A-Frame type. Most of the 37 were built from the 1890’s to 1911 to cross the rivers on the route. The redwood timber for construction of the A-Frame bridge was abundant and handy. The design distributes the weight of the bridge onto supports/pilings at the side of the river. No supports were driven directly into the river below since they could be ripped out by the surging water and debris (including uprooted trees) caused by heavy rains.
Alas, these wooden bridges became prime targets for arsonists and that, apart from straightening the line, accounts for their replacement.
Club member Santa Cruz Frank Smith is a dab hand at bridge construction. These pics show one of his beauties installed on soon to be River Noyo.
Santa Ceuz Franks A-Frame Bridge
Enhancing Three Chop Ridge – the Diorama in the NW inside corner of the layout
Archaeologists excavation of a Pomo Native American site on Three Chop Ridge set in motion a series of events which led to the discovery of the wreck of the sailing ship The frolic off of Point Cabrillo. We have, for a long time, wanted to include a flume on the layout and the changes being made to Three Chop Ridge will enable us to add a flume.
The first step in the re-working was to put sky over over the window at the north end. Here you see Mike Aplet and Lonnie Dickson installing the panel I painted.
A backdrop had previously been installed in the north west corner. Installing trees along the backdrop was the next step.
Concreting the forest flooor will be the next step.
New backdrop for the outside west wall of the Barn
Nothing stands still at our layout. We have, and soon to be had, a niceish backdrop on the outside west wall of the layout. Then we – I use the collective we ‘cos I really can’t remember who came up with the idea – that it would be grand if visitors/members could plonk their phone/camera on the front or back of a consist and take a movie of the engineers’ or conductors’ view of the layout. That idea invited an inquest as to the existing scenery and how good it would look and did we have 360 degrees of scenery.
So, I opened my mouth and inserted both feet by suggesting that we make the outside west wall much more “real.” After consulting with our computer guru Roger Thornburn we came up with the idea of tootling down to Big River in Mendocino and taking a 360 degree set of photos and stitching them together and then cutting the circle and sticking the 40 foot long photo on the wall. Just like that!!!!!!
Well, the project is well under way. VP Lonnie Dickson got sheets of high quality plywood and sliced them up. I sloshed on some paint on the slices. Roger had the photos printed on sticky paper in 4 foot lumps. Then Lonnie and I, with a GREAT deal of trepidation stuck the first two sections on one of the pieces of plywood that Lonnie had sandpapered as smooth as a baby’s bum.
Four more sections to agonize over.
Installing Joe Cooper’s immaculate cabinets in the Museum/Library
Our Museum/Library is located in a 40 foot container. Bill Shepherd installed all the wiring we will ever need. Next was the turn of our genius cabinet maker, Joe Cooper, to bring the abfab cabinets and desk top that he has constructed and install it.
ANY housewife in Mendocino County would be over the moon at the quality and workmanship of Joe’s cabinetry. Just look at the two pics below.
The club can’t thank yo enough Joe.
Painting the hills in the NW Interior corner and installing the backdrop
These photos span a period of months largely because we can only access the interior walls of the barn when the CWR is not running. Here you can see the back wall with just sky:
Progress but a ways to go – more painting and then installation of trees.
Building the Museum/Library
We (me?) have been storing a lot of all rhubarb in our new 40 foot container. That fateful day came when we had to clear the rhubarb out to make way for the highly anticipated interior being built by our cabinet maker cum genius Joe Cooper. I thought if I posed Basil Casabona at the far end of the space soon to be occupied by gleaming white cabinetry readers be able to see the total transformation.
Building the Mendo Trolley O Scale Bump and Go
Waste not, want not. After we had rebuilt the Holiday Season diorama we were left with a very usable base. Frank Davis said it would be ideal for a Lionel O Scale “Bump and Go” trolley. Brilliant what?
Scenery? No prob. Dame Stella Martin had let us have a whole bunch of houses. They are not quite O Scale but ……. from three feet who can tell?
Different view …..
Still a bit bare – add lots of trees.
Lots of work to get it finished – take out the snow as much as poss, add more trees, add an enginehouse and improve the wiring circuitry to name a few. Watch this space!
Hiding the pillar that supports the building at the inside north end of the layout with trees
After we had installed a 200 scale foot (seven foot in real life) on the inside north wall of the layout we stood back and admired our genius.
We were trying to TOTALLY obscure the pillar which supports the roof. 100% failure. You can still see the pillar behind the lolie and the small tree.
Back to the tree factory. President Chuck Whitlock scrambled up and “planted” four new trees.
Look at that. Pillar obscured and room for the new logging trucks Chuck is working on.