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  • This picture shows the Bonebrake Manufracturing Co. at Tonopah on the Goldfield & Hangtown RR. Everything in the picture was scratch-built, except for the trucks, couplers, and figures.


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      Originally posted by Wallace


      ... Bonebrake Manufracturing Co....



      An excellent pun, Wallace! :up: :up: And a pretty darned nice model also!

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        Originally posted by railphotog


        Here's a Tracklaying Machine I made using the bonus brass etching pieces and instructions in Sheepscot Scale Models' pile driver kit. Parts were mostly gussets, connecting lugs, reinforcing for the overhead boom, ladder, etc. Most of the rest of it is Plastruct shapes and thingies. The power plant came from a toy model tractor.




        Wow Railphotog, that's an incredible model. Is there really a prototype for that thing? Since the whole beam seems to be supported by tension in the cables, I think Buckminster Fuller would recognize that engineering as a 'Tensegrity' structure. Your model would be worth a closer look at the details.

        Stevie O'

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        • I don't know if there is a prototype of this actual model, you'd have to ask Sheepscot Scale Models. But I have seen quite a few photos of prototype track laying machines. Many are quite a bit more elaborate, with a coveyor type system on one side that would bring ties to the head of the car from a gondola farther back. Some of the cars have a real home made look, as if they were designed on the spot. I saw another car of this type at my first NMRA National convention in Boston way back in 1986 and think it was more complicated. I remember it because I was wondering how it was transported to the show.

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          • Stevie & Bob,

            Here is one prototype photo that I recently found.

            http://content.lib.washington.edu/cl...image/1229.jpg
            Bruce

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            • Thanks for the photo link! It's the first track layer that I've seen that looks somewhat like my model!

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              • Bruce,

                Thanks for that photo. There is so much more information in that photo besides the track machine. The workers, the rugged environment, and the timberwork all tell a narative that is modestly heroic.

                Bob, you did quite a good model of that without having seen a prototype up close. Something like that would save a lot of heavy lifting for the crew, not to mention bad backs.

                Stevie O'

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                • Really good to see that proto photo. It's amazing that some of these things work. My first thought would have been, "No Way". Having seen some other things that I didn't believe I have learned to reserve judgement for a while. [B)] Great looking model but you may want to keep that photo handy just to win a few bets.

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                  • This looks like a "Cylde Iron Works" track laying machine which the

                    optional front boom extension that I used as the basis for my On3 machine.

                    I'll share some pix when I get a chance to shoot some.

                    Great job, Railfotog. What scale?? It looks bigger than HO in the photo

                    Ken Hamilton
                    Ken Hamilton

                    www.wildharemodels.com

                    http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/

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                      Great job, Railfotog. What scale?? It looks bigger than HO in the photo

                      Ken Hamilton


                      It is Half O scale - HO. The model's length is exaggerated by the use of a wide angle lens to take the photo.

                      It's unwieldy enough in HO scale, I imagine one in O scale would be a bear to move around!

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                      • Hey, Bob:

                        I didn't realize you were in fact "Railphotog"...that's

                        what happens when you get old and don't read everything

                        on a post.

                        No wonder that track laying machine looks so good!

                        KH
                        Ken Hamilton

                        www.wildharemodels.com

                        http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/

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                        • Seeing Bob's wonderful track laying machine inspired me to dig my old one out of mothballs and take some photos.

                          This is the one that was in Boston in '86, Bob. It was actually surprising easy to carry.

                          I built a foam-lined wooden box that held everything nice and tight. When it was secured in the box I could swing it around pretty good.

                          It made several trips on its side in a few overhead baggage compartments on airplanes with no problems.





                          I'll be uploading a bunch of other pictures of the tracklayer this weekend, including some underbody shots. Here's the link:

                          http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/mo...aying_machine/

                          Thanks for looking.

                          Ken
                          Ken Hamilton

                          www.wildharemodels.com

                          http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/

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                          • Very Nice track Layer Models Guys,they would probobly have gone right past this lil backwoods Coaling platform


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                              • Great little backwoods station, Todd. Question: how did you make the foundation? More pics, please!

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