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  • Thanks Guys for all your comments, and thoughts. Kirby & Dyson it is. I like that!


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • In the previous pictures posted, I showed the Felt Pads I’ll be using for this project. Scotch Self-Stick Floor Care Pads. With a ½” hole punch I cut out two discs for the Track Cleaner. Next with a surgical blade I flayed the felt pad down about a third of its thickness. Now, I’ll be able to run two Roundhouse cleaning disc pads in the front, and two felt disc pads in the rear. This way with each pass over the tracks, I’ll get a cleaning, then a vacuum, finished with a felt buffing.
      The third picture shows a view of the underside, showing the cleaning and buffing pads, as well as the vacuum chute nozzle.
      The next set of pictures shows the view from the left side, and right side, of the Boxcab Vacuum with Kirby and Dyson at the controls.
      The last picture shows the rest of the crew ready to be mounted in place on the Vacuum MOW Machine assisting Kirby & Dyson.


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      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • CNE1899
        CNE1899 commented
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        Louis,
        It looks prototypical! You are clever and skilled.

    • Louis that is an outstanding job!!!! Hope it works as well as it's designed.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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      • Great job Louis. Now you'll need to add a vacuum cleaner sound. Can't wait to see it run down the tracks.

        Bernd
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        • That seems like a large crew. They must be having a joy ride.

          Mike
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          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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          • Originally posted by Larryc View Post
            Louis that is an outstanding job!!!! Hope it works as well as it's designed.
            Thank you Larry for your comment, and thoughts. As far as the test run goes, I see no problems with a good operation.


            Louis L&R Western Railroad
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • Originally posted by Bernd View Post
              Great job Louis. Now you'll need to add a vacuum cleaner sound. Can't wait to see it run down the tracks.

              Bernd
              Vacuum sound Yeah, Not! With logging mill background sounds, birds chirping and singing, water front sounds, and the running of Steam or Diesel locomotives that is plenty sound for one to hear.


              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • Originally posted by Michael_Hohn View Post
                That seems like a large crew. They must be having a joy ride.

                Mike
                Mike in a real world, I agree that's a lot of crew members. But, here on the L&R railroad, there is a lot of maintenance needed for this rig, with the oiling that is needed, and the vacuum chambers checked and maintained, well that requires all hands on deck. So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. as they say.
                Most of its life it will be in a yard anyway, so it will appear as work being performed.


                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • Wow, Lou...What a terrific build!

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                  • Thank you very much.


                    Louis L&R Western Railroad
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • I wanna see it run and I wanna see it right now !

                      How about sprinkling a little "trash" on a test track with a before and after photo ?

                      Nice work my friend. I expected nothing less.

                      Just thinking out loud (not thats scary) Name on side of car............Electrolux-1

                      GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                      • Hi John, thanks for your comments and thoughts. I don't need to put trash down for a test run, I've got years of dust and dirt down already. I've got an unfinished ceiling in the basement, (Something I should of done years ago) so I get all the occasional crap from the floor and joists above.


                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • locolouie
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                          Especially when the kids are tromping through the house...

                      • Well, we’ve come to the end of the line with this project. Sorry, I know it may be boring, but I went with naming it the “L&R Vacuum MOW” with a Road #33.
                        I did go with Kirby & Dyson for the crew operators. I have enjoyed this project for many reasons, but the most enjoyable reason is that it actually works. If it didn’t, you would have been reading a lot of nasty words by now.
                        A few finished pictures of my project, and for those that like to see some kind of Prototype, I post the last picture of the Worlds Largest Vacuum Cleaner for the rails.


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                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • CNE1899
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                          Louis,

                          Impressive!

                      • Louis,

                        Interesting model and prototype both. Your track cleaner looks terrific even though it would score few points for “conformance” in an NMRA contest.

                        I learned a lot in watching you build. The result is very cool.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • Well done, Louis.

                          Has OSHA checked that Kirby and Dyson are properly protected from the dust?

                          George
                          Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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