Category Archives: SAMRC

Playing with trains

I know it’s been a bit since I posted here again, but I’ll try to make up for it here. I’ve been keeping busy at work, at home, and out railfanning. I’ve also been keeping up on the model railroad side, as I’m slowly converting all of my equipment to Sergent couplers, and still sketching track plan ideas. I did have an issue with the setup of the room (the location of the door needs to change), but that’s a subject for another post. This will be a basic photo post from here on!20150210_115113[1]

I had to swap the decoder in this loco recently, as the factory QSI gave up the ghost on me. I installed a TCS WowSound decoder, with KeepAlive and man, is it a nice decoder. The sound is head and shoulders above the factory decoder, and the motor control is excellent. I don’t know for sure if it’s related, but the engine seems to pull more now as well. This train weighed in at 60.5 oz of trailing weight, and while the Mikado was just barely able to get it over the 2+% grade into Bain, that’s fully 8 oz more trailing weight than it was able to do before.20150210_115155[1]

I didn’t do any switching on this day, just had fun running my train over the layout. I have another set of cars (plus one of my Decapods) converted, but those will be getting tested tomorrow. For now, enjoy the chase of the grain train over the SAMRC layout. I tried to get a few wider shots today so you can see the overall layout too, not just the train!20150210_115239[1]

Here we see the train thundering by the depot at Larkhall.20150210_115307[1]

Rounding the end of the peninsula, approaching Namaka.20150210_115347[1]

A passenger train waits to depart the station at Agatha.20150210_115531[1]

Looking towards the main yard and engine house.20150210_115558[1]

Coal mine atop the highest part of the layout.20150210_115611[1]

Heading back the other way now, passing the station at Namaka again.20150210_115851[1]

Western peninsula of the layout, representing a prairie town.20150210_115918[1]

Climbing the hill from Larkhall, past a drilling rig hard at work. Oil prices must be higher in the model world than they are right now in real life!20150210_120028[1]

The biggest wood trestle on the line.20150210_120042[1]

Topping the grade into Commerce.20150210_120050[1]

The caboose rolls by.20150210_120118[1]

Rolling into the far end of Bradshaw.20150210_120218[1]

Tail end departs Bradshaw as the head end approaches the summit.20150210_120331[1]

Sneaking into Bain.20150210_120428[1]

Passing the sawmill at Bain.20150210_120441[1]

Over a tall wood bridge on the descent to the main yard.20150210_120513[1]

Downgrade on the doubletrack, our final shot of the day.20150210_120538[1]

Hope you enjoyed the chase!

A catchall photo post

It’s another boring night shift on standby, imagine that! I considered doing another layout design post, but figured I’d reach into the archives and find a few shots that haven’t been posted yet.20140127_110053

None of these are posted in any particular order, and they aren’t all the same train either!20140328_131814

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Unfortunately I don’t have many steam pictures uploaded onto the server right now. I have several shots on my phone (including a bunch of equipment with Sergent couplers, and a rejuvenated Mikado) but can’t access them on the laptop. They’re gonna have to wait til days off!20140128_11203420140128_11294120140128_11174020140328_121923

That’s all for now…looks like I have a bunch more that haven’t been posted, so I may have to do another of these posts in a few days.

Passenger train for fun pt 2

It’s been too long since I posted here again, but here goes! This time around we’ll follow the passenger train from a few posts back on its return journey from Namaka back to the main station.20140328_121109

The first shot is a tight one taken in the newest part of Larkhall. The welding shop on the right was built by Doug Wingfield, I don’t recall who built the complex on the right. Did I mention that I love the ability of a smartphone to get into locations that a traditional camera just can’t? The next shot was taken as the train winds its way past the small yard and station at Larkhall, a new angle for me. Kindly ignore the red monstrosity on the right hand side of the picture!20140328_121233

Leaving Larkhall we climb towards Commerce, winding along and over a river and a pair of big bridges.20140328_12132220140328_12134420140328_121421

I stand by my claim that Commerce is one of the most difficult locations on this railroad to photograph, but I’ve found a couple angles that seem to do it justice.20140328_12145320140328_121914

Tucked away in the back is this spot that most members of the public don’t get to see. For that matter, most club members don’t get into the spot I’m standing unless there was a derailment they need to fix. This is the other end of the siding at Bradshaw, very basic and unremarkable compared to the station and branchline junction at the other end.20140328_122020

Here’s the other end, in a grade crossing view and aerial view. 20140328_12270020140328_122713

Leaving Bradshaw we cross a couple bridges just before the summit of the railroad.20140328_12274320140328_122850

Halfway down the hill our passenger train winds its way into the lumber mill settlement at Bain.20140328_13182320140328_131904

The last couple shots are taken as the train approaches the terminal, where we turn on the wye and back into the station.20140328_13314020140328_133222

With that we finish another run over the Alberta Southern. Until next time…20140328_133630

Passenger train for fun pt 1

Seeing as it’s another boring night shift in the hotel in Red Deer, let’s do another photo post. I had one of my passenger trains set up behind a set of diesels from the club, but for some reason I never got around to grabbing pictures of that set up. I do have pictures of the club’s stainless steel cars behind a beautiful set of C-Liners so let’s go for a tour following them around the layout.20140328_104111

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Spring Break (Up that is)

The biggest reason it’s been quiet around here the last couple months is because I’ve been home. I seem to have way more time to post when I’m out on the road, as long as work isn’t crazy busy. When I’m home, I have renovations, railfanning, fishing, and all sorts of other things to keep me occupied. I’m fortunate that the company I work for gives me (and all the other guys who work the 22/13 rotational schedule) a hitch off in the spring. What’s the point of going to work if you’re just going to sit in the shop and the hotel, right?

I have a couple ideas for future posts coming up, so as long as I get off my tail and actually get them ready, this page won’t be quite as slow. I have version 7 of the A&C nearly complete, and a bunch of other plans to post as well. I can post on some of the equipment I’ve acquired, and I have lots of photos and a few videos to add as well.bm2360-namaka

I don’t feel like putting up a photo-less post, so I’ve got three views of my 2-8-0 today. The first is taken at Namaka, on the Southern Alberta layout, with a small mixed freight. The geartrain on this engine is extremely loud, but I’m working with it anyway. When I got it, it wouldn’t even run because the quartering was way out on one axle. Once I got that fixed, it would quit on portions of the layout due to the noise filter on the circuit board. It runs well now, just makes a lot of noise. Currently I have it out of service as I’m building an Athabasca Shops cab kit for it, and will be converting it to an oil burner as well.bm2360-branch

The next shot is on a small wood bridge up on the branchline. It’s a two man job to run the branch usually, so I rarely take my equipment up there because I’m usually running solo. Since I took this picture there has been an extra bridge added parallel to this one, as there was some reworking of the trackage around the stock pens (out of view to the right here), and added in a runaround track to make serving the coal mine much easier.bm2360-bradshaw

The final shot is on the return leg from the branch. The tracks in the upper right corner are the siding and mainline at Bradshaw, where the branchline joins the main. I don’t know the exact specs on the branch, but it’s steep and sharply curved. I wouldn’t take anything larger than a 2-8-0, or GP9 up there!

Thanks for enduring the wait, next time I’m thinking a post on v2 of the A&C is in order, or maybe an equipment post.