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Postby Randy Hees » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:12 pm

Late last month the SPCRR 1970 4 ton Plymouth broke. It turned out the points had failed... it has since been repaired and returned to service.

It was stuck in the front curve, so we pulled it in with our primary locomotive "Red," a 2004 2,000lb Belgian draft horse...

The Plymouth is rated at 5 cars (2,000 lbs tractive effort) on our railroad, Red is rated at 8 3,000lbs tractive effort, or 8 cars...

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Re: Get a horse

Postby amdaylight » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:47 pm

But it only has ONE horse power. :lol: :lol: And as long as you have hay is much more reliable.
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Re: Get a horse

Postby Randy Hees » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:05 am

Red is 8 horse power... horse power was based on Welsh ponies... much smaller...

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Re: Get a horse

Postby Loco112 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:30 pm

Just in case;

Many times way back when things had points, the condenser would go out first, then cause the points to arc and erode and fail.

One of the old machanics rules was to replalce the condenserat the same time as you replaced the points.

If they contacts on the points are still full height and there is no sign of erosion or buring, then the condenser is probably still OK to reuse.
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