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09/12/22

          We continue to make progress on our track project investing several hours every Saturday and Sunday. We hope to have the ballast all in place, compressed and the right of way dressed by October 1.

          Dave and I worked on our pedestrian walkway. We repaired two sections of three boards each that because their location within a switch were angled and were joined with biscuits and screws that had failed over the years. We replaced the biscuits and used longer screws. After the glue dried, we got them back in place. We also replaced the 6 northern most boards and the three supporting ties. This section of the walkway leads to the loading platform and is always in the sun. These boards were checked and badly deteriorated.




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We replaced the ties the northern walkway boards screw into







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Replacement boards for the walkway have been custom cut







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Newly renovated walkway section




          Four of our end of line stops were modified in the past few weeks to make them two inches taller and they were powder coated in red; we got three of them installed on the ends of three of our five spurs this month. We still have two more to modify and three more to get powder coated – two for immediate use and one for a future project.




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Installed end of line stops in the east yard







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Installing two more end of line stops in the west yard




          The touch up work on the two coaches of E10 train no. 26 is completed and they are back at the A & P and look really good. I’m excited to have them back. The Ob car is also being touched up and it and the locomotive are due back here the last week of September. The two coaches of train no. 20 are due back in early November and the Ob car, B unit and locomotive are due back in late December. We have had many delays with body and paint that are outside of our control, but hopefully this new schedule is met. We still have the windows, door handles, wiring, grills and trim to install once the trains are back here. Rebuilding the electric motors will be a 2023 project.




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Touch up work is complete and the two coaches have returned




          E10 locomotive no. 20 is ready to go to body and paint. I just have some disassembly the day before it leaves. Our B unit no. 24 and Ob car no. 20 are also being prepped to leave for body and paint. The B unit still needs the driveline cover fit and mounted, the truck pin re-riveted and some sheet metal repairs. The Ob car needs some sheared off bolts removed and that is always fun, needs it builders plate carefully removed, needs some work on the fit of the Ob end top plate and a large dent repaired in the bottom plate. It will be a few more weeks before they head to body and paint.




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E10 locomotive no. 20 is ready for body and paint







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Prep work continues on the B Unit




          The carburetor for the BKN engine going into the Addison G12 got rebuilt and installed this month. Then we had to track down a 12V starter solenoid as the one on it was an original 6V version. The starter, the magneto and the Wisconsin engine itself were completely rebuilt in the past few weeks. Our friend Jerry Graves got the motor running in his shop and it sounds great. Next month it will get a few last minute paint touch ups and get mounted on the powder coated MTC engine pan. We were lucky enough to obtain a complete set of G12 brake rigging from our friend Gerry Warner in PA. It just arrived out here and we will get it all set up in September.




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BKN Motor in Jerry's shop




          We were also able to locate two hood latches for the hoods of the Addison locomotive.

          The G12 truck arches and 4 grilles arrived from the PA foundry a few days ago. There was some confusion about how many I wanted so I have plenty of extra arches. They still need machining and powder coating, but I’m glad they’re here. They arrived just a few days short of a year after I first ordered them. Delays and supply chains issues seem to have permeated almost every business that produces products in this country. The grilles are for the large 32V E10 drive motors. I will get bids from 2 or 3 shops on the work that remains and hopefully send the truck arches out for machining in October or November.




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The G12 truck arches are here







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The E10 grilles have arrived




          I shared a few weeks ago that we designed a storage rack for the G12 equipment that is waiting to go to body and paint. It stacks them vertically rather than having equipment stored all over the yard on saw horses. The rack is 10’6” long, 90 inches wide and 7’ 6” tall tall. It is on large c asters, has handles to assist in moving it around and it has a corrugated metal roof to protect the equipment from rain and hail. We contracted it out early last month and it is currently at the powder coater; we hope to have it here in mid-September. It will store a combination of 16 coaches, OB cars and locomotives. Once it arrives it will be put to immediate use. When my neighbor George Fimbres has time, he will make a cover that will protect the equipment from the sides.

          Progress is also being made on the two of the four picnic tables that we are having built; the first two should be here late in September. We went with a little different design and a different color palette. The others are Desert Beige with a railroad themed red. The new ones are DOT Green with the seats and top boards painted light gray.

          We will have an announcement to make about an addition to the A & P Railroad and its Miniature Train Company collection in late October or early November so make sure to check back over the next few weeks to find out what the latest addition is out here in Peoria, AZ.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!


08/22/22

          We continued moving ballast this month. There just isn’t any way to get into most of our areas with mechanized equipment so it is all hand work. We have been using the Flagstaff and Middle Verde ballast car which is helpful, but still labor intensive. We invested 28 man hours on ballast this month.




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Putting the F&MV RR ballast car to work




          Dave and I replaced one of our wood crossings over the track in the west yard. It is constantly in the sun and deteriorated over 28 years of direct sun. We acquired the special order wood to rebuild a second walkway in the north yard. The wood is full size 2 x 4s and 2 x 8s. We also acquired roughly a third of the wood to replace our trestle walking planks. We’ll get started on that project in late August.




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We replaced the wooden crossing with all new wood




          Dave and I completed our wood replacement work on the two run bys at the turntable. The wood is new but stained to appear closer to the color of the other wood in that area that isn’t being replaced. These ties did not have ground contact, but after 27 years of the Arizona sun the wood was badly checked and deteriorated. These ties needed replaced. We also replaced 3 ties that lead out to trestle no. 4, seven more ties that are on that trestle and the plank boards as well. Again, these ties were in direct sun and the sun just tore them up over the last three decades.




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Turntable long run by in need of restoration







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Turntable short run by in need of restoration







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Disassembled turntable run by







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Restored turntable short run by







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Restored turntable long run by







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We replaced ties and planks in trestle #4 and the ties leading to it




          We jack hammered out about four feet of Rock Creek back to the bridge, it will be replaced with grass and will make walking to and from the steps much easier. After the jack hammering we poured 2 bags of concrete to reinforce the steps and to create a cleaner rock edge. We also cleared some of the gravel from upper rock creek and power washed all the silt that accumulates every year from the irrigation water. I hope to get the dirt and grass in place in September.




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Rock Creek







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We shortened Rock Creek to gain easier access to the steps




          We designed and contracted to have built a large double sided rack to hold 12 of our G12 car bodies that are waiting to head to body and paint. The rack will hold 4 cars on each of three levels for a total of 12 cars. It has a small roof that is removable, stops on the end of each arm and larges casters making it movable. I am not sure what color it will be powder coated yet. Currently, the cars are scattered everywhere on wood horses and under tarps. Going vertical and organized is a better use of space and just a far better idea. The rack is scheduled to be back from powder coating next month. If will be assembled here, hopefully by Labor Day.

          I also contracted to have 2 additional picnic tables constructed. They should be here in late September.

          Four of our end of line stops were modified to make them two inches taller and they were powder coated in red; we will get them installed on the ends of our four spurs in August or September.

          Our two G12 fluid clutches have been rebuilt and arrived here a few days ago. The BKN motor, generator, carburetor and magneto have also all been rebuilt. We hope to have it all assembled and running on the bench by late August.




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Rebuilt G12 fluid clutches




          Our G12 truck arches are due from the Pennsylvania foundry any day now, but as of this writing have not yet arrived. We have several G12 trucks that are only missing the truck arches to be placed back in service.

          I picked several items up from powder coater this month including the 4 line stops mentioned earlier, six bolsters, twelve body rollers, two switch targets and some G12 truck parts.

          We continued finalizing our work on E10 locomotives nos. 20 and 24. We fit and mounted the driveline tunnel that we fabricated for no. 20 and also mounted the instrument panel that we fabricated. The nose, hood and hood latch assembly have some work remaining, but we are getting close to being done.




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End line stops back from powder coating




          The hood of no. 24 still need its shoulder bolts replaced, its hood latch rebuilt and its original instrument panel reinstalled.

          We added to the A & P membership this month when Annie became a lifetime member.




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Newest member of the A&P RR - Annie







          Ten years ago (8-05-2012), the Flagstaff and Middle Verde Railroad made its last run. I spent a couple thousand hours over 20+ years working on expanding, rebuilding, restoring and operating the F & MV RR with my great friend Malcolm Mackey. We both enjoyed the railroad and what it meant to us and to so many others. It was such a joy running over that railroad and bringing smiles at so many of his “Open Houses” over the years.




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Malcolm Mackey and his F&MV RR










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Double heading with Malcolm at the F&MV RR










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Helping Malcolm bring out the track inspection car










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An open house day at the F&MV RR







          In the Spring of 2012, Malcolm’s health had started to fail and his family wanted to sell the property on which the F & MV Railroad ran in the Verde Valley. Malcolm had made arrangements that the railroad (but not the property) was to be transferred to the Arizona and Pacific Railroad, but it needed removed and relocated. Malcolm was too ill to attend, but I fired up his beloved locomotive the “Tucson” and Dave and I captured that last run on video on August 5, 2012. Last Run of the F&MV RR Video The next day, work started on removing the equipment, rail, ties, signs and associated parts and tooling. It was a sad time for many reasons.




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Removing the F&MV equipment







          I had always thought that I would contact the current owners of the property and seek permission to do a “ten year later” piece on what remains at Gopher Gulch, the engine house, the turntable, inspection car building, Mud Cut and the old cemetery. The fact is that I am not ready to see what if any of it is left. After Malcolm died in October of 2014, I haven’t been back to the Verde Valley as my heart just isn’t in it. It would be too difficult for me, not seeing what is left, but knowing what is gone. I just can’t do it.

          The F& MV equipment resides here at the Arizona and Pacific Railroad and is maintained and operated here with great pride as it was by Malcolm for all those years in Camp Verde. I like to think that Malcolm rides with us on his beloved “Tucson” on some of our fall run days and he’s still wearing his hat, has that wry smile of his and is telling me I could be smoother on the throttle…




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Malcolm at the throttle of the Tucson







          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




07/11/22

          We spent quite a bit of time on the hoods of E10 nos. 20 and no 24 this month. Both hoods are from E10s, but neither is originally from that locomotive. In addition, they were bent, twisted and buckled. On no. 24, we straightened out the sheet metal, straightened and rebuilt the hood latch and rebuilt the wallowed out and stripped holes of the shoulder bolts that mount the hood. We also replaced hood stops that were missing when we acquired her. We also repaired the throttle side slide rod with parts salvaged from another locomotive. We replaced the entire slide rod assembly and brackets of the brake side. The controls are now back to the way they were originally. We removed the mounting brackets for the nose (this locomotive is being converted into a B unit) and welded the corners closed. We also riveted a truck arch pin in place as one of the two was missing.

          The hoods for E10s were three different sizes and shapes over its years of production. The E10 hood I found for no. 20 needed extended by six inches. We obtained several original G12 hood ribs with a parts cache that we purchased a few years ago. We shorted one of the ribs and removed a bit of the curvature to match the E10 hoods. We fabricated the new sheet metal to match the original exactly and had the butt joint on top of the added rib. We moved the latch and lengthened the latch release rod. The shoulder bolts holes were stripped and needed the same work as that of no. 24. The hood of no. 20 is a nice fit now and looks pretty good. The final work will take place in body and paint. We still have a bit of work to finish on the hood of number 24 next month.

          Both no. 20 and no. 24 needed a great deal of straightening around the lower mounting brackets that held them firmly in place in their original shipping crates. We spent a great deal of time getting the brackets straightened and aligned even though few will ever see those areas. Both locomotives look pretty good and are just a few weeks away from heading to body and paint.




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Getting ready for body work and paint










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Original builder's plate







          We also prepped observation car no. 20 for body and paint by removing sheared off bolts, re-tapping several threaded mounting holes and removing the transformer and electrical components from the observation end.




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Observation car end







          Work on the BKN rebuild for the Addison is ongoing. The original starter was sent out to be rebuilt and we just got her back a few days ago and she looks brand new. We only received half of the original MTC alternator mounting bracket with this BKN, but had both halves of the bracket on our first BKN so that bracket has been sent out to be fabricated. The magneto has been rebuilt and is back and now works great. We await 2 rebuilt fluid clutches that I acquired in PA that should be here soon. We obtained a mini alternator that will match the one on our other G12.




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Rebuilt Generator







          We have about a fourth of the brake and throttle linkage so will be fabricating some of that as well. The brake shoes will be another challenge I will discuss in the next couple months. We hope to have the second BKN engine together and running on the bench this Fall.

          Our G12 truck arches have been cast, we just await the last few to return from the grinding room for them to be shipped to us. These will all need machined once they arrive back at the A & P. They also cast the electric motor grilles for us that we need for our second E10 electric motor. There will be some cleanup and finish work performed out here, but the grilles look good.

          The switch stands were attached to the rail switches, the linkage reinstalled, lubricated and adjusted and the ceramic coated targets reattached this month. The targets turned out to be a much bigger challenge than anticipated, but they are done and look awesome. The switches all move very easily and really look great! The switch numbers, instead of being on the targets, will be on a separate plate applied to the base of the switch stands soon.




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Car detailer & friend of the A&P Marc Tiu applied ceramic coating to our switch stand targets










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Ceramic coated switchstand targets







          We replaced the badly deteriorated center board of one of our A & P picnic table and assembled our third picnic table with shade umbrella. It was really rough when we acquired it a few months ago, but it will provide us with a comfortable and shady place to sit for many years to come. I am declaring the rehab a success.




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We replaced the center board on this picnic table










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Dilapidated picnic table










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Rusted supports for dilapidated picnic table










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Restored picnic table







          We had 33 man hours this month of moving gravel ballast. It has already gotten hot out here and moving gravel in 115 degree heat is energy and hydration draining. We still have a great deal of ballast to move, compact, top off and dress; we are making weekly progress. This just seems to take so much longer than I had hoped. We hope to have that part of the project done in late August.




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Putting the F&MV ballast car to good use







          Dave and I started on the turntable run by rebuild project. These ties are 48 inches long and mounted on top of thick wall 4x4 steel tubing. They are mounted by 3/8 bolts threaded into the tubing. We removed the 12 ties, the walking boards and the two lights mounted underneath that illuminate the water tank. Next month we will acquire the wood for the ties, cut it to length and drill the mounting holes. I will stain it and seal it and we will re-tap and lubricate the mounting holes. The rail will be removed and replaced on the new 4x4s. We hope to get them reassembled in July.




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The turntable's long run by wooden structure being removed for a rebuild










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The long run by has been dismantled










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The turntable's short run by being removed for a rebuild










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The turntable's short run by has had the ties removed







          We have so many projects going on out here guys. I took six bolsters to powder coat that are set up for MTC trucks. We have ideas for three more cars to run with the S16s in the future


          Happy and safe railroading everybody!





06/15/22

          We finished replacing the ties in the last of our switches. We also dug out and replaced the 18 switch stand ties and the last 66 of the standard 30 inch ties in the east yard. In all, we replaced 961 ties of different sizes and dimensions since January 1 of this year. All of the rail is gauged and fastened in place. I am so glad that our massive tie replacement project is finished. Well at least digging out and replacing the ties is finished and gauging and fastening the rail in place is complete. We still have many tons of ballast to get back in place and some final track alignment, track leveling and ballast compacting to complete. We hope to have that part of the project done in early July. There are still some walking planks to replace and some to add. We still have 22 four foot ties to replace in the turntable run bys and speeder trestle, but they are all above ground and are a later this summer project.




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The last 66 ties have been replaced!










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All the switch ties have been replaced










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We still have a lot of ballasting to do but the ties are replaced







          I arranged to have a 15 yard trailer of a debris removal company delivered here on May 28 and it remained here over the Memorial Day weekend. It sat in the driveway adjacent to the A & P tracks. One of our flatcars of the F & MV was placed into service and over the three days 5 very full flatcar loads of ties were moved into the driveway, off-loaded and stacked in the trailer. I also got rid of eight pallets that the ties arrived from Oregon on and a few other pallets that had accumulated here from the powder coater and other sources over the years. That trailer was packed as full as it could possibly get; I’m glad to have all of the old deteriorated ties out of here.




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One of 5 loads of replaced ties on an F & MV flat car










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Another load of replaced ties to be transported to the trailer










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The trailer was loaded as full as can be







          We rebuilt the switch stands with new grade 8 button head bolts instead of the original rivet lever pins, re-welded some lever heads and added zerk fittings to lubricate the lower post collars. I had the switch stands and the targets re-powder coated so they should not only be in good operating shape, but should look good for many years to come. We also had the switch stand targets professionally coated with a ceramic finish to further extend their bright finish. All nine of the switch stands and ties were assembled and we slid them each into place as an assembly. Three of them were far more difficult than others as a result of confined areas, but all are in place. The switch stands will be attached to the switches, the linkage reinstalled and adjusted and the targets attached in June.




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Rebuilt and re-powder coated switchstand










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Some switch stand ties were tougher to replace than others







          We redesigned the way the switch stands are attached to the switch stand ties. Originally they were attached with four 3/8 x 2 1/2 lag bolts. As they ties degraded over the years, the original lag bolts were replaced with 3 inch and then 3 ½ long lag bolts. Now we have 2 flat iron straps 1 ½” wide x ¼ inch thick that we pre-drilled and that have 5/16 nuts welded in place on the bottom. These straps are under the ties and hold the switch stands and the switch ties securely in alignment. This design eliminates torque on the wood as the switch is thrown and as the wood shrinks over the years, we will simply tighten the 5/16 bolts from the top side. I wish I had used this method 27 years ago!




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The switch stands are now bolted to the ties and into metal flat iron







          Our post-war E10 locomotive no. 26 was scheduled to return from body and paint in February, then March, then on April 14, then April 21 and then was further delayed until May27. Now she is scheduled to return on July 9. Two of our red and white coaches from train no. 26 are back at body and paint for final touch up and will be returning here on June 17. The observation car from train no. 26 will return to body and paint for final touch up on June 25 and the observation car from train no. 20 will join her at body and paint that day. On July 9, the observation car and locomotive no. 26 are scheduled to return to the A & P. On July 9, locomotive no 20 and 24 will go to body and paint and the two coaches from train no, 20 return home. We hope to have both of our E10 trains back from body and paint in their entirety by the end of the year. We still have the final assembly of the windows, trim, wiring, drive lines and the motor to rebuild and install, but all of that will take place in house.

          We have converted locomotive no. 24 into a B Unit carrying the batteries that actually power our two E 10 trains. Before these two locomotives leave for body and paint we had quite a bit of work to complete modifying and finish fitting hoods, rebuilding, repairing and replacing slide rods, removing electrical components, removing sheared off bolts and straightening and squaring up sheet metal.




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Preparing the E-10 B unit for body and paint work










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Working on the E-10 B unit







          Once these three cars are completed, we will have our two E10s trains back and body and paint will start on the G12s. The first of the G12s to head to body and paint will be our post war locomotive and observation car, then the pre-war locomotive and observation car and then the passenger coaches.

          Work is progressing on the rebuild of our BKN engine that will go in our Addison locomotive. Actually, it is a mash up combination of the best parts of the two BKNs that we sent over there being rebuilt as one motor plus the correct carburetor that I was able to locate. Originally our Addison train would have been powered by a Wisconsin AKN motor, but once the BKN was produced with 8 HP instead of the 6 HP AKN model, many of the trains were upgraded to the newer motor which meant another coach could be added to the train.




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BKN motor for the Addison train







          Our solid steel logos mounted on the turntable had faded badly over the years and I also sent them off to the powder coater to be freshened up. After I repaint the lettering, we will also have them professionally ceramic coated.




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Faded A & P logos







          Our 2 G12 gas tanks that are being fabricated remain a work in progress, our E10/G12 truck arches are being cast a few at a time and our short sleeve shorts are back ordered.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!


05/18/22

          We dug out and replaced the last 26 of the ground contact ties in the north yard and replaced 13 in the east yard. We still have 66 similar ties to replace in the east yard which will utilize our last cube of ties. This will be the last section of the tie replacement project to be completed. We replaced the switch ties of one of our mainline switches in the north yard that sits primarily on the Rock Creek trestle. Those five ties are the only ties of that switch that make ground contact. The bright green ties are the ones that I dried and hand-treated with chemical preservative here in Peoria, AZ and are in place of the much deeper green ones that were professionally pressure treated in Eugene, OR and more than half of them were then lost by the shipper. Each of our switches will have a combination of the two colors. The ones treated in Oregon have near 100 percent saturation, the ones treated here are closer to 20 percent. It isn’t ideal, but is a deterrent for a while.




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The tie replacement effort has shifted to switches










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The bright green ties replace the ones the shipper lost










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Replacing switch ties







          Another difference in the ties is the ones from Northern California were originally a saw blade thickness under a full 4x4 when ripped and they shrunk as they dried to 3 ¾ x 3 ¾. I couldn’t find a source for that finished size. I did find a source for rough sawn, fully dried 4x4s that are a full 4x4. I ordered those so they are ¼ inch bigger in both directions than the others, but that is just the way it is going to be on our switches. After all of the switch ties are replaced, we will replace the switch stand ties. Digging out the much longer switch ties in the confined areas is a bit difficult and much more time-consuming than the shorter standard ties.




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You can see the dimensional size differences







          We have a total of nine switches that will have the ties replaced. We have dug out and replaced the ties in four of them and the rail is gauged and secured. We have dug out the ties and roughed in the new ties under 2 more switches. I have removed the tie plates and lag screws in the remaining three, but the ties still need dug out. The ties are cut and stacked for all three, but a few still need chemically treated. OMG, what a huge job it was replacing 15 ties in each of those switches with each of the longer ties having 8 tie plates and gauging and securing the rails. In some cases we had less than 6 inches to work outside the end of each tie. There are 45 more switch ties and 18 switch stand ties remaining to be dug out and replaced.

          Next month, we are going to be rebuilding the switch stands and adding zerk fittings and replacing the lever pins. I am also having the switch stands and the targets re-powdercoated so they should be in good shape for many years to come. We also re-ballasted and tamped several areas in the west and north yard. We hope to have all the switch ties, east yard ties, switch stand ties and ballast replaced by the Fourth of July so that we can primarily focus on less strenuous work like replacing the walking planks on the trestles when it is 119 degrees here.







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Several switch stands have been removed to be rebuilt & sent to powder coating










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The switch stand ties have been removed from a tight squeeze







          We received good news about the BKN motor for our Addison G12 that went to the rebuild shop last month. I was concerned as it wasn’t free spinning, but I knew it had been sitting in a garage since at least 1971. Our engine expert said it is rebuildable. He will also repaint it while it is apart. Like everyone else right now, he is running a few weeks behind so it will likely be mid to late June before the motor finds its way back to the A & P. We will mount in on its powder coated pan and add all the brake components once it gets back here. I have a lead on two rebuilt clutches that I am attempting to chase down as well as the alternator and alternator bracket.

          As I shared several weeks ago, the first two prototype G12 truck arch castings I received from the foundry just weren’t quite what I wanted. We discussed my concerns and they modified the patterns. I received the prototype castings 2.0 this month and I am very pleased. They will expand the patterns by ¼ inch on each end for the 3.0 version. I gave them the go ahead to cast forty of them over the coming weeks. They are also making a right and a left electric motor grill for one of our E10 motors. The grills were missing off of one of our motors, but present on another one. The finish machining on the truck arches will take place after they arrive in Arizona in late May or early June.




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G12 truck arch casting version 2.0







          The salvaged G12 hood panels arrived from the east coast this month and I couldn’t be happier. They are in much better shape than they looked in the photos. There is surface rust, but no structural issues. They need straightened, twists removed, a split and a tear repaired and some TLC in general, but we are far ahead of starting from scratch! The first step is to clean them up; unfortunately, they are about 5 inches too long to fit in my bead blasting cabinet. So I dropped them off to be bead blasted and powder coated with a layer of thick primer that I will use as a base for the repairs. Even the bead blaster is having delays, he said two to three weeks. In the past, if I dropped off on Saturday, I could pick up the following Saturday.




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The salvaged G12 hoods have arrived










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Salvaged G12 hoods







          We have several ongoing projects out here, but excitement is mounting as some of these huge projects are finally coming together.







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The portable welding table has been getting a lot of use lately







          Happy and safe railroading everybody!








04/15/22

          I had a dental appointment across town in Chandler this month on a Thursday. Afterward, I stopped by Desert Breeze Park to see if their train was running and found out it only runs Friday through Sunday so I missed out on catching a train ride out there. Note to self, have my teeth cleaned on a Friday next time.




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Desert Breeze Railroad







          Dave and I keep plugging away on the tie replacement project and that is where the majority of our A & P time went again this month. We have dug out and replaced 595 of the 700 standard size ties that make ground contact here. The mainline ties that aren’t on a trestle or part of a switch have all been replaced. All of the non-switch and non-trestle ties in the west yard have been replaced. We still have 26 ties to replace in the north yard and 79 ties to replace in the east yard. The cubes of new ties are getting smaller and smaller and the cubes of old ties that I will have hauled away are getting larger by the weekend.




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Tie replacement work continues...










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Maddie inspects the work of the track crew










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Ties on the trestles are still in good shape







          We also fabricated a steel transition platform for the five foot concrete pad that sits in front of our second engine house. Previously, we had four 4x6s ripped to the varying dimensions as the rail climbed and leveled off for entry to the engine house. Friend of the A & P, Jerry Graves, took my design idea and improved upon it several fold. This new platform is strong, compact and won’t be a target of termites. I had thought about powder coating it, but I’m not going to powder coat the rail it supports and I made the decision to leave it alone and allow it to develop surface patina to match the rail.




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Three of the four steel tie supports for entry into the second engine house










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Jerry Graves welding the final new steel support










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Track at the entrance to the second engine house










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Old 4x6 ties that were replaced by steel supports







          In April, we hope to finish replacing the ties in the north and east yard and start the final leveling of the track, tamping of ballast throughout the railroad and the final dressing of the ballast. That work will be completed in May. We have 10 switches total and will be replacing the ties in 8 ½ of them. The other 1.5 switches are on trestles and don’t have any ground contact. In addition to the 700 ties mentioned earlier, there will be 93 switch ties and 18 switch stand ties that will be replaced. The switch and switch stand ties will be replaced last. Digging out the much longer switch ties in the confined areas will be a difficult and time-consuming process. We hope to replace the switch ties and adjust and rebuild one switch and switch stand a weekend throughout May and June. We also have some trestle walking planks and over-run ties to replace in July, August and September. This is a huge project that we hope to have completed by October 1.




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The stacks of replaced ties continue to grow










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Reyes (left) and Carlos (right) have been digging out old ties easing the load on the aging track crew







          We made some significant progress on our Addison G12 this month. We added the five reinforcement ribs to the floor panels, added the rear seat reinforcement panels, added the second set of “fingers” that hold the rear of the driveline tunnel in place and mounted the driveline tunnel.




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Addison train driveline tunnel (seat end top view)










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Driveline tunnel on the Addison train (underside)







          We will start on the installation of the throttle and brake slides and the associated sheet metal work on the Addison G12 next month. Many years ago, the factory slides and sheet metal were cut out and replaced with solid panels and a different means of throttle and brake control were envisioned. It was important to me that we returned her to the original throttle and brake slides in this restoration project and to that end, I located donor slides and slide slots. We will mark, cut and remove the solid sheet metal panels in all four locations. We will install both slides and rough the panels back into place. We will also drill out and clean up the mounting brackets for the control handles after the slides are in place. Once the slides are done, next up will be the work on the hoods. I am starting to get really excited by all the progress on this project.

          Our post-war E10 locomotive is scheduled to return from body and paint on April 21. Hopefully, the final touch up on the 2 coaches and the observation car will take place that day as well. There is an outside chance that the two coaches of our pre-war E10 will also return to the Arizona & Pacific from body and paint that day. Once those two coaches return to the A & P, the pre-war E10 ob car, locomotive and B unit will travel to body and paint. We’ll see. After the paint work is completed, we still have the final assembly of the windows, trim, wiring, drive lines and the motor to rebuild and install on the 2 E10 trains.

          On the 18th, I attended the Maricopa Live Steamers Spring meet at Adobe Mountain. I visited with Steve Easlon of Creston, CA, Phillip Nilsson of Durango, CO and Bob Clark of Farmington, NM. I rode in style on Steve’s passenger equipment for a 30 minute ride late in the afternoon and then a spectacular two hour night time ride under the stars on Bob’s equipment. There is something magical about night rides out in the middle of nowhere in complete silence except railroad sounds!




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Phillip Nilsson's beautiful steamer










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Steve Easlon's diesel










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Steve Easlon's steam engine








          The BKN motor for our Addison G12 went to the rebuild shop this month. I sent a “parts” BKN with it hoping that we have or can find everything we need to get her running dependably. After rebuild, the BKN will get cleaned up and painted. We will mount in on its powder coated pan and add all the brake components once it gets back here. I have a lead on two rebuilt clutches that I am attempting to chase down as well as the alternator and alternator bracket.


          We have a lot going on out here, but excitement is mounting as some of these huge projects are really coming together.


          Happy and safe railroading everybody!





03/15/22

          Dave and I keep plugging away on the tie replacement project and that is where almost all of our A & P time went this month. The mainline in the front yard, east and north yard is completed except for the switches. We have 5 switches on the mainline and five more on sidings and spurs. We have dug out and replaced 318 of the 700 standard size ties that make ground contact. Much of the ballast work remains to be completed. There will also be 110 switch ties and 20 switch stand ties that will be replaced. The switch and switch stand ties will be replaced last.




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Old ties have been dug out and new ties are staged







          One of the reasons we will be handling the switch ties last is because our shipper USF Reddaway lost a pallet of mine with half of our switch ties on it somewhere between Eugene, OR and Phoenix, AZ. Then, despite the fact that I had insured the shipment, they refused to pay me for the product that they lost. They are a clown show. Clown was my second word choice, you can figure it out. I would recommend using any other shipper before you choose them. I am sourcing to get 60 more ties ripped, cut to length and treated for delivery here.

          There is such limited space in many areas along the right-of-way that digging out the original ties is difficult and time-consuming. We will have a little bit more room to work with on the western section of the mainline. The sidings and spurs are a mixed bag with some being really tight work areas and others being pretty roomy. The challenge with the sidings and sidetracks is moving all of the equipment around such that it is not in the way as we move from one area to another.




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New ties have been installed (awaiting ballast) with plenty of open space










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Fairly tight space but the new ties have been installed










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Very tight space will make for an interesting time removing ties...







          We did not make any progress to speak of on our Addison G12 this month. We will be adding the reinforcement ribs to the floor pans in March. The ribs are all fabricated and ready to install. We will also be adding the under seat ribs and lower seat fingers to stabilize the drive line tunnel. There are also reinforcement brackets under the corners of the seat and the electrical mounting bracket that we will installed next month.

          Last month, I shared that I had located a roached-out G12 in a bone yard in Connecticut that is the donor of its two hood panels and its throttle and brakes slide rods. There are also some brackets, clips and other odds and ends that it is donating. The throttle and brake rods have arrived. Finding the appropriate shipping box for the hoods isn’t an easy task. Some of the parts will need a little bit of work, but I am so happy that they are coming our way. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to make a number of MTC friends in different parts of the country that assist with my parts hunts and their assistance is priceless. This month, I was able to assist one of them with a significant G16 part for which he had been searching for a long period of time. It is great having a whole group of us assisting each other tracking parts for our various MTC restoration projects.




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Throttle and brake slide rods for the addison train







          Our post-war E10 observation car returned from paint and body this month. In addition to the delivery of the observation car, what started as some minor touch up work took place on the two coaches that were already here. It turned out to be a workday that ended just after midnight. We still have some color sand and buff and interior work yet to complete. Once the paint work is completed, we still have the final assembly of the windows, trim, wiring, drive lines and the motor to rebuild and install. The locomotive’s return is delayed until the end of March. We are looking forward to having our entire post-war E10 back from body and paint soon. The two coaches from our second E10 train are scheduled for delivery in April and May. We hope to have our second E10 train and a G12 locomotive and observation car back from body and paint by the end of this year.




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Touch up work on the E10 coaches










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Observation Car










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Top plate for the observation car










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Touching up the post war E10 coaches










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Tools of the trade







          We continue making progress on our signs project. All eighteen of the signs are back from powder coat and look good. I had three additional signs cut that will be mounted on existing posts. We have some final decisions to make regarding a couple of the names and then I will order the stencils and once received will start the lettering. We hope to start placement and mounting this fall.

          Our 2 G12 gas tanks are still in the queue at the fabricator; they are now scheduled to be completed in March. These are taking longer than was hoped like pretty much everything is with today’s supply chain issues and employee shortages.

          I was in touch with our foundry this month and we should have two of our second generation G12 truck arch castings from the foundry in March. You may remember when I received the first two rough G12 truck arch castings from the foundry few weeks ago, there were a couple of things that I wasn’t completely happy with. They made some changes to the pattern and will re-pour a couple for delivery next month.

          I shared last month that for weeks I thought we had secured an original Stromberg L26A carburetor for our BKN motor that will go in our Addison G12. Apparently, the seller changed his mind as it hasn’t arrived and my calls and texts are no longer being answered. So, we went back to looking. I was very fortunate and found a NOS Stromberg L26A carburetor in Rhode Island. It arrived last week and it’s beautiful. Sometimes it is good to be persistent, but most of all lucky.




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G12 Carburetor










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G12 Carburetor







          Now that we have the carburetor that we needed, the BKN motor will go to the rebuild shop in March. I have a lead on two rebuilt clutches that I am attempting to chase down as well as the alternator and alternator bracket. After rebuild, the BKN will get cleaned up and painted. We will mount in on its powder coated pan and add all the brake components once it gets back here.




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BKN Motor for the G12







          We have a lot going on out here, but it is really exciting seeing some of these things coming together.


          Happy and safe railroading everybody!


02/17/22

          Our engine house has always been well-lit during the day time with all of the windows at both levels and the two large banks of fluorescent lights. After dark, the lighting in there was not ideal. Also on cold winter days, it took a few minutes for the lights to warm up and give off much light. This month we converted the fluorescent fixtures into ones for LED lighting. The original 8 foot fluorescent bulbs were 75 watt, 3500k and 6420 lumens. The new LED bulbs are 90 watt, 5000k and 10,000 lumens. It is an amazing difference. Dave handled rewiring the eight light fixtures to bypass the ballasts. We should have done this well before now!




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New LED lights in the A&P engine house










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Difference between old 3500 Kelvin (near) and 5000 Kelvin (far) light color







          We made significant progress on our Addison G12 this month. The basic floor pans were bolted into place a few weeks ago. Now we are adding the reinforcement ribs to the floor pans. The ribs are all fabricated and ready to install next month. We added the under seat ribs and lower seat fingers to stabilize the drive line tunnel. We fabricated the electrical mounting bracket and will install it next month. I located a roached out G12 in a bone yard that will be the donor of its two hood panels and its throttle and brakes slide rods. They will need some TLC, but we are way ahead of starting from scratch.




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Hood panels for the Addison train










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Lower seat fingers to stabilize the drive line tunnel







          Our first E10 locomotive and observation car are now scheduled for delivery on February 26. In addition to the delivery of the locomotive and observation car, some minor touch up will take place on the two coaches that are already here. We still have the windows, trim, wiring, drive lines and the motor to install, but we are looking forward to having our post war E10 back from body and paint.

          Dave and I completed the tie replacement work in the front yard. All 132 ties in the front yard have been dug out and replaced with new ties. The final ballast work and track grooming has been started, but remains to be completed out front. This was considerably easier when we did this the first time 26 years ago for 2 reasons. After the track was all in place, I landscaped around it with retaining walls and vegetation that limit the amount of room that we have to work and secondly, instead of approaching 30 and 40 years of age, this time Dave and I are approaching 60 and 70.




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All the front yard ties have been replaced and await ballast










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Much of the ballasting is finished at the far end










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We replaced the ties under the concrete as well







          The original ties were in even worse shape than we had realized; termites, dry rot, wet rot from sprinklers and checking over 26+ years had deteriorated them beyond continued use. The new ties are not only a little larger with 5/16 more meat in both directions, but the preservative penetration is at 90%. These should be rock solid for another 26 years. I thought I might be able to repurpose the original ties, but with a few exceptions they are in rough shape.




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Old ties







          We continued working on our signs project. We welded up the framework for five sign posts that will be mounted on our trestles and added signs to a number of the posts. We also pre-drilled the trestles so that once all the lettering is in place, we just need to bolt them to the trestles. They will go to powdercoating next month. Five of the sign assemblies are back from powdercoat and eight will be ready for pick up at the powdercoater next month. We also cut three additional signs that we will letter and mount on existing posts. Once they are all back, the lettering will start and then the placement and mounting will begin.




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Signs for mounting on our trestles







          We made 4 more wheel stops and had them powdercoated for displays in the enginehouse.




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Wheel stops







          Pete and Char Robinson of the Waterman and Western Railroad in Waterman, Illinois and Jerry Stinebring of the P B & S Railroad in Dwight, Illinois visited the A & P Railroad this month. It was great to have them visit again after a couple year Covid hiatus.




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Pete and Jerry







          Pete, Jerry and I also had a chance to visit the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park last month on a nice and dry Saturday! The steamers weren’t running, but it was still a big crowd on a beautiful winter day with plenty of blowing and drifting sunshine. Of course, we hopped on the Paradise and Pacific and enjoyed our lap around the park. Tom and Frank do a tremendous job maintaining that beautiful equipment and the track.




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McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park










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Riding the Paradise & Pacific Railroad







          Our 2 G12 gas tanks are still in the queue at the fabricator; they are now scheduled to be completed in March. These are taking longer than was hoped like pretty much everything is with today’s supply chain issues and employee shortages.

          I received the first two rough G12 truck arch castings from the foundry; there were a couple of things that I wasn’t completely happy with. They are making some changes to the pattern and will re-pour a couple more next month.

          We replaced the original bulkhead panel on our post war G12 with a new one we fabricated. The original one had been badly mauled by a driveline at some point that was about to fly apart. Previously, we had cut out the damaged area and welded in a new piece, but it had other issues too. We used the original one as a pattern for the replacement panel.

          I thought we had secured an original Stromberg L26A carburetor for our BKN motor that will go in our Addition G12, but it hasn’t arrived and my calls and texts are no longer being answered. So, we are back to looking for the carburetor mentioned above for that restoration project. If any of you have one or know or one that is available and I won’t need to take out a second mortgage please give me a shout out.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!


01/11/22

          We had a very wet December out here which slowed our progress on several fronts. I finally received the backordered two-thirds of the galvanized lag screws that I ordered for the ties in the front yard and we got started on rehabbing the track. We started in the west section and worked toward the east. I staged the G16 railroad ties in the backyard relatively close to where they will be used. For the first section of ties to be replaced in the front yard, I loaded a flatcar with ties and we worked from the driveway east. Dave and I got our first 50 ties of the tie replacement initiative replaced. We would like to have made more progress than that, but we only had one dry weekend the entire month.




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We removed the old ties from the right of way in this section of track










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A stack of old ties that were replaced










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Flatcar bringing the replacement ties as they are installed










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First section of track awaiting ballast







          Admittedly, the going is much slower than it was almost thirty years ago when we initially laid the ties and rail as instead of sneaking up on 30 and 40 years old respectively, we are approaching 60 and 70 years of age. As Dave said, we're either going to be in much better shape by the time the tie replacement is done or beyond beat up. We do hope it is a bit dryer next month so that significant progress can be made. The plan is to have the mainline and switches replaced by October 1st to resume operations. The spurs in the east and west yard will be replaced after that and as time permits...

          In the limited dry time, we got a few brackets welded into place on our Addison train, but again didn't make nearly as much progress as had been hoped as it was sloppy wet on all but 2 work days.

          I had tickets for the McCormick Stillman Holiday festival lights on December 9, but it was a downpour that night and we got rained out. I have been going out there for forty years for various events and had never been rained out before.

          We tracked down and acquired the twelve wheels and fourteen bearing retainer plates we needed to complete our current G12 projects. The bearing retainer plates will need a little bit of work, but are in reasonably good shape. The wheels will go to bead blasting and powder coating next month. All that we are lacking for the completion of the trucks are the truck arches that are being cast in Pennsylvania. Test pours were done and the casting should begin in earnest the first week of February. We are having 40 cast and the finish machining will take place out here once they arrive.

          We had hoped to receive a one-person pump car this month that we are excited about, but its arrival has been delayed by at least 60 days. The Waterman and Western Railroad was one of the railroads that Dave and I visited on our cross country trip in August of 2019. Owned by Pete and Char Robinson, it operated in a beautiful park in Waterman, IL. It may have been best known for its fabulous Christmas light displays when the train rides were free so everyone could afford to ride. Our addition is a pump car from the W&W. We will re-gauge the car from 15 inch to 16 inch, reupholster the seat, powder coat the frame and clean and polish the other components. It will be lettered for the Waterman and Western Railroad where it was built and used for many years. Unfortunately, the W&W burned to the ground a few months after our visit and this pump car is one of the few pieces of equipment that survived the fire. We will be very pleased to have it as part of the A&P Railroad here in Arizona.




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Waterman and Western Railroad










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Waterman and Western pump car







          We made some progress on our A&P signs. As I shared last month, we started this project twenty years ago. The bases and the signs will be white and the lettering will be black. We have more than a dozen locations to name. Several of the original signs will be modified to have an upper and lower sign, some signs will be double sided and three will have mounting arms fabricated for mounting to the trestles. The free-standing posts will be mounted to large paving blocks that will be buried trackside in key locations. We drilled several more of the paving blocks and bases this month. Dave and I did an initial mockup of what we envisioned for the signs that will be mounted to the trestles out of wood scrap. The following weekend, he showed up with a very professionally done mock up with the correct dimensions that incorporated all the changes we had discussed the week before.




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Mock up of a trestle mounted sign







          The posts are 2x2 tube steel in 0.188 thickness. The actual sign flat bar is 3 1/2" by 1/4". Apparently in the 20 years since we started this project, this is no longer a standard size. The standard sizes now are 2, 3, 4 and 5 inch widths. It can be special ordered by my distributor with a several hundred feet minimum order... I finally found a place in Kentucky that had it in stock and was willing to ship it. I purchased 30 feet; the shipping wasn't cheap, but I wanted every sign to match and look like it was done at the same time. Work continues on this project.

          Our 2022 A&P long sleeve shirts arrived this month. The short sleeve versions will be here in March. I had some short sleeve shirts done in pink as Christmas gifts for a couple of the younger supporters of the railroad.




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2022 long sleve A&P RR shirt front










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2022 long sleve A&P RR shirt back










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2022 pink short sleve A&P RR shirt front










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2022 pink short sleve A&P RR shirt back







          Our E10 locomotive and observation car were scheduled to return from body and paint and arrive here this month, but one delay after another now have them scheduled to arrive in late January.

          Our A&P Annual Report should be posted in late January.










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Arizona and Pacific Railroad Security Crew Members







          Happy and safe railroading everybody!








12/09/21

          We started work in earnest on our Addison locomotive this month. The engineer’s seat had been cut out and floor panels, instrument panel, engine pan, hoods and front bulkhead were all missing when we acquired her. As a result of most of the support structures missing, the unibody was badly out of square and plumb. We pulled, pushed, twisted and squared everything into place. We fit the seat and rear bulkhead and they fit great after some fine-tuning. The instrument panel and the front bulkhead are both a nice fit, but we need to fabricate the final mounting brackets next month. We also fabricated and installed the floor panels. In the post war model they were welded in place; in the pre war model they were bolted in place.




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Fabricated parts for the Addison Locomotive







          We fabricated the battery tray and driveline tunnel previously and the gas tank is being fabricated by an outside vendor currently. The next big sheet metal challenge will be fabricating the two hood assemblies. We do have a half crate of the original MTC hood ribs so we have the three needed for each hood panel. The hoods will likely be a January project.




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New floor in the Addison Locomotive







          The biggest challenge before us will be locating, recutting and cleaning the brake rod slide channel and the same with the throttle rod channel. At some point many years ago, someone cut off the slide rods and welded the slide channel slots closed. We also have multiple sub-standard repairs made with large quantities of Bondo that need repaired correctly and then just a skim coat of Bondo applied. I’m glad this Addison locomotive found its way here as not many others are crazy enough to put in the time and money to properly restore her to 1938 condition. The coaches are all in much better shape than the locomotive. We have already rebuilt the coach and power trucks and the parts we need to complete the Wisconsin engine that will power her were located recently in Michigan. Realistically, we are probably a year and a half away from her being completed, but our excitement is growing.




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The slide rod channel has been covered










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At some point a plate was welded in to cover the slide rod exit







          Dave and I finally finished shearing the Lexan windows for the E10s and the pre-war G12. The post war observation car end also has Lexan windows and we finished those as well. We have been lucky enough to acquire the rare Pullman shade windows for our post war G12 coaches.




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Lexan windows for the G12 coaches










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Lexan windows for the E10 coaches







          I staged the G16 railroad ties relatively close to where they will be used. We are planning to rehab the track in the front yard first and then move to the east side of the yard. The 10 switches will be completed as a separate project. I received a third of the galvanized lag screws that I ordered for the front yard where the sprinklers frequently hit the ties if it is windy. The balance of the order is backordered.




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New Ties










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New Ties being transported on a flat car










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New Ties being staged







          Close to twenty years ago, I started a project to identify various locations along the railroad with signs. I got busy with other things and the steel sign frames have been stored in various places collecting dust and surface patina for all those years. Frankly, I had forgotten about them. After my visit to Adobe Mountain RR last month where everything is identified with a sign, I got motivated to complete a two decade old project here. The bases and the signs will be white and the lettering will be black. We have more than a dozen locations to name. Several of the original signs will be modified to have an upper and lower sign, some signs will be double sided and a couple will have mounting arms fabricated for mounting to the trestles. The free-standing posts will be mounted to large paving blocks that will be buried trackside in key locations.




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Two sizes of signs for along the right of way










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The signs will be bolted to heavy pavers







          My good friend and next door neighbor George Fimbres completed upholstering all of the seats for both of our G12s. They all look great and I look forward to being able to set them in place once those trains return from body and paint.

          Our foundry in PA is putting the finishing touches on our pattern for the G12 truck arch. The pattern will be completed the first week of December and they will begin pouring the following week.




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Arch pattern halves







          We received the 10 G12 half axles that I commissioned several weeks ago. We got bearings pressed onto the axles and then pressed the axles into the axle housings. We still need the bearing retainer plates for several axle assemblies and the arches that are being cast and then final assembly can begin. Hopefully, we can start the final assembly in December.




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Additional half axles for the G12s







          This month, we received the second of the two front skirts that I ordered and it is a perfect reproduction of the original that I sent along as a pattern.




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Two new G12 front skirts







          We fabricated 5 more G12 safety bar assemblies this month. They will go to powder coating in December.




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5 more G12 safety bar assemblies







          Dave and I began final assembly of the 16 G12 coach trucks that we are rebuilding. We completed one truck and the other 15 are awaiting their arches so we could only properly assemble the leaf spring assembly on one side and temporarily attach the leaf spring assembly on the other side. That leaf spring assembly will be removed when the arches arrive and then be permanently mounted. We also made temporary bearing retainer plates for 10 axle housings while we await the real deal next month.




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Final assembly of the last 16 coach trucks is underway










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G12 coach and power trucks







          I ordered our A & P shirts for 2022. They will arrive either late this year or early next year.

          Our friend Rick Nairn donated a Miniature Train Division of Allan Herschell Company crossing signal relay to our MTC museum this month; we will clean and proudly display it in the enginehouse. We very much appreciate Rick’s generosity.




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Crossing signal relay







          Our post war E10 locomotive and observation car are leaving the body shop and scheduled for delivery to the A & P on December 18. We are starting to get excited about having our first full train back from body and paint.

          Merry Christmas and happy and safe railroading in the New Year everybody.




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Flashback photo of Phoenix from December 2008








11/09/21

          My neighbor and friend George Fimbres upholstered 21 more E10 seats for us this month which will complete both of our E10 trains. He has completed 2 of our G12 seats and has purchased the high density padding and material for the G12 seats for both of our G12 trains. He will upholster a few seats at a time in between his other projects.




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George Fimbres upholstering E10 Seats







          Dave and I continue to shear Lexan windows for our four trains. We are finished with shearing the 72 coach windows and 12 door windows for the two E10 trains and are done with the E10 windows except for the windows in the two observation car ends. We have completed those patterns, but haven’t had time to shear the windows. We have also completed shearing the 96 coach windows and 6 door windows for our pre-war G12. We have completed the patterns, but still need to shear the 5 observation car windows. We will also need 5 observation car windows for the post WWII G12 observation end. We just finished those patterns and only shearing the Lexan to match the pattern remains.




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Bags of lexan windows cut to various sizes for E10 and G12 coaches







          We had a new front skirt fabricated for the nose of G12 no. 495. We will get it riveted in place in the next several weeks. We are also having a second one fabricated.




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New front skirt for G12 no. 495







          Most of our 932 replacement ties arrived from Oregon this month. It has been a lengthy process. The huge ponderosa pine tree was cut down in Northern California in the summer of 2020, ripped into 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ x roughly 12 foot lengths in the fall of 2020, the ties were cut to final length in the Spring of 2021 and allowed to dry out until late September 2021 when they were transported to the plant in Eugene, OR to be pressure infused with the chemical preservative. Currently, 866 of the 932 ties have arrived at the A & P. The 9th pallet, which was switch ties, has not arrived and is being traced.




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8 of the 9 pallets of ties have arrived at the A&P RR










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New ties have arrived from Oregon







          Our G12 arch pattern is undergoing some fine tuning at the foundry in Pennsylvania. They will start pouring our arches next month. There will be some minor machining when they arrive in Arizona.

          Our gas tanks for our two G12 are being fabricated by an outside vendor and are not yet ready.

          Our friend Steve Kaufman in Michigan found the parts and more that we needed for the BKN motor (magneto and carburetor) that will go in the Addison G12 through a local Facebook ad in his hometown. He will be crating up the parts and shipping them next month.




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Steve Kaufman motor







          We have three G12 cars where the original truck pin rivets had been replaced by bolts. We took the time to replace the bolts with original specification rounded headed steel rivets. It is just a much more period correct look.

          We fabricated 5 more G12 safety bar assemblies, 4 more leaf springs assemblies and 4 more spring pad assemblies and had each powder coated. We also powder coated 16 more wheels. We mounted the spring pad assemblies to the leaf springs and those completed assemblies are ready to mount. We attached one of the safety bars; for various reasons the other four, although ready for mounting, cannot be mounted at this time.




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Powder coated wheels







          We pressed bearings into place on six more axle castings and got the axles pressed into place. We also got several more seals pressed into bearing retainer plates and those plates bolted into place. We also chased the threads on several more axles.

          I placed an order for 10 more of the G12 ½ axles, but they are not yet ready for pickup.

          We repaired one and replaced one of the hood latches to the rear hood of our post war G12.

          I am still looking for a good source of E10/G12 bearing retainer plates.

          Steve Eason from Creston, CA and Tim Parks of Colorado Springs visited the A & P on different days this month; it’s great to host visitors once again.

          The first Saturday of the month, I attended Railfair at McCormick Railroad Park. It was a nice turnout and it was great seeing people’s faces again. I visited with Frank in the engine house and watched the crew double head off and on during the day. It was great to see some old friends and catch up on what everyone has been up to.




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McCormick Stillman Park Railfair 2021










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McCormick Stillman Park Railfair 2021







          The last Saturday of the month, I attended the Maricopa Live Steamers Fall meet at Adobe Mountain. I visited with Steve Eason of Creston, CA, Phillip Nilsson of Durango, CO and Bob Clark of Farmington, NM. I rode in style on Phillip’s passenger equipment for a 30 minute ride late in the afternoon and a spectacular hour and forty five minute nighttime ride under the stars. I have been on night rides before, but this one was beyond cool!




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Maricopa Live Steamers Fall meet at Adobe Mountain







          We have started planning our work on the Addison locomotive and will start that process in earnest next month. We need to locate and clean the brake rod slide channel, locate and clean the throttle rod channel, locate the site of the instrument panel mounting brackets and the bulkhead mounting brackets, fabricate the seat bottom, clean up multiple sub-standard repairs made with Bondo and build replacement hoods. It will be a big job.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody.




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Flashback photo of Sandusky from March 2009








10/19/21

          We are still working on the last of the G12 coach trucks that we are rebuilding. We will have a total of 29 G12 coach trucks once they are all completed including a very early one that will be on display. They are in various stages of completion. Some are awaiting new CNC axles while others are awaiting truck arches that are being cast while others are just waiting for parts to return from powder coating.




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A&P truck assembly progress







          We added lettering to the far end of rack no. 1 and a MTC logo to one of the displays in the engine house.




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Additional lettering added to rack #1










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MTC logo added to display







          Dave polished the truck pin port on 14 more truck arches

          We are close to having one of our E10 locomotives, no. 26, and its observation car back from body and paint. They should be back in late October.

          The new ties for our 16 gauge layout were transported from northern California to Eugene, Oregon this month and will be pressure treated with preservative chemical and then transported to Arizona late in October. There are currently forest fires all over northern California and our thoughts and prayers are with several of our friends who live in the beautiful mountains up there as the direction of those fires can change in an instant.




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New ties for the A&P RR







          We fabricated 10 more safety bar assemblies, 10 more spring pad assemblies and 10 more spring assemblies. Each involved several processes and several hours before they were completed and went off to powder coating.

          Now that we have cars on display on top of the track racks, we need stops at the end of the rails. We have changed our minds on the design multiple times. Dave initially had the idea of using window stops with thumb screws. The problem is they were too low to contact the safety bar and the wheels could roll over them. The thumb screws were a great idea though as we need to be able to remove, move and replace these at various times. We ended up with a small vertical rectangle with a vertical slit for the rail and thumb screws on each side. They evolved considerably from the proto-type to the final version.




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Early prototype (top) and final version of rail stop










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We fabricated rail stops for our racks







          We were gifted another picnic table for use on the A & P. It was pretty rough. We planed and sanded the table top boards which were red wood and filled the holes, knots and checking with epoxy. We replaced the seat planks which were too far gone to save. We replaced some rusted brackets, cut out and replaced several sections of rusted support frame where it made ground contact. We will get it powder coated, add levelers and get it reassembled next month and it will give us another shaded spot for visitors and us.




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Picnic table being disassembled for restoration










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Rusted picnic table supports







          I found and acquired the three stands I want to support the 2 G12 noses and the E10 nose displays. They have a bit of a 1940s art deco look which is what I wanted and I think will work well for our purpose. They looked a bit rough when they got here, but I had them each bead blasted and powder coated in black and they look pretty good and have the period look that I wanted.




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Art deco base for engine nose display







          We received our 40 half axles from our CNC supplier and twenty center couplers from another source. We pressed the bearings onto the axles and pressed them into the axle housings. We received 27 bearing retainer plates back from powder coat and I used the arbor press to install the axle seals. I am looking for a source of several more bearing retainer plates.




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New half axles







          We received the drive line cover for our Addison train (I had two made as you never know when something new will show up here) and also received the instrument panel that we had another source fabricate for us for the Addison train. The battery tray was completed last month, but picked up early this month along with the instrument panel.




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Original & newly fabricated drive line covers







          We powder coated 16 more coach truck castings. This is the last of the coach trucks that we will build at this time. We still have an inventory of 27 unused coach truck castings and 15 unused power truck castings. I could build several more coach trucks if there is any interest, but the racks in the engine house will be maxed out with the ones I am finishing now. They all have numerous powder coated parts including the axle housing castings, leaf springs and spring assembly pads, truck arches, bearing cover plates and wheels. The wheels are all in great shape and the bearings and seals are new. They look great and should be problem free for a long time.

          Including the very early display version, we will soon have rebuilt a total of 29 G12 coach trucks, 4 G12 power trucks, 5 E10 power trucks and 10 E10 coach trucks since returning from Pennsylvania just over 2 years ago.

          We are still having some challenges finding a source to build us two new gas tanks for the G12s. I have the original tanks, but there are so many pin holes and rust in the bottoms, that it just makes more sense to start over and recreate the tanks. Anyone can use a metal break and create the tanks with 90 degree corners, but I am looking for someone with the fixtures to recreate the radius corners of the original tanks. The search continues.

          Dave and I are using Lexan .060 for the E10 and pre-war G12 windows. We built four templates for the E10 windows and then went to work with the shear cutting the Lexan to size. After trial fitting several, we started cutting them in earnest. We completed cutting all the windows for the E10s except for the observation end of one car. We hope to get those special sized windows cut next month along with all of the pre-war Addison train coach windows. The windows will receive their final install after the final paint touch up on each train.

          I have seen a couple of photos of the sheet metal side of the MTC shop in Addison and the one in Rensselaer, but have never seen photos of the mechanical side of either facility. I have to imagine they looked something like our engine house currently looks with completed trucks waiting to be matched with freshly painted coach bodies, partially completed trucks and truck parts in rows awaiting assembly.

          It was another crazy busy month in the shops of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo of Phoenix and Tucson from January 2013








09/07/21

          On August 9, it was two years ago that Dave and I flew to Philadelphia and started our cross-country sojourn picking up one of our E10s, one of our G12s and crate after crate of MTC parts, tooling and assemblies. Most of the mechanical work has been completed on this equipment and the first two E10 coach bodies are back from body and paint. We still have some ground to cover, but are targeting 3Q 2023 for completion of the four trains we are currently restoring.




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Penske truck from our August 2019 cross country trip










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We loaded the truck with E10 and G12 equipment, parts & tooling







          We fabricated grab irons for the two post war E10 coaches that we have back from body and paint. Dave designed a jig that allows us to hold the polished stainless rod while we cut it to length and it works great. The grab irons are a little thing, but really dress the coaches up. Next month we will start fabrication of the grab irons for our post war G12 train that hasn’t been to body and paint yet. The pre-war equipment had a different style one piece grab iron. We have the original grab irons for our Addison train and will fabricate reproduction grab irons for the early E10 if we aren’t able to find original ones. The search is on.




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Grab irons, post war above, pre-war below







          Our friend Rick Nairn donated a G12 nose to our MTC/Allan Herschell Museum. This is not the first time Rick has donated MTC artifacts to our little museum and we very much appreciate his generosity. The nose is off of train no. 495 and needs a new skirt and some minor repairs, but it has good bones and we are very excited to have it. In addition to the pre-war and post war E10s and the pre-war and post war G12s, we have this and another G12 nose and an early E10 nose that we will paint in period colors and will be displayed in our engine house next to the other equipment.




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Nose from G12 #495 (left)







          We chased the axle threads on 16 axle sets. We also tapped the castings ¼ 20 threads for mounting the safety bars and the leaf springs. I had all of the casting holes plugged when they were powder coated, but some of them still needed some attention after they were power coated.

          We had a battery tray fabricated for our Addison train. The battery trays in the pre-war and post- war versions were the same. We are having a drive line tunnel fabricated for the Addison train and are slowly starting to cross items off of the needed list for that train.




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New battery tray for our Addison train







          I would like to give a shout out to Adolfo and his team at Independent Coatings who powder coated our display racks and display rails and have been powder coating E10 and G12 parts for us every week for about six months. They do a great job and have been very patient with some of the small parts I’ve brought in; they have gone above and beyond for us. They are located at 3816 E. Pioneer St. in Phoenix, AZ 85040 and at 602-760-9488.

          My neighbor George Fimbres is working on upholstering 6 E10 center seats and two more end car seats for me that will complete the two coaches that are back from body & paint now as well as the locomotive and observation car that are scheduled to be back in October and will complete that train. We will still need several more seats upholstered for the two G12s and the second E10, two coaches of which are scheduled to be back from body and paint on December 1. George is squeezing me in a couple of seats at a time between his big customers.




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Two upholstered seats and stacks of seat patterns







          We bolted 11 safety bars to completed trucks that were missing them and the others to new coach trucks that we are building.




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Safety bars back from powder coating







          We got 10 more coach truck spring assemblies back from powder coating as well as 7 more coach truck castings. Floor space is really starting to disappear; I need to get some of this stuff assembled soon.

          We fabricated another 14 G12 safety bars and reworked 3 E10 safety bars.

          We started assembling axle assemblies from the components scattered all over the floor in the engine house. The bearings have been pressed into place and the axles are in place on 17 of the axle assemblies. They still need gaskets, seals and the bearing retainer plates. Once completed, we will move on to the truck assembly process which includes the safety bars, leaf springs, truck arches and wheels. I am really looking forward to having all of the coach trucks assembled and having that that floor space open again; it will make the engine house seem so much bigger.




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Many of the axle castings have had the axles & bearings installed







          We got another 18 wheels back from powder coating along with another G12 locomotive engine tray and the previously mentioned coach truck castings and coach truck spring assemblies. We also got back the 14 G12 safety bar assemblies that we fabricated this month.




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Wheels back from powder coating







          Dave came up with the best method to clean rust, pitting, dried grease and other debris from the truck arch openings for the car pins. He used a Dremel tool with a miniature round sanding wheel from the top and then from the bottom of the arches to polish the inner surfaces baby bottom smooth. We also polished the outside surface of the body pins with emery cloth. We applied just a little white lithium grease and they were ready for use. Later that day, we got the 2 E10 coaches up on their permanent trucks and on the E10 display rack. This rack is 3+ inches higher than the other two, but there still aren’t any issues seeing over the coaches which I was a little worried about.

          I have a pattern maker working on a truck arch pattern and once completed will have 30 truck arches cast.

          I am having 40 half axles CNC’d.

          It was another crazy busy month in the shops of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback panorama of the Allan Herschell Museum in North Tonawanda New York from August 2019










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Flashback photo of Niagra Falls in August 2019 from our cross country trip










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Flashback photo of the art walk in Renssaeler Indiana from August 2019










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Flashback photo of the Cadillac Ranch from August 2019 with our truck in the background








08/10/21

          After several delays, we got our first two coaches back from body and paint at the end of the month and they look great. They were chemically stripped and then powder coated in light gray throughout as a base coat. After being chemically stripped you could see every factory spot weld and ding that all the layers of paint had hid. Norm did a great job straightening and blocking the coaches multiple times to make sure they were just right. There is a layer of grey powdercoat, a layer of catalyzed primer, then a layer of catalyzed sealer, three layers of red, then the white stripes and then three layers of clear coat with wet sanding between each layer. Paint technology has come a long way in the past 80 years; but the process is still labor intensive and much the same.

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Coaches arriving at the body and paint shop





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After chemical dipping





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You can see every factory spot weld and dent





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Coaches being prepared for paint





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Prepping the surface for paint





          The coaches each have a mirror-like finish; I hope the original MTC team would be pleased with what we are doing with their trains. We still need to add the stainless steel grab irons, padded seat bottoms, floor mats and the windows, we hope to complete those tasks in September-October. I’ll post better photos next month after they are on their permanent trucks.

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Painted coaches




          The paint scheme we selected is from a color post card that our friend Jeff Waltermeyer gifted us of an E10 running in Titche’s Department Store in Dallas, Texas in the early 1960s. I’ll post some better photos next month once they are on their permanent trucks and have the grab irons in place.

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Titche's Christmas Choo Choo E10 #26




          We have 16 more pieces of E10 and G12 equipment that we are sending through paint and body in the next few months, it is exciting to start getting them back. We have four pieces of equipment (2 E10 coaches, locomotive and observation car) currently in body and paint. The locomotive and observation car are scheduled back on October 1 and at that point we will have a full E10 train in place. The two coaches are scheduled back on December 1.

          We were set to assemble an additional ten foot E10 track panel, but got rained out that day. Once completed we will have 27 feet of additional E10 track panels and enough drilled and powder coated rail to expand that by 3 additional feet. I have some ideas on where these track panels may be used, but they need additional thought.

          We completed rebuilding our two Addison G12 power trucks and 3 coach trucks. They will get some final paint touch up in the fall. We also completed rebuilding 3 Rensselaer coach trucks and are in the process of reworking 14 additional G12 coach trucks. Eleven of the ones currently being reworked carry Rensselaer castings and three carry Addison castings. Some will receive rebuilt safety bars, others upgraded wheels, arches or springs. All either had or received new bearings and seals. About two-thirds of the castings, leaf springs, arches, safety bars and wheels are back from powder coating. I bead blasted and painted the bearing retaining plates and u-brackets. All the axle components have been hot tanked and the axle nut threads chased. They will go back together in August and September.

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Completed trucks




          All of the trucks that arrived with train No. 138 were in really rough shape when they arrived. We aren’t rebuilding those power trucks at this time as they are missing many parts and we don’t have a current need so we will spend the time and money elsewhere. We are rebuilding the No. 138 coach trucks and a few other coach trucks that we have obtained over the years. The No. 138 trucks all carry the later Addison castings.

          I repainted the F & MV inspection car seat structure as I had to cut the top board and the metal frame to lower it by 2 inches to fit under the extension of our rack no.1. My neighbor and friend George Fimbres finished the modifications on the back cushion and it fits perfectly and looks great.

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Track Inspection Car




          We will need to build fourteen more safety bars as many of the trucks that have arrived here were missing one or both. We have plenty of NOS horizontal beams from our Rensselaer parts cache and will cut, drill and weld new material to reproduce the mounting arms.

          We also rebuilt 24 G12 leaf spring assemblies. Some had broken springs, some had broken brackets, some were badly pitted, others were missing a Ubolt and some needed the spring pad assemblies rebuilt. We will need to rework four more of these next month as things go back together.

          We rebuilt a total of 10 spring pad assemblies by drilling out the rivets, cleaning and straightening the top bar, cleaning the bottom bar, replacing the rivets and spacers with new ones and then welding the rivets in place and grinding the bottom plate smooth. It was a little over an hour a piece; you can do the math. All these little projects are time-consuming. Again depending on a number of factors, we may fabricate a few more of these too.

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Spring pad assembly (after & before)




          We also bead blasted and powder coated 15 arches for the coach trucks. I will need to have a few of these arches cast in the future as many of trucks arrived here without arches.

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Powder coated arches & other truck parts




          Twenty –one of the axle castings (6 Addison and 15 Rensselaer) also got powder coated. We also replaced numerous drain plugs that were missing or damaged. We reused the original axles, but used all new seals, bearings, gaskets and hardware.

          Next month we’ll fabricate a battery tray for the Addison train. It is identical to the one in the post war model and also fabricate the drive line tunnel.

          We were lucky enough to obtain the parts needed to rebuild the hood latches on our post war G12 and also obtained the correct shoulder bolts in stainless steel. Next month we’ll get them in place and re-rivet the arch pins in place. We are getting close to having this one ready for body and paint.

          It was another very busy month on the Arizona and Pacific RR.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo of the first run of #582 from April 2014








07/17/21

          I delivered an E10 locomotive, ob car and two coaches in the rain to body and paint this month. We hope to have two of these four pieces of equipment back from paint and body by October 1 and the other two by December 1.

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E10 locomotive, ob car and 2 coaches leaving for body and paint




          I spent a couple hours at a local paint supplier this month going through paint cards to make the final paint selections on our second E10 train and our first G12 train to be painted. There are hundreds of choices in each color so it can be a bit overwhelming. At a future point, I will make the selections on the second G12, but have looked at enough color cards for awhile. I had some pretty solid ideas on what I wanted for the first three trains, but I am less committed on the fourth one. If you have any great ideas for our second G12 paint colors, let us know.

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One of many paint cards for E10 & G12 inspiration




          Our new MT & RR Co. acquisition arrived this month after many delays, not the fault of the prior owner; he was really great to work with. The trucking company didn’t do us any favors as it destroyed the crates our train arrived in. Fortunately, all of the contents survived the rough treatment. It is a pre-War “Addison Train” (later known as a G12) that we believe dates to 1939. The “Addison Trains” had many of the design features of the pre-war E10s that were also made in Addison; the steeply sloped nose of the 12 gauge model is a show-stopper and a streamlined look. The locomotive has a cast iron nose and the characteristic E10 side panel grilles. The coaches had only 4 seats rather than the 5 seats of the post war model (a few post war coaches also had 4 seats), the windows slid into place instead of the pressed aluminum frames and retaining springs of the post war version and there are many more subtle differences. The power truck and the coach castings are the very early style and pretty cool to a diehard MTC fan like me.

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Addison train crates arrived from Michigan and were loaded onto a trailer




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The end of this crate had significant damage




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MT & RR Co Addison train




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MT & RR Co Addison train at the A&P RR




          It is believed that less than 50 of this early version were built and only a handful of those remain in existence today. It needs some TLC, but it found the right home. We can’t wait to get started on it. When both E10s and both G12s are back from body and paint and on display in the engine house, there will be a pre-war G12, post war G12, pre-war E10 and post war E10 on display out there. There is another early MTC “unicorn” out there somewhere that we are still trying to locate and acquire to complete our collection of pre-war Miniature Train and Railroad Company equipment. That search goes on.

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Addison train behind an E10




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The Addison train coaches (right) had 1 less seat (more leg room) than the post war G12's (left)




          Ron Moses who has a long family history with the Miniature Train Company going back to 1939 in Addison, IL, 1948 in Rensselaer, IN and 1957 in North Tonawanda, NY visited the A & P this month. Ron’s father George Moses served in several capacities at MTC over the years and his titles included Pilot, Shop Foreman, Service Manager, Sales and Service Manager, Assistant General Manager and Director. George was one of three or four men that kept everything at MTC operating smoothly over the years. Ron worked with his dad in his teenage years installing trains, delivering parts and rebuilding E10s and other MTC and Allan Herschell trains. It was great having Ron and his son Michael visit our little Miniature Train Company/Allan Herschell Museum look at artifacts and photos together and share stories.

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Ron Moses visits the Arizona and Pacific Railroad




          We were gifted a Swope Railways Co. commemorative solid brass ruler by Ron Moses that is now on display in the engine house. Swope Railways (Sam Bernstein) owned and operated MTC G16s nos. 501, 507 and 510 that ran at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, the Cleveland Zoo and at Balboa Park in San Diego. It is a rare piece and we appreciate Ron’s generosity.

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Swope Railways Co. Commerorative Ruler




          We have 4 G12 power trucks in various stages of rebuild and 19 G12 coach trucks undergoing the same process. Two of the power trucks are the very old style and go with the Addison Train and the other two are Rensselaer products from 1948.

          We completely disassembled the two Addison power trucks and found about what we expected, the bronze gears were shot, axle key slots were worn and the worm gear was badly worn in one and missing completely in the other. We have the needed parts including new bearings and seals. We will rebuild both of the power trucks over a couple of weekends next month. Some work was previously performed on the coach trucks. They already had new bearings and seals, but have sheared off bolts in the castings that we will remove. The trucks have a hodgepodge of hardware instead of the correct hardware, some of the wheels are worn out and the safety bars are badly bent. These issues will be rectified in July.

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Worn out bronze gear




          We have a new to us early Wisconsin BKN and a later Wisconsin BKN motor as well, we are missing a couple of key parts but hope to rebuild one of the two. We are searching for a Stromberg L26A carburetor for our newest BKN engine. If you come across one that is complete and reasonable, please contact me.

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Wisconsin BKN motor




          We will rebuild 20 G12 bumper/safety bar assemblies that are badly bent, mangled or have severe rust pitting. We still have some NOS front safety bars that we will utilize with the original mounting brackets to rebuild the safety bar assemblies.

          We finally got one of our “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN” signs repainted and remounted near the pedestrian walkway. I took it down several months ago to repaint it and other things kept coming up and it just never got done and remounted until this month.

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Stop, Look, Listen sign was repainted and remounted




          We cut out 14 seat bottoms for our middle E10s seats and 9 seat bottoms for our middle G12 seats. We will still need a few more seat bottoms once the price of plywood gets a bit more reasonable.

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G12 seat bottoms (end and center seats)




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E10 seat bottoms (end and center seats)




          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo of the Red River from September 2011








06/08/21

          I was in Trinity Alps, CA for parts of 5 days in May with my great friends Russ, Suzie and Paizley Rose Robinson. They are the owners and creative genius behind the private Trinity Alps Railroad. This spectacular 15 inch gauge railroad winds its way among the sugar pine and yellow pine trees as it climbs 101 vertical feet from the lower level to the upper level of the railroad. The mainline and sidetracks are approximately 1.3 miles in length. Russ has dreamed, designed and built every piece of this railroad with his imagination, ingenuity and hard work. It features three curved trestles, a bridge, two tunnels, a snowshed, a water tank, 2 car barns, an engine house, an amazing chapel and scenery that you only see in special places.

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Paizley Rose, Suzie and Russ Robinson




          His locomotive and cars are all hand built with love and tremendous attention to detail. I had the opportunity to see his new to me caboose and track inspection car, ride in the incredible No. 75 parlor car, sit in his pioneer chapel which overlooks the mainline and see his new car barn under construction. Russ has the concrete floor, main structure, roof and walls of his new carbarn all in place. His new carbarn will have elevated tracks above the concrete floor and comfortably hold six cars. This carbarn will be reached by a short trestle and then a three way stub switch. How awesome is that? Russ is starting to frame out the windows and doors. Another wedding will be taking place in the chapel later this year. Russ built the altar, the pews and every leaded glass window in addition to the structure itself. Paizley Rose is the family Border Collie and oversees all railroad and construction activities closely, sometimes very closely and is a sweetheart. Sometimes I have to pinch myself for being so lucky to experience things like this and having such great friends.

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Golden Slipper Parlor Car




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Trinity Alps Mountain Railroad Caboose




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Pioneer Chapel




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New Carbarn under construction




          As I have written previously, all of the ties that have ground contact on the Arizona and Pacific Railroad will be replaced early next year. In early January of this year, Russ Robinson received 3 large pine trees that were cut down a few miles from his property. He began ripping the full size yellow pines (Ponderosa Pine) at his sawmill into 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ inch timber roughly 12 1/2 feet in length. During my visit, we cut enough timber to length for seven hundred 30 inch ties and 120 switch ties. We also banded and palletized them into groups of 99 with spacer sticks at all levels to facilitate drying. The 820 ties will continue to dry out on site in northern California until September when they will go to Oregon to be pressure treated with preservative chemical. They are scheduled to be shipped to Arizona in early October.

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Trees that the new ties came from




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Cut ties




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Paizley Rose inspects the new ties




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Banded and palletized ties




          We cut out the plywood seat bottoms for 15 E10 seats and 12 G12 seats. The E10s have two different seat shapes as the end car seats are one shape and the two inner car seats are another shape We still need to cut out 12 more inner seat bottoms; we have made the pattern. We also need 17 more G12 seat bottoms. Once all are cut out and sanded, my neighbor and good friend George Fimbres will start covering the seats for me a few at a time between his other projects.

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E10 Seats




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G12 Seats




          We have plans for a cut away display of a MTC crossing signal box and are working with our friend Rick Nairn on this display.

          It was less expensive to buy the ring rail wheels new as a unit than to purchase and replace the bearings separately so we replaced our ring rail wheels. The mechanical part of our turntable refurbishment is now complete and she spins freely and with little effort. The painting and cosmetic touches will take place in the fall.

          We got both of our 3 foot rack extensions (racks 1 and rack 3) back from fabrication and powder coating at the end of the month and got the leveling feet mounted. We drilled the mounting holes, leveled the modules and five hours later got the new panels bolted onto the existing 17 and 27 foot racks. We now have a 30 foot E10 rack, a 20 foot G12 rack and a 20 foot dual gauge rack. I completed sanding, staining and polying enough G12 ties for two more dual gauge track panels to sit atop the just completed rack no. 3 (dual gauge). Dave completed drilling all the additional holes we needed and I got the six rails powder coated. Dave and I built the second two dual gauge track panels. After the 3 foot extension was bolted in place, we mounted the new track panels. The length is just about right and they look pretty good.

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30 foot E10 rack




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20 foot dual gauge (10" & 12") rack




          I also sanded, stained and polyed the ties for 2 three foot E10 track panels and a 10 foot E10 track panel. Dave and I finished the two three foot panels and they are bolted in place atop rack no. 1. Assembling the remaining 10 foot E10 panel is a June project.

          As the existing 3 racks are completed with track panels, I took the opportunity to have our belated spring cleaning in there. We had worked hard to catch the sawdust and metal chips from the drilling involved in bolting the panels together and mounting the track panels to the racks, but it was impossible to catch all of it. We moved each of the 6 engines and cars outside as well as the track inspection car and the short flatcar. We dusted the racks, cleaned the floor rail pockets, swept the floor and mopped the floor. I cleaned each car as it sat outside before it got moved back inside. I cleaned the inside and outside of the windows and dusted the displays. I also moved the majority of the G12 trucks that have been sitting in our gon 218 for quite some time to the top of the dual track rack. These trucks all need some work whether mechanical or cosmetic, but they are up out of the way for now. I have 10 more G12 trucks stored elsewhere.

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The Phoenix on trestle #5




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The track inspection car and short flat car




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A&PRR Gondola #219




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G16 #582 and B Unit #506




          We now have 63 E10 wheels painted. I have 3 more to sand, prime and paint. We have misplaced 2 E10 wheels. I have our powder coater, our machinist and myself trying to locate the two missing wheels. We have 8 coach trucks assembled and up on the display racks along with 2 power/non-drive trucks. The five power/drive trucks await final assembly in June.

          Our first 2 E10 coaches are now scheduled to leave body and paint and return to the A & P on June 9. Four other pieces of E10 equipment will head to body and paint at the same time.

          A new acquisition is now scheduled to arrive in 4 massive crates to the Arizona and Pacific on June 4.

          Things are pretty busy out here on the A & P. Stop by next month for some announcements and photos of some newly restored equipment as well as some newly acquired equipment.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo of the Trinity Alps Mountain Rairoad from June 2014








05/03/21

          I’ve been working on a bit of an unusual project for quite a while in the little bit of free time I have and when I want just a bit of a break from the railroad or my 8-5. I have about the next five years of projects under tarp in my rear side yard. I could have built some additional posts and added welded wire and Catsclaw like I did in the rear of the side yard and it is quite pretty and looks very traditional. Those of you that know me and have been out here, know I can be a little eccentric at times… Over the years, I have acquired 7 original Sundrella umbrellas from the late 1950s and have also acquired 16 shell back chairs like everyone’s back yard and motels used to have on the patio or by the pool back in the day. The problem with the shell back chairs has always been the thin-walled round tube frame always rusts where it contacts the ground and eventually the frames are compromised and the chairs are thrown away.

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Cats claw privacy fence




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Cats claw also covers the sides of the pedestrian walkway




          My little project has been to save the bottoms and backs of those chairs and build a five foot tall privacy wall in the side yard that will partially block, in a cool way, the view of several future MTC projects that are under tarp over there. I had some help from some friends; we poured the concrete, welded the posts, built the hangars, cut, fit and attached the horizontal supports and got started mounting the freshly powder coated bottoms and backs. There is still work to do, but you get the feel of what it will look like. It isn’t for everybody, but I think it looks pretty cool and adds to the 50s and 60s vibe which is pretty prevalent in the back yard and out in the shop. I’m not sure if it will get it finished before it gets really hot so it may not get finished until the fall, we’ll see.

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Whimsical 50's themed privacy fence




          We continue the mechanical overhaul of our turntable. When we built our turntable in 2005 it spun quite easily. We kept it balanced by adjusting the turnbuckles a couple of times a year and we greased the center bearing and ring rail wheel bearings every year. It worked great for about 12 years, then, despite the fact that we had applied plenty of grease on the one inch threaded rods and turnbuckles, the turnbuckles seized in place. Despite WD40, heat and a massive crescent wrench, they refused to break free. Balancing the turntable became impossible. This month we cut off the turnbuckles, chased the right and left hand threads, smathered the threads with anti-seize compound, installed new turnbuckles and then reassembled and re- balanced the turntable. We also jacked up the four corners to access the center bearing and made the decision to replace it. We greased the replacement bearing and got it in place. Next month we will be replacing the bearings in the ring rail wheels and mechanically that should put us in good shape for some time. There will be some repainting of the turntable that takes place in the fall.

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Our turntable was built in 2005




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Replacing the ring rail wheel bearings is next




          We cut 12 inches from the length of one of our engine house bench seats to allow more room as you enter the engine house. My neighbor and good friend George Fimbres modified the cover and made it look great. As time permits, I am going to have him modify the cover of the second bench seat out there just so they look the same.

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Shortened bench




          We attached the levelers and got our two five-foot extensions bolted together and bolted to rack no 1. We also got the 10 foot rail panels in place. This rack is being extended by an additional three feet and we will build two additional three foot long track panels. It will be 30 feet long when completed.

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Rack #1 has been extended to 27 feet




          We got another 25 E10 wheels painted (40 completed) and have 28 more to go. We started installing wheels on E10 trucks

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25 more E10 wheels have been painted




          We were scheduled to get our first two coaches back from paint and body this month, but they got bumped again – this time to May 15. An E10 locomotive, observation car and 2 additional coaches are going to body and paint when the two coaches are picked up; we hope to have these four pieces of equipment back by September 1.

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Preparing to go to body and paint




          I completed sanding, staining and polying enough G12 ties for two more track panels, Dave completed drilling all the additional holes we needed and I got the six rails powdercoated. Dave and I assembled the two track panels that are 10 feet long that we have outfitted with three rails each to accommodate both E10 and G12 equipment. We also got these two panels mounted to our rack. We will be assembling 2 more of these dual gauge track panels in the next few weeks as we await a 3 foot rack extension to extend this rack (no. 3) from 17 feet to 20 feet. In this regard, we have drilled the new holes in four of the six rails we will be utilizing and I have sanded, stained and polyed the additional G12 ties. We need to drill the 2 remaining rails and get them powdercoated and can then assemble the next two panels.

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Dual gauge track panel being constructed




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The first two dual gauge track panels have been installed




          We are still pushing to complete 2 more dual gauge track panels, another 10 foot E10 track panel and 2 E10 track panels that are 3 feet long before the June heat gets here. More on that 10 foot E10 panel later. This summer we will be assembling E10 trucks and G12 trucks and positioning them on the racks now that we know where each piece of equipment will sit. We’ll also be continuing to ready equipment to head to paint and body, hunting for missing parts and researching and fabricating panels for our new acquisitions (more on that next month).

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Preparing for the next two dual gauge track panels




          We will be completing three E10 trucks shortly by adding freshly painted wheels. The two completed coach trucks and a rear power truck will be on E10 display rack no. 1 and track 1 in the engine house with the two coaches due back from body and paint on May 15 sitting on them. We can’t wait to see how a couple of complete E10 trains look up there, one pre-war and one just post war.

          We are starting to prep the next E10 observation car no. 20, locomotive no. 20 and B unit no. 24 to head to body and paint in early September.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo of the turntable from October 2006










04/19/21

          We started painting E10 wheels; 15 are done and 53 remain to be painted. They are time-consuming as only the hub gets painted and everything else gets taped off. I had tried painting the hub separately and then pressing them into place, but with the equipment I have I kept messing up the paint job and having to start over.

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Painted E10 wheels




          We borrowed a shear from one of my friends and will be utilizing it next month shearing engine grilles and lexan windows for our E10s.

          After several delays, the first two E10 coaches will be back from body and paint on April 24. Our E10 engine No. 26 and observation car will be the next equipment to travel to body and paint. We hope to have them back at the A & P. on or before July 1. We had planned to send our G12 to body and paint once E10 No. 26 and the E10 observation car were back, but we have changed directions on that. Instead we will be sending the other five pieces of E10 equipment to body and paint first. Two more coaches will go to body and paint around July 1st and three more early in October. They should all be back by the end of this year. I had hoped to have all the equipment (E10 and G12) back from body and paint by the end of this year, but now we are looking at April or May of next year before we have all the restored G12 equipment back at the Arizona and Pacific Railroad. They just can’t squeeze our equipment in as quickly as I was hoping they could.

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E10 engine no.26 and observation car are next




          We were missing the hood hooks for our G12. Our friend Rick Nairn worked with us to obtain one and we are trying to track down one more.

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Hood hook for the G12




          We acquired the additional stainless steel rod that we need to make all of the missing grab irons for our E10 and G12 equipment. We will start on that project in the next month or so.

          We commissioned two more display cases in the engine house. Both of these cases will match the two already in place and be for paper items; one will contain G16 catalogs, literature and photos and the other will display E10 catalogs, literature and photos. The two currently in place are dedicated to MTC G12 photos and literature and the other to Allan Herschell S16 items.

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G-12 display case




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S-16 display case




          Dave and I layed out the G12 track and the E10 track in the backyard and determined where they will be located on the occasions they are set up. The G12 track will run north and south and is approximately 30 feet by 55 feet. The E10 layout will run east and west and is roughly 18 feet x 80 feet. Both trains cannot be run at the same time as the available space is insufficient.

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G12 track rough layout with E10 curve in foreground




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G12 track rough layout




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G12 track rough layout




          The two five foot rack extensions for inside the engine house that were scheduled for powder coating in early April and delivery to the A & P the middle of that month arrived early! They were delivered the last week of March. We need to get the levelers attached and the rack components all bolted together. Once bolted together, this E10 rack will be comprised of five separate rack modules totaling 27 feet in length. We have made the decision to add another three foot extension to this rack. We will have room for 60 track feet of E10 equipment once finished. We hope to have racks assembled and the additional E10 track panels in place in April.

          We also received the four stands back from powder coating that I designed for holding E10 and G12 equipment at a comfortable working height after their return from body and paint as windows, grab irons, wiring, seats and other components are installed. We tried them with an E10 coach that hasn’t been to body and paint yet and it looks like they will work out okay for us. I may still make a modification, we’ll see after we use them a bit.

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E10 & G12 stands




          One of our other racks is also being lengthened by 3 feet; it will be 20 feet long once completed. Both sides of that rack will be triple railed to accommodate E10 or G12 equipment. Once everything is finished, we will have a total of 60 feet of E10 display track, 40 feet of G12 display track and 40 feet of display track that can accommodate both gauges. We have disassembled six original G12 track panels as that rail will be used in the dual gauge panels and the adjacent G12 panels. We still have numerous new holes to drill; each rail receives 18 new holes (6 ¼ inches apart and 9 per side) which is midway between the original tie hole spacing of 12 ½ inches. Then they are off to bead blasting, powder coating and then attached to the G12 ties. The new G12 ties just arrived from my friend’s wood shop the last week of March, but I just haven’t had time to sand, stain and poly them yet. Hopefully, I’ll get that completed in April. We have 2 extra E10 panels that are 7 feet in length that I will discuss in a couple of months.

          The E10 track panels for the 10 foot extension of rack no. 1 were originally installed on rack no. 3 and are being transferred to rack no. 1. Our E10 rail in our displays is all powder coated in gunmetal gray.

          We will utilize our track jig again and set it up for the G12 track panels that we are building. It does a great job holding everything in place while all the ties are spaced and drilled and the rail is screwed in place.

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Track jig adjusted for G12 track panels




          I recently acquired some additional MT & RR Co. equipment that I have wanted for quite a long time and just recently had the opportunity to add to our collection. This equipment is the reason for some of the last minute changes to the way our racks in the engine house are laid out. The new equipment isn’t here yet, but is in route. I will have an announcement and photos in the next few weeks.



          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo from 2008. John running the Phoenix





03/09/21

          Mark Blumhagen, a fellow S16 owner from Spokane, was in town on business and we made time to get together and talk all things S16, MTC and AH.

          We had hoped to have the first 2 E10 coaches back from paint and body this month, but we are now targeting mid-March for their return. We are close to having one of our E10 locomotives and an observation car ready to head to paint and body as soon as the first two coaches are ready to return to the Arizona and Pacific. Once back at the A & P, the stainless steel grab irons will be installed as will the lexan windows in the two coaches.

          We made progress on several engine house displays this month. Two of the three displays for early trucks were completed including adding the MTC logos. One needed modifications to the box so that it would tuck in about two inches closer to our gon no. 219 and the other needed modifications to its steel frame so that it would tuck in closer to MTC B unit no. 506. We touched up the stain, re-polyed the wood bodies and attached the legs to the bodies. We also attached the rail. Later this spring, some very early MTC trucks will be on display.

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We completed two of our truck support stands including adding an MTC logo





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The second completed truck support stand





          We finally have the long-awaited display for our MT & RR Co. torque wrench, original box and literature (thank you Rick) mounted on the east wall of our MTC display. We also mounted a MTC wheel gauge display and a TBD MTC display this month. I have a bit of additional work to complete on one display, but it is on the wall. We are out of room for MTC displays on the east end of the engine house. We are developing some large MTC displays for the north wall and also the west end of the engine house that I am excited about.

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MT & RR Co. Torque wrench display





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MTC wheel gauge display





          We continue work on our G12 locomotive and G12 observation car and hope to have both ready to head to the body shop in early May after the first E10 is fully restored. There is still a great deal of work to be completed, but they are starting to come together.

          The snow in northern California cleared enough that the balance of our 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ timber for ties was cut from logs last week before more snow arrived. They will be cut to our length of 30 inches whenever Mother Nature cooperates and will be stacked and banded in 64 tie bundles with stickers between layers to dry all summer. They will get saturated with chemical preservative in November before heading to the A & P late in the year. Tie replacement is scheduled to start in earnest here in January of 2022. We will have several work days, anyone interested in volunteering for our tie replacement project, please get in touch with us.

          We built a new and improved combination welding and work table for A & P shop that is already getting a great deal of use. It is about 6 inches higher than my work horses. I built a 6 inch tall platform for my vertically-challenged friends so they can still be comfortable working at the A & P.

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New welding and work table rail




          I purchased another G12 as a parts train this month. This one is no. 168 and was built in Addison by the Miniature Train and Railroad Company. It was completed by MT & RR Co. in early June 1947 and shipped on June 14, 1947. We received the locomotive, two coaches and an observation car, two power trucks and three coach trucks; all are numbers matching. We also received a complete set of track. No, we won’t be keeping two complete G12s. After we get our restored G12 back from body and paint, the remaining equipment will be for sale or trade.

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MTC G12 no. 168





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We're starting to get quite a bit of track





          No. 168 arrived here on Super Bowl weekend and we immediately started disassembly and we now have most of the bolt together parts removed, bagged and tagged.

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MTC G12 no. 168 ob car





          Our G12 locomotive is comprised of parts and panels from nos. 377, 495, 168 and two G12s of unknown serial numbers. Portions have been sectioned and we have utilized the best of all. It’s become like restoring an old car and having several parts cars available. None of these G12s were perfect, but by using the best parts of each our final product will be pretty nice.

          A few weeks ago we fabricated a prototype E10 driveline tunnel and it came out great. We sent it out to be duplicated in 14 gauge metal. The driveline tunnels that we had fabricated for E10 nos. 20 and 26 arrived this month and look good and fit really well. We didn’t receive a tunnel with any of the three E10s that we own. We will have another tunnel fabricated at a later date.

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Fabricated E10 drive tunnels





          Our lettering on the racks and equipment in the engine house moved forward this month. Thank you to Pete Robinson for the excellent work on the lettering and logos for us.

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Lettering was added to our racks





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The lettering matches the time frame the trains were built





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Completed display racks





          I met with our rack fabricator and we will be extending one of our E10 racks by 10 feet to accommodate additional E10 equipment that may be acquired in the future. We will be able to display an additional E10 locomotive and observation car or two additional coaches. We have some nice G12 equipment in terms of coaches, an ob car, power trucks and a few coach trucks for trade for E10 equipment if anyone out there is interested in getting some equipment that is a couple inches wider.

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We'll be extending this rack by 10 feet towards the doors





          I designed two stands for these E10 and G12 cars for after they return from body and paint. These free-standing stands will utilize the truck pin as its point of attachment. We will have a stand on each end of the car which will provide a solid base while we mount windows, attach grab irons and in some cases add electrical components and wiring. Once that work is done they will move to the top of our large display racks. It will be about a month before these stands are back from the fabricator; if the design of the stands meets our needs, I’ll have a total of four fabricated. It will be about eight weeks before the big racks are delivered.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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Flashback photo from 2017. John running the Tucson





02/12/21

          I had hoped to finish work on the display for our two MTC wheel gauges which indicate minimum and maximum distance between wheel flanges, but that didn’t happen as I focused on getting equipment ready to send to body and paint. The wheel gauges are for the G16 equipment when set up for 14 gauge and the second one for 15 gauge. We did not receive the one when set for 16 gauge. They are nicely marked for MTC in Rensselaer, Indiana. I think they will they look pretty good once they are mounted among the other Miniature Train Company items.

          The support stands for three displays to showcase vintage MTC trucks were delivered from the powder coater this month. One display is perfect. On one I need to modify the box so that it will tuck in about two inches closer to our gon no. 219 and the third one needs significant modifications to its steel frame so that it will tuck in closer to MTC B unit no. 506. It will likely be February before those modifications are completed As soon as those modifications are made, I will re-poly the wood bodies, attach the legs to the bodies and attach the rail. Later this spring, some very early MTC trucks will be on display.

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MTC truck support stand awaiting rail




          The first two MTC E10 coaches went off to the body shop this month. I will start painting wheels and have the correct trucks ready for when these cars return in a few weeks. The plan for their return is the end of February, but so many of these things take longer than expected so I am thinking mid March. The windows and door grab irons will be installed once they return as well. I knew rebuilding the G12, rebuilding the two E10s, building display racks and building the lift would be significant undertakings when we acquired these old girls in late 2017. Initially, there were delays in getting the equipment out here to the Arizona and Pacific Railroad, but we got them home in August of 2018 and have made steady progress since then. We are 17 months into what I projected as a 36 month project. We still have a long way to go, but are right about on schedule at this point.

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E10 coaches arriving at the body & paint shop




          We are also working on our E10 locomotive no. 26 and an E10 observation car getting them ready to head to body and paint. These two pieces of equipment will head to the body shop as soon as the first two E10 coaches are completed in late February or early to mid March. We photographed, removed and bagged all of the electrical components of both cars. There were numerous sheared bolts and broken brackets that were removed – some cooperated more so than others. We are fabricating the driveline tunnel as it was missing when we acquired this locomotive.

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E10 no. 26




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E10 observation car




          We continue work on our G12 locomotive and G12 observation car and hope to have both ready to head to the body shop in late April/early May after the first E10 is fully restored. We fabricated a new seat for the engineer and also one for under the gas tank as both originals have numerous rust pin holes. We also fabricated a new instrument panel as both of ours are a bit rough. We are looking for two hood latches in good shape or if we can at least obtain a complete one, we will fabricate duplicates. We are also missing a frame bulkhead and will fabricate one if we can get detailed dimensions, but I am still looking for an original one. We are missing a tunnel bracket and a couple of other smaller pieces, but it is really starting to come together.

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G12 Observation car




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Second G12 Observation car




          We had hoped to have the display for our MT & RR Co. torque wrench, original box and literature mounted in December and again in January, but that didn’t happen. We have been pushing on a couple of other projects and just haven’t had the time to get it mounted. I also have two other wall mounted displays that should also be ready for display soon. It will likely be February before the three of these are displayed on the wall.

          Dave and I finished mounting the track panels to the second E10 rack and to the G12 rack. Each rack has 24 bolts (5/16s) that tighten through the red oak ties and into tapped holes in the 3/16 thickness wall of the square tubing. There was some flex in the rail so we clamped everything in place while we drilled the holes. A handful of challenges arose, but we worked through them and I think the finished product looks pretty good. I am looking forward to seeing some freshly painted E10 and G12 equipment sitting up there. As I shared last month, the stops will be installed after the equipment returns from paint and body so I get them exactly where they need to be. There is 34 feet of track on each E10 rack and 40 feet of track on the G12 rack.

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Working on mounting the track panels




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Completed display racks




          We got started on the application of the MTC logo on a couple of displays in the engine house. We plan to add Miniature Train & Railroad Company and Miniature Train Co. lettering to appropriate displays in the engine house next month. Even though I have the MTC sign on the wall and most of the items have a MTC tag or Miniature Train and Railroad Company or Miniature Train Company in the casting, I still get a number of questions about the displays. This should help minimize that – I think. I hope you guys enjoy seeing the MTC items that we currently have on display in our engine house museum. Several more MTC items will go on display later this year in the other end of the engine house and due to the lack of space, the displays will be rotated periodically.

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MTC logo added to the switch stand displays




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Newly added MTC logos




          We replaced the distributor condenser and adjusted the timing on our Wisconsin AENDL engine in our track inspection car. We also replaced the two battery cables so that we can utilize the same top post batteries that all of our other equipment uses.

          We will be replacing all of our non-trestle ties in late 2021 early 2022. In other words, all of the ties that come in contact with the ground will be replaced. We will be replacing 700 ties 30 inches long and the ties in 10 switches which are various lengths. The massive trees that will provide those ties were cut down in Northern California last week. They are being milled into 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ lumber that are 15 feet long. About 2/3 of what we need have been milled. Once the snow clears, the balance will be milled and then all cut to length. Afterward, they will be stacked with stickers in between and covered until October to thoroughly dry. In October, they go to JHBaxter – in Oregon to be pressure saturated with preservative chemical and then shipped to the Arizona and Pacific in December. Once here, we will start the replacement process.

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Preparing to cut the tree into lumber for our new ties




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Cutting tie lumber from the tree




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Stacking lumber for our new ties




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Stacks of lumber for the new A&P RR ties




          The 2020 Annual Report was posted mid-month; you can check it out by clicking here

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Phoenix poses on the transfer table




          Happy and safe railroading everybody!



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Flashback photo from 2013, Phoenix, Tucson and Red River





01/04/21

          When we bought our cache of MTC parts in PA last year, they were 2 owners removed from a long time MTC/AH employee who had purchased and operated the E10 leasing operation and extra parts directly from AH. In the crates, we received many extra parts, castings and tooling. Included with all the other items were 2 wheel gauges which indicate minimum and maximum distance between wheel flanges. The two we obtained are for the G16 equipment when set up for 14 gauge and the second one for 15 gauge. We did not receive the one for 16 gauge. They are nicely marked for MTC in Rensselaer, Indiana. They will go on display in the engine house soon.

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15" (top) and 14" Wheel Gauges




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14" Wheel Gauge Marking




          The support stands for three displays to showcase vintage MTC trucks were scheduled to be back from the fabricator and powder coater in late December; I was just notified it will be early January before they will be ready for me to pick them up.

          We continue work on our G12 locomotive and G12 observation car and hope to have both ready to head to the body shop in February. We fabricated a new seat for the engineer and also one for under the gas tank as both originals have numerous rust pin holes. We also fabricated a new instrument panel as both of ours are a bit rough. We are looking for two hood latches in good shape or if we can at least obtain a complete one, we will fabricate duplicates. We are also missing a frame bulkhead and will fabricate one if we can get detailed dimensions, but I am still looking for an original one. We are missing a tunnel bracket and a couple of other smaller pieces, but it is really starting to come together.

          We hope to have the display for our MT & RR Co. torque wrench, original box and literature mounted in December. We have been pushing on a couple of other projects and just haven’t had the time to get it mounted. I have two other wall mounted displays that should also be ready for display soon.

          I have decided to use two local body shops for the body work and painting of our E10 and G12 equipment which will take place over the next year (2021). They are each comfortable that they can squeeze one car in every six weeks between all of their more conventional jobs. We have 14 E10 and G12 cars and hope to have all that work completed by the end of the year 2021. I have been looking at old photographs, postcards, sales literature and anything else I can find with various paint schemes. I have settled on the paint scheme and colors for the G12 and one of the E10s. I am still undecided on the colors for the second E10, but have narrowed the choices down considerably. I will share more information on the colors and schemes over the next couple of months. I also have to decide on the colors and paint scheme on an E10 nose and 2 G12 noses that will be on display in the engine house. Once the cars are back from body and paint we will still have the wiring, trim and a number of other tasks before they are complete and ready for run/display.

          My second order of Lexan arrived recently. The E10 windows and doors had Lexan widows as did the G12 observation cars. I have about a dozen patterns to make regarding this project; the racks and E10 trucks are in line in front of this one.

          We built a jig which we used to build our E10 and G12 track panels for our engine house displays. It locks everything into place while we mount the ties to the rail. It bolts together and has a second set of holes so it can be used for E10 and G12 track panels. We will also use this jig when we rebuild the straight track panels that will be used in running the equipment. The curved rail will be handled differently.

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Track Panel Jig for E10 & G12




          Dave and I finished all twelve track panels and it went pretty well. We completed the 8 E10 track panels first and then moved on to the 4 G12 track panels. We refurbished nine (one is for a display) E10 track coupling clips and got them installed this month. They were in pretty ragged shape when we received them. We bead blasted and spent quite a bit of time straightening before polishing them a bit. We made some minor adjustments at the time of installation and now they fit very well.

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E10 Track Coupling Clip






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G12 Track Coupling Clip




          One of our two E10 racks has been completed. Each of its 17 foot long track panels are secured to the rack by 12 bolts 5/16" diameter and the racks were drilled and tapped for the bolts. We had hoped to have all three racks completed with rails, clips, stops and logos by the end of the year, but often these projects take a bit longer than anticipated. We should have the second E10 rack and the G12 rack completed in January. We are going to await the return of the equipment from the body shops before we install the stops as I want to make sure they are placed exactly where I want them.

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The first E10 rack is complete




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16" gondola under the first E10 Rack




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16" gondola & Sandusky tender under the first E10 Rack




          The A & P has a large collection of amusement park train literature from the thirties through the eighties and every year Dave manages to find additional photos, sales literature, advertisements and catalogs for our collection and this year was no exception

          It is no secret that for years I have wanted to add a NAD builders plate to our collection/display in our engine house and have just missed out on acquiring a couple of them, but so far no luck. Dave located and acquired a NAD Century Flyer headlight and surrounding bezel which is awesome! We just need to figure out how to mount it on our second display board in the engine house.

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NAD Century Flyer Headlight




          Check back for our 2020 Annual Report which will be posted mid-month; everyone have a great 2021.



          Happy and safe railroading everybody!



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Flashback photo from January 2013





12/14/20

          Fabrication of the metal display racks for the G12 and the 2 E10s was completed and they were delivered from the powder coater the first week of the month. It was a huge challenge to get them from the trailer in the driveway into the engine house. No, I wasn’t able to transport them on a flatcar as they are a few inches too wide to clear several obstacles along the right of way. Just before fabrication, I made a few last minute modifications that increased the weight of each of the nine modules to roughly 600 pounds each.They are different lengths so some were just under that number and others are in excess of that weight.

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G12 & E10 Display Racks Arriving at the A&P RR




          The transportation team was supposed to be five guys; three showed up. Of course I jumped in to assist. I think I was just younger than the aggregate age of the other three guys… The four of us struggled, and I do mean struggled, to carry these modules over the gravel driveway in the rear, across the grass yard, up and across the pedestrian walkway, under the Kiefer pear tree and then through the double doors on the north side of the engine house. We saved the heaviest three modules for last which may have been a mistake, but after four hours of really getting after it all of the modules were in the engine house and roughed into place. My hat is off to the three guys that showed up for this move as they really busted their tail ends on this job. Our friend Jerry Graves came by the following weekend and we spent another four hours final positioning the modules, getting them bolted together and leveling and re-leveling them until they were perfectly level.

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First E10 rack (left) and G12 rack (right)




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G12 rack (left) and second E10 rack (right, over the G16)




          Dave and I finished drilling all the holes in the E10 rail and I delivered the rail to the powder coater. All 140 of the Red Oak E10 ties received two coats of Golden Oak stain and a coat of polyurethane finish in preparation for their installation on the E10 racks. I picked up the E10 rail a week later and despite the fact that I wish I had picked a color one shade darker, I’m happy with the way the rails look. Dave and I built a rail jig to center and square all the components while we mount the rail to the ties and once each set of four panels is complete, we’ll mount the ties to their racks. The first week of December, we’ll start our track panel assembly process.

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Stain choices for the display rack ties. We decided on the darker stain




          Dave and I also finished our work on the G12 rail; it will go to the powder coater on December 5 and be picked up on the 12th. I finished sanding, staining and the poly work on the G12 ties; they are ready to install once we get the G12 rail back from the powder coater. We hope to have the G12 rack fully assembled sometime around Christmas. MTC logos, wheel stops and labeling will complete the racks in late December or early January.

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Two different sizes of MTC logo decals




          Our G12 battery tray is back from the powder coater and I think we can agree it is a big step forward over what we started our restoration project with.

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Original battery tray (left) & new battery tray (right)




          Our work continued this month on our G12 restoration project. We finished the fabrication work on our G12 throttle rod and brackets and installed new throttle and brake handles. I have a little Bondo work to do on one of the brackets but the heavy work on the throttle project has been completed. We removed a metal patch that covered the original exhaust port. It was held in place by 8 rivets and 2 spot welds – crazy. We removed the nose from our G12 donor; it will be in a display with another G12 nose and a type 1 E10 nose next year. We started the process of replacing the front hood latch and transferred instrument panel brackets. We are fabricating a new seat for the engineer and also one for under the gas tank as both originals have numerous rust pin holes. We are also fabricating a new instrument panel as both of ours are a bit rough.

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G12 Throttle Rod Handle




          I finished media blasting all of the 66 E10 wheels this month. As time permits, we will start painting the wheels and getting them mounted on the 15 trucks awaiting them.

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The E10 wheels have been media blasted and are ready for paint




          We also hope to have the display for our MT & RR Co. torque wrench, original box and literature mounted in December.

          I am close to having an agreement with a local shop on the body work and painting of our E10 and G12 equipment which would take place over the next year (2021). They are comfortable that they can squeeze one car a month in between all of their more conventional jobs. We have 14 E10 and G12 cars and hope to have all that work completed by the end of December of 2021. If things work out right, it may be expanded to include the Sandusky, the Red River and the 582 and 506 over the following twelve months (2022). I am cautiously optimistic.

          My second order of Lexan arrived recently. The E10 windows and doors had Lexan widows as did the G12 observation cars. I have about a dozen patterns to make regarding this project; the racks and E10 trucks are in line in front of this one.

          We modified an engine stand that had previously been used for S16s engines and also for the tenders for use with our E10 and G12 equipment. It is now tri-gauge G16, G12 and E10. It will receive a great deal of use over the next few months.

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Former S16 engine stand has been modified to be tri-gauge (16, 12 & 10)




          We continue rearranging the engine house to maximize the space and create room to easily view all of the exhibits. Some of the extra parts that had been stored in the engine house have been moved to other locations. We are still hoping to have the racks completed with rails, signage and logos by the end of the year, but that might be a little optimistic – we’ll see.

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Creating more space inside the engine house




Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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Flashback photo from March 2010





11/16/20

          We completed mounting the front skirt on the G12. We removed each bolt that we installed last month one at a time, used a countersink tool on the aluminum nose, replaced the bolt with an aluminum rivet and used the riveting hammer to drive and set the rivet. After all the rivets were in place, we used my angle grinder with a floppy sanding disk to sand the rivets flush with the G12 nose. We added a thin coat of red primer and you can’t see the rivets at all. It was a great deal of work fabricating the skirt and mounting it properly, but I think it really makes a statement and I’m happy with the way it came out.

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Aluminum rivets replaced the skirt bolts




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The rivets were ground flush with the nose




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Primer was applied




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Fabricated skirt (left) and factory original skirt (right)




          We also started on the throttle linkage on our G12. For some inexplicable reason, one of the prior owners had cut off the welded brackets on both ends of the sliding rod that runs from the throttle handle to the engine carburetor linkage. We had a donor rod and brackets. In the engine compartment, we had to cut into the sheet metal panel to access the rod. We welded the donor bracket in place and will close up the sheet metal access area the next time we work on the G12. On the other end (throttle handle end) we were able to leverage what was left of the bracket out far enough to weld an extension to it in place. We still need to cut it to length and shape the bracket like the original. This was a critical project to operating the G12 as designed and was crazy time-consuming, but the worst of it is done and it will work great.

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We created an opening to access the throttle rod




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We welded an extension to the handle end of the throttle rod




          We had our two G12 locomotive bodies side by side as we “borrowed” brackets, mounting hardware and truck arch pins from the donor for the one we are restoring. In large areas, the donor is screen and duct tape covered with a quarter inch of bondo. It looked good in the photos when I purchased it off the internet, but it was disappointing when it arrived here a few years ago. It did have enough bolt on parts that when combined with parts from three other locomotives, we have all the parts and panels we need for a really nice restored locomotive.

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Side by side G-12's




          I purchased five batteries that are ready to be installed soon. The Red River, Tucson, No. 582, the track inspection car and the Coconino are all getting new batteries.

          I did install the new battery in the track inspection car this month. We also drained the old gasoline and added fresh and I changed the spark plug in the Wisconsin AEN that powers that piece of equipment.

          We continue rearranging the engine house in preparation of the arrival of the new display racks. The Phoenix has been moved to track no. 2, the Sandusky has moved to track no. 3, the Red River has moved to the original engine house and the no. 582 has moved to track no. 1. Our 4 foot utility trailer is now stored elsewhere and additional changes will take place over the next couple of weeks. In the course of moving everything around, I swept and mopped the floor and cleaned the displays. The brass on some of our locomotives still needs polished, but it is starting to look pretty good in there.

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582, Phoenix & Sandusky in the engine house




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G-16 #582 in the main engine house




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The engine house has been rearranged for the arrival of the display racks




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The new line up in the engine house




          Our racks were originally scheduled to be delivered on October 16, but timing issues arose among the fabricator, powder coater and the transportation outfit. If things go according to the current plan, they will be delivered here on November 4. We will get everything into the engine house and roughed into place that day and then start with the actual assembly on the following weekend November 7th and 8th.

          It is still 100 degrees plus out here, but should be cooling down around the end of the month and we will get the new batteries installed, carburetors rebuilt and get the old girls on the track for the first time in a few months soon.

          Dave and I have continued working with the original MTC rail that will be part of the three large displays as well as three small displays that we have been working on. There is still quite a bit more work to be completed before they are ready for powder coating. Our new battery tray, sixteen ten-foot rail sections and six five-foot rail sections will go to the powder coater in early November. Eight additional 10 foot rail sections, the gas tank and several smaller items will go to the powder coater later in that month.

          We received the BKN exhaust pipe and trim that we have been awaiting. I think it looks pretty good. You can be the judge when you view the before and after photos… We also located 2 older style E10/G12 power truck inspection plate fill caps, an original G12 light switch from Cole-Hersee, 4 brake rigging brake shoe clevis pins and an E10/G12 drum head and the red lens for it.

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New exhaust (left) and old exhaust (right)




          We have a supply of E10 rail, G10 rail and G12 rail. There were two different sizes of E10 rail, the early variety and the later version. There were also two different sizes of G12 rail, again the early and the later version. The differences were subtle with the width of the web and thickness of the rail foot, but the differences require matching differences in the track clips. I am learning more than I ever wanted to know about the early MTC rail and track clips…

          We aren’t too far away from dry fitting the BKN into the G12 and measuring for the purchase of the two drive lines.

          I purchased some Lexan this month and will be making some patterns for the observation car Ob end windows and then experimenting with the best ways to cut and shape the material.

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E-10 windows




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E-10 and G-12 coach windows




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Red River preparing to move to the orginal car barn




Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo from March 2010





10/12/20

          The remaining 7 E10 wheel hubs and tires were mated with their insulating rings this month and really look good. We now have the 64 E10 wheels completed that we need for our trains. I only have a few more E10 wheels to finish bead blasting and we can start painting them and mounting them on the axles. I am looking forward to having all the E10 wheels painted and mounted and the trucks ready to display.

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E10 Wheels




          We will be starting on the sheet metal work and painting work in the near future and so we took the opportunity this month to get before restoration roster shots of the G12 equipment. The post-restoration roster shots are still several months away. We will get E10 equipment pre-restoration roster shots probably in late October or early November. We just have so much going on in October and early November with the racks, constructing track panels, finishing displays, bead blasting and painting E10 wheels that it will likely be a few weeks before we get to the E10 shots.

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G12 Coach




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G12 Engine




          Our friend Jerry Graves did a great job fabricating a new front skirt for us with his sheet metal brake. He used a badly damaged one that we had acquired as a pattern to fabricate the new one and it matches exactly. We drilled the rivet holes this morning, and mounted the skirt with bolts so that we could pull the skirt tight after each bolt was installed. I thought I had the correct rivets and as it turns out I did not so they have been ordered. Once they arrive, we will start in the middle and remove one bolt at a time, countersink the hole and install the rivet. Then we will go on to the next bolt. Once all of the bolts are replaced with rivets, we will grind the rivets flush with the nose just as MTC did so many years ago. Gosh, it makes such a big difference in appearance having the new skirt in place.

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New front skirt bolted on




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G12 engine's front skirt




          I tried numerous sources searching for T beam rail to match that original used by the Miniature Train and Railroad Company on its E10s and G12s without success. We brought back a large quantity of E10 and G12 rail from PA last summer. I measured what we have and made the decision to use original MT & RR Co. rail in our displays. I still have enough track on hand to run both the E10s and G12 in an oval and am hoping to acquire additional G12 rail in the future. So the rail will be original as will be about 1/3 of the ties, but we are taking some liberty with the tie spacing. Originally M T & RR Co. ties were spaced at 12 ½ inches on center. We will be adding an additional tie between the original spacing so the ties in our display will be 6 1/4 on center. I just think that visually for us that it will present a better look. Our G16 ties are spaced at 12 inches.

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Rail for the display racks




          After all the rail is drilled for the additional ties, it will be cut to length, bead blasted and powder coated before it is assembled and added to the display racks. Last month we planed and sanded the ties we will use in the E10 displays. This month we purchased the material for our G12 ties and ripped, cut to length and sanded those ties. We need 80 for the display and had enough material to make 84. The G12 ties are dimensionally the same as the E10 ties except they are two inches longer. Our E10 ties are 14 ¾ inches long and the G12 ties are 16 ¾ long. The ties have all been sanded, but will still have the corners and ends sanded and get stained and then a couple layers of polyurethane will be applied.

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New G12 tie (top) and E10 tie (bottom)




          After all the rail is drilled for the additional ties, it will be cut to length, bead blasted and powder coated before it is assembled as track panels and added to the display racks. MTC offered a choice of two different styles of track clips. We will be using the wrap around style on the E10 and G12 displays, but the other style will be on display as well in our effort to showcase the full range of MTC products.

          Our racks are set for delivery in four weeks and I have a great deal of rearranging to complete in the engine house before they arrive. We moved all of our E10 and G12 bodies out onto the patio for the next four weeks as this is the dry time of the year and no rain is projected. I will remove all of the equipment from the engine house and sweep and mop the floors and dust everything before the equipment goes back inside. It will take me the best part of two weekends to get everything done in there that I need to accomplish so we moved the smaller equipment out this weekend.

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E10 and G12 equipment has been relocated for the rack installlation




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E10 engine bodies




          We started some of the sheet metal work on our G12 locomotive this month. We cut out the badly damaged front cross member and replaced it with one we had on our parts shelf. We removed close to a dozen bolts from various locations that were sheared off and now they can be replaced with new hardware. We also straightened and tack welded sheet metal in some areas and cut out and replaced sheet metal in others. We still have a great deal more work to complete before it goes to the professionals for finishing the sheet metal work and painting.

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New and old G12 cross members




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Installing the new cross member




          I have started sourcing the ties and switch ties that we will use when we replace most of our Arizona and Pacific Railroad 16 gauge ties next year. We have 650 regular ties to replace as well as the switch ties in 10 switches. We are speaking with Northern California and Southern Oregon suppliers. We should know in the next few weeks where our new ties will be shipping from.



          Happy and safe railroading everybody!



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Flashback photo from January 2014





09/14/20

          I think I shared in one of our earlier updates that we were lucky enough to find a complete NOS gasket set for our Wisconsin motor that will go in our G12. This month our Wisconsin motor specialist, Jerry Graves who used to own one of the two Wisconsin motor franchises in town, took our motor to his “retirement” shop and replaced all of the gaskets and shaft seals. He also freshened up some of the paint. We look forward to leak-free operation once the G12 in placed in service. The engine is still sitting in the original pan. I am still working to track down the springs and clevis pins we need to complete the brake rigging and will then move everything to the new mounting pan.

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Wisconsin Motor for the G12




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New Pan for the G12's Wisconsin Motor




          Progress was made on our newest MTC display this month. The display will feature an original 1938 torque wrench box, its torque wrench and the paperwork that came in the box explaining what a torque wrench was, its applications and its price - $9.75. We hope to have the display completed and ready to hang in September.

          We got the new bead blasting cabinet compressor run through its break in period and got all the head bolts re-torqued per factory directions and specifications. I got all of the side frames and arches bead blasted and many of the E10 wheels bead blasted as well.

          Dave and I got the last two G12 coach trucks assembled and wheels mounted. They will need a little bit of touch up once everything is on our large display racks.

          Our 20 CNC created E10 wheel hubs were delivered this month and look really good. We are in the process of having 22 new tires completed and these components will be mated with bakelite insulators next month to complete 22 new E10 wheels. We had two extra original wheel hubs in our parts bin thus the disparity in the number of the new components. Fifteen of the tires were completed this month and the wheels pressed together. The last seven of the tires are still in process and we should have them next month.

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Cast Wheel hub (left) and CNC wheel hub (right)




          I met twice this month with the gentlemen we have selected for the fabrication of our metal display racks (Eaglewings Ironcraft) for the G12 and the 2 E10s. We made a few minor last minute modifications and I signed off on the final drawings and provided the initial payment. We hope to have the fabrication phase completed and racks back here from powder coating during the third week of October. Then we will need to assemble the modules into the full racks, level all the modules, mount 220 ties and then add the rail and some MTC logos. We will push to have everything completed by the end of the year, but that may be overly ambitious.

          We started preparing the ties that will be used on the racks. We brought about 80 ties back from Pennsylvania last summer; they had been wet at some point and got pretty dirty over the years, but it was important to me that they be used in this project. We spent several hours this month trimming the ends, planing and sanding the Red Oak ties. They are slightly smaller than they were originally, but look really great. We need 70 ties for each E10 rack; we made 144 counting the ones from PA and the ones we made from new material. We need 80 more for the G12 rack and they are 2 inches longer. We hope to rip, trim, plane and sand the G12 ties in two weeks. Then all will get a medium oak stain and a spray polyurethane finish. There is still a great deal of work needed to complete the racks, but it is full speed ahead.

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Two original oak ties and new (pre-stain) ties for E10 track panels




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Oak Ties for E10 track panels




          Several of the arch pins on our cars (E10 and G12) were badly bent. We drilled out the rivets, removed and straightened the pins and are conflicted between re-riveting them or simply using a button head bolt which looks similar to mount the pins back on the car bodies. We’ll decide on the attachment hardware next month.

          I ordered the first dozen of the levelers for the bottom of the three racks. Each module has 4 levelers so we will need a total of 36. I will order the remaining 24 later this week.

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Leveler for the racks we're having fabricated




          We are going to fabricate a new front skirt for our G12. A friend of ours has a sheet metal brake and a roller. The contour of the skirt is a little tricky as it has a much smaller diameter at the top where it mounts than at the bottom where it extends above the rail. We have a damaged skirt that we can use as a pattern; we’ll see if we can recreate it exactly or have to have a professional fabricator take it on.

          For a number of years, Dave and I have talked about modifying one of our crossing signals in the engine house MTC display to operate on modern electronics and be activated by a simple remote key fob. Well it was much more complicated than that just sounded, but that project is complete and visitors can watch a MTC crossing signal operate and hear the bell ring out its warning. Click here to see and hear it operate It adds another dimension to our displays and also works into safety programs for the younger kids.

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Working MTC Crossing Signal




          Next month (September 25, 1995) is the 25th anniversary of the Arizona and Pacific Railway. It really is hard to believe that it has been that long since we acquired the Phoenix at an auction and started work on our first railroad restoration project and little railroad. Once this Covid pandemic is over, we will have some kind of a run day open house for anyone who is interested in attending. Hopefully we can host in the spring or fall of 2021; we will just have to play it by ear.

I have a couple of problem areas for my lawn on the A & P. The east side of the engine house and also south of the transfer table are in the shade most of the day. I have planted grass and laid sod in those areas with Bermuda in the past and each year the grass gets thinner and thinner. My dad had good success at his house with St. Augustine which is a much thicker bladed grass, but will thrive with as little as four hours of direct sunlight a day. I found a local turf farm that grows St. Augustine and added 200 square feet in the problem areas. If this grass takes off and does well, I will add another 200 square feet to these and other problem areas next year.

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St. Augustine Sod East of the Engine House




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St. Augustine Sod Under the Transfer Table




          Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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Flashback photo from March 2010





08/17/20

          We installed our new tires and Bakelite insulation rings on our 13 E10 wheels that were in bad shape. The wheels are now like new. I still need to bead blast, prime and paint the 44 E10 wheels we have and install them on 11 of our E10 trucks. We have two additional E10 wheels, but one is for display and one has a hairline tire crack and the tire will be replaced, but hasn’t been yet. The 4 G12 trucks and the G10 truck that we just rebuilt will receive very nice G12 wheels after they are bead blasted, primed and painted. I am still trying to find additional E10 wheels and have beautiful G12 wheels and other goodies to trade or will buy outright.

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New tire on an E10 wheel




          I made the decision to have 20 new E10 wheels manufactured via CNC machine. They will be delivered the second week of August. Then I will need 22 more tires finished so that we can match them with the new wheels for our remaining five trucks awaiting those wheels. I hope to have all those wheels completed in early September and bead blasted, primed and painted later that month.

          I acquired a 2 ton electric hoist for our gantry crane. We had to build new mounting brackets and a new mounting bar to secure it to the trolley. It will make lifting some of our heavy loads a little less sketchy. My previous one was rated at 400 lbs and 800 if using the pulley. This one is rated at 4000 lbs and 8000 pounds with the pulley in use.

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New electric hoist




          Dave had a tremendous find this month – the electrical connections for the E10 and G12s. We also acquired the polarized plugs and receptacles for the G12.

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Polarized twist lock receptacle for the E10




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Hubbell twist lock armored cap inserted in the E10 receptacle




          Dave and I rewired all of our seven E10 trucks and the E12 power truck with 10 gauge wire. We originally wired them with 14 gauge wire which is fine for automobiles and the G16s and S16s. The E10s use a direct short emergency button for emergencies and immediate stops. The fuse in the large transformer is supposed to blow immediately, but if it doesn’t, it starts frying the wiring of the trucks and engine with the smallest gauge wires going first. We decided to upgrade to the 10 gauge wire to prevent burning up the wiring if we have to apply the emergency stop switch and the transformer fuse doesn’t pop immediately.

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Electrified truck rewired with 10 gauge wire




          We located the four period transformers we need to convert 32 volts to 6 volts to operate the various side marker lights, drum head light, head light etc. in the E10s.

          The wiring for the new compressor to operate my bead blasting cabinet was finally completed two weeks ago. I still need to complete the break-in period and then I can start bead blasting. I have 14 truck arches, 4 G12 leaf springs and several side frames awaiting bead blasting, priming, painting and installation on trucks.

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New panel installed for the 230V compressor & RV socket




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Power switch for the compressor




          We sent out bid requests for the steel cutting and welding work on our three large display racks. The display racks will be built in modules for ease in transportation; each finished rack will be almost twenty feet long and weigh just at 1000 pounds once fully assembled. They will be completed in four phases: 1.) the welding and fabrication of the individual modules, 2.) powder coating the modules, 3.) assembly of the modules and leveling pads, 4.) adding the ties, rail and finishing touches.

          The first rack will come here and be fully assembled to make sure we have everything designed and constructed just the way we want it. If we have no changes to make, we will green light racks 2 and 3 and disassemble rack one and take it to the powder coater.

          We have two track gauges. One is a Miniature Train Company gauge that we have restored and is on display in our engine house. The second one is exactly the same but instead of being the familiar MTC yellow, it is black and has a Chance name plate. This is the one that we actually use on our railroad. For the diehard MTC fans and collectors, you know that the track gauges were manufactured in Rensselaer. There were two varieties of wheels over the years. The more common variety has the lubricant add port and cap and is otherwise plain. The rarer and highly desirable version is track gauge casting TG-2 and has the casting number, Miniature Train Company name, logo and city of manufacture in the casting. One of our great friends had a track gauge with the highly desirable wheel set and sent them to me to swap for my unmarked wheel set. He said the ornate wheels need to be on display for others to see and that is what my MTC exhibits are all about and he wanted them here where people can view them. What a class act he is and I appreciate his act of kindness so much.

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Common unmarked wheel and rare cast wheel for the MTC track gauge






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Cast wheel mounted on the track gauge in the A&P RR display




          I hope to get the wheels and arches on the trucks next month and maybe over the Labor Day weekend get us some roster photos of the E10 and G12 equipment in front of the engine house. They will provide a nice before and after contrast.

          It has been 110 degrees plus here for about three weeks and the next two weeks look pretty much the same so it has been a little tough to get motivated on the heavier outside work, but progress is being made.

          I received the 8 custom Ubolts that I ordered and which allowed me to assemble the spring pad assemblies for two additional G12 trucks.

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Ubolts for G12 spring pad assemblies




          Dave and I spent quite a bit of time this month on displays in the engine house. As I mentioned earlier, we swapped out the wheels on our MTC track gauge, we designed and are working on a display for the 1938 torque wrench box, paperwork and wrench and have been working on one of our crossing signals so we can activate it from a key fob and can chose to have the bell operating or not.


          Happy and safe railroading everybody!




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Flashback photo from 2013





07/14/20

          Our Wisconsin motor in our G16 was partially rebuilt this month. It was rebuilt completely several years ago, but then sat inside under a tarp for a few years while it awaited installation in our G16. It had the proper amount of Mystery oil and Stabil in it, but over the years the gas still turned to a sticky gel and the motor never ran quite right once it was installed in no. 582. The cylinders, heads and all internal components were cleaned thoroughly, new head and pan gaskets were installed and the carburetor was rebuilt. We also drained the gas out of the gas tanks and replaced it with new gasoline. We reinstalled the Wisconsin into no. 582 with our gantry and electric hoist which saves fingers and makes shimming and lining everything up so much easier than my conventional engine hoist! We reinstalled the hood and I bought a new battery as the previous one was on its last legs.

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Preparing to re-install the G-16 motor




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Re-installing the motor into G-16 #582




          We completed fabrication of four more spring pad assemblies and four more G12 coach leaf spring assemblies this month. I am awaiting the arrival of 8 more Ubolts to complete assembly of these two G12 coach trucks.

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G12 spring pad assemblies




          With our PA parts cache, we received 30 partially completed E10 tires. We had 11 of them bored and faced as tires for existing E10 wheels that are badly worn. We pressed off the six tires that were in bad shape and pressed on the new tires and we also built five new wheels with existing hubs and Bakelite insulators. The complete wheels came out very nice. This gives us 44 very nice wheels. I still need 20 more E10 wheels for our restoration projects. I have 15 partially completed tires that we can finish with boring and facing. I could have 5 tires made from blanks. I would still need 20 hubs. I am still contemplating having some hubs cast next year, but would much rather find some. Another alternative is having a CNC machine just make me 20 more hubs.

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E10 wheels




          I replaced two batteries this month – no. 582 and the Red River.

          I was set to have an electric sub panel installed outside the shop with a dedicated circuit for the new 220 volt, single phase, air compressor, but two days before they were supposed to start the work I received a call that three of the company employees had contracted Covid 19 and the entire company was undergoing testing and lockdown. The work will get done next month by that company or another one. I did have to rearrange a bit in there, but this will really be a great set up once completed. I am also having a 110 V, 50 amp circuit installed for when friends visit with motor homes and travel trailers or when we are using the line feed welder. We refurbished my bead blasting cabinet with new bead blasting material, new window screen and new nozzle. We also re-plumbed a couple of things to accommodate the new compressor.

          We were able to locate and acquire a complete gasket set for the Wisconsin BRN that will go in our G12. I wasn’t sure that we needed it, but it has a couple of small leaks and since it is still on the table anyway, we will replace all the gaskets before final installation of the motor in our G12.

          We have finally completed the rebuild of the G10 power truck and it is sitting next to the E12 power truck. They both still need finishing touches. They need their aches, I am searching for two more of the old style oil fill caps that are in nice shape, I want to bead blast the side frames, and they will be partially disassembled, primed, painted, reassembled and wheels added. The E12 also still needs wired.

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E12 and G10 power trucks




          I partially disassembled the E10 and G12 trucks that we have recently rebuilt. I primed, painted, reassembled and touched up the paint on 20 trucks this month. Two trucks are awaiting their leaf springs and spring pad assemblies and 8 trucks are awaiting their arches, but everything is rebuilt and just awaiting those parts. All of those parts are here and just awaiting bead blasting, prime, paint and assembly. There are 14 arches, 4 leaf springs and 4 side frames awaiting bead blasting.

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E10 and G12 trucks




          Dave and I completed mounting the wheel sweeps, jumper cables and loop cables on the five E10 power trucks and the 2 electrified E10 coach trucks (rear trucks – observation cars). We built the main wiring harnesses including the Hubbell 2 prong polarized twist plug for each truck. As you would expect, the harness is a very different length for the observation cars than it is for the power trucks. Dave was able to acquire brand new NOS Hubbell plugs and receptacles for our E10s that are the same exact parts used in the E10s originally. These were really great finds; even the old boxes are very cool. It is much easier doing this work without the wheels on the axles and for photographic purposes there is a much better view of the sweeps and wiring than after the wheels are on the axles.

          After completing this wiring project with 14 gauge wire, we changed our minds and are rewiring the trucks with 10 gauge cloth covered wire that we located. We already know the exact lengths we need for everything so this will go more quickly than our original work did.

          I made a pattern for the G12 engineer seat and the rear seat of the G12 observation car and also made a pattern for the E10 engineer seat and rear seat of the E10 observation car. I cut out enough pieces of plywood for 1 G12 engineer and 1 G12 rear ob car seat and 3 E10 engineer seats and 2 E10 rear observation car seats. The E10 and G12 seats are very different in shape and size. My next door neighbor does high end upholstery of custom street rods and speed boats, but is always willing to assist with my crazy train projects and is able to tone things down enough to work for my applications. When I took the plywood seat bases over last week, he was just finishing a complete interior of a super cherry, all metal, 34 Ford. The entire car was incredible! I got the seats done in basic black and just got them back this week; they look pretty good.

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G12 seat




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E10 seat




          We may have another cool find or two for our MTC collection that I hope to be able to share in the next couple months – no not additional trains or cars, just MTC items that I have been hoping to come across for some time and may have done so.

          I finally broke down and bought a 10 x 10 nylon canopy to protect us from the sun when I need electric access and am working in the driveway. It will come in handy as it was 111 when I was working out in the driveway yesterday…

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New nylon shade canopy




          Happy and safe railroading everybody.




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Flashback photo from December 2008





06/08/20

          We finished fabricating a pair of G10 safety bars, 4 pair of G12 safety bars and a pair of E12 safety bars. We also built eight more spring pad assemblies.

          Dave and I finished making 30 additional wheel sweeps. We got the contact pads cut to size, cleaned and cut the sweeps themselves to length and drilled both required holes. We soldered the pads in place, drilled and tapped the pads and added the pad screws and washers on part of another workday. After cleanup, we used our jig to bend each sweep to the correct shape. This gives us a total of 74 sweeps. We needed 64 and wanted to have a few extras on hand.

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64 of the 74 E10 wheel sweeps




          Dave and I started on the wiring harnesses for the eight electrified trucks. We completed the 32 jumper cables and the 16 loop cables. As with the sweeps, we will make several extra jumper and loop cables as we always like extras of all parts on hand. Still to come are the main harnesses.

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Sweep to sweep jumper cables for the E10 wheel sweeps




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Wheel to wheel jumper cables for the E10 wheel sweeps




          We got our new battery box for the G12 back. Wow what an improvement from the original one that was all roached out from rust. The new box will be powdered coated in black before its final installation.

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Original G12 battery tray




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Newly fabricated G12 battery tray




          My low output shop air compressor has always struggled to keep up with my bead blasting cabinet. This month I purchased a larger unit rated at 25 CFM which should be plenty for my needs. This will make bead blasting projects much more efficient and be less frustrating going forward. The new unit is much larger and will require some rearranging of floor space, but will be well worth the effort. I will also be able to operate some air powered shop tools. I still need to have some additional wiring pulled before it will be ready to use. Happy birthday to me.

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New air compressor




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Old low output air compressor




          We rebuilt six G12 trail truck axle assemblies and attached our newly fabricated safety bar assemblies to each. I am still fabricating the leaf springs, but hope to have these trucks completed in early June.

          We pulled our Wisconsin motor out of G16 no. 582 and have our Wisconsin engine expert Jerry Graves looking at cylinder four and diagnosing the issue. It has been sluggish and always had an unexplained lope ever since it was rebuilt.. As any of you know that have pulled or mounted an engine in a G16, an automobile engine hoist isn’t configured quite right to do the job. We have modified a piece of 2 x2 tubular steel with .250 walls as an extension and it works great for pulling the motors. Note: I am not advocating that anyone else do this and I am certain this would not be OSHA approved, but we have utilized this method a few times on various pieces of railroad equipment and so far so good! I have to replace a bad caster, but we’ll use the gantry hoist next month when we reinstall the Wisconsin engine.

          We still have a G10 power truck to rebuild and that is the last of the total of 21 trucks (E10 and G12) that we have been working on. We will have it completed early next month and then we can move to the paint and wheels part of the process. In preparation for our shop focus shifting to wheels soon, we built a shop tool for pressing apart and back together our E10 wheels.

          I partially disassembled, primed, painted, reassembled and touched up the seven E10 trucks that will have electrical components. We will start adding the wheel sweeps and wiring next month. We will also add wheels next month after we swap out some tires and the new bead blaster is in place and functional to give them all a quick once over. A couple of these trucks are also awaiting arches that the bead blaster will clean up. We have fourteen more trucks that will need partially disassembled, primed, painted, reassembled and touched up next month.

          As any long-time visitor to this site is aware, we have a collection of Miniature Train and Railroad Company torque wrenches on display in our little MTC museum showing the different variations and changes as they evolved. The Holy Grail of MT & RR Co. torque wrench collection for me has always been one of the original 1938 torque wrench boxes and paperwork. I have been looking for one for many years. This month, we were fortunate to obtain a very early Miniature Train and Railroad Company torque wrench and original box and paperwork. In 1938, the Miniature Train and Railroad Co. torque wrench cost $9.75. As you would expect, the number of these boxes that have survived eighty plus years is very few. I have been collecting MT& RR Co. and MTC artifacts for more than twenty-five years and have only seen photos of one other torque wrench box. The wrench itself is in mint condition. I am so excited to add these items to our MTC collection and display. The box and paperwork will soon be displayed in a specially designed area on our MTC display wall!

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Miniature Train and Railroad Company torque wrench and the box it came in




          I am still looking for a MTC track gauge box (we have a fully restored track gauge) from the 1950’s to add to our collection. Theses boxes are ten or twelve years newer than the earliest torque wrench box, but are still seventy years old and again few of these boxes exist any longer. I have only seen photos of two of these boxes over the years.

          We continue to refine our design work on the engine house display racks for our E10 and G12 equipment and I am pretty far along in pricing out the materials from various suppliers. We hope to get started on actual construction of these racks in late June as soon as all the E10 and G12 trucks are completed and painted. The racks will be a big undertaking and it will be late in the year before they are completed with powder coating, ties, rail, lettering and MTC equipment sitting on top. Next year, 2021 will be the year that the sheet metal work gets completed on the E10 and G12 car bodies and they get their new, but period looking paint jobs. I am still looking for a few sheet metal and bolt on parts so I will continue chasing those this year.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!





05/11/20

          We received our ten shortened, bored and sleeved trail truck castings back from the machine shop this month. They started life as G12 trail truck castings and we have modified them into E10 coach castings. The machine shop bored and sleeved the castings for the bearings, drilled and tapped the new mounting hole for the leaf spring assembly and re-drilled and re-tapped the bearing retainer holes. We installed our half axles that we have been working on, new cotter keys, new seals and all new bearings. We built new bumper assembles and new leaf spring and spring pad assemblies for these trucks. We ran a die over the axle threads of all 84 axles and added new axle nuts. The trucks still need painted and wheels added, but it is very rewarding to have them essentially completed and it’s a huge space saver too!

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G12 trail truck castings modified for E10 use




          We completed rebuilding three power truck axle assemblies this month and now have all ten E10 power truck axle assemblies completed and started assembling the components of the power trucks themselves. We added the side frames to all five power trucks and will add the arches next month. I am still working on cleaning the last few arches for the power trucks. We also plan to install the safety bars (bumpers) to the power trucks in May.

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Five E10 power trucks




          We will have 15 E10 trucks (5 power and ten coach trucks) ready for paint and wheels and hope to complete that process in May. We also completely rebuilt one G12 power truck and its leaf springs and spring pad assemblies this month; is also ready for paint and wheels. We are also in the process of rebuilding three G12 coach trucks that are missing several parts, have bolts sheared off in the castings and have been pretty much abused previously. We have located most of the parts. We are also working to preserve an E12 prototype power truck for display and a G10 power truck for our Miniature Train Company collection and displays. We hope to have all 21 of these trucks completed by the end of May except for wheels.

          I now have all of the G12 wheels that we need and extras; I need 64 E10 wheels and have 44 in various conditions. I am not sure at this point if I will have some cast or use the E10 wheels on the power trucks and G12 wheels on the other cars. If you know anyone that would like almost new G12 wheels in exchange for E10 wheels, please let me know. We will be running our E10s on battery power so we can run the G12 wheels without issue, but clearly we would rather have the correct wheels if possible.

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G12 Wheel (left) and E10 Wheel (right)




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E10 Wheel (left) and G12 Wheel (right)




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E10 Wheel (left) and G12 Wheel (right)




          We finished mounting the Bakelite insulators on the last three power truck safety bar assemblies. All fourteen that we are rebuilding or fabricating will soon be ready for the assembly of the power truck components. As with the locomotive, the observation car pulled its power from the rails and utilized a transformer to reduce that to 6 volts to operate the drum head, side markers and rear light. We have five power trucks and two observation car rear trucks thus the fourteen safety bars with electrical components.

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Bakelite insulators for the power trucks




          We started fabrication on our last batch of safety bars (bumpers). We are working on ten G12 bumpers and a G10 bumper set.

          I ordered another thirty axle bearings and seals to complete the current projects and to have a few extras on hand for other projects that may present themselves.

          Dave and I completed the drilling, tapping and soldering of 44 of the 64 needed wheel sweeps this month and devised a jig utilizing a 5/8 diameter mop handle to bend smooth and consistent curves in our brass wheel sweeps. We bent the first 44 sweeps this month and hope to bend the balance of the sweeps in May. We also ordered the cloth covered 14g wire for the jumper wires between the wheel sweeps. We hope to have the wiring on all the power trucks completed in June.

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Some of the raw materials for making the brass wheel sweeps




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Finished wheel sweeps




          As mentioned earlier, we started on rebuilding six G12 trail truck axle assemblies. We will get these trucks assembled in May as we are still working to fabricate a few more safety bar assemblies.

          We still have one more G12 power truck and a G10 power truck to rebuild and then we can move to the paint and wheels part of the process. l am starting to get a bit burned out on rebuilding trucks and I’m looking forward to having all the trucks finished and starting on the mechanicals for the G12 locomotive, 3 E10 locomotives, G12 observation car and 2 E10 ob cars soon. We will also start working on three large and four smaller display racks this summer. It is going to be a very busy next several months out here…

          We had hoped to receive our Wisconsin stainless steel exhaust and exhaust trim ring for our G12 Wisconsin motor that we had ordered some time ago, but it looks like it will arrive next month. It will look great once installed.

          I sent our original G12 battery tray pieces out for new pieces to be water jet cut. I should have the new pieces here early next month and then I’ll get the pieces for the battery tray to a friend with a sheet metal brake and then we’ll weld the pieces in place and add the threaded rod and battery ground cable.

          I have been talking about it since last September, but I think we’ll be in a position to take Roster photos of our additional G12 and E10 equipment on their rebuilt and freshly painted trucks in June and we can update the website with photos.

          We obtained a number of yoke style track clips that will be utilized inside the engine house on the display racks and track we will be building soon. These racks will straddle the gondola cars and tenders of our S16s in the engine house. Each will be double tracked with either G12 or E10 rail. The G12 rack for example will have a locomotive and coach on one track and an observation car and coach right next to it on the second track. The ob end and the locomotive nose will both be facing our other MTC displays. There will be two E10 displays with the same design just a little shorter as the cars are shorter. These racks will have the cars at nice display height and with a stool and some assistance allow little ones to sit in the locomotives.

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Artist's rendering (blueprint) of our display rack concept




          I am starting to spec out all the materials from various vendors and the cuts that will be required in construction of the racks. We are going to build one and fine tune it before we build the other two. Each rack will be two sections that bolt together for ease of transportation. They will be powder coated and have wood ties. They should look very nice. I anticipate these will consume much of our July, August and September shop time.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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Springtime at the A&P RR




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An A&P RR red torch cactus flower




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A yellow torch cactus flower at the A&P RR




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A&P RR hedgehog flowers




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Argentine Giant blooming at the A&P RR




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Having some work done on the Superintendent's house brought out a big crane this month








04/13/20

          We now have twenty half axles of the correct length matched and ready to build five new E10 trucks once we finish facing and sleeving the castings for the bearing shoulders. There is still a great deal of work to do on that front, but I hope to have the trucks completed in May.

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E10 truck axles




          We completed rebuilding another three power truck axle assemblies this month. We have seven completed and three more to go. One of the axle assemblies we completed this month was a very early E10 Addison casting. The casting is an Addison PTD-1 casting and hand stamped next to the oil fill is PTD no. 13. There are numerous differences between it and later castings that I won’t bore you with, but the differences are very cool to me.

          The work on facing and sleeving the E10 castings is underway, but far more involved than we originally envisioned.

          We sent six arches out to be repaired and have five of them back. New feet were made from ½ inch thick steel plate. The original arches are cast iron and welding steel to cast iron is a little involved and not for the faint of heart. We sent these out for repair, but I watched one being repaired. The cast iron arch and replacement foot were placed in a jig and pre-heated to 500 degrees in a propane grille cranked up full blast. While still close to 500 degrees, they were welded together with special nickel rod. The assembly jig with arch was then placed in a metal trash can lined with several layers of thick ceiling insulation which allowed the arch to cool off gradually over more than three hours. The repairs came out pretty nice and we have additional arches to use in our restorations.

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Truck arches. The one in front has a broken toe prior to repair




          Dave and I started working on the electric components for the power truck safety bars. We sliced and trimmed 32 bakelite insulators from material that we had on hand. We used the table saw to slice the material at ¼ inch thickness; this was not as easy as that sounds as we had several issues, but eventually worked out a solution. Then we cut the insulators to 1 1/2 inch length and drilled the mounting hole and the sweep mounting hole. We now have insulators on 11 of the 14 power truck safety bar assemblies. The remaining pieces are cut and drilled and just await assembly.

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Safety bar with bakelite insulators for a power truck




          We also built 32 wheel sweeps from material that we acquired last summer in Pennsylvania. We need 16 additional wheel sweeps so we are currently sourcing additional period correct materials to complete this part of the project. It is interesting see the variation in wheel sweep designs. Our earliest E10 power truck is a 1936-38 version, the E10 was built by MTC through 1948 and many ran in department stores well into the 1990s. The electrical components changed over the years as availability and price became factors. We have three distinctly different styles of wheel sweeps and will have examples of the two older styles displayed in our collection.

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Wheel sweeps for E10 power trucks (front, back and side views)




          We have E10 ob car no. 20 which was an early Addison product and also have an E10 observation car made in Rensselaer in 1947 (which for various reasons I know is somewhere between ob. car no. 23 and 30). The differences are subtle, but significant. Our earlier version has less symmetrical window spacing, the location of the door is different, has a small window next to the door, the size, shape and spacing of the observation end windows are unique and the observation light is mounted much lower than on the later version. There are structural differences that I won’t bore you with. I just find the changes as this equipment evolved fascinating.

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E10 observation cars. Note the door is the 2nd window from left on the top car & 5th window from the left on the bottom car




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Two versions of E10 observation cars




          The E10 wasn’t called the E10 until 1946 when the G16 was created. After that the “Addision train” was renamed the G12 and the “Department store train” was renamed the E10. We have many of the earlier castings with the original PTD and TD numbers. The Rensselaer castings all carried the newer E10 casting numbers.

          We located the inspection plates and gaskets for all of the power axle assemblies that we are rebuilding and with new hardware got the plates mounted.

          A friend of mine in Massachusetts had Rensselaer G12 no. 495. The sheet metal had significant and advanced rust damage, but the trucks, car body pins, aluminum trim parts and many other internal parts were in excellent shape. Over the past two years, I have purchased pretty much everything but the sheet metal bodies and Wisconsin engine from him. This month, we acquired the builders plates from no. 495 and will proudly add the one from the observation car to our park train builders board later this month. Although we have MTC represented on the board, we don’t have a G12 builder’s plate mounted.

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G12 495 Builder's Plate




          We received our 2020 t shirts this month. We went back to gray this year as Dave and I both have multiple dogs and the dog hair really shows up on the burgundy ones. We did add that 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the Arizona and Pacific; it is hard to believe that we have been at this that long.

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A&P 25th Anniversary Shirt (back)




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A&P 25th Anniversary Shirt (front)




          In the March update, I neglected to mention that on February 29 I traveled out to the Chandler Railway Museum to celebrate Arizona Railroad Day. It was great weather and a great turnout of railroad fans of all ages and sizes. Every year there is newly acquired equipment and restoration projects are notably advanced.

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Arizona Railroad Day at the Chandler Railway Museum




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Center cupola caboose at the Chandler Railway Museum




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Tucson Cornelia and Gila Bend boxcar built in 1909




          The Covid 19 situation has limited access to some of the machine shops and parts suppliers that I frequent and support out here, but we still managed to get a few things done this month. I am hopeful that we’ll get the last three E10 power truck axle assemblies rebuilt in April and hopefully complete sleeving the ten E10 trail truck axle assemblies in April as well.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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Wisconsin AKN Builder's Plate (Used in the G-12)





03/16/20

          We finished the 6 non-electrical safety bars for our new trail trucks, finished welding on the four electrical safety bars we are building and finished welding repairs and replacing parts on ten other electrical power safety bars that needed work. Next the electrical safety bars will get primed and painted and then the electrical components will start being added.

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Trail truck saftey bars




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Electrical power saftey bars




          We will still need to make eight safety bar assemblies for G12 trucks and four more for E10 trucks. I have all the materials here, but that is a project that is a few weeks down the road.

          We replaced bearings and seals in three more E10 axle assemblies so four are done which will allow us to assemble two complete power trucks. We still have six more axle assemblies to rebuild so that we can complete our five power trucks. Of the six that need rebuilt, we have two apart and both of those drive axles need a new Woodruff key slot cut. The original slots are all wallowed out. There is actually a great deal more involved on these power truck rebuilds than just bearings and seals. We are replacing as needed the bronze gear, worm gear and the worm shaft coupler. There were also a number of bolts sheared off in different castings. We got lucky and got them all out by welding a nut onto the remnants of the bolt and with some WD-40 ratcheted the nuts loose.

          I acquired the torque hub “O” rings that we need for our ten E10 torque hubs.

          We received several additional E10 U bolts that I had made which will allow us to join our E10 spring pad assemblies and leaf springs together as assemblies.

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New E10 U bolts




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E10 leaf spring assemblies




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Leaf spring assemblies; E10 (5 leaf) and G12 (7 leaf)




          I had hoped to prime and paint the five rebuilt trail trucks this month, but frequently things take longer than I hope and I never got to them. I still need to clean up some wheels and get some wheels on at least two of the trail trucks.

          I now have accumulated a combination of twenty additional E10 and G12 half axles that are in the machine shop to shorten the longer axles and match them for length and drill new cotter key holes in the ones that are shortened.

          I originally thought that the E10 and G12 trail truck castings were exactly the same and just the machining was handled differently. They are the same on the exterior except for the machining, however, once you machine away the extra inch on each end of the G12 axle housing casting you lose the internal shoulder that supports the bearing. We are working to see if we can either sleeve the casting or machine and press fit a shoulder in from each end. Not having the castings ready for assembly with the other components will delay that project, but we have plenty of other things to work on.

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MTC trail truck castings; G12 (left) and E10 (right) note the inner bearing shoulder




          I acquired four additional arches this month and took three broken ones I had in reserve to a welding specialist to have new toes welded on one foot of each arch. I also took two E10 engine arches in for the same procedure. Once repaired, we will have the arches we need for our restoration projects.

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Welding the foot back onto an arch bar




          I acquired an additional set of decorative horns for the latest E10 locomotive that we acquired.

          I shared a few weeks ago that we obtained 2 NOS red lexan lenses with retainer clips for the observation car drum heads in our PA parts purchase. The drum heads on the E10 and G12 are the same. Unfortunately, the two lenses were just tossed in a parts tray with other hardware and over the past 70 plus years they had been scratched pretty severely in places. One of our friends at the A & P, Marc Tiu, works locally for an international high tech company, but as a hobby specializes in detailing and polishing high end car restorations worked on buffing and polishing out the scratches for us. They look pretty good, only the remnants of the deepest scratches remain and we will be using the lenses in our restorations. It is cool for me to know they are original MTC parts.

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Lexan lenses for observation car drum heads




          I just finalized a deal to bring another G12 parts cache this way in April of this year. It has many of the hard to find and unusual parts that are always needed when working on these older pieces of equipment. I am really excited about the parts in this grouping.

          I started repainting one of our cast iron “Stop Look Listen” railroad signs near the right-of-way in the back yard. I added some new sprinklers two years ago and one sprays on the sign – I need to work through a solution so this doesn’t get wet three days a week, but the grass stays green. It is great to have original cast iron signs, but one of the advantages of reproduction aluminum signs is that they don’t have the surface rust issue. I still have a few more letters to detail in black and it will go back up next month.

          The Miniature Train and Railroad Company was enjoying great success with its “department store” trains in 1938 (later named the E10). The Sturtevant research and development team was working on E series prototypes for a G10 model as well as developing G12 and E12 models. It is believed that a handful of both G10s and E12s were built pre-war before it was decided to focus on the E10 for inside use and develop the “Addison train” (later named the G12) for outdoor use. We have been lucky enough to acquire a prototype of the G10 power truck and a prototype of the E12 power truck recently for our MTC display and collection. They look a little odd today knowing that neither of those configurations ever caught on. They should be here soon and I’ll have photos next month.

          The Thompson Family from Champaign, Illinois stopped in for a visit of the A & P this month. They own a S16 and a G16 that they run on their private estate. We discussed all things Allan Herschell and Miniature Train Company and a little bit of Mopar was worked into the conversation for good measure. It was a fun visit.

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The Thompson Family visited the A&P RR




          Happy and safe railroading everybody!


02/04/20

          We sourced the parts and material and fabricated eight E10 spring pad assemblies. We acquired two extra of the assemblies with our Pennsylvania parts cache so we now have the ten assemblies we need for the five E10 coach trucks that we are building. The two original ones still need cleaned and some straightening. We built them the same way they were built originally and utilized ¾ inch bar stock from our PA cache in the newly fabricated ones and they match the original ones in every way.

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New E10 spring pad assembly (top) and old assembly (bottom)




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Ten completed E10 spring pad assemblies (side view)




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Ten completed E10 spring pad assemblies (top view)




          We went through each of our coach trucks and inspected the bearings and seals. Most of the bearings were rough, but there were a few that must have been replaced relatively recently and were very nice. We just repacked them and they are good for many more years of services. We replaced the rest of the bearings. All the seals were petrified and we replaced all of them. These trucks are now ready for wheels and paint.

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Old crusty bearing




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Replacing the bearings and seals




          I completed phase 2 of cleaning the 5 E10 power trucks this month. They all look reasonably clean. We have all of the power trucks disassembled to the point where we are ready to pull and replace the bearings and seals. We completely disassembled one of our E10 power trucks. We replaced the bearings and seals on one axle and also replaced the bearings and seals on the corresponding worm gear shaft. The second axle assembly is completely disassembled and ready to go back together. None of these assemblies came apart easily as everything is rusted or corroded in place and fought us at every opportunity. I was able to find all of the parts we will need to have five fully functional E10 power trucks. Many, but not all, of the power truck parts are shown in the photo as some are still being cleaned and others are stored out of view.

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Disassembled Power Trucks




          We have some of the very early E10 power truck castings from Addison, some of the second version of Addison castings and a couple of the Rensselaer castings. The older Addison castings do not have the inspection plate and oil fill cap. Instead oil was added through a fill plug on top of the casting and the worm gear shaft and axle had to be removed to check the wear on the bronze worm gear as well as the steel worm gear. Clearly, the inspection plate which is the same as on the Rensselaer G12 was a big advancement in terms of ease of maintenance.

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E10 power truck casting (first version)




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E10 power truck casting (second version)




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E10 power truck casting (third version)




          We started fabrication of four E10 safety bar (bumper) assemblies that will be used on the coach trucks under the back end of the two E10 observation cars. Unlike the G12 which passes power from the alternator through each car back to the observation car, the E10 observation car pulls its power directly from the rails via the rear truck of the observation car. The power is used for the rear drumhead light, side marker lights and the rear marker light. These safety bar/bumper assemblies match those of the power units with the wheel brushes and wiring. We are also building six E10 standard coach safety bars for additional E10 coach trucks that we are building. We have more E10 cars than we have trucks for currently.

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Fabricating E10 safety bar assemblies




          We acquired a case of unused MTC G12 bumpers this year and although there are similarities, the E10 bumpers are shorter by two inches and the flat head rivet pattern is different. We are modifying some G12 bumpers (cutting, welding, replacing T rivets) so that they will be exact duplicates of those of the E10. It isn’t rocket science, but has been very time consuming. Although we have made considerable progress, it will be February before this project is complete.

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E10 safety bar (top) and G12 safety bar




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Original E10 safety bar, our safety bar & G12 safety bar




          Three of the existing power unit bumper assemblies need significant metal repair and parts replacement. All of the power unit safety bars will need rebuilt with new electrical, but that is the next phase of the power truck rebuild.

          Dave and I finally completed drilling the leafs for the 10 E10 spring assemblies this month. The spring steel in these leafs is brutally hard and none of my regular drill bits would even make a dimple. I acquired a few carbide tipped drill bits and it was still a challenge, but doable. I cleaned each leaf individually and they will be primed and painted next month. I have located and acquired the twelve additional Ubolts we need (20 total) to attach the leaf spring assemblies to the spring pad assemblies and they will be here early next month.

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E10 leaf spring assemblies




          As the first 5 E10 coach trucks are ready for wheels and paint, cleaning and detailing wheels will be one of the February projects.

          I cut and punched a dozen power truck inspection plate gaskets this month.

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Inspection Plate Gaskets




          Once I have two of the E10 coach trucks and two of the power trucks completed, I will spend a day moving car bodies out onto our transfer table and will get some roster photographs to add to that section of our website. Obviously, there is sheet metal work, trim and paint work needed on the coaches plus electrical and mechanical work needed on the engines. The roster shots will give us a before and after opportunity for comparison.

          I have started gathering and cleaning the axles that we will use in the 5 E10 trucks that we are building. Some are G12 axles that I have obtained and will be shortening by an inch while others are E10 axles and G12 axles acquired in Pennsylvania with our cache of parts last August. The gentleman I purchased them from had always stored them inside as he prized these parts as much as I do, but clearly one of the prior owners had them stored outside for a period of time and there was a fair amount of surface rust.

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Pre and post cleaning axles




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Pre and post cleaning bearing retainers




          I also gathered the 10 trail truck castings that we will use with the axles. The castings were exactly the same for the E10 as they were for the G12, but the machining was different. An extra inch was machined off each end on the E10 version and as the leaf springs attach differently one of the mounting holes is in a different location. We will have these machined to size in either March or April.

          I had shared previously that with our PA parts purchase last summer that we acquired a number of NOS Miniature Train Company E10 and G12 parts. Among those parts were a number of Rensselaer trail truck castings for G12s. Some of the castings were machined and some were still raw castings. I thought it was pretty cool to find the raw castings in the mix.

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G12 trail truck castings




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G12 raw casting




          Happy and safe railroading everybody!





01/11/20

         

          My friend and Wisconsin engine expert, Jerry Graves, came over this month and we got the Wisconsin AKN engine that will go in our G12 running. It had been sitting in storage for some time in Kansas and I was anxious to know if it would run. I spent quite a bit of time last month cleaning all the grease and grime off of it and matching hardware to all the brackets that no longer had any hardware. We changed the oil which was black and filthy and changed the spark plug.

          We had to get a little creative with our gravity feed gas can for the fuel supply and used jumper cables from a battery and a short jumper to get her to turn over. The second try and she started right up and ran well. Once we knew she would run we replaced one of the fluid clutches which was wobbling all over the place. Here's a Video of the Wisconsin Engine for the G12 Running

          We are still missing some of the throttle and brake linkage, in particular the linkage from the sliding rod brackets on both the brake and throttle to the carburetor on the throttle side and to the motor bracket on the brake side. We are pretty fortunate in that we have the rest of the linkage that I have mixed and matched from several sources over the years. We still need the springs that keep the brake shoes positioned properly and secure in the engine mounting pan, but I am not quite sure what size springs these are supposed to be at this point.

          It turns out that our Wisconsin AKN engine is actually a BKN engine. The exhaust port exits the head at 45 degrees instead of 90 degrees as with the AKN. Once you know that obvious distinction, telling the difference is pretty easy. These engines replaced the AKN in the G12 in the mid-fifties. Once I track down the springs and remaining linkage, I will repaint the motor, clean up the linkage and mount them in the really nice mounting pan.

          The five E10 coach trucks have been disassembled and cleaned. We will start replacing the bearings and seals in January.

          I have the five E10 power trucks disassembled and the first phase of degreasing completed. There is still a great deal to be done. Almost all of the power truck frames had at least one of the mounting tabs sheared from the foot. Dave and I spent quite a bit of time, removing good feet and bushings from frames with one good foot and matching them to another in similar condition. With all the mixing and matching, we were able to assemble 12 complete frames. Currently we only need eight, but I have plans for more in the future.

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E10 Power Truck Prior to Restoration




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Broken Feet From E10 Power Truck Side Frames




          These are the second version of the E10 power truck frame assemblies. We are rebuilding four power trucks with this configuration and one for display with the original E10 frame which had zero flex and was very unforgiving if the track wasn’t perfect. The zero flex frames were the frames used on the original E10, G10 and pre-war G12 models. All were upgraded over time.

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Flexible E10 Side Frames




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Original Zero Flex Side Frames




          I degreased and cleaned the six arches we need for the four E10 power trucks. We have started cleaning and rebuilding the ten power truck safety bar (bumper) assemblies. We need to fabricate four E10 safety bar assemblies that will be used on the coach trucks under the back end of the two E10 observation cars as unlike the G12 which passes power from the alternator through each car back to the observation car, the E10 ob car pulls its power directly from the rails via the rear truck of the observation car. The power is used for the rear drum head light, side marker lights and the rear marker light. These safety bar assemblies match those of the power units. We are also building ten E10 standard coach safety bars as we have more E10 cars than we have trucks for currently.

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E10 Truck Arches




          We acquired a case of unused MTC G12 safety bars this year and although there are similarities, the E10 safety bars are shorter by two inches and the flat head rivet pattern is different. We are modifying some G12 safety bars (cutting, welding, replacing T rivets) so that they will be exact duplicates of those of the E10. It isn’t rocket science, but will be a little time consuming.

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E10 and G12 Safety Bars Side by Side




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E10 Safety Bars




          We have also acquired the rivets, spacers, bottom and top flat bar to build ten E10 spring pad assemblies. There will still be quite a bit of drilling and fitting, but these will be a January project.

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E10 Spring Pad Assembly




          I spent a few hours cutting and punching out 104 gaskets for the E10 and G12 axle assemblies. I know some guys send the specs to a vendor and have these punched out, but this is more of a low tech operation than that out here.

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Gaskets




          We will start replacing bearings and seals in January and hope to make a big dent in the backlog for that operation.

          We will be fabricating a G12 battery tray either in January or February. It seems like things always take longer than I hope so think February.

          We added several AH catalogs, early press photos of S16s and other park train photos to our collection this month. We also added several catalogs of other park train and carnival equipment manufacturers to the collection. We also added three MTC torque wrenches (one was almost mint) to the collection. The challenge remains of how to display these in such a way to do them justice. I will be redesigning our display at some point.

          As has become my tradition, I made it out to the Maricopa Live Steamers track at Adobe Mountain for its Holiday Lights display. For years, they have operated the trains for free and have a donation jar that they point out after the ride. I have stood and watched half a dozen trains unload with only a couple folks actually making a donation. This year, a ticket was required to board the train. The kids were free, but they asked for “$5.00 or whatever you can afford” for the adults. No one left without a ticket, but it was a dramatically different approach and I heard a number of complaints. The train rides and lights were still impressive and the ride was worth the wait.

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Maricopa Live Steamers at Adobe Mountain




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Maricopa Live Steamers at Adobe Mountain




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Maricopa Live Steamers at Adobe Mountain




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Santa Visits the Maricopa Live Steamers at Adobe Mountain




          I also made it out to McCormick – Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale for its Holiday Lights display. I have been attending this event for years and was never rained on until this year. It started as a sprinkle and turned into a steady rain. It was a 2 hour and 20 minute wait in the line to ride the train. It should be pointed out that this ride is $5.00 and is not a donation; fast pass tickets were $15.00. The Scottsdale clientele is a very different socioeconomic group from the single moms hoping to get their children a train ride at Adobe Mountain. Next year, I will take a smaller group and go for the fast pass. We were wet, cold and tired by the time we boarded the train, but theride and lights were as impressive as ever. By the time we finished our ride on the Paradise and Pacific, the model displays and Scottsdale Live Steamers had shut down for the night. That will give me an excuse to head over there in a few weeks to check those groups out and enjoy their hard work.

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Passengers Waiting to Board at McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park




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McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights




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McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights




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McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights




          Happy New Year and happy and safe railroading everybody!



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Winter at the Arizona and Pacific Railroad





12/21/19

          Our AKN engine finally arrived this month. It was pretty greasy, but is here and I am happy to have it after a long search and then a long wait… I spent almost five hours with degreaser, brushes and rags and got most of the grease and grime off of her. I touched up the paint on the starter and some brackets. There are some odds and ends that we will have to come up with in terms of hardware, clips, engine wiring, brake linkage etc. We also did not obtain the motor mounting pan with the purchase, but I have a rough extra one that we will place in service for now and I recently obtained a really nice one that will be used in the final assembly.

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G12 AKN Engine




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G12 AKN Engine




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G12 Engine Pan




          The front fluid clutch is noisy even when turning the motor by hand. I will need to look into that a bit further. I have two G12 fluid clutches on the parts shelf and will grab one of them if this one is problematic. Hopefully, by the end of the year we can determine if she runs and if there are any major mechanical issues. After we determine if she will run and I locate the remaining brake linkage springs etc. everything will get touch-up painted, lubricated and reassembled. We are missing the old style Wisconsin badge so I am on the lookout for one of them. We still have lots of work to do on it, but we are much closer than we were a few months ago.

          Our G12 observation car that we brought back from Pennsylvania is missing the top aluminum casting. We obtained a rough casting with our parts cache purchase. The casting is very nice, but is about 3/8 inch shorter than needed for a really nice fit. I attributed the difference to shrinkage of a new one cast from an existing casting rather than a pattern. I had the chance to obtain the one from G12 no. 495 which is a Rensselaer product. I thought it would fit perfectly, but I was wrong. The rough casting and the casting from G12 no. 495 are exactly the same size. We will use the no. 495 casting and weld in some pieces to make it fit just right.

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Observation Car End Castings




          We got quite a bit of work done on our five E10 coach trucks this month. They were really oily and grimy. I am certain it has been many, many years since they were cleaned and serviced. I spent several hours disassembling, degreasing, wire brushing and sanding all of the external surfaces. I extracted broken bolts, replaced bad, mismatched or incorrect nuts and bolts and replaced a couple of damaged leafs in the springs. Two of the trucks are older than the others and have the very first E10 design spring pad assembly and Ubolt mounting plates. The E10, just like the G12 and G16, underwent numerous changes and updates over its years of production; some of the changes are not that noticeable except to a few of us extreme MTC enthusiasts.

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E10 Trucks




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E10 Coach Trucks




          The five E10 coach trucks are ready to have the bearings and seals replaced. I have five E10 power trucks, but all are missing various pieces. We received many extra pieces with our PA acquisitions and I am still working to match all of the parts with the parts missing from the various trucks and I’m not quite done with that process yet. I am not yet sure if we have the parts to rebuild all five or just four for now. I am working on degreasing and cleaning two of the five power trucks. They are every bit as dirty or dirtier than the coach trucks had been... I hope to have the five E10 coach trucks completely cleaned, rebuilt, primed and repainted in January and the E10 power trucks rebuilt (mechanically), primed and repainted in February – the electrical part of the rebuild will come later.

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E10 Power Trucks to be Restored




          I ordered all the bearings and seals for the thirteen trucks (I also have 2 G12 trucks to rebuild and will be building one beyond that) we are currently working on and they should be here next week. I will order the bearings and seals for the additional 5 E10 trucks we are going to build in the spring when I am closer to needing them

          I hope to place a couple of sections of either E10 rail or G12 rail on the S16 transfer table early in 2020 and get some good pre-restoration (sheet metal and electrical) roster shots of each of the E10 cars and locomotives as well as the G12 cars and locomotives that are now part of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad. I already have enough G12 trucks restored for roster shots of the G12 equipment.

          Our most recent E10 acquisition, No. 26, ran for many years at the Titche’s Department store in downtown Dallas, Texas and was named Titche’s Christmas Choo Choo. It is one of the E10 trains of which we have a promotional postcard. We are excited to have both the train and the post card in our MTC collection. The plans at this point are to restore her in that long-time paint scheme and replace the signs of her as the Titche’s Christmas Choo Choo.

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E10 #26 at the Arizona and Pacific Railroad




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Titche's Chistmas Choo Choo (E10 #26)




          Just as with our G16 equipment, our E10 and G12 equipment is not matched sets. All of them are orphans that we have located in different locations at different times and they have found their way here and into our MTC collection.

          The E10s were originally all owned by the Miniature Train and Railroad Company and not for sale; they were available for lease only. In 1956 they were all sold to the Allan Herschell Company. In 1964, they were all acquired by Bob Beach and in 1972 he sold them as a lot to KenPen Amusements of Pittsburgh. KenPen Amusements sold several sets to the department stores that had been leasing them for years. The remaining units got co-mingled and were stored in several trailers before most were sold in the early eighties to another large ride dealer. From there, they were sold in several transactions and scattered across the country.

          Of our three E10s (nos. 20, 24 and 26), we acquired one in Kansas, one in Pennsylvania and one in Indiana. One is an Addison product and two are early Rensselaer products. On the early E10s, serial numbers were only placed on the locomotives and the observation cars as they were the only cars with both mechanical and electrical components and the vins assisted the MT & RR Co. with keeping its maintenance records. We found locomotive no. 20 in Kansas and found the matching observation car (no. 20) in Pennsylvania.

          We have G12 locomotive bodies from Florida and Pennsylvania with power trucks obtained in Minnesota, the motor came from a G12 in central Kansas and many parts came from Pennsylvania (3 different sources) and numerous parts were acquired in Minnesota, New York and Massachusetts. Our other G12 car bodies, trucks and trim parts have also come from a variety of locations across the country. For many reasons that I won’t bore everyone with, I believe both the G12 locomotive and the observation car that we brought back from PA are both post-war Addison units. The tags were removed at some point so there is no way to know what serial numbers they may have been.

          I have several people to thank for assisting me this month in locating missing parts for these E10 and G12 projects. Richard Nairn, Gerry Warner, Ed Janulionis and Ron Witt were instrumental this month in providing parts which allowed me to cross a few more parts off of the parts needed whiteboard. Thank you.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!








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