Superior-Garratt, built by Dave Hottman. I guess the crew left the roof open to enjoy the sun...
Rob and Steve ran some beautifully detailed and weathered Colorado narrow gauge equipment.
This event marked the first time the new table extension was connected to the layout, enabling us to setup a logging scene.
We brought four donkeys: two of them were run (one setup for yarding using a North bend configuration and one setup for crotch line loading).
All the rigging was attached to two spar trees custom made for this use.
The four donkeys are visible on this picture. From left to right they are: - The first prototype donkey, currently awaiting its transformation into a pile driver. - A brand new one, arriving on a flat car (notice that the smoke stack is folded down) - The loading donkey. - The yarding donkey.
This is the loading donkey.
Ready to move! This donkey is loaded on one of Eric's heavy duty flat car. Notice the logging disconnect on the right, used as a spacer between the flat car and the locomotive.
Here is one of the spar trees. They are made of a closet rod covered in Magic Sculpt, expertly shaped by Eric.
The base of the tree: this area hides a short section of steel pipe welded onto a two square steel plate with a half inch threaded rod extending through the table. This heavy duty construction was required as there is no room on the table for guy wires.
A small extension was added on the outside of the layout to mount the second tree. This enables us to load cars on the siding.
This view shows the base of the tree, the table extension, the bottom two inch square steel plate, the wing nut and the half inch threaded rod.
A log being loaded.
The yarding sheaves: there are made of white metal casting bodies with turned brass pulleys running on steel axles.
The large sheave used for the haul-back line of the yarding setup. Its pulley has not been blackened yet.
This buldozer started as a 1:25 scale die-cast model. Eric rebuilt the cab, the operator controls and the seat to turn it into a 1:20 scale model. It still need a paint job...
Henner brought is fine scratch-build A-Climax.
It was used, among other things, to pull a string of brand new gravel cars.
This is an Argyle 4-4-0.
I am not sure how this picture ended up looking like this. It is certainly an interesting effect.
This Mimi ran very well.
This was the first run for this Willi. After a few hesitations, it ran like a clock.
This complete Fort Wilderness train added a colorful touch to the day.
This was the first public appearance of Gary's live steam Wienermobile. It is built on two Ruby chassis powered by a Shay boiler. It is radio controlled.
The bun is made from a sculpted piece of wood. The wiener is a 22.5 degree angle connector used for industrial electrical conduit. The boiler is mounted inside the wiener with its backhead facing forward.
This was an expensive meeting for me: I bought a Tiny Power H2 mill engine. Eric's Konrad on the left gives an idea of the size of this thing...