Ramblings of a frustrated armchair Railway Modeller

Everyone is entitled to my opinion, so I've decided to enter the blog-o-sphere in order to share them with you.
My focus is the rationale and development of my model railway, but I am likely to wander off topic from time to time.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cut off from civilization

Hey sports fans!

I'm the Shipping & Receiving Supervisor at a major urban Public Library and I get to spend my days two floors underground heaving books around.

In between deliveries I spend my time on the interweb.

I started my blog with a few fast ones to put some content on the interweb.

Now recently I haven't had as much computer time as I'm used to...

My computer is a flood victim because a fire sprinkler on the floor above froze and the water leaked through onto my desk.

This was at the end of January...

After inquiring as to the delay in replacing the drowned unit I received the following reply from 'Jerry' in IT.
Unfortunately we won't be able to replace this PC right away. We have 33 spare PCs and work orders requiring 57 replacement PCs. The failures are happening with the old black IBM Thinkcentre PCs and they seem to all be failing very quickly.

Yesterday I sent a plan to 'Bif' and 'Bob' [Not their real names] that outlines the sequence we will be using to replace all of the broken PCs. I haven't heard back as of yet but NYCL is not in the first phase of the replacement plan. I expect it may be three to four weeks before we can have more PCs in stock so that we can replace CLPCS633 and the 19 other failed PCs in NYCL.
The Shipping & Receiving Department computer is not a priority.

So my computer time is cut back to evenings and weekends.

On the plus side, I've been reading more.

[Imagine that?! Reading in a Library...]

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The Tin Goat

Back in 2000 or there abouts I re-entered the Hobby after a twenty-odd-year hiatus. At the time I was ill with Hyper Thyroid [Graves' Disease] and the Doctor told me that I needed to relax and take up a hobby; so I dug out my old HO train set and started to tinker. Getting on the internet I wanted to restore my Bachmann EMD F9. So I went to the Bachmann Forum "Ask the Bach-Man"

Two things happened.

First, I was told that in order to protect my identity and ward off Spamers and Flamers I needed to use a Pseudonym: So I became Tin Goat.

Second, I got drawn in to the world of On30.

The Second thing is a tangent that I will explore further in a future post, but it is the first thing "The Tin Goat" that I'm talking about now...

The Tin Goat

I entered the realm of Kit-Bashing and took a couple of F7's and started imagineering. It is a little project that I call the Tin Goat or the GMD BL - E9 "A - A" Unit. I am bashing together a pair of F-7 units to form a push-me/pull-you configuration.

I started the project with a couple of F-7 shells and a GP-7 shell. So far, I put the Geep porches on the F-7's and re-arranged the fans on the roofs.

That was a few years ago: The project got moth-balled while I ventured into On30 and now I'm headed to HOm / HOn42... So now I'm going to take the Tin Goat out of moth-balls and try again.

So, the original plan was to have the Tin Goat articulated in the middle as you can see in the drawings. Now, I'm not sure, although there are examples of articulated electrics, I haven't seen any articulated diesels.

Changing from Standard to Narrow Gauge raises some questions for the wheel arrangement too... At least six axles... Maybe as many as nine... There are prototypical concerns for axle loading as well as power distribution and I'm not a fan of Trailing Axles.

Bo-Bo-Bo, Bo-Co-Bo, Co-Co, Co-Co-Co or Bo-Bo+Bo-Bo...