…the "Gritty Oyster Railroad" has progressed in the Motive Department.

This saga could be called "A Tale of Three Sheds". It all started when Bob Walker also of Victoria (ofAvbury Junction fame) and I were exploring electric/battery power, for at first "O" scale...yes the GOR has been known to have had some Basset-Lowke on its metals from time to time...and Lionel... Well Bob and I are stout supporters of those 7.2 volt packs that the kids use in there RC dune buggies...a 15 minute charge will power a Lionel for a long time...yes its an AC motor but they run even better on DC.

Enter an RS3 of Bobs and a light went off...the trucks on this diesel have their own built in DC motor...very compact and powerful drawing less then 1/2 an AMP. I bought one and a dummy to go with it and used it under an "O" scale DMU... after a little noodling Bob sent away for a couple of these things (about $30 each) and built a tram for it. With the 7.2 battery inside one charge is good for hours. Our good friend and steaming buddy John Winstanley saw this and did the same...now we had Tram #2...well early on in this saga Bob thought it looked like a Quansit hut and promptly named it "Sir Quansit"...Bob is always bragging that "SQ" is always on shed.

Three Sheds on Shed... on the Gritty Oyster Railroad of Tony Owen on Vancouver

Island. Bob Walker of Victoria BC built the one in front all decked out in the house

colours, green with red bufferbeams. John Winstanley also of Victoria His shed is

Directly behind on the same rails has his buffer beams finished. Mine is the one

hoggin' the main with no paint at all. The first two are battery power, mine has a

steam plant.

Bobs is the finished one in front...Johns and mine are still in brass...at least John has got a buffer beam on his. If you look closely there is a third shed in this photo...I could not resist and #3 has taken to the rails. On close inspection there is a couple of waggling cylinders hung off the bottom of mine.

The two on the right have Lionel RS3 bogies, two trucks per tram but only one truck

on each of the trams is powered. There is a 7.2V rechargeable in each and with a

15 minute charge they run for hours. The one coming up on the main has mamod cylinders and steam plant inside.

Some of the gubbins... special extended Mamod reverser, a large meccano gear driven

off the main shaft is coupled by chain to the front axle, which is coupled via side rods

to the rear axle. There is a floor that goes in and under the cab front to keep tiny

feet out of the works.

Well one use for old Mamod cylinders and Mecano gears and chain. It has a three to one drive which seems to just be enough to keep them in check and not exhaust all the steam in the boila...which has a Jack Weldon Pooter style fire box and steams very freely. The Mamod silly enders have a couple of glands made from 1/8" pipefittings with tiny "O" rings instead of a brass olive. The drive shaft counter rotates to the direction of the flycranks...all very busy!

To get the Lionel trucks under control we needed something better than a rheostat that would gobble up the electrons to make heat and sorten the run. I found an old book with a schematic for a transistor controller the one we finally worked out has one transistor a couple of resistors and a pot...it will handle over 5 amps and stays very cool...and very compact.

The junction at Port Grizl on Tony's Gritty Oyster is a bit choked with traffic and meths fumes. The maroon diesel behind the steam tram is the new offering from IP engineering out of England "Jessie" Built and owned by John Winstanley of Victoria BC. It runs a treat and will pull huge amounts of rolling stock. I used some tin from an old paint can and the poison logo ended up in an odd place...Bob wants meto leave it there...Hummmmm!

The basics for a Tram engine...Lionel trucks one powered the other a dummy

you can still buy them brand new from your local Lionel dealer. Got these

from Charlie's Choo Choo here on Vancouver Island...Charlie could not get

his head around what we wanted to do with them...and in the garden?

The controllers have an infinite control and will handle over 5 amps and

stay very cool the heart is the huge power transistor in the middle of

the brass "U". The strip on the side is just a terminal bar...all very

over engineered. They plug directly into a 7.2V model pack. The

other plug goes to an on/off/reverser...then to the motor bogie/truck?

The basic components for anything you may want to build that needs a little more omfph than a stomper. And check out those wheels...28mm back to back with a thin flange and meaty treads...they are just built for garden narrow gauge. Well one thing has led to another and Bob just couldn't be stopped...

Bob Walker of Victoria has made a great job out of a Lima Maxi"O"scaleloco...just

some backhead detail to go. The flanges a bit over scale for"O" work great in the garden over our rough stuff.

It is an "O" scale Lima Maxi...Bob picked up three for $30 and promptly created the jewel in Maroon...I believe it is called wild raspberry...Maroon! He took off a lot of the motion and two screws put it back to...well. It runs a treat and pulls a good load...Bob has yet to fit a backhead and a few interior thingies. Just the thing to send out and try the track while those steamers collect themselves.

Bob Walkers tricked out Mamod huffs into the station at "South Oyster" on Tony's

Gritty Oyster Railroad on Vancouver Island...yes there is tracks under the mine

tipper...just a little heavy in moss. Messing with Bonziing over the past 5 years is

starting to show promise. This picture a little spoiled by some darn bluebell shoots...

just noticed them as I write this caption...Poop!

One of the favourites has to be the great little Mamod all done up with the replacement everything...this loco will pull 20 axles at a snails pace and with the exhaust restriction shoots a plume of steam high in the air and with the high pressure safety...the exhaust bark can be heard all over the yard...a lot louder than any of the slide valve goodies that ply my rails.

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