Electrics at Work

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Ed ORourke
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Joined: 05 Oct 2008, 01:50

01 Jul 2015, 16:33 #11

That is going to be terrific when you finish it. Great modeling. Love to see pictures as you make more progress.

Ed
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Tom Curtin
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Joined: 29 Mar 2003, 03:44

01 Jul 2015, 20:26 #12

nhhe52 wrote:
This is a current day NH (Amtrak) related video of the operation of my favorite RR bridge, the 100+ year-old Cos Cob, the compressed length model of which I hope to finish (along with the layout) in my life time.
Hey, that's a great bridge model.  Superb work.  While we're on the subject of Cos Cob do you happen to know the dimensions of the power plant?  That would make a terrific (if somewhat monstrous) model.  I realize that for dimensions we're talking about multiple structures here: the plant itself which is basically rectangular; the cylindrical water reservoirs on each side, and the tall coal silos.
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nhhe52
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Joined: 26 Mar 2004, 05:19

01 Jul 2015, 20:27 #13

Ed:


Working on this layout where every square inch needs to be modeled, painted, and landscaped, not to mention all the overhead wire to be strung, makes me really appreciate the work and talent of guys like Rick Abramson and also the work of the O scale club in Stamford. They have set the bar extremely high to say the least.

Ed
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nhhe52
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01 Jul 2015, 20:52 #14

Thanks Tom:

The bridge is more of a charactature than a actual scale model. I had to make many compromises to the actual structure to even get this close. Hard to believe but what you see is many hundreds of pieces of etched brass and plastic structural pieces and two years worth of work to get to this point. Hopefully in the end with the piers painted and scenery and water in place it will all be worth it.

The white paper in the first image (stacks in front to be cut down and roof mounted) is a drawing of the model of the Cos Cob Power Plant facade. I plan to do a 2 to 3 inch deep frontage model with the coal silos out in front. The wood trestle is the coal crusher station that will have a conveyor system up to the coal silos. I found an 1920's article about the coal delivery system with images that was a big help and I have the historic power plant drawings from the Ct library. The background to the crusher station will be the coal storage yard in relief. At the east end of the bridge will be the town of Riverside.


I won't have room for the reservoirs but I may be able to include them as a background image.

In that corner to the right of the power plant will be the electric motor repairs shops. The rest of the layout will include New Rochelle or Manaroneck station, SS 22 and the switches to the Connecting RR, And some third rail NYC High Line. The northern end will be joint yard with the B&M at Springfield.


As I said, hope to finish it in my life time. But i have found in life it's all about the journey. I have learned so much history about the NH working on this layout project and talked with so many interesting people like yourself and others on this discussion board that the layout has become just the vehicle to the real learning experience.


I've also become totally absorb by the history and details of the NH, the Osgood Bradley Grill Car etched glass artwork by example.



Ed
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DBrion
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02 Jul 2015, 02:30 #15

Mention should also be made of SS 29 that you’ve
modeled very nicely to control that beast! 
Your low angle photograph reminds me of the numerous times I drove by
that location on the I-95 “parking lot” or when viewing it on the opposite side
from the Riverside Yacht Club. 


Your model work should someday appear in MR or RMC,
or the SpeedWitch!


Thanks for sharing the photos and the links.
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nhhe52
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02 Jul 2015, 03:12 #16

Dick:

I'm more of a scratch builder than a true modeler, using what I can find to suggest things rather than trying to exactly replicate the real things in scale. Taking liberties or artistic license as they say.

I took many images from that marina and also close-ups of the bridge truss structural members from the east side as you can walk right up to the bridge from the Riverside station parking lot. The bridge is covered with security cameras these days. After one of my photographic outings a transit security team swooped upon me in the Cos Cob station parking lot as I was getting in my car to leave. After they checked my ID and determined I wasn't a security threat and I explained I was a model train hobbiest, I was issued a summons for tresspassing even though the bridge right-of-way was not fenced and no "No Tresspassing" signs were posted.

I really can't blame them for being suspicious given the current state of affairs and it's good to know they are watching out for the wellbeing of the transit riders. Thankfully, they didn't confiscate my camera.


I can't find any information about where the electric motors that operate the rolling lift sections are located and couldn't see them from any approach I could make. Perhaps I'll need to rent a boat for that. According to what I have read the electric motors where originally located under the operators house and moved to under the fixed plate girder sections during a major restoration in the 1970's. Prior to the 1914 electrification the bridge mechanisms where steam operated. The bridge was originally built as a single two-track span in the 1880's or 90's.


Ed
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Rick Abramson
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02 Jul 2015, 10:49 #17

Ed:
FYI, the switches at S.S.22 were to the Harlem River Branch; the NY Connecting ran between Port Morris and Bowery Bay.

Rick
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Statkowski
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Joined: 05 Mar 2003, 09:39

02 Jul 2015, 11:36 #18

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nhhe52
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02 Jul 2015, 12:18 #19

I stand correct then as I thought "The Branch" over the Hell Gate was also the Connecting RR. Learn something new every day.

Thanks,



Ed
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nhhe52
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02 Jul 2015, 21:45 #20

Henry:

Thanks for the track plan. I had it and the switches are in place. Close enough, as they say, given its not hand layed but configured from available manufactured turnouts.

Ed
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