Electrics at Work

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nhhe52
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04 Oct 2016, 19:39 #21

After spending the summer mostly enjoying the weather, some updates below:  Plaster river inlet base, poured and painted, will eventually receive Magic Water.  
Started painting and weathering the stone abutments, bridge piers and foundations this week, planning timber pylons. The white paper is the drawing for the Cos Cob power plant frontage backdrop model with coal bunkers (some day when I'm 150 tears old).
I had the anchor bridge circuit breakers 3D modeled.  I need Abramson to show me how to wire them:
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bogman102
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05 Oct 2016, 14:27 #22

That is all coming along very nice! Thanks for the pictures!



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Rick Abramson
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Joined: 09 Mar 2003, 07:00

05 Oct 2016, 15:36 #23

Jim:

Wait 'til Ed adds the HO turtles.
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nhhe52
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05 Oct 2016, 18:03 #24

Rick:
If I add HO scale turtles its only because I'm following the work of a certain master modeler that hung HO scale laundry on a wash line.  Image

PS:  When are you sending me those images of the turtles that were native to the Mianus River circa 1950 that I asked you for some time ago. Image

Ed
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Carl J Demotses
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Joined: 22 Feb 2015, 15:35

05 Oct 2016, 19:21 #25

I first qualified at SS29 in 1968 and later owned the 2nd trick at Cos Cob Draw temporary
for two summers (1970, 1971) what a great job and place to work, very clean and kept neat,
1pm to 9pm, no block sheet to keep, small CTC style model board, excellent
bridge controllers, reliable (usually) bridge operation, AND excellent fishing off the dock
at the bottom of the staircase.  It was as close to the perfect job as any railroader would
ever want to have (particularly if a fisherman).  The regular 2nd trick man would bid off
for the summer to work Westport Draw seasonal 2nd trick and I would bid off the extra
board on this vacancy.  When the telephone rang it sounded a loud bell so you could be
downstairs on the dock with your radio (Mel Allen, Phil Rizzuto and Red Barber doing the
Yankees doubleheader) and your buddies in the Load Dispatcher's Office would keep
an eye on the railroad for you.  Weekdays you might not have more than two or three
openings but on the weekends there might be thirty or more - often we left one lift up
if no trains were due, so many sailboats one might think everybody in Greenwich owned
thier own.  If you didn't want to fish, you could hunt... the first trick man loved to feed the
seagulls loafs and loafs of stale bread - and that attracted rats - so even though the
cabin was kept spotless there were always rats among the girders - and several guys
became excellent marksmen while on "rat patrol"  I like to say that I never had a bad
day in 46+ years on the railroad (perhaps stretching things a bit) but I do know I
enjoyed everyday at Cos Cob Draw.  Congratulations on a terrific model - please
think about putting an HO scale figure on the downstairs dock - with a fishing rod -
it wll add an additional bit of realism to a fantastic model.

Carl J Demotses, Tarpon Springs, FL
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nhhe52
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05 Oct 2016, 19:59 #26

Carl:
Thanks for the personal experience which makes the modeling even more fun for me.  I will definitely add the figure of you fishing as well as figures in the operators house.  I think MSgt Statkowski was in the load dispatchers office during the same time period you were working SS29.

I assume you were on the south facing side (dock) under the operators house.  The model is viewed from the north side and the timber pylon works that protect the boats from running into the stone piers will hide you from view on the south side.  I may have you fishing off of the north side stone piers.  Would you have had your hard hat on while fishing? Image
What fish were you catching from the bridge dock in the 1968-71?  Not going the model the correct fish, just asking.  Image

Did you see this video from a previous post in this thread? Notice the open track derailer switches in the final sequence.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=snJj1bivym4

Ed
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Carl J Demotses
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06 Oct 2016, 13:52 #27

More on fishing at Cos Cob Draw - always from on the dock just under the cabin casting to the south,
some submerged rocks attracted blackfish (tautog), also in the channel, sea robins, porgies, flatfish and
eels if fishing on bottom with bait... and if using a lure or plug there were 'some' stripers and blues but
more likely a weakfish (sea trout).  I had family that liked the blackfish and Italian friends who prized
the eels (often pretty large).  Ed are you aware that there was a walkway under the bridge between
tracks one and two from Riverside to the cabin?  I seem to recall that all of the electrical equipment
associated with the drawbridge operation was made by Cutler&Hammer. The operation
for opening was the same as other rr drawbridges - signals at stop, derails, head locks, rear locks, bridge lock,
and reverse to close.  Back to fishing, I did some at SS43 So Norwalk Draw at times the fishing there was
surprisingly good but SS29 was ideal.  Lastly, while it never happened to me, some guys working at Cos Cob
insisted that they were often "flashed" by "topless babes" returning to port after a day on the sound... I did
have a guy who would drop off his extra bait but he always wore a shirt.

Carl J Demotses, Tarpon Springs, FL
 
 
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nhhe52
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Joined: 26 Mar 2004, 05:19

06 Oct 2016, 15:08 #28

Carl:
Yes I am aware of the lower platforms and will add that at some point.  I have modeled the stairs from the operators house down to the lower platforms.  (See previously posted image taken from above the tracks).  I purchased some HO scale faux electric motors and gears to replicate the mechanisms.  Do you by chance have any images of the gearing and shafts that you can share?Image
Funny stuff about your bait guy keeping his shirt on.  Image  My Italian paternal grandmother made the best pickled eel.

I did install gearing to keep the fixed section and the rolling girder hinged rack aligned.
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Carl J Demotses
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06 Oct 2016, 22:14 #29

Ed,

Sorry to say I have no photos nor do I remember what "the works" looked like;
unfortunately all the old timers in the drawbridge gang are no doubt long gone so
I cannot even suggest someone who might be able to assist HOWEVER I really doubt
there is anyone who would challange your model if you just go ahead and follow
general railroad drawbridge machinary practice... your model will dazzle even the
most dedicated rivet counter.  I can provide you with some info on the general
layout of the cabin's interior if you need that info

Carl J Demotses, Tarpon Springs, FL
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nhhe52
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07 Oct 2016, 02:26 #30

Thanks Carl but I have photographs of the operators house interior from the Connecticut HAER series of photographs. The photos in the collection cover just about every detail of the bridge and power plant but strangely enough not the gearing mechanism for the rolling lift bridge sections. I can't believe they weren't taken given the breath of the photographic survey. Perhaps they were lost or over looked.


Being in Tarpon Springs looks like the right place to be with Matthew lurking off the east coast.


Be safe,


Ed
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