Plover, Wisconsin; March, 2020
The title of this page might be misleading.
Things got out of hand when I was in the other room, 5-inches away through the tunnel in the wall
and I had to back up a train, without watching what is happening to the head end.
|This was the junction, before I added the engine house tracks.|
|The air hose on the caboose coupler was hanging low and snagged the diamond.|
There's nothing like building a model railroad for years and using a 3" vertical clearance,
and then I got a 'modern' double stack which needs 3-1/8".
I had to raise some bridges and cut and file to open up some tunnels.
|Split the switch in the middle of a car.|
And there's nothing wrecked in this view, but this month,
a real Russel plow and a Jordan Spreader were cut up for scrap in Stevens Point.
I was standing in the other room at the other end of this 5-inch long tunnel through the wall,
that had a loose paper picture face,
and I hear ker- plunk.
And this train left the yard, and then I walked around the corner and out of sight.
And then I look back, and see only the engine moving. Oh, I thought it just uncoupled.
Then I looked closer, there had been a caboose between the engine and boxcar,
and it had fallen to the lower level of track.
And this one shows the importance of a protective gate, and some padding.
I have drawbridges with swinging gates to protect against running a train into the river (onto the floor).
And usually it's not the engine that threatens to take a dunk, it's the caboose during a reverse movement that is hidden and not watched by the crew.
The caboose must have pressed against the gate, and then popped off to the side.
|That's a 1965 Athearn boat on flatcar. Handy, for river rescues?|
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This page was filmed in Febuary and March, 2020.