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Dr. Rivet Spring/Summer 08

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Though the calendar indicated that the dog days of summer are not upon us....95/98 degrees in the shade with the three H's making the steam up feel like inside the cab 1:1 steam engine highballing.

The day started off well and Ryan was testing one of three retrofitted engines. Here the Berkshire running successfully for Mike O after some tweaking:

Another engine out of the shops was Alan's GS4. A second upgraded GS4 was also high balling on the rails (Dr. Rivet's GS4). Here is Nevada Bill (back east bringing us the heat) running one of 5 GS4's at the meet (in fact the thread should be entitled SP steam power):

The combination of 5 GS4 and 3 cab forwards made this a SP powerhouse meet (with one exception- some outstanding Aster engines including the prototype S2). One of the three was an AC-12 of Alan's that Ryan has been improving. Paul Lator had "tuned" a CF and Dr. Rivet made a double head session also.
Alan and Jeff prepared to have a session with the Cab Forward and 40 cars:

On to the main line for the first of several successful runs:

The cabforward ran for an hour session and performed to it's max level.

An interesting session was when John brought out the Allie at the same time as the AC-12 was running.

Gentleman, place your bids....

There were several doubleheaders out on the tracks. Tom and Hans with a impressive S2 and Berk combination.

The PRR GG1 made easy the task of the J&M coaches:

The Zephyr not only flashed bye but was faster than any wind we had that day (about 175 smph).

Running in prototypical fashion as a consistent performer but sometimes not noticed:

Aristocraft Mikado.
For a change of pace there were other motive power to transport us through the history of railroading:

So the day went on as we all anticipated dinner (pit beef) and the sun getting lower allowing for some cooling.
Around 6 PM we heard "fireworks" then we saw fire works as the lighting, thunder, hail stones and copious amount of rain began to turning the meet into a "steam boat" fair with all things not tied down floating away...

Ryan getting his "steam bath:"

So, about one hour later it was time for the "BIG SHOW!"
Cab forward back on the layout with a 15 foot plume:

Worth the opportunity to see steam with a great visual affect:

The evening closed out with doubleheaded Cabforward's running at sunset with a great light show via Jeff:
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Was that a 'one finger' salute ??? :>(*)
Beautiful layout, pics and videos.
What sort of run times are you getting with the Berkshire ?
Someone posted a thread on RC'ing the Berk, it may be in the Archives..I can't seem to find it....anyone got a link to it ?
If you did RC it are you using the Futaba RC ?
Thx !
Thx for the link !
Quick question..what is the purpose of the tiny 'thumb screw' on the removable roof ???
I removed the roof and the thumb screw as well as the teeeeeny tiny phillips head screw fell out..
took me an hour to find the phillips in the carpet....luckily it fell out at home and not in transit from the seller...
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