Yet another Use for Spine Cars

tehachapifan Aug 19, 2009

  1. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Member

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    OK...this is pretty cool!

    Could be a fun project with perhaps an N SCALE KITS 48' spine car as a starting point....

    Pictures of TTYX 77362
    TTYX 77395
    This way and that

    Those blades are HUUUUUUUGE! I would think a model of this would have to run on pretty wide radius curves!

    Looks like these were originally regular intermodal spine cars as you can see some remaining trailer hitch components in some pictures.

    Russ
     
  2. Nick Lorusso

    Nick Lorusso TrainBoard Member

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    Would be an interesting model.:tb-cool:
     
  3. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Definately restricted routes in reality and to model. Looks cool, though, and would definately be an eye-catcher.
     
  4. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Member

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    Yes it would! Here's a Youtube video I found of a prototype train....

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjaA3syoaCM"]YouTube - Railfanning in Fort Madison, IA Windmill Blades Train[/ame]

    Russ
     
  5. jnevis

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    There is a company that makes wind turbines at the airport in Mojave. They have the parts stacked up and they ARE bloody huge. They look small since typically seen from a distance.
     
  6. jpwisc

    jpwisc TrainBoard Member

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    They also get brought in by ship from Germany, there is an unloading facility in Duluth, MN. They typically are taken out by truck, but modeling rail movement would be plausable.
     
  7. GaryHinshaw

    GaryHinshaw TrainBoard Member

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    That's amazing - those blades are huge! I've seen turbine parts on 89' flats before, like this train on Tehachapi, but never spanning 3 spine cars... Maybe we could get Peter (of N Scale Kits) to make flexible rubber blades, like he did for the welded rail train. ;)

    -Gary
     
  8. prbharris

    prbharris TrainBoard Supporter

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    Bendy blades! I love it.

    A great use for the spine cars though. The only blade manufacturer based in the UK has just closed down, due to the down turn in the market. It was based on the Isle of Wight and was exporting to the US. Transport to the port at Southampton was not by rail as the island is only ten miles wide, and the only line is passenger only [running electric 1938 London Tube stock, much refurbished internally but not mechanically or externally].

    One for the scratch builder - but a fantastic load.

    Peter

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