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desertdrover Posted - 01/13/2012 : 11:36:09 AM
Here is my home shop built weed control sprayer for the L&R railroad to control the weeds along the line.
I started off with an old Tyco Caboose, and cut down the shell to shorten it for the spray control cab. I put down wooden coffee sticks for the deck, and used a Model Power tank for the weed spray chemical. The spray arms are made from leftover pieces of craftsman kit sprues, thin motor armature wire and Tichy Train turnbuckles. Then, I added two Woodland Scenics figures. The second weed spray chemical tank car I used is a Roundhouse 30 Shorty Tank Car. The Weed Sprayer and L&R decals were made on the computer and printed onto Testors decal paper. The Car data used are Woodland Scenics dry transfer decals. I hope you enjoyed this rolling stock addition to the L&R.













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desertdrover Posted - 01/18/2012 : 6:38:24 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

Very nice and attractive couple of cars, Louis. This is really an eye-catcher.


Thank you Frederic, I'm glad you like this project. Thanks for replying with commemts.
Frederic Testard Posted - 01/18/2012 : 6:35:59 PM
Very nice and attractive couple of cars, Louis. This is really an eye-catcher.
desertdrover Posted - 01/16/2012 : 5:03:15 PM
Thanks Raymond for replying with your comment.
raystew Posted - 01/16/2012 : 4:10:00 PM
really nice set up. I like it.
desertdrover Posted - 01/14/2012 : 09:11:18 AM
quote:
Originally posted by dave1905

The only change I would make is to reverse the direction of the caboose. Normally the weed spray cars are pushed ahead of an engine at a slow speed of 15-20 mph while spraying and the control car needs to be in front so the control operators can see where they are going to know when to spray and what to spray.

A lot of the spray outfits used old boxcars as control cars (having spent a week in one spraying across Kansas). The interior stored bags and drums of herbicide and several mixing tanks, plus generators and pumps, plus spare parts. The control car will have two arms with spray heads that swing out from the sides to spray along the ballast line. The control operator has to see stuff that's coming (through truss or girder bridges) so he can retract the arm to clear the obstruction. They then have bigger nozzles that spray out 50-100 feet from the tracks to handle approaches to grade crosings. So they are frequently turning on and off the various sprayer heads and adjusting the deployment, use and aim of the nozzles. You can also throw in a couple more generic tank cars for a water supply and a spare boxcar to carry the extra bagged/drums of herbicide concentrate.


Thanks Dave for the valued information. I would think the cab turned around forward is a great idea. For my line though, being backwoods, shop built equipment, I wouldn't use all that a long run on mainlines would use. Thanks again for your knowledge of this type of equipment.
desertdrover Posted - 01/14/2012 : 09:05:34 AM
quote:
Originally posted by CieloVistaRy

Looks good Louis!



quote:
Originally posted by AVRR-PA

Wow! I really works well! You must have some powerful stuff in that tank.

More seriously, it's a really cool model, very nicely executed.

Don



Thank you Arthur.

Don, Thanks again!
dave1905 Posted - 01/14/2012 : 08:07:05 AM
The only change I would make is to reverse the direction of the caboose. Normally the weed spray cars are pushed ahead of an engine at a slow speed of 15-20 mph while spraying and the control car needs to be in front so the control operators can see where they are going to know when to spray and what to spray.

A lot of the spray outfits used old boxcars as control cars (having spent a week in one spraying across Kansas). The interior stored bags and drums of herbicide and several mixing tanks, plus generators and pumps, plus spare parts. The control car will have two arms with spray heads that swing out from the sides to spray along the ballast line. The control operator has to see stuff that's coming (through truss or girder bridges) so he can retract the arm to clear the obstruction. They then have bigger nozzles that spray out 50-100 feet from the tracks to handle approaches to grade crosings. So they are frequently turning on and off the various sprayer heads and adjusting the deployment, use and aim of the nozzles. You can also throw in a couple more generic tank cars for a water supply and a spare boxcar to carry the extra bagged/drums of herbicide concentrate.
AVRR-PA Posted - 01/14/2012 : 06:58:59 AM
Wow! I really works well! You must have some powerful stuff in that tank.

More seriously, it's a really cool model, very nicely executed.

Don
CieloVistaRy Posted - 01/14/2012 : 12:59:11 AM
Looks good Louis!
desertdrover Posted - 01/13/2012 : 11:04:02 PM
quote:
Originally posted by AVRR-PA

Have you tried it out? Does it kill weeds?


Don


Good one Don! I guess I'll have to show you.

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desertdrover Posted - 01/13/2012 : 10:57:00 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Awesome Louis!


Thank you very much Mike.
AVRR-PA Posted - 01/13/2012 : 8:46:43 PM
Have you tried it out? Does it kill weeds?


Don
Tyson Rayles Posted - 01/13/2012 : 7:26:13 PM
Awesome Louis!
desertdrover Posted - 01/13/2012 : 3:48:48 PM
quote:
Originally posted by bitlerisvj

I really like these cars Louis. This is very creative. I have never seen anything like it before. It should round our your MOW collection pretty good.
Regards, Vic Bitleris


Vic thanks for checking it out and replying with your comments!
desertdrover Posted - 01/13/2012 : 3:46:40 PM
quote:
Originally posted by mabloodhound

Another fine job, Lou. Looks like you got the creative juices flowing this Winter.
Must be the 'no snow in RI' weather.


Dave thanks for your comments. I guess this Months photo gallery got me to doing the cars I have always thought about doing.
And as far as the weather is going, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The Spring Field show is right around the corner. (So snow hold off )!

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