Friday, June 15, 2012

sleeping off the effects of a debauch

Saloon Keeper Robbed - June 27 1883 Oregonian

SALOON KEEPER ROBBED. It leaked out yesterday that the private apartments of Hugh Fitzgerald, proprietor of the Pittsburgh beer hall, corner of Front and Main streets were robbed Thursday night of near ??? in coin. At the time the robbery is supposed to have been committed Fitzgerald and his wife were sleeping off the effects of a debauch of the preceding day. The place was left in charge of the barkeeper, who on closing up at night neglected to lock the door. the matter has been placed in the hands of detectives.  Loss of the money will seriously cripple Fitzgerald and will probably cause him to quit business. This would be sad.  Fitzgerald is one of the howlers against the ??????, claiming that the business will not stand such heavy tax. And he opposed to the bond ????. Abut six week ago his gentlemanly bar-keeper tried to a kill man with a beer glass, and got one year in the penitentiary for it, and Hugh does not want to give a guarantee for other ruffians he may employ in his dive.

- June 27 1883 Oregonian

"My restaurant review's ready, chief!"
"Well let's hear it, skippy."
"Ahem. 'The Pittsburgh Beer Hall offers over a dozen beers on tap at a central, convenient location. Thumbs up: owner Hughie Fitzgerald and wife can be frequently be found at your side sloshing down the swill. Also, free peanuts. Thumbs down: do not make eye contact with the staff."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cardboard proof of concept.

After the usual ton of research I have it in my head to scratchbuild a 0-4-0 narrow gauge tank engine from styrene sheets. This homebrew body would use one of my existing Austrian narrow gauge 0-4-0 motor blocks.
The cardboard mock-up took about an hour, including time to calculate measurements. Good thing its a trial run because its too short for the motor block! The boiler and sidetanks need to be about 5cm longer.
Remain immensely pleased, anyway, though.

Friday, June 08, 2012

I modeled it (poorly)!

All the literature says "don't end a curve with your pointwork," and what do I go and do? Loco pulling one car derails maybe every other time. If pulling more than one derailment is guaranteed.
Bonus stupid points: original plans had a spacer bit of straight track in there but I improvised and took it out in order to shrink overall footprint a bit.

Now I'll have pull a ton of track up to remedy.