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Building a MoW Tie Setter
The MoW train consists of a tie setter and a
Written by Laurence Johnson
retired and living on a modest income so I design and manufacture everything:
track, switches, rail cars, MoW (Maintenance of Way*) equipment and locos. I
have chosen to use groovy track as apposed
to aluminum rail because of economics: it costs me $2 per foot to build groovy
track vs. $4.26 per foot for aluminum rail; both with a gravel roadbed. All of
my sleepers (ties) are made from free lumber provided by a neighbor carpenter.
I currently have 1000 feet of track here at my home and add more each summer as
money and time allows. Pushing the strap steel rail into the sleepers has become
a problem because of arthritis in my hands and shoulders so I designed and built
a “tie setter” using inexpensive bottle jacks each costing less that $10 from
the local farm supply store. This unit can be included in the MoW train behind a
utility car holding my tools.
My tie setter in the process of being set up.
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|When using the C-clamps there needed to have quite
a bit of room below the sleeper to affix the clamp on the bottom of the sleeper
to the rail head of the track; not now, I can slip the lifter bar under the
sleeper and tap it into place with a hammer. It is not necessary to remove any
gravel that might be wedged between the lifter and the sleeper. Using two jacks
allows me to adjust the force needed to push the rail into its groove.
Maintenance work on ties is easy to accomplish because there is no need to
remove much gravel from the end of the sleeper when inserting the lifters. All
that is needed is to scratch the gravel away using the lifter and then tap it in
place with a hammer.
The tie setter lifting a sleeper (railroad tie)
|Building the Tie Setter
I make all of my MoW wheels using one inch sections of three inch diameter
tubing from industrial conveyors and 1/8” by 4” by 4” steel plates. After wire
welding the inside of the tube to the plate I band saw the corners from the
plate and then chuck the wheel into my lathe and turn the outside flange to the
proper diameter and round the edges with a file. Also, I drill a one inch
diameter hole in the center. I next insert a 1” section of 1” diameter round
stock flush with the back of the wheel and stick weld the back side of the wheel
using a deep penetrating rod and then grind the weld flat using a hand grinder.
Returning to the lathe, the wheel is held by the outside flange and the axle
hole is drilled and reamed to .500” diameter and then faced to 3/4” width. The
outside diameter of the tube is tapered to 5 degrees and burrs are filed
finishing the wheel.
Tie Setter Blue Prints
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||The other parts of the tie setter are easily cut to size and
shape using a metal cutting band saw. Bending can be done cold with a heavy
hammer and vice but preheating will make things easer and the bending radius
smaller. A home 120 volt stick welder or wire welding are adequate for
assembling the parts.
The 1” x 1-7/8” rectangular holes in the lifter are made by drilling the four
corners; chisel cutting the center out; and the hole can be filed to size
in a vice. I also spot welded the two piece jack handles into one piece just to
keep things easy.
While not shown on the blue print, the
hydraulic jacks are bolted to the 3/8” base using 1/4-20 nuts and bolts. The
white cord? It is used to pull the MoW string to the work site.
Read Laurence Johnson's next
article How to
make MoW Wheels.
* MoW or "Maintenance
of Way". Equipment used to inspect/repair track and other items along the
railroad's "right of way" .
Written by Laurence Johnson
Laurence Johnson's collection of live steam drawings on CD
(due out Fall 2007)
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