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Date: 09/13/22 16:41
Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: dmaffei

A few members of the La Mesa club invited a few of us to attend a open run this past weekend. Of course I took the beets. On Sunday afternoon I increased the size of my beet train from siding length to all 64 cars as the traffic was minimal. We first ran downhill from Tehachapi, then ran up from Bakersfield to Summit using a powered helper on the rear behind the caboose as I remember seeing back in the day. Video is the decent with the train traversing the loop in dynamic brake and the photo is the train climbing out of Caliente with the rear helper. Betsy (Liz Allen) was also in attendance with her amazing beet train. Managed to photograph the trains passing at Ilmon. I'll process the photos this week and post. 
Want to Thank the crew at the La Mesa club for their hospitality and assistance during the weekend. A top notch crew. 
Dave

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Date: 09/13/22 17:14
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: tracktime

Absolutely outstanding!

Cheers,
Harry



Date: 09/13/22 17:21
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: TCnR

That's pretty wild, every so often I'm looking for the backdrop to remind me it's HO scale.
t4p.



Date: 09/13/22 17:36
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: TomG

Dave your beet train is amazing. The amount to time invested in this train boggles the mind. Great job.

Tom
Weaverville, CA



Date: 09/13/22 17:39
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: ChrisCampi

Hard to imagine a better model railroad then this one. Fine looking train too!



Date: 09/13/22 17:41
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: jkh2cpu

Outstanding work: layout and train set. It looked real to my eye.



Date: 09/13/22 17:43
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: WAF

OMG, Dave, you outdid yourself. Just like the good all days IV beets for the SJ Valley. You should have taken off two of those units and cut them in as a helper



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/22 17:47 by WAF.



Date: 09/13/22 17:43
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: photobob

Dave what is your secret for shrinking down real sugar beets to fit in your cars?

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Date: 09/13/22 17:56
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: alongthejointline

Nice drone navigation on that video!!



Date: 09/14/22 03:33
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: JUTower

Absolutely fantastic. La Mesa is an amazing layout, and that is an amazing train!



Date: 09/14/22 04:09
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: SPDRGWfan

Excellent job Dave on that sugar beet train.  And listen to the dynamic brake whine as the train drifts down grade.

Cheers, Jim



Date: 09/14/22 04:50
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: sp8192

Excellent!!   Sure wish I lived closer to San Diego to run some long trains!



Date: 09/15/22 05:40
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: dmaffei

Video Posted on a favorite media as well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY1mkkSfeFI



Date: 09/15/22 07:51
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: Red_over_Yellow

Great work Dave! 



Date: 09/15/22 08:32
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: 6432

Fantastic. Your sugar beet train looks great on any layout.

John B

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Date: 09/15/22 12:05
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: PHall

Now if we could just replicate the smell of diesel exhaust, hot brake shoes and the beets...



Date: 09/16/22 03:51
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: funnelfan

Gotta luv that. Now I want to see a video of the uphill train!

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 09/16/22 13:48
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: mcdeo

Close with smells: http://megasteam.com/

Mike ONeill
Parker, CO



Date: 09/16/22 16:39
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: PHall

mcdeo Wrote:
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> Close with smells: http://megasteam.com/

If you're doing steam...



Date: 09/16/22 17:02
Re: Tehachapi Sugar Beets
Author: WAF

Fresh cut beets smell like lawn that was cut



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