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Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/12/21 2:18 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

That 2' gauge is awesome!

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 2:33 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

They are kind of comical to watch, because the proportions are so strange. Tall cab, pencil diameter boiler, short little 33" wheels. It's pretty impressive how long of a string of cars they are hauling with two of those engines at the 10:14 mark.

 

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 3:38 p.m.

Sandy River & Langeley Lakes Railroad had the largest 2'-gauge locomotives in the US, with a batch of 2-6-2 tender engines. They were largely parked by '32, as the SR&RL began to skip infrastructure maintenance and the 2-6-2s beat the roadbed up too bad. When the SR&RL filed for abandonment in '36, all but one were scrapped. Fans of the SR&RL managed to buy #24 and prevent it from being scrapped. But then they realized they had nowhere to move it to, so the next year they sold the #24 for scrap.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 3:42 p.m.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 3:43 p.m.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 3:44 p.m.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/12/21 5:47 p.m.

These look really fun to operate for some reason.

 

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/13/21 4:49 p.m.

Hmm, Waterville, Wiscasset & Farmington, the one Maine 2-foot line, is doing an event next Saturday. Ride the train to the end of the line, then transfer to a horse-drawn sleigh and ride that to a winter fair. Its only a 7.5 hour drive north.

02Pilot
02Pilot UltraDork
2/13/21 5:36 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

I don't think they're the only one - Maine Narrow Gauge operates in Portland. Not a long line - the bridge they'd need to go further is stuck in the open position and the driving gear was removed - but they do run trains.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/13/21 8:01 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

These may be my new favorite trains. 

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/13/21 8:29 p.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

Yeah, I meant "the one" as in "one of many", not as in "the only one." There is also a new Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 6:55 a.m.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 6:56 a.m.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 6:57 a.m.

Santa Monica Depot - - 1875.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 6:58 a.m.

... and in 1888.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/14/21 7:32 a.m.
NickD said:

Hmm, Waterville, Wiscasset & Farmington, the one Maine 2-foot line, is doing an event next Saturday. Ride the train to the end of the line, then transfer to a horse-drawn sleigh and ride that to a winter fair. Its only a 7.5 hour drive north.

Did I say 7.5 hours? I meant 6,5 hours. Its a weird route to get there though. Apparently the fastest route is to head southeast almost to Boston before heading pretty much straight north.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/14/21 7:37 a.m.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes had some really cool railbuses built out of '25 REO Speedwagon trucks.

02Pilot
02Pilot UltraDork
2/14/21 8:32 a.m.
NickD said:
NickD said:

Hmm, Waterville, Wiscasset & Farmington, the one Maine 2-foot line, is doing an event next Saturday. Ride the train to the end of the line, then transfer to a horse-drawn sleigh and ride that to a winter fair. Its only a 7.5 hour drive north.

Did I say 7.5 hours? I meant 6,5 hours. Its a weird route to get there though. Apparently the fastest route is to head southeast almost to Boston before heading pretty much straight north.

If you want to get there as fast a possible that's what you have to do, unfortunately. It's not a terrible drive - only the section around Boston gets a bit slow at times. If at some point you plan a longer (multi-day) trip over that way, the smaller roads through Vermont and New Hampshire are a really nice option.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 9:03 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

That doesn't look like a fun way to ride the storm out.

It looks awesome for a sunny day like the one pictured though!

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/14/21 2:00 p.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to NickD :

These may be my new favorite trains. 

When I get disgustingly wealthy, I'm going to build a 2' railroad on my estate.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/14/21 7:33 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

That's almost small enough I could build one around my yard - and it's not that big. 

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/15/21 8:21 a.m.

Well, I just bought a ticket for Saturday. Looks like I'm going north to Maine on Friday night.

TheMagicRatchet
TheMagicRatchet New Reader
2/15/21 9:46 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

Take lots of pictures, please.

Lou Manglass

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/15/21 11:54 a.m.

Two kids pose inside the access door in the prow of a PRR T1 on the dead line. This door allowed maintenance crews to get inside and loosen 5 bolts that then let the whole prow swing to one side for cleaning out the smoke box or replacing flues and superheater elements.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/16/21 8:58 a.m.

Not to mess up kazoospec's model build thread, here are some pics of Newark's low CSX overpasses:

First up, the Casho Mill bridge on the south side of town,  AKA "Crasho Mill" or "Smasho Mill".  It is 8'-7" clear, and it gets hit every couple of months if not more.  All the local truck rental companies have big signs saying STAY AWAY FROM CASHO MILL at their counters.

About half a mile north is that 5-points-plus-tracks grade crossing I posted a couple weeks ago.  And about half a mile north of that is the Chapel Street bridge.  It's a little higher, but it still gets hit once in a while:

 

 

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