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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: Wayne Laepple on November 04, 2018, 01:14:28 PM

Title: Electric two footer
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 04, 2018, 01:14:28 PM
This industrial line in the former East Germany is pretty interesting. One of those hopper cars would make a dandy ballast car. Looks like they need Joe to fix some track!

Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 05, 2018, 08:55:53 PM
Thanks for the link, Wayne.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 06, 2018, 02:20:44 AM
There was an electric two-footer in New England, at the Whitin Machine Works in Whitinsville, MA -- a village in Northbridge in the Blackstone River valley.  The company had been a pioneer in the use of electric traction for its standard gauge railroad facilities.  An article about the WMW in the Volume 12 Issue 4 1981 of the New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association's Shoreliner magazine concluded with:

"No story about Whitin Machine Works would be complete without mention of the 2-foot narrow gauge line serving the heavy in-house needs of the foundry and machine shops.  This line, too, was electrified, using the same 550 volts as the big brothers.  The locomotives seemed grotesque, reaching for the same 21' wire as the standard gauge locomotives.  The narrow gauge was dieselized later than the standard gauge division, using two GE 28-ton diesels acquired new in 1949.  These machines were rescued from the scrapper by railfans, and see service today on work trains and railfan extras at Edaville Railroad, So. Carver, Mass.  There is also one of the narrow gauge electric locomotives on static display at Edaville."
Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: John Kokas on November 06, 2018, 02:51:44 AM
I always wondered if Edaville would part with one of its diesels.  Now I understand the operating ones would be a no, but a static display?  I know we have the talent to resurrect something like that and it would most likely be cheaper than building from scratch.  Makes one wonder...…………...
Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 06, 2018, 01:34:09 PM
What ever became of the Whitin electric loco at Edaville? I never knew it was saved.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Benjamin Richards on November 06, 2018, 09:14:43 PM
First: Holy Pantograph, Batman!

I took the rare opportunity to exercise my admittedly-elementary German skills, and translated the video description, and learned a couple things along the way.
In Salzlandkreis, in eastern Saxony-Anhalt, there is a soda works that brings their lime to the factory from a quarry over a two-kilometer-long railway.

In the beginning of the video, one sees the loading at the "main station" of the railway. The locomotive shops are also located here.

From there, the railway runs through fields near Staßfurt and crosses the line from Schönebeck to Güsten.

Motive power is supplied by LEW type EL-12 electric locomotives. During the week the train runs around the clock in a two-train configuration.

Of special note in the video is the blinking light system which was converted from a Deutsche Reichsbahn system,  and the use of Type S49 standard gauge rails. And this is 600mm gauge!

I have censored the face of the man in the beginning of the video, because I do not know if he was following proper operating procedure!

S49 is 100-lb rail. Deutsche Reichsbahn was the East German state railway.
Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 07, 2018, 02:01:55 AM
Deutsche Reichsbahn was the East German state railway.

Which is really confusing, because Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Imperial Railway") was the name used prior to the end of WWII as well, so it has certain historical associations. Couldn't the East German/DDR government have used a different name? :)

Really neat video, by the way.

Title: Re: Electric two footer
Post by: Dag Bonnedal on November 08, 2018, 10:54:16 AM
Formally the state owned company Deutsche Reichsbahn was registered and remained in the East Germany. It was not until September 1949 that Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railways) was formed in the nely formed West Germany.
Finally in 1994 DB took over DR and was renamed Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) after the merger.