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Two Footers outside of the US / Furin stuff
« on: June 06, 2016, 12:26:51 AM »
I stumbled across a couple of French 60cm videos on Youtube from the Pithiviers  operation, taken back in the early 60's. The quality isn't so good, but I thought some of the equipment was pretty cool. They even have one of those arm-buster hand crank hand cars like the Sandy River!

https://youtu.be/c_2TJ0kQFKY

https://youtu.be/TxvLEDwPkqE

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Two Footers outside of the US / 60cm Polish paradise.
« on: January 10, 2016, 07:53:48 PM »
Happy New Year to all you narrow-minded folk! Here's a little 60cm Polish narrow gauge stuff someone posted on Facebook which I find fascinating. It features four separate operations in steam during the 1969-1977 time period. The majority is filmed on the Bromberger Wirsitzer system, which I've put up previous stuff about. It even features a visual demonstration on smoking beef at 10:33.
https://youtu.be/0ouolKgdpgM

I know it's less than two feet, but I hope you enjoy it!

John

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Other Narrow Gauge / Street, no dummy
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:45:15 AM »
Looks like they're still at it over there.

https://youtu.be/EJkv8PPIh-E


Meter gauge on an active electric tram system. What do you think the chances are for a similar event in a US city?

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Other Narrow Gauge / Street dummy
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:51:10 AM »
I just stumbled across this one. Anybody with an interest in steam, narrow gauge and streetcars should be able to find something here.

https://youtu.be/E95TNqnSof4

It appears to be meter gauge, judging by the dual gauge pictures. Hope you like it!

John

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Two Footers outside of the US / Yugoslavian light weight
« on: December 21, 2014, 01:51:19 AM »
I stumbled across this video on youtube accidentally this evening.
It ain't Victorian Christmas, but I like the shots of the 60cm feldbahn locos at work.
The social commentary is a bit deep for me. I just watched the trains.

http://youtu.be/AGrULV8I8cY

Merry Christmas to all!

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General Discussion / Gravity Switching - A Grave Mistake
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:31:32 AM »
This may be an unthinkable option in these times, but I was wondering if the main line grade is steep enough to reliably execute a "static drop"?
I bet that's what they would have done, back on the original W.W.&F. That would eliminate the need for the crossover and provide a very realistic demonstration.

Just a thought.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Tie Fighting
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:33:00 AM »
I do know that plastic ties do not swell up and ruin the gauge like the old cardboard ones did when the washermachine  leaked.

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Two Footers outside of the US / 60cm si vous s'il vous plait
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:15:14 AM »
I found this video of an almost two footer operating southeast (I think) of Paris (France, not Maine). It's a remnant of a fair size system built primarily for transporting sugar beets. Seems like every narrow gauge pike in Europe carried sugar beets. Would that be an S-cargo? Anyway, I like the beside the road running and the stop and go in the town of Pithiviers. If you use your imagination, one can picture this as the W&Q's Quebec division, ever waiting for its' southern cousin to extend north so they can ship sugar beets out of the port of Wiscasset. The language is right, and that Canadien Pacific paint job on the little mogul seems about right!

http://youtu.be/SjYeMvCLdtY

Hope you enjoy it,
John

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Other Narrow Gauge / Nice collection of New England photos
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:01:25 PM »
Sometimes when I'm wasting time in front of the computer, I come across something worthwhile!
I found a group of google sites by a Mr. Edward J. Ozog containing some beautiful New England railroad photos. Mostly standard gauge stuff, but his sight:

https://sites.google.com/site/newenglandshortlines/

 has a little two foot material and a very nice Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn section. I think this guy has done a real nice job constructing these sites. Hope you enjoy them.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Muchos grassiess
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:42:38 AM »
I was grazing through youtube again and harvested this video of the Bromberger Wirsitzer from last summer.
This film could be used as exhibit "A" for the case of not cutting the right of way!
Evidently, if you send an oversized LGB loco down through the weeds, it'll find track!
I don't suggest trying this with #10, but perhaps you could sneak one of those little Henschels over from Boothbay and turn it loose.
Surely that paint company didn't get all the W.W.&F rails.

http://youtu.be/TVQN9Bm7yaE

By the way, in looking at a website about this Polish museum (I'm not sure how I found it), apparently they have access to 43km of 60cm railway. I think that's about 115 in dog years!

Hope you enjoy it.

John

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http://youtu.be/kpsYtR-5XpE
http://youtu.be/JV1ullryqYs
http://youtu.be/oMTS-DEspdY
http://youtu.be/F3-XN2XXDdk
 

I don't think this 60cm railway system has been discussed in this forum. At it's greatest extent, the railway had something in the order of 200 miles of track. There were multiple branchlines, serving small villages in this portion of western Poland. Sugar beets seemed to be one of their greater sources of revenue, at least towards the end.
I think I read that the last of the system, about 100 miles, was abandoned in 1994! They appear to have dieselized in the late '70s with big siderod 6 wheelers, looking for all the world like big vacuum cleaners. There is a whole flock of videos taken during an excursion, or series of excursions in 1992, put on by some German group (I wonder if the local population was having flashbacks?). Now that my wife has shown me how to post these things, I'll put up some more.

Looks like dirt ballast and definitely no air brakes.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

John  

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Kennebec Central / Kennebec Central locomotives
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:07:14 AM »
A question occurred to me the other day when I was perusing my limited 2 foot library. (small and ragged)
It is pretty well known, how #3 and #4 went by land to their short careers on the WW&F as #8 and #9. (Well, OK #9 took a vacation and will shortly embark on a long and glorious second phase!)
My question is; how did they get to the KC to begin with? For that matter, How did #1 and #2 get there?
I would guess floated, but perhaps some narrow minded fellow, broad of knowledge, can enlighten me.

John


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