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Two Footers outside of the US / Sandstone update
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:03:46 AM »
Here is a very detailed update of the goings on at Sandstone Estate in South Africa. Once you get past the differences in spelling and terminology, the photo captions are very informative. Must be nice to have almost unlimited funding!

Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:59:24 PM »
Back in the old days, the puffing Billy Railway in Australia used motorcars, which they call trolleys, to patrol their railway. Then they used a couple of Ford Ranger pickups. Now they use John Deere Gators.

Other Narrow Gauge / Flanging snow on the D&S
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:59:03 AM »
Here is a really nice pacing video of engine No. 476 and a flanger on the Durango & Silverton just the other day. Enjoy!

Two Footers outside of the US / Two footer crossing wide gauge
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:28:42 PM »
Here's a neat little video of a fully automatic crossing of a two-foot gauge sugar line over a wide gauge.

Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy even further way back
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:57:33 AM »
This video dates to the late 1940's and includes several working mixed trains. Notice the sheep in open gons and the gons covered with tarpaulins. I wonder what's in them?

Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy way back when
« on: January 01, 2019, 10:47:29 AM »
Happy New Year, all! Here's a little video of the Puffing Billy Railway in Australia sometime before 1962. Notice all the kids "helping" around the engine and train. Bet they can't do that today!

Two Footers outside of the US / More news from Sandstone
« on: November 28, 2018, 04:49:37 PM »
These folks are sending out news fast and furious. Here's the latest update. Note the boiler and firebox for the NG-10, a two-foot gauge Pacific. Also some cool photos of World War I "WD" locos in Great Britain. Be sure to check out the video clip under the "Road Steam" heading. It's simply amazing!

Two Footers outside of the US / Electric two footer
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:14:28 AM »
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!

Two Footers outside of the US / Concrete ties for two-footers
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:03:09 PM »
Here's an interesting piece that describes in some detail the operations of the sugar cane railways in Queensland, Australia, as part of a case study for the use of concrete ties and Pandrol fasteners. It should be noted that there is over 2,600 miles of two-foot gauge track in Queensland!

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Lynton & Barnstable Fall Gala Oct. 6
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:38:36 PM »
While we were laying track on Saturday, the Lynton & Barnstable was running multiple trains during their Fall Gala. Four engines under steam!!

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / News from the L&B's coach assembly line
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
The folks at the Lynton & Barnstable's off-site carriage works are starting to build their next coach. Here's some photos:

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Latest news from the L&B's shops
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:36:00 PM »
The Lynton & Barnstable has built several passenger carriages at a site some miles from the railway. Their previous location had more space than the current shop, so they decided to experiment with prefabricating various parts for the newest car. Perhaps we can learn some things from their experience. Here are some photos of their work thus far:

Two Footers outside of the US / Stars of Sandstone 2017
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:40:08 PM »
Check this out. Sandstone Estates in South Africa is over 17,000 acres with a large two-foot gauge railway, antique autos and farm machines, military vehicles, aircraft and even oxen. Just astounding that all this is in one place.

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