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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: Matthew Gustafson on November 29, 2008, 02:25:42 PM

Title: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on November 29, 2008, 02:25:42 PM
It can be steam or desial. It can be from any railroad in Maine or the rest of the world that has 2 foot gauge! Mine is a list of 5 engines that are all in Maine!
1= Sandy River #7 2-4-4.
2= WW&F #10 0-4-4.
3= Sandy River #8 2-4-4.
4= WW&F #9 0-4-4.
5= Sandy River #3 0-4-4!
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: James Patten on November 29, 2008, 08:57:05 PM
#1: SR&RL #23.  BIG 2-6-2.  More power, ar ar ar ar.
#2: WW&F #6.  Another 2-6-2.  Unique on the WW&F.

The following probably tie for #3: WW&F #9 and WW&F #10.  #9's historic, while #10 is a sweet little honey of an engine (as long as you treat her right).

Somewhere on my top 10 list are the Double Fairlies on the Ffestiniog Railway (just because they look really cool and are powerful), but I don't know them well enough to differentiate.

Also on my top 10 list would be Beyer-Garratts.  The two I saw on the Welsh Highland are big and beefy looking.

Can you tell I like big steam engines?  Big-boys are among my favorites.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Steve Klare on November 29, 2008, 10:16:45 PM
1) SR&RL#9 (Love the way she looks)
2) SR&RL #24 (Have this one in On2 with Baldwin factory paint job.)
3) WW&F #9 (The luckiest engine on the planet! Sole SR&RL survivor, sole KCRR Survivor, Sole WW&F survivor)
4) WW&F #10 (Neat little engine)
5) B&H #8 (Rode on this one, Railfan's Weekend, Edaville RR, 1982)
6) B&B Ariel (Painted her boiler in Phillips 1985)
7) Brecon Mountain #2, Baldwin 4-6-2, very much like but bigger than SR&RL #23, still in existence in Wales.

...hard to stop!

Favorite Ffestiniog Engine? Earl of Merioneth: modern, big, muscular!
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on November 30, 2008, 12:46:09 PM
I have more on my list but 85% are all from the 2 foot railroads in Maine! The other 15% are from the elevated steam 2 footers of the early Chicago L System!   :D ;D
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on November 30, 2008, 01:52:55 PM
I didn't know the EL was ever 2 foot. Any info on the web about that?
My favorite engine has to be Decauville #896 (600 mm gauge if that counts)  at the Lake Region Pioneer Theshermens Association in Dalton Minnesota. I have ran it a number of times.
Mike Nix
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 30, 2008, 04:11:20 PM
Chicago EL is and was standard guage. Forneys were used but not narrow guage.

My favorites are the 2' NNG-16 Beyer-Garratts of Africa and Wales. I have never seen one live but I hope next year to cure that.
Meanwhile it is the big tender type 2-6-2's of Maine.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 01, 2008, 10:32:42 AM
Matt,   WW&F engine 6 is my favorite.  With nice lines and that capped stack, it's the prettiest 2-6-2 that ever plied the rails in Maine.  SR&RL 24 is a close second.   Our #9 is my third choice, the Portland forney's are unique with those beautiful double hump cab roofs.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 01, 2008, 11:23:20 AM
SR&L 2-6-2 #24 is my most favorite but its not on my list since it was scraped but it would have been my most favorite if it had surived to this day! :( :)
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 01, 2008, 11:49:37 AM
*OFF TOPIC - GRAMMAR LESSON*

Hi Matt,

By definition, "favorite" can only have one object. Thus, "most favorite" is redundant speech. The same could be said of "most biggest" or "most largest".

In another thread, you used "more larger." Again, the "more" is redundant. This is larger than that - nothing more needs to be said.

I point this out to help you with your papers in school, along with any job application or article for the WW&F newsletter you may want to write. Good writing skills are very important in today's world of instant email communication. A simple grammar goof-up on a cover letter or resume will easily put your application in the trash for most jobs.

PS: I was the editor of a mostly-adult computer club when I was in high school.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 01, 2008, 02:05:36 PM
Thanks Ed you've been very helpful. I will work on that spelling problem! :)
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 01, 2008, 02:07:39 PM
Quote
I will work on that spelling problem!

Actually, I've noticed that your spelling is already getting better. Good job.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 01, 2008, 06:46:35 PM
Thanks Ed!  :) ;D
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on December 01, 2008, 07:32:50 PM
Careful Ed, next you'll be doing term papers!
KD
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: John Kokas on December 01, 2008, 09:30:54 PM
Nice job Ed,

You can come down to PA and grade papers for me any day.... ;D
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Eric Bolton on December 02, 2008, 04:25:51 PM
It can be steam or desial. It can be from any railroad in Maine or the rest of the world that has 2 foot gauge! Mine is a list of 5 engines that are all in Maine!
1= Sandy River #7 2-4-4.
2= WW&F #10 0-4-4.
3= Sandy River #8 2-4-4.
4= WW&F #9 0-4-4.
5= Sandy River #3 0-4-4!

You have your railroads all messed up. I think you need to review your history a bit. The 7 and 8 are ex Bridgton & Saco River Railroad/Bridgton & Harrison. They were never owned by the SR&RL. SR&RL #7 and #8 were 0-4-4 that were very similar to SR&RL 6, KC 4, WW&F 9. Now guessing that you are referring to the #3 that is at the SR&RL museum then you are again mistaken. The #3 is ex Monson Railroad not SR&RL.

Now my favorite is WW&F #7 in the AS DELIVERED configuration. Her lines were just perfect! The WW&Fitized version of her wasn't bad looking either.
(http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/58/l_f48b0ad5619c4e5a80263b98901852db.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Paul Horky on December 20, 2008, 02:02:55 PM
I believe my favorite 2footer was SRRL no. 16 as she was big but not so big that she could not run anywere on the Sandy River lines makeing her a very useful engine.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on December 22, 2008, 09:47:21 PM
Chicago EL is and was standard guage. Forneys were used but not narrow guage.

My favorites are the 2' NNG-16 Beyer-Garratts of Africa and Wales. I have never seen one live but I hope next year to cure that.
Meanwhile it is the big tender type 2-6-2's of Maine.

Ira,
 I didn't think about it when you first posted, but are you going to Texas?

http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=1489 (http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=1489)

Mike Nix
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 22, 2008, 09:52:41 PM
Bob Bucher has not invited me, although we do have mutual friends.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Jon Chase on December 23, 2008, 01:40:40 AM
Mike,

Ira would have to go further than Texas to see a NNG-16, because the locomotive you are referring to is a NNG-13.  However, apart from some differences in the pony truck arrangements, the two classes are almost identical.   

Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Hans Brandes on December 23, 2008, 01:13:58 PM
Matt,

I'll follow in Ed's footsteps here since my job is writing technical documentation.

If something is 'scraped' it means that you are getting it ready for paint.

If something is 'scrapped' then it is being cut up for scrap.

Big difference, especially in the world of railroading. Thank goodness we are doing a lot more scraping than scrapping. Don't forget to keep asking your friends in Illinois to send us money. Divide it as follows:

- WW&F: 25%
- MNGRR: 25%
- SR&RL: 25%
- B&SR Return of the Rails: 25%

Names and addresses for where to send the money can be provided very quickly. Same day turn around for potential donors of $10,000 or more!
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Ferd Mels on October 11, 2010, 01:03:47 PM
Hi all
My favourite engines are in order of most to less most :

In honesty I like all two footers I see. I only wish there was at least one in Southern Ontario.

cheers Ferd
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: John L Dobson on October 11, 2010, 05:47:07 PM
For any American visiting the Welsh narrow gauge, a visit to the Brecon Mountain Railway should be a 'must'. They have the Baldwin Pacific that originally worked on the Port Elizabeth cement company's railway. See the attached photo.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 12, 2010, 08:32:27 AM
Beautiful - She would look fine sitting on the turntable at Phillips.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Keith Taylor on October 12, 2010, 02:20:30 PM
I think Brecon Mtn. No.2 would also look just fine at Sheepscot.
I wonder how the folks at Brecon Mtn. are doing with their full sized reproductions of the SR&RL 10 & 23?

Among my favorites I would have to include the 2' gauge 4-4-0's of the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge in Pennsylvania. The Mt. Gretna line was a tourist line owned and operated by the Standard Gauge Cornwall and Lebanon Company. The were beautiful little Baldwin "Americans." (4-4-0 type)

Keith
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: John Kokas on October 12, 2010, 05:19:35 PM
Correction,

Mt. Gretna finished up as basically a tourist line but they started off handling forest products and also supplying and moving troops at the Army National Guard camp there at Mt. Gretna.  But yes I would agree they had a couple of the most beautiful Baldwin "Americans" around.
Title: Re: Whats your favorite 2 foot engine!
Post by: Zak LaRoza on October 26, 2010, 11:20:21 AM
#1: WW&F #6. I cannot even describe how great this one is.
#2: SR&RL #18. A good looking engine, she should have been one that survived.
#3: SR&RL #10. Just a beautiful engine.
#4: SR&RL #17. Again, a perfect engine for a tourist line. #17, #18, and #9 are the ones that would be most viable.
#5: WW&F #4. Not the best looking engine, but she would be just perfect on today's WW&F.