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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: john d Stone on January 13, 2014, 09:42:38 PM

Title: Muchos grassiess
Post by: john d Stone on January 13, 2014, 09:42:38 PM
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
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 14, 2014, 04:29:23 PM
I really enjoyed the action between the steam locomotive and the box car behind. Notice the lack of couplers, just a doubled chain! The slack action was interesting. Typical Polish practice, just make do.
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: john d Stone on January 14, 2014, 05:57:35 PM
Did you notice how the engine bobs up and down, especially when it seems they're working steam. Makes my back ache just watching it!
Around 4:40 I think I hear chickens, evidence of a fox population under control. Maybe they have some ex-patriots from the Rock Island in their track department.
I really wonder how they determine when tie replacement is needed!
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 14, 2014, 07:33:21 PM
I was amazed to find alot of concrete ties on the 60cm lines.
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: john d Stone on January 14, 2014, 09:41:13 PM
I guess concrete ties would explain being able to knock down the weeds and start running trains after 20 years without the rails turning over!
In googling Bromberger Wirsitzer Kreisbahn, I was able to glean a few interesting stats; at its' height, the system had 256km of railroad. In 1955 they handled
1,474,000 passengers and 256,000 tons of freight! I'm not sure if those are metric tons, but I'm pretty sure those 1.5 million passengers are standard people!

In the old days, engineers were taught to count the poles per minute to calculate their speed. I would think that impossible on this little pike.
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: Mike Fox on January 14, 2014, 09:51:32 PM
Ok. You got me looking. I found a new track inspection velocipede.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO973nPqYqs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO973nPqYqs)
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 14, 2014, 10:07:23 PM
Count the poles?? ... I saw at least two in the cab   ;D
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 14, 2014, 10:58:30 PM
Watch yourself there Stewart!
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: john d Stone on January 15, 2014, 05:46:57 AM
I think they were speeding. In the first minute there must have been 30-40 Poles!
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess Brazil
Post by: Ira Schreiber on January 15, 2014, 03:39:00 PM
I found this on the Perus Portland Cement Company in Brazil.

http://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=5-uszh5mnSE


http://www.mashpedia.com/videoplayer.php?q=imh84brHo1Y
Title: Re: Muchos grassiess
Post by: john d Stone on January 17, 2014, 01:03:13 AM
Nice find, Ira!
That ten wheeler (I'm Pretty sure) in the first video looks similar to those Bagnalls in the Port Elizabeth South Africa article.
Looks like some heavy trains, perhaps those engines are a bit huskier than the Maine two foot prairies.

The second video confirms that ties are just for show, if you have hearty enough ground cover to hold the gauge! And I noticed at least one chicken, at about 6:10. Yet another tie into the Polish thread! ( I know chicken is "pollo" in Spanish, but they speak Portuguese in Brazil)
Looks a tad warmer than Maine, maybe July in Richmond!

What would you give for that spare parts lineup? I think I counted 6 locomotives, loads of archbar trucks and an interesting carcass of a railbus. I could poke around there all week. Probably just come back with tetanus.

John