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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: john d Stone on June 05, 2016, 08:26:51 PM

Title: Furin stuff
Post by: john d Stone on June 05, 2016, 08:26:51 PM
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
Title: Re: Furin stuff
Post by: Phil McCall on June 08, 2016, 01:01:43 AM
That is neat, I have looked around for info on that operation since you posted it. Apparently there is a railroad museum in that town, some of what they have looks like meter gauge but I think most is 2ft:

http://www.amtp-cfpithiviers.com/

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_des_transports_de_Pithiviers

Among the steamers they have is an Alco:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_des_transports_de_Pithiviers#/media/File:AMTP_131T_Alco-Cooke.jpg

Unfortunately I don't know French, but wow, looks like twelve 2ft. steamers, six in service.
Title: Re: Furin stuff
Post by: john d Stone on June 08, 2016, 11:59:47 AM
Good ol' youtube has some videos of the museum operation, one of which I posted here a while back. I'm pretty sure the operating end of things is all 60cm. I'm guessing the original equipment may have been left over WW1 stuff. I think, like evidently a lot of 60cm lines in Europe, they were primarily built for transporting agricultural products. Sugar beets seem to be a staple of an awful lot of narrow lines "over there".

Looks like a classy operation!