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Worldwide Narrow Gauges => Two Footers outside of the US => Topic started by: Dag Bonnedal on October 20, 2018, 08:52:02 AM

Title: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Dag Bonnedal on October 20, 2018, 08:52:02 AM

First, congratulations to all of you at WW&F to all the astonishing achievements of the last year. Pure joy to follow!

Some updates from a collogue on the other side of "the pond".
Updated blog with photos from the End of Season Gala, Track work, Day of young members, Youth camp etc., with summaries in English:

Some really good photos from one of our long time supporters Tommi:

For those who don't know us, some basics:


Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on October 20, 2018, 09:42:09 AM
Very Nice, I like the Volvo rail car and am glad to hear you have so many young members.
Mike Nix
Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Steve Smith on October 20, 2018, 10:48:23 PM
Thank you so very much for this excellent information, Dag! Makes me wish I could hop a plane for Sweden tomorrow, to see it all. And the steamboat is icing on the cake!
Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Dag Bonnedal on October 21, 2018, 03:30:03 AM

Thanks for kind comments.

The Volvo is a true gem with original transmission; inline, flathead 6 cylinder gas engine (just the sound of it!), non-sync gearbox and all mechanical pedal brake operating double balanced brake blocks on each wheel (takes mm precision to adjust).

But its origin is not 600 mm gauge. Built for carrying Sunday mail bags and very few passengers (no mixed trains running on Sundays) on the 802 mm (31.6") Hällefors Fredriksbergs Järnväg. I still think it fits well into the historical scenario we try to create, as three out of the seven public carrier 600 mm gauge railways in Sweden had similar solutions with rail cars/buses built using highway vehicle parts. (Similarities between Maine and Sweden are obvious.)
It was beautifully restored in the 1980-ties, very complicated work to fix the rotten woodwork and rusted plates in the curved rear of the car body.

Mariefred is a more than nice place to be with its old 18/19:th century centre and the old castle. We have a close cooperation with the steamer s/s Mariefred, a unique ship as it has operated between Stockholm and Mariefred every year since it was built in 1903!
Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Dag Bonnedal on October 14, 2022, 06:00:19 AM

Too long since I posted any news from Mariefred, Sweden.
A few weeks ago we had our traditional End of Season Gala with four locos in steam and a very special guest from our colleagues in Ohs Bruk.
Please find some photos with summaries in English at:
Click any photo for large format.

You may also follow what has happened over the last few years, including the big job overhauling our flagship No. 4 K.M.Nelsson.

Right now we are building the access tracks for our new dry storage shed in Läggesta, 800 ft tracks of indoor storage with dehumidifier.
Hopefully we will be able to finish the job this weekend.
When this is done we will have a total of 800 yards of indoor track, much needed for our approx. 100 restored vehicles.

I check in on this forum and your FB-site several times a week. Just love to follow all the amazing work you are doing. Keep it up!

Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 14, 2022, 12:21:31 PM
Hi! Dag thanks for your links to that very interesting museum. Here is a pic of the Brigade lok of the Musée des Transports de Pithiviers in France. Built in 1917 by Henschel it's still up and running. In 2021 it's undergone a cosmetic overhaul to give it the livery and the accessories of its youth.
Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 15, 2022, 02:23:16 PM
Thank you very much for posting all this, Dag. It offers one a nice armchair visit to the railway museum. Thank you also for the English language translations of some of the high points. Not many of us know Swedish.
Title: Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
Post by: Mike Fox on October 16, 2022, 09:36:06 AM
The car with the pulp loader attachment looks very handy..