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General Discussion / Union Pacific 844 in 1960 and 1961
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:11:24 PM »
The early years of the excursion.

Other Narrow Gauge / Great Western Steam Up 2022
« on: February 15, 2022, 02:38:19 AM »
Here's the link for the new event:

It's been a while since the museum has invited visiting locomotives, and I'm happy for Glenbrook and Tahoe to meet each other once more.

Two Footers outside of the US / Polish new build in Japan
« on: December 22, 2021, 08:14:32 PM »
RASS has made another steam locomotive, they have been busy for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and they have made their first 0-6-0t. A PKP two-foot gauge steam locomotive. I'm happy for them and they have made great progress, and who knows what's going to come out of the shops next year. Located at Narita Dream Farm in Chiba Prefecture Japan.

Photo credit:

General Discussion / GWSC dinkies 80s operation photos?
« on: March 18, 2021, 07:45:29 PM »
Hello, I need your guy's help(not a narrow gauge by the way), I'm trying to find some photos of the Great Western Sugar Companies in Colorado in the early 1980s. I'm doing a documentary of the locomotives, so if you guys have any photos of them operating in the early 80s, that'll be great.

General Discussion / CO&E 17
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:27:09 PM »
The full program of the railroad.

Now here's a foamer question, in an alternate universe, what's the perfect steam locomotive for the CO&E?

General Discussion / Savannah and Atlanta 750
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:37:49 AM »
Of all the steam locomotives of the original southern railway steam program, the 750 is by far my favorite.
The locomotive has a history of hauling mainline excursions starting in 1962 and was the second to last steam locomotive of the original program to run on the new Norfolk Southern in 1983.
May the memories cherish.

Other Narrow Gauge / C571 45th Anniversary disaster.
« on: February 21, 2021, 10:51:54 PM »
45 years ago, the first C57 was making a historic excursion for the 100th anniversary of the Tokaido Line of Kyoto Station to Osaka Station, during that excursion, C571 struck a child, and died, be careful on the tracks.

US Two Footers / Re: C&NW 2 foot gauge
« on: February 21, 2021, 10:45:06 PM »
I'm fairly certain it was not used in common carrier service. Maybe it was within a tie treatment plant or similar railroad-owned industry?

You made a comment in an older post(Link:,2579.0.html), and you link it to, anyway, Phillip is right.

US Two Footers / Re: C&NW 2 foot gauge
« on: February 21, 2021, 03:55:13 PM »
I never knew the C&NW has a 2-foot gauge privately owned in New York by Stephen Boothroyd.

General Discussion / Toledo, Peoria, and Western H-10 class
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:41:51 PM »
Built-in 1937, she's the lightest 4-8-4 ever built for a North American railroad. My favorite 4-8-4.

Two Footers outside of the US / Bambino
« on: February 02, 2021, 08:59:20 PM »
RASS newest steam locomotive, a cabless 0-4-0t! Located at Narita Dream Farm in Narita Chiba Prefecture Japan.

General Discussion / N.A.R.C. 1
« on: January 16, 2021, 04:28:51 PM »
The fireless steam locomotive is known for interchanging the ET&WNC 2-8-0s, this locomotive last ran in 1992. Here's a photo of the locomotive operating in 1985.
Photo credit:
Jim Owens

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Northern Pacific No.8
« on: January 12, 2021, 01:14:18 PM »
It's at the county fairgrounds, there were two of them, does anyone know what happened to the other one? They used to have some of the cars they pulled as rustic street displays in downtown Brainerd.

There's another one?

Other Narrow Gauge / Northern Pacific No.8
« on: January 10, 2021, 03:54:10 PM »
Northern Pacific Railroad had a small 2'6 gauge tie plant in Brainerd, Minnesota. The 0-4-0 fireless was built in 1945 by H.K. Porter, a tie plant is where it processed the Northern Pacific railroad ties before shipping them to where they were needed all around the NP system. The No.8 lasted long in the Burlington Northern era, it last ran in 1982, and now display at Brainerd, Minnesota.
Photo credit:
Jeff Terry

US Two Footers / Re: 1880s and 1890s 2 foot gauge porter question
« on: December 29, 2020, 05:29:21 PM »
It is possible they built a two foot locomotive to that exact design, but the problem is that with the locomotives you pictured, the firebox was between the frame members.  If you were to go to two foot with the exact design, the firebox would be too narrow.  When going to two foot gauge or 20" gauge as the existing locomotives in Arizona, the firebox was put behind the drivers so it could be wide enough.  If you are contemplating building a two foot locomotive to that exact design, it could be possibly be fired with oil or gas, but no solid fuels.  Porter built some construction locomotives to two foot gauge with the firebox over the rear drivers but it was resting on top of the frame and the overall locomotive was rather tall looking, not at all like the design you mentioned.  I corresponded with an individual that I have lost contact with who had a boiler from one of these locomotives with the builder's plate intact.  I believe he was going to build a locomotive with parts scrounged from a wreck site of an identical locomotive.  I wonder how far he got.



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