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Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy even further way back
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:57:33 AM »
This video dates to the late 1940's and includes several working mixed trains. Notice the sheep in open gons and the gons covered with tarpaulins. I wonder what's in them?

Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy way back when
« on: January 01, 2019, 10:47:29 AM »
Happy New Year, all! Here's a little video of the Puffing Billy Railway in Australia sometime before 1962. Notice all the kids "helping" around the engine and train. Bet they can't do that today!

Two Footers outside of the US / More news from Sandstone
« on: November 28, 2018, 04:49:37 PM »
These folks are sending out news fast and furious. Here's the latest update. Note the boiler and firebox for the NG-10, a two-foot gauge Pacific. Also some cool photos of World War I "WD" locos in Great Britain. Be sure to check out the video clip under the "Road Steam" heading. It's simply amazing!

Two Footers outside of the US / Electric two footer
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:14:28 AM »
This industrial line in the former East Germany is pretty interesting. One of those hopper cars would make a dandy ballast car. Looks like they need Joe to fix some track!

Two Footers outside of the US / Concrete ties for two-footers
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:03:09 PM »
Here's an interesting piece that describes in some detail the operations of the sugar cane railways in Queensland, Australia, as part of a case study for the use of concrete ties and Pandrol fasteners. It should be noted that there is over 2,600 miles of two-foot gauge track in Queensland!

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Lynton & Barnstable Fall Gala Oct. 6
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:38:36 PM »
While we were laying track on Saturday, the Lynton & Barnstable was running multiple trains during their Fall Gala. Four engines under steam!!

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / News from the L&B's coach assembly line
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
The folks at the Lynton & Barnstable's off-site carriage works are starting to build their next coach. Here's some photos:

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Latest news from the L&B's shops
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:36:00 PM »
The Lynton & Barnstable has built several passenger carriages at a site some miles from the railway. Their previous location had more space than the current shop, so they decided to experiment with prefabricating various parts for the newest car. Perhaps we can learn some things from their experience. Here are some photos of their work thus far:

Two Footers outside of the US / Stars of Sandstone 2017
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:40:08 PM »
Check this out. Sandstone Estates in South Africa is over 17,000 acres with a large two-foot gauge railway, antique autos and farm machines, military vehicles, aircraft and even oxen. Just astounding that all this is in one place.

Work and Events / B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:28:59 PM »
The B&SR flanger from Maine Narrow Gauge arrived today.
I suppose that will occupy one bay of the shop over the winter?

Here's a small album of photos of a recent World War I event at the Moseley Railway Trust. The all-black 4-6-0 that appears in a couple of photos is a Baldwin 4-6-0T, and the motor car in the first view looks an awfully lot like a Fairmont.

US Two Footers / Interesting photo
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:50:16 AM »
The photo below, which appeared in the Lancaster newspaper last week, is interesting. It shows the Pennsylvania National Guard rifle range at  Mount Gretna, Pa. The range was part of a training facility that operated from about 1885-1935, and was served for part of that time (1889-1916) by the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge Railroad, a two-foot gauge line that employed three lovely Baldwin 4-4-0 locomotives, the only two-foot gauge 4-4-0's to operate in the USA. While the focus is on the rifle range, in the distance, one of those 4-4-0's and a coach can be seen sitting at the platform. The line had one closed coach (seen in the photo) and seven open-sided observation cars that looked like WW&F No. 7 before it was converted to a combine. The railroad shut down in 1916 after one of the observation cars overturned on a sharp curve when too many people tried to board at once.

General Discussion / A reminder
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:31:26 PM »
Just a little note to remind anyone who might be contemplating a trip to the mid-Atlantic region this summer. The 70th annual reunion of the Rough & Tumble Engineers will take place at Kinzers, PA August 15-18, 2018. A huge event, with more than 100 steam tractors, stationary engines, a belt-driven machine shop, lots of gas tractors, many stationary natural gas, diesel and gasoline engines, etc. Sawmill and shingle mill, too. Steam shovels, too. Not far from the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, either.

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