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Dag Bonnedal:
Very nice video of an absolutely wonderful railway!

We have a long standing and very good cooperation with them. Our locomotives have visited each other's railways many times over the years. And they borrowed two of our coaches some years ago when they celebrated their 40 year anniversary. Just takes some ingenuity to overcome the difference between our coupling standards.

The green loco is a sister of our blue No. 8, same name "Emsfors", same builder and from the same Swedish industrial line.

They are a small team of very dedicated members doing a fantastic job on a small budget. With their ex Polish loco fresh out from overhaul this year, they started the season with all of their 4 steam locos operable, great achievement. Unfortunately they had a broken axle on their ex German engine this summer (same type as the green loco).

Right now they are also building a new coach. The body is adapted to their needs, but both style and details are firmly based on the adaptions Swedish lines made to early French built excursion coaches.

The headlights are typical German kerosene (white sprit) lamps. The difference is that the German lamps have white enamelled reflectors, while Swedish usually have chromed reflectors.

Carl, your Swedish is flawless ;-)

As Alain points out, these so called "Brigade locos" can be tricky to fire. But that is on flat ground, once they hit a grade and you open out full they come into their own and start steaming and that is with a wonderful bark up the stack! Remarkable locos, built for a short and unhappy war service, and still over a hundred preserved.

The European Armstrong turntables are even more tricky to balance as they are pivoted on a single narrow bearing on the top of the centre column. If you are slightly off centre, weight will rest on the peripheral circular rail and they could be difficult to turn.
On a turntables like the one you have built (wonderful contraption!) I guess you only need to keep the centre of gravity inside the circular rail.

Carl G. Soderstrom:

I have to credit Cousin Torbjörn &
I have a cousin that was Brandman

And of course the internet translator (Just don't tell anyone) :-)

Dag Bonnedal:
Here is yet another very good video from the Ohs Railway in Sweden.
Be sure to turn on the English sub-titles.

It is made by and for the technically interested (read: car) enthusiasts in general, not the railroad nerds.
But informative and well made, and I think the members presenting themselves and their railway do a very good job.
The driver Jonas is their technical guru and beyond comparison the foremost knowledgeable boiler smith for veteran boilers in Sweden. He will, at his ordinary work place, overhaul some of our boilers in the next few years.

You may also have a look at their new coach project, coming along nicely.



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