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Vincent "Lightning" LeRow

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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2009, 05:23:36 PM »
the inconclusiveness 7+in gaugers has always bothered me.  But I thought if you built it to the 7.25 gauge and had a set of ad-on flanges that bolted on to your wheels to beef them up to 7.5 gauge then the loco could go cross country. In reality its only a 1/4 in difference between the gauges.  and that shouldn't bother the profile of the wheels that much, especially if the locomotive was built with this in mind.
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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2009, 07:35:42 PM »
Even if you could use add-on flanges to increase the 7.25 gauge to 7.5, I wonder if there would be a problem running 7.25 gauge wheels through guard rails, switch points, and frogs on a 7.5 inch railroad. I would suspect that the smaller back-of-wheel to back-of-wheel distance might be a problem. Do any forum participants have first hand knowledge of this?

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« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2009, 07:20:08 AM »
John,
There are a number of tracks that accommodate both 7-1/4" and 7-1/2" gauges. While guard rails can be a problem, spring loaded guard rails and wide flangeways can take care of that. The main problem is on curves, where many widen the gauge on curves, allowing the 7-1/4" gauge wheels to drop inside the rails because the check gauge is too wide. Those tracks that allow both gauges have very wide radius curves, and they can hold the gauge to exactly 7-1/2".
The late Dr. John Brace of Cherryfield, Maine had a track that would accommodate both gauges.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009, 12:34:48 PM »
Awsome live steamer models Tom. I hope one day to vist your railroad someday. You must an big fan of the 2 foot Maine railroads.  :) :o ;D
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009, 12:39:18 PM »
Matthew,

I have come to love em!  I still like Colorado NG best as the scenery they ran thru was asome!

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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2009, 04:23:46 PM »
I still like Colorado NG best

Aint that the wide gauge stuff??  ;)
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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2009, 04:32:59 PM »
As one who lives in Colorado, I refer to it as:
BROAD GAUGE=4'8 1/2"
STANDARD GAUGE= 36"
NARROW GAUGE= 24"

Yes, we do have some hills here tho I live at the western end of the Great Plains, but stilll 5400' above sea level.

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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2009, 08:13:27 AM »
I had to search to find this thread.  Here is a meet at Maples.  Now maybe Bruce can post a pic or two.

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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2009, 01:19:53 PM »
Here is a short video I made of my G gauge live steamer. It isnt as large or as involved as the others posted here but its still a lot of fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHZeWLk1bgU
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« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2009, 03:42:18 PM »
Cool! ;D

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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2009, 05:36:41 PM »
Eric,
Neat coaches, what make are they?
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« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2009, 08:32:42 PM »
Eric, that is excellent...GREAT job! The photography is very nice, and I especially enjoyed the post-aging effect.

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2009, 01:30:49 PM »
The coaches are AMS/Accucraft. Same as the boxcar and all the cattle cars. Thanks for the comments on the video.
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« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2009, 11:24:40 PM »
From the archives...a couple more pictures of Dwight operating his live steam mogul -- thanks, Dwight!



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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2010, 10:53:13 PM »
Here are two photos I took recently in the basement of member Keith Taylor, showing the ¾” = 1 ft.  scale New York Central System Hudson No. 5344 built by the late Harry Hansen from plans and casting by Laverne Langworthy of Westerly RI.  Keith came from Nutley NJ, near the Lyndhurst NJ track of the Eastern Live Steamers, of which Harry Hansen was a longtime member. Among the features of this model are a working Elesco feedwater heater, a front-end throttle with five cam-actuated poppet valves, and thermal siphons in the firebox. I wish I’d taken a close-up of the castellated nuts and cotter pins on the pins connecting the valve gear members: it is real watchmaker work! Harry Hansen was an excellent craftsman. I don’t know why the model has 5344 on the cab and 5324 under the headlight.