Tagged With "Narrow Gauge Coaches"

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Festival of Trains

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Re: Festival of Trains

Emat ·
Help! LionChief power pack not working! The small red LED light at the connector FasTrack blinks, but does not power up the track. Any suggestions? I have had this set for three years, and have not seen this problem before. Remote has fresh batteries.
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Re: Festival of Trains

Don poitras ·
Hi Emat,Just a suggestion??I notice from your track photo,they look to be carboned up.Try cleaning all your track with Lysol disinfectant wipes.They work incredibly good.It's happened to me.All the best, Don
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Re: Festival of Trains

Emat ·
Thank, Don, I will try that. But...I unplugged the LionChief transformer and used a regular one with a max of 15volts. It worked, so I think the main problem may be with the transformer. Regardless, track cleaning is today! Ed
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Coupler Issues

UPMav#488 ·
Hello all, So some good news in Narrow Guage news, I recently purchased some passenger coaches, but this has led me to a new issue. Two different sets of couplers. On a side note the black ones say KadeeOn3 S-1 under them. So that leaves me with a few questions. Which is the “standard” coupler that I should have on there? Which (if any) are magnet operational? Would an easier solution be to try to lower the Black couplers?
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60-mile Winds Damage Narrow Gauge RR in Portland, Maine

TomlinsonRunRR ·
I just heard the news today that a recent NE storm damaged at least one car and perhaps the museum roof leaked. As I understand it, this narrow gauge RR is still in need of a new home, so this latest wrinkle and expense is likely unwelcome. The museum is asking for restoration help with the roof. Perhaps the Seashore Trolley Museum "down the road" could provide some pointers? Here's a short news video . I love this little railroad and had previously posted some pics from last year's visit.
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J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad

TrainMan1225 ·
Hi all, In case you're unaware, a very unique steam locomotive recently made its public debut in Youngstown, Ohio. I was there for this event, and now I'd like to share it with you. Enjoy!
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Re: Coupler Issues

Strummer ·
I don't really an answer for you: the brown plastic coupler looks to me like an HO scale Bachmann or something similar... Mark in Oregon
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UPMav#488 ·
Those came with the locomotive so I’m assuming they are Bachmann couplers. And Thanks anyway.
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Überstationmeister ·
The "standard" Bachmann coupler for the On30 passenger and (most) freight cars is the #78022 "EZ-Mate Mark II Overshank Medium" (which is an HO coupler at NMRA HO height, the de facto 0n30 standard). The center shank version of the coupler, #78025, is used on the locomotives (as seen above). Skeleton log cars also use the center shank version. I am not sure which version the ore cars or the dump cars use. As you indicate, the other car pictured has an O scale Kadee. N.B. All referenced...
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Aliquippa & Southern ·
Neat video. Thanks for sharing. Doug
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Re: Coupler Issues

Rockershovel ·
I went through this when I first started getting involved in On30. The Bachmann coupler is as described above, all Bachmann stock has this. Kit built rolling stock based on HO chassis is likely to have it, too. The San Juan couplers are not compatible with the Bachmann ones, different height. The AMS couplers are somewhere between the two and sort-of match both. It’s fairly straightforward to build a “match car” using an AMS flat car or tank car. The Bachmann sort-of EBT hopper cars are a...
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C.M McMahon ·
I went through the same thing. Not wanting to grind the frames of my locos I surrendered to the fact that the couplers would be HO height, some bachmann and mostly kadee on the cars that I built or modified On30 coupler height is one of those "It is what it is" things
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Re: Steam in Portland, Maine this weekend!

TomlinsonRunRR ·
Due to the questionable angle of the step stool leading up to the combine car steps, the railroad used their lift to help my mother into the car. A wheelchair lift was cleverly hidden in the baggage section of the combine at the front of the train. Nice! Tastefully hidden wheelchair lift. (Note the two cut sections to receive the lift.) The lift. A simple but effective affair: A very, very happy parent walking out of the baggage area into coach -- half rattan chairs, half built-in seats:...
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Re: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge begins era of oil-burning locomotives

trainroomgary ·
My wife & her family are from Ouray, Colorado. Which is just north of Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway. This drive can be very beautiful but the road is also very intimidating, because of the high elevations and the road has a lot of sections with no guard rails. Myself, wife and three children would vacation every summer in Ouray. We did this for about 25 years until her parents passed. We had a lot of great times. Below is a painting that we purchased at a art store in Durango,...
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

DMASSO ·
That whistle was so loud my friend held onto his ears. Great little engine.
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

Khayden93 ·
Loved seeing that little engine, it was loud but it was music to my ears
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

colorado hirailer ·
What company built that engine, and how late were engines built with slide valves? I'd guess small engines like this would have been built with them by Porter and others later than Class 1 power.
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

Farmer_Bill ·
"Locomotive #11 was built by the Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay Maine. It is a combination of two 1925 Porter locomotives, #10 and #11 that had been on display at Edaville for years." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEkOBNVL7F4
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

TomlinsonRunRR ·
Hi, Sadly, I missed meeting the many forumites at the show. But here are my photos. There were too many people around to get a nice clear shot like MELGAR's but I did get a couple of the cabin. What others have written about the volume of the whistle is not an exaggeration! Tomlinson Run Railroad
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Re: NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

smd4 ·
Thanks for posting the photo. It's a very nice little engine. It is misleading to state that it is a "very early locomotive." Very early would imply something built in the 1850s or 1860s. And in fact, not all "modern" steam engines were superheated or had piston valves. I fire an engine built in 1941 (the same year as the GS4 4449 Daylight) that is a soak and has slide valves.
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NARROW GAUGE 0-4-0 STEAM ENGINE AT AMHERST SHOW

MELGAR ·
Was at the Amherst Railway Society Big Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday. Had a great time! The most impressive part of the day was an operating two-foot narrow gauge 0-4-0 steam switcher #11. I believe this steamer had been at the Edaville Railroad in South Carver, Massachusetts but now has been returned to Maine. It is in like-new condition evidently having been restored. The whistle was ear-shattering. This is a very early locomotive. It has slide valves...
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June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

rrman ·
https://www.outtherecolorado.c...r-colorado-wildfire/ Be interesting to see how this is resolved. "State story, RR story, and true story somewhere in between". Read thoughtful comments.
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Which looks better?

UPMav#488 ·
Greetings all. So I have having a hard time with the small narrow gauge layout. I am wondering what you think looks better. Over all both track patterns are similar just one has more track in less space. I've including top down layout plans as well as a 3D render of what it would look like when completed. Any opinions would be appreciated. Both have slight elevations to them.
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An Un-usual at-grade crossing (video)

RailRide ·
I've seen diamond crossings, and even the recent development of bump-over diamonds, but this "drawbridge" crossing on a pair of Queensland, Austrailia narrow-gauge RR's is a new one on me, though when you see the equipment on the smaller road it may begin to make sense... ---PCJ
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

Dominic Mazoch ·
The smaller, productive fires prevents larger, destructive from happenning. Noticed Smokey the Bear has changed his tone. A little. Only you can prevent WILDfires. Covers forest, grasslands and swamps.... But the message is still important.
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

colorado hirailer ·
Isn't this road some kind of National Historical Site, and exempt from this kind of petty harassment? Should be...
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

Tinplate Art ·
The attorneys and insurance folks will sort this out, and it is very likely the lawsuit will not prevail. The tourism draw of this historic railroad is very important to the economy of Colorado, and saner, sober heads will make an informed decision. Proper precautionary procedures will be modified and/or adopted to prevent future conflagations from occurring. The proverbial sky is NOT falling!
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smd4 ·
Petty harassment? You do realize the Plaintiff is the United States of America , right? Not Farmer Brown whose 3-acre soybean field went up? How would being on the National Register of Historic Places shield the railroad from a federal lawsuit?
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colorado hirailer ·
As noted, l think it should be exempt from frivolous lawsuits. And going back beyond the Japanese internments of WWll and what is on the nightly news, at the risk of making a political statement, unfortunately, the US government (intangible entity) has not always acted with the wisdom of Soloman.
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smd4 ·
Why don't you tell us why you think it's "frivolous?"
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rrman ·
Here we go, thread deletion coming up.
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

palallin ·
Whether or not the suit goes against the RR, the insurance companies are going to look at this and start dropping tourist roads like hot coals. I am afraid the sky just might BE falling, and it will fall for much more than just the D&S.
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

Dennis LaGrua ·
There is no proof that the Silverton and Durango RR started a fire and it should be assumed that precautions were taken to insure that it couldn't happen. . All we have here is speculation. Before the Milwaukee Road had abandoned its Chicago to Seattle route, there were sections that ran through state and federal woodlands through the Bitteroot Mountains in Idaho. There was never a fire as the railroad electrified the line and later ran diesels.
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smd4 ·
This litigation is likely going to take years to resolve. Discovery hasn't even begun, so yes, all we have at this point are the unsupported allegations in the Complaint. However, as much as we may not like the Complaint, it is certainly not "frivolous," legally speaking. A scheduling/planning conference is scheduled for September 17, 2019. It's been referred to a magistrate judge, who may order the parties to mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods.
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

John Mills ·
I do think that railroad is pretty important to the local economy
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Jon1443 ·
The article made it seem like the US attorney's office does have proof that the fire was started by the RR. If this suit results in all coal-burning steamers to be more proactive in fire prevention and suppression, it's a win for all involved
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

smd4 ·
The Complaint says that "Federal Fire Investigators" concluded the train had started the fire. I'm sure there is a report--likely available on-line. EDIT: Near as I can tell, as of June 1, 2019, the Forest Service has yet to issue their report, saying it's taken longer than expected.
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Tinplate Art ·
I have to agree the current federal government is acting with considerably less wisdom than Solomon! LOL!
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johnstrains ·
According to the Complaint, no: 17. "Defendants’ train operations along its Durango-to-Silverton railroad track has previously caused wildfires requiring deployment of federal fire-fighting resources, incurring fire suppression costs. Examples of fires previously started by Defendants include: the 2012 GoblinFire (1,000 acres burned); the 2012 Needleton Fire (6 acres burned); the 2002 Schaff II Fire (550 acres burned); and the 1994 Mitchell Lakes Fire (270 acres burned)."
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

geysergazer ·
Isn't this like trying to get blood from a turnip? DOJ is seeking $25 million and I bet that would bankrupt the railroad. If that happens I'm thinking you can roll up the sidewalks of Silverton and probably Durango as well. Those are tourist towns and a lot of their trade comes from people there for the train. I don't get the Administration's goal here because the railroad has taken the necessary steps to remedy the situation going forward (by converting to oil-firing) and this suit, if...
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

smd4 ·
First of all, DOJ isn't seeking a specified monetary amount at this point. Second, the railroad's liability carrier will be on the hook for any damages won (unless they are self-insured to a certain amount). It's really way, way too early to know what's going to happen here. The "goal" appears to be trying to recoup some of your hard-spent tax dollars...
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

geysergazer ·
I was going by this: "The cause was released in a federal lawsuit from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado that seeks compensation for firefighting and rehabilitation efforts, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office says cost the federal government approximately $25 million so far." One wonders if the railroad has insurance to cover off-[railroad]-property fire? Liability insurance to cover on-property injury, of course, as well as on-property fire damage but fire liability...
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Bill DeBrooke ·
The reason you buy Liability Insurance is to protect yourself in case you damage someone's property or cause bodily injury. To protect your own property you purchase casualty insurance.
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

Dominic Mazoch ·
OK, could the Federal Government ban the use of coal fired steam on tracks within federal lands BEFORE the fire began? And if it could have, why didn't they. If this is true, the Feds could become the real defendent.
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Tinplate Art ·
Could the D&S be a scapegoat for the Fed's carelessness? Allen Harper (CEO) is a pretty savvy fellow, and no doubt will assemble an effective legal team!
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Re: June 2018 Colorado fire? Let's sue the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad out of business

TrainMan1225 ·
Listen to yourself. I'm not versed in politics at ALL (in fact I hate it), but I am CERTAIN having an economy based off of the fortunes of pot would be MUCH worse for the well-being of the residents than a few coal-burning steam locomotives. Not like that would even happen anyway... I don't see a realistic alternative for these towns should the railroad lose the suit, especially for Silverton. The northern terminus of the D&S is a much smaller town than Durango (the southern terminus),...
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smd4 ·
Did you really just write that? And all this time I thought you were sort of a level-headed guy. Listen, I love steam trains, and especially coal-fired steam. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that (barring arson--of which there is zero evidence at this point) it's entirely possible--if not likely--that a cinder from a steam locomotive may actually be the cause of this fire. This blind mantra that "trains good, everything else bad" is getting a little tin-foil-hat-ish.
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New Haven Joe ·
Silverton has nothing going for it except for tourists brought in by the D&S. My wife and I spent the night in Silverton a few years ago. The town closes up as soon as the train departs. In addition to the hotel, I think that there was one restaurant open. We enjoyed walking through what was essentially an old west ghost town. Durango is major crossroads and is near Mesa Verde National Park. It also has a University of Colorado campus. It should continue to do well if the railroad closed...
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Tinplate Art ·
Steve: My comment was meant to be a satirical, tongue-in-cheek criticism of often skewed and convoluted government regulations and associated bureacracy! If the Feds were aware of any recent climatic, environmental or other changing parameters that required the D&S to take additional corrective action regarding spark effusion, perhaps they should have initiated meetings with the D&S Operating Dept. in a more timely manner. The discovery phases of this legal wrangle should be quite...
 
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