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I wonder what Rich is up to these days.  I have not seen anything coming from him.  I have always admired his products as to their fidelity to scale,colors, design and quality.  I really regret not purchasing his naval gun and flatcar combo that he had made a number of years ago.

Made of brass,it had an expensive price tag.  None the less,I wish that I had not missed out on it.


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Norm, you really missed a unique piece of freight equipment in Rich's naval gun and flatcar combo. The 16-in gun is for a Colorado Class Battleship. I talked with Rich at Strasburg several years ago, wondering if it would handle my min 72-in curves and not tear out my catenary poles. He showed me how the Navy designed it to handle tight clearances/tight curves on the real railroads. I was satisfied with his explanation/demonstration and bought it. A beautiful piece of craftsmanship. When I run 1930s era on CONUS Lines, it's always the piece that gets the most attention from visitors...along with the perennial question, "Why was that locomotive built backwards?" (SP Cab-forward)

Two images: First, the gun leaves Ellison Yard, westbound for Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Second, a cab-forward working hard, helps a consist, including the gun, through Cumberland. There is another cab-forward on point.16-in Colorado Class BB gun leaving Ellison Yard16-in Colorado Class BB gun, wb, Cumberland


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  • 16-in Colorado Class BB gun leaving Ellison Yard
  • 16-in Colorado Class BB gun, wb, Cumberland

Only to have been born with the Golden Spike in my mouth......

Item: I ate Gerber's vanilla pudding until I was eight (8) years old, albeit not with a silver spoon in my mouth...LOL  I wonder if it's still made and tastes like it did in the late 1940s/early 1950s?

Oh to be the proud owner of the 1:20.3 scale brass models of the East Broad Top that Rich imported years ago.  Rich mentions on his website that he collaberated with the late great Bobbye Hall (owner of the best once upon a time train shop in Texas, e.i. Hall's Hobby House in Dallas) on these models.  If memory serves me well (I stand corrected, so help me out here guys) Bobbye imported EBT models in On3, which may have inspired Rich to do'em in large scale.

If any of you possess any of these fantastic models, please considering sharing photos, or video clips with us.

Joseph Toth Jr.



Rich: It's mentioned that you haven't updated the RYM site for a good while.  It would be great if you consider doing an update when time permits.  Please be sure to retain the East Broad Top large scale pages.  I always enjoy watching the short videos of the EBT models in action.

All the best,

Joseph Toth Jr.

To the OGR Editor:  I've just taken out a digital subscription to OGR and since there isn't an all time magazine index yet, has there ever been any East Broat Top featured in the pages of O Gauge Railroading to date?




That is an interesting detail.  When we moved the wrecking outfit, the Derrick boom was always to be facing rearward. I was told this was incase it broke loose it would do less damage at bridges and tunnel portals.  For the gun barrel to be mounted on two cars, one mount has to slide and swivel to accommodate curves, slack in the coupling and compression in the draft gear. 

Please guys, this thread's about Rich Yoder Models and NOT about battleship guns.  Why not start a new one that covers models that have been manufactured for war and their relation to railroading?  Many countries on this planet produced weapons for war that were designed to run on rails.  Some steam locomotives received shrouding to protect the engine and crew.  One example is shown in the motion picture that starred Burt Lancaster, The Train, which was shot (no pun intended) on the SNCF in France in the mid-60s. 

Question: Anyone know how many train sets (all scales) have been introduced to the hobby over the years that included a military theme?  A good start for the military thread would be the sets, cars, and equipment, that Lionel produced when it introduced Super-O track to the O gauge world in the 50s. 




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