View single post by oztrainz
 Posted: Sat Oct 8th, 2016 04:42 am
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Joined: Wed Apr 10th, 2013
Location: Unanderra, Australia
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Hi Helmut,
Any of those listed locomotive could be found on a US based narrow gauge railroad The Porters could probably have been reboilered by the timeframe set for your later period. and the 4-4-0 would be starting to show its age. The Climax would probably be the newest design on your projected locomotive fleet.

Prior to Wold War 1 there would be little or no internal combustion power available. World War 1 provided the kickstart for "reliable?" internal combustion engines and mechanical transmissions that could be adapted to rail power. This stuff did start to appear on rails from the early-mid 1920's and would probably have used small locomotives with 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 wheel arrangements.

Some period giveaways-
1 - The introduction of steam turbos and electric headlights and cab lights would probably have been after World War 1. Prior to that lighting would have been kerosene or maybe calcium carbide (certainly from Europe and used underground in mines by WW1). Electric lighting could be easily "retrofitted" to your older locomotives - provided that the "boss" would pay for it. ;)
There is also no reason why kerosene or carbide could not have hung on until WW2 or later with a "skinflint" boss. The size and shape of the headlight and the presence or lack of a steam turbo are the obvious giveaways.You need a suitable backstory to cover your locomotive's "Look".

2 - size of rolling stock towed by the locomotives - Prior to WW1 most rolling stock on an industrial mining railroad would probably have been smaller 4-wheel rolling stock. Larger bogie gondolas that hauled more could only have been justified if the mines were putting out more than could be handled by the smaller wagons. Given the smaller sizes of your selected locomotives, the smaller sized wagons are probably more appropriate fro the amount of "grunt" available to move the wagons.

3 - Labour utilisation - Prior to WW1 labour was relatively cheap and plentiful, so teams of workers barrowing or shovelling from one wagon to another at the interchange probably would have been used. This changed after WW1. the amount and cost of labour expended in shifting cargo between the standard and narrow gauge tracks was one of the things that killed narrow gauge railroads.

For your consideration,

John Garaty
Unanderra in oz
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