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 Posted: Wed Nov 26th, 2008 06:44 pm
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Modern day China:



Didnt one of our German members modeling Romanian logging have something similar? :)

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 Posted: Wed Nov 26th, 2008 09:42 pm
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Woodie that MK&T #2 inspection car is very cool!!

Thanks for sharing that.



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Here's one from Syria, any idea what it is? The full article can be found HERE.



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Judging from the windows and the center door it looks as if it got hit front and rear by something square.(_!_)

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Jake-I know what that is...it's some real funkiness!   Woodie



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Whilst checking out some industrial archaeology websites, I came across this link:

http://www.mylearning.org/image-zoom.asp?jpageid=769&picid=2

It's a photograph of a steam tram, built in Leeds by Kitson. They supplied similar trams to a number of cities in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere.

I don't know whether you'd call them critters - they certainly weren't mainline - but they've always fascinated me anyway!

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Huw.

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Good golly Miss Molly!

That thing deserves inclusion in any critter discussion just on it's funkiness!

That's funky, with a capital F! 

Wonder if they issued gas masks to the passengers on the upper deck?



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 Posted: Thu Nov 12th, 2009 12:52 am
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ebtm3 wrote: Wonder if they issued gas masks to the passengers on the upper deck?

No, but the front ends of the upper decks had screens, to stop soot landing on passengers.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 12th, 2009 01:26 pm
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The requirement for screens at the front of steam tram trailers was just one of a whole collection of regulations that British steam tram operators had to obey.

Quite a few of them seem to have been devised specifically to ensure they could never be viable.

Some were so ridiculous that they even passed into folklore - 2mph speed limit in towns - having to have some guy walking in front, carrying a red flag - a maximum of 2 trailers (which was why double deck, bogie cars became popular) - plus onerous requirements about steam and smoke emissions (which was why lots of them had roof condensers and ran on coke).

All in all, the only people who really stood to gain from this nonsense were the owners of horse tramways.

Rules on mainland Europe seem to have been a bit more sensible, with the result that steam trams got bigger and lasted longer. Here's a link to footage of a restored steam tram in Bern, Switzerland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iax79ezuQPM

I'm not sure about the fake sepia effect and Scott Joplin soundtrack - but they're novel.

As for models, steam trams have been neglected by RTR manufacturers, especially in Britain. (I think you can safely ignore the toys with no interiors - but with silly faces, aimed at Th*m*s fans.)

For O-16.5, there are some very nice card kits of Kitsons, produced by Alphagraphix. Other than that, British steam tram modellers are abandoned - I'm sure there are commercial reasons, but it's very frustrating.

I guess I might end up scratchbuilding!

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Huw.

Last edited on Thu Nov 12th, 2009 05:23 pm by Huw Griffiths

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Huw-see if you can find a Grandt Line STEAM DUMMY kit. This fine O scale superstructure is made to "cover" their On3.On30 Porter locos to make them more acceptable to "city operation". The dummy looks pretty much like the British tram lokies and may just be what you want. Also, the old San Francisco cable car in O scale is available again from Lindberg. You can find these by Hawk & Testors on the old kit tables. These kits can be "bashed" into a fine representation of a tram also.

In my scale, 1:35/1:32, Airfix made a beautiful old double decker bus used in WW1 London which can be used for this tram, but alas, there is no "dummy" body made in that scale.

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