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 Posted: Sun Sep 6th, 2009 10:55 pm
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Bill-those resin kits look great! This makes you the McKeen king for sure. The UP had em', the V&T had one, several rr's in Nevada had them, they even ran here in the Dallas area from Mineral Wells. And guess what-there was a plan for a Mogollon Motor Car Railroad that would use a standard gauge McKeen 50 footer which would make a connection down at Lordsburg, NM. I would build something like this, but do you know how big a 3/8 scale 50 foot McKeen car would be? A big muthah I gawrantee!        Woodie



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Hi Woodie,

My On30 version of the 70 foot McKeen is just over 17 inches. If 3/8" is the same as .375" x (feet?) the 55 foot McKeen would be a little over 20 inches.

The straight sides of the McKeen makes them sort of easy to scratch build. I use wood for the roof on the ones I make.

I know a guy named Jerry Barnes that made at least 2 of the 55 foot McKeen Motor Cars in 1/29" scale. If you can find the August 1997 issue of "Garden Railways" his models are featured in it.

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Hi there,

What scale are the McKeen's.  Some Australian Modellers maybe intrested as they were used by the Victorian railways in Australia.



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Bill-while I would love to devote the time to build a 3/8, 1:32 scale McKeen car, I need to build more 1:32 ore cars, Ledgerwood hoist, smelter buildings, etc.., etc. so I probably won't get to the McKeen in this lifetime.  Besides, I would want a layout to run it on and that's something unplanned.  With that said, it might be nice to build that Mogollon Motor Car RR job as a static model but Muj would have a fit because I would need at least another section of layout to properly display it.

The beat goes on & on.....Woodie



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Queensland Government Railways in Australia had some McKeen cars on 3'6" gauge too. I was looking at a plan of them yesterday actually.
 Not my cup of tea personally but I can see why they have a loyal following, and you are doing a very good job modelling them (and love the RC)
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Rod Hutchinson wrote:
Hi there,

What scale are the McKeen's.  Some Australian Modellers maybe intrested as they were used by the Victorian railways in Australia.


Hi Rod,

The F&C McKeens are all HO scale.

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Hi there,

Just for info here is some stuff on the VR (Victorian Railways) McKeen Cars.

http://www.hobbiesplus.com.au/temppics/mckeen.htm



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Hi Bill,  I really like your models of the McKeen Motor Cars.  I am a big fan of the Virginia and Truckee lines.  I am heading up to Carson City  on May 9th for the running of the restored McKeen car.  Are you selling 70 foot McKeen cars? If you are  do you made Mckeen cars that are replicas of the V&T line?  Thanks Ryan :2t:

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Thanks for the comment. I would really like to take a ride on the #22 McKeen in May. It is just to far for me to travel for such a short time. Maybe you can take a lot of pictures and post some when you get back.

This thread has one of my 70 foot McKeen Motor Cars. This model was sold by Precision Scale Co. about 12 years ago as the #22 V&T McKeen Motor Car. I have two of these PSC 70 foot McKeen Motor Cars. The other one is lettered for the Southern Pacific Lines. The one in this link was sold as the V&T #22 at a time when it was painted Red.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2632&forum_id=45

I asked Mark at PSC if I could get permission to use one of my 70 foot McKeen's as a mold master and cast some Resin models to sell. He wasn't interested in talking about that. One day I plan to kit bash two of the 55 foot resin McKeen's into the 70 foot version.

I think that their have only been 3 - HO -70 foot McKeen Motor Cars sell on eBay in the last 2 years or so and I all 3. So none for sale that I know of.

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