Yes, Si....Glad you gave this old thread another read. One of the posters was Verne Niner (Niner 49er) who is now running one of those little Porters in the great beyond.
And yes, if you decided to model 3/8" scale (1:32) on On30/HO gauge...it becomes...20" gauge! Therefore, if I wanted to (and have before), I could call my 35n2 32n20 without any changes whatsoever! Whatta wonderful thing!
I wish this thread had been resurrected before we travelled 5,000 miles to check out the Clifton/Morenci area ! We arrived very cold, tired & hungry and somehow missed out on all this lot.
The 'front end loader' that Woodie photo' is a Rocker Shovel Loader. Designed, manufactured and patented by EIMCO (US) they are one of the best bits of mining kit ever invented, saving many hours of back breaking work. The shovel swings up and right over and discharges into a rail mounted tram/tipper/skip towed behind the loader. Powered by compair they are self propelled via a trailing air hose so they can push/pull their own trams behind them though Woodie's example is missing the 'forward-reverse' controls.
Looking at the poster's names makes me think " where are they now ?"; I didn't know Verne was no longer with us.
Michael...sorry you didn't see what you wanted. Clifton is not a "railfan" stop unless you are prepared to look around. I trust you saw "Copperhead" sitting next to the highway and in front of the "underground" jail. It wasn't raining nor cold when I was there but The Cave was air conditioned and the Budweiser was cold...the patrons were as nice as could be, we even got 2 beers on the house! I was planning to move to Clifton until I met someone here who persuaded me not to leave Tejas.