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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2010 07:46 pm
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OK boys & girls, here is something from the real way back machine...

This tiny HO scale/gauge 0-4-0 "Minnie" was built around 60 years ago by Mr. Bill Caldwell (Mudge, Muj). She's brass, scratchbuilt...and has a great old Lindsay motor. After all these years and many, many REAL miles, Minnie runs as nice or even nicer than anybody's fine HO loco. I can testify to this since I know how well modern HO locos run. She has a neat little 4 wheel tender and was inspired by Minnetonka, the beautiful old logging loco. I am sure that Muj can give us more information about this fine piece of historical machinery. Check out the front coupler, it's at least 50 years old...a KD MKD which predates the magnetic couplers. Thanks for the photo.

             Woodie



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woooow, 60 years and still running!! That´s an old locomotive!! LOL



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I remember, about 1949 Model Railroader had a photo and plan of the Minnetonka--I thought that it was a neat little lokie back then, and the pix of Mudge's model reminded me of the fact. Didn't have any idea at that time of how to build my own model, short of buying a Mantua Reading. 0-4-0, or Varney "Little Joe" (the dockside) for the mechanism, and not being in a position moneywise to do that, had to be content to scratch build cars for my Mantua "Busy Bee" (birthday gift) to pull.

Ah the good olde days!



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OK kiddies, here's the newest from Mr Caldwell, aka Mudge, aka Muj. This one is built from parts that are older than most readers of this post. Muj used an ancient Lindsay motor and frame from a "Stubby", brass parts from Kemtron, Cal Scale, and PSC, and scratchbuilt parts to build this wonderful tiny HO gauge teakettle that he has named "Increpid". She runs very nicely as all old-tech locos should and can out crawl even the newest rtr stuff from green boxes.



The saddle tank and 4 wheel tender were made by Muj from sheet brass and all was soldered together, not wimpy epoxy stickum. The loco sits so low that the couplers (KD'S) had to be modified so she could couple up to some cars. This is quite an accomplishment for any model builder, much less one who is 87 years young! I just hope I can do half as well, much less be alive, when I am a senior citizen. If anyone needs "particulars", I am sure the builder will elaborate.

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Way to go Mudge!! :glad::glad::glad:

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Now then, here are a couple of shots of Bill's (AKA Mudge, Muj) new and old locos. #1 is his Minnie, built long ago in a galaxy far away, and #2 is the Increpid, brand new.





New #2 has lots of extras, hard to see is the bicycle hung on the saddle tank-just in case the loco craps out on the main! These two little lokies are real jewels built in a way that (outside of Mr Kephart) is not seen these days. Needless to say, they are HO scale/gauge and don't really look too out of place on the Mogollon Railway's twisty rails. That reefer behind #2 is the real thing..the car is made of printed cardstock, the handrails and door hinges, etc. are all printed, no wire bendings. I believe the car is probably 50 something years old with Central Valley trucks and originally had Baker couplers (who remembers them?). And now, I will "drop" the name of the builder-Mr John Allen, builder of the Gorre & Daphetid and a model railroading folk hero and legend. Mr Allen and Muj knew each other and drank plenty of coffee together in Dallas when Allen visited Mrs Hall's hobby shop and all the usual suspects gathered for some chat. Another gent who hung out there was Mr Bill McClannahan, author of the first scenery manual and master of model railroading.  BTW-this writer got to see Mr McC's layout when he was a kid, it was the first train layout he had ever seen with scenery!

As Edith & Archie sing-"Those were the days!"....

                                       Woodie



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He finally got #2 "finished".  Looks good on the Mogollon.  I find it amazing that he can do that well with the arthritis in his hands.  It's an inspiration to us all.



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:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose: some how i missed this amazing simply amazing:old dude:



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Dont know which is cooler, the models or the story behind them. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!



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