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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2012 01:10 pm
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This is way too good to let go unnoticed:
http://retrogasm.tumblr.com/post/384790397/somehow-i-think-there-should-be-a-line-of-zombies



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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2012 01:29 pm
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Been wondering where mine went!!!



                    



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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2012 02:11 pm
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When I build my g scale town of Mauch Chunk, this will definitely be one of the models, although a fella would need to pay the 25 cents to pull it off. Kinna short just now.

Duncan

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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2012 12:45 am
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Boy oh boy!

Haven't heard of Mauch Chunk in years--

'Course haven't heard of the "new" name, Jim Thorpe, in years either.

Did you know that there used to be a "gravity railroad" in Mauch Chunk?

When i was a kid, there was a couple picture postcards of the gravity line in a drawer somewhere in the house, that I used to stumble across every now and then. Don't know much more than that about it though.


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Well--try this on for size----http://www.switchbackgravityrr.or/sbhist.htm

Und dis--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauch_Chunk_Switchback_Railway

More--http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/switchbackrr/

Last two have pictures. Aren't you glad you asked?  You DID ask, didn't you?



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WOW-that old switchback rr is cooler than homemade s$%t!!! Since I already have something like that, which of you will build this? I dare anybody! Triple dog dare!

Woodie-"we don't need no stinkin' brains for 25 cents!"

BTW-download the sign, print it on white decal paper or regular paper and start brain service.



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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2012 02:37 am
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Herb-Boy oh boy! What sites those are! I visited Mauch Chunk for the first time 40 years ago and was fascinated by the wonderful buildings that time had forgotten and its great locations in a gulch. Never knew about the Switchback Ry, but what a bunch of pictures. They look like Woodies MRy in richness of detail, but of course in this case as with Uncle Bob's work, we're looking at the real thing. I especially liked the photo form your first link titled 'Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill Switchback Railroad 1870'. This has it all! Loading docks at the river, trestles, I'm guessing an elevated car dump stage, and the fabulous Victorian station which I assume serves the main line of the Lehigh Valley or what would eventually become the LVRR. There is enough here in this one pic to keep a fella modeling for decades.

On your third link under 'antique buildings' there is a 'flatiron' type station that served two lines converging at a right angle. Lovely. I grew up in Old Saybrook,Connecticut where we had the same set up, but in this case it was an angled crossing that shaped the building. The main line of the NY,NH & H RR intersecting a route from Hartford to the shore that later was a traction line. The traction is gone, but the building still exists basically unchanged over the last century.

I'll save these links. Thanks

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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2012 02:05 pm
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Glad you guys liked the links.

Just one of the things that I never thought about until your post rang a bell Duncan.

For a dumb, stupid, aggravating, box--sometimes this thing spits out a gem.


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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2012 12:10 am
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Thanks for the links. Great pics and info. For a minute or so I thought I was loking at Woodie's layout. Seems like the operation would be a great thing to model.
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Pipopak, sorry I forgot to mention the great sign that started the post.
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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2012 02:51 am
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Usually I have a blast with everything posted, no matter how far-fetched or far from original post. Jose.



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