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 Posted: Thu Feb 1st, 2018 03:55 pm
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Looking Great!!! :cool:  Nice addition and am glad that you were able to dust it off and put it into service on the new layout.  I seem to remember it from older posts, but it is a nice little mill.  I knew a guy once who had a Gypo Mill, yours is not too far from what he had, although his was on a trailer, but about the same size.That economic turn around is spreading, I love new start ups.  :2t:



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 Posted: Mon Feb 19th, 2018 05:02 am
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And now, something a bit different...
Some years ago (when I had a couple of extra buck$), I bought a Bachmann On30 2-4-4-2 and promptly perverted it over to 1:35n2 with a new cab, larger bell & whistle, and crew. Plus, the tender frame was rebuilt with a wooden job and could carry the r/c equipment and 1600 MAH 2 cell battery. Here she was after that "fun"...

I liked the job and put her to work...but that l o n g front end with the lead truck bothered me and it hung out too much so I had to whack on scenery and really couldn't use the front coupler to haul ore cars. Oh well.
When I built the Silver City layout, there was no place on a Shay powered line for such a long & lanky lokie and besides, I was "trying" to replicate a railroad that didn't own anything like her. So, she sat in a display case and looked forlorn.
The other day, I got mad at one of my Shays for liking to "take hikes" and not stay on the track. One Shay runs great but one is acting like.............
So, I looked at the tiny articulated again and recharged her battery. She runs like silk and can haul some cars, but that damned front end! What to do?

I got out the Dremel and cut off the long pilot, getting rid of the lead truck. And while I was at it, I built a new cab and did some work on the tender. She's now an 0-4-4-2 and looks like what I wanted anyway. She can now couple up at the pilot and haul cars bakasswards...no need (or capabilities) to turn her around. One way forward, other way tender-first.

I'm still thinkin' about the rear truck, she may become an 0-4-4-0 but right now I have a dependable and cool little engine.
I will find a crewman who can sit on the tender and watch the tracks while she runs tender first, but that's another story.



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 Posted: Mon Feb 19th, 2018 05:59 am
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Wow, that looks great!  Will you remount the headlight high on the boiler, or are you just going to leave it off.  It looks like a lugger, low and slow.



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Definitely an improvement over the stock 2-4-4-2 configuration.



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I like the revamped proportions without the pilot truck - the mallet looks more brutish and ready to work

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Well, I haven't thought about a headlight yet...maybe not. The railroad is a private industrial line which doesn't run at night, if any feds show up griping about such "laws" then remember that this is the Big Bend and folks get lost easily down here!



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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 04:51 am
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I've heard that the chupacabre is attracted to bright objects, like headlights...



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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 06:49 am
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CHUPACABRA!  :w:  Hay carrumba!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 08:43 am
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Chupie sez "Howdy
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From long ago & far away... It was a dark and moonless night.



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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 10:53 am
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 The 2-4-4-2 is one of my favorite prototype locomotives. Soon one of the remaining ones will be operating on the Oregon Scenic Railroad a tourist line out of Tillamook, Oregon. I had last saw it in pieces laying on the ground at Snoqualmie Falls, WA back in the middle 1960's and after all these years it finally will be operating again soon. It was originally built for the Little River Railroad at Townsend. TN and then later went to the Carlisle Lumber Co. at Onalaska, WA and ended up on the Deep River Logging Co. at Deep River, WA. In 1955 it derailed while backing up on a short trestle and landed on its side in a steam bed. Since the railroad only had a few months of work left they decided to just leave it there in the woods. A railfan bought it from the scrappers as is and they had to remove it in pieces since by this time the tracks had been removed and there were no roads nearby.  It was Construction #33463 built in 1909 and weighed 71 tons and had a traction effort of 27,430 lbs.

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