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 Posted: Fri Aug 26th, 2022 03:59 pm
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A friend asked if the vehicle known as a Doodlebug or Gas-Electric
was used for passenger services on shortlines
that would have otherwise been freight-only.

If so, were they double-ended capable of running in either direction
and has anyone offered one in HO apart from the RDC ?


Such devices seem common in third world regions such as Europe
but only the RDC and the Gas Doodlebug seem to have made
an impact on standard gauge shortlines in the US…

Presumably, the alternative was a time served combine
spliced into the daily mixed for the self-loading cargo ?
 

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 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2022 08:09 pm
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As for double-ended doodlebugs, read this from trainorders forum.

Pennsy and Reading had converted Brill's for that purpose.

A Pennsy double-ender can be seein in action, too





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 Posted: Sun Aug 28th, 2022 10:27 am
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Both Walthers and Bachmann in its Spectrum line,
offered Gas Electrics in the last years.

The Walthers is out of production,
but can be found at ebay or similar sources.

http://www.losttoys.net/items/detail/20235

Walthers Gas Electric Doodlebug

(this is list price, they may be bought for an apple and an egg)


Re. running backward.

Think most cars were basically capable to do so
(maybe except some early types like the McKeens)
and it depended if the purchaser was willing to spend extra cash,
for an second set of controls, headlight, pilot and such things.




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 Posted: Sun Aug 28th, 2022 11:19 am
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There were many shortlines and narrow gauges
that used doodlebugs when traffic got too light for regular trains.

The most famous are the Rio Grande Southern 'Geese'.


There were many others, including the Santa Fe,
Union Pacific and Southern Pacific that used them too.

I don't know if the older ones are 'double-enders'.


Here is an article on interesting cars of an earlier era in Nevada.

https://nevadagram.com/railroad-motor-cars-of-nevada-part-i/

There are brass motors available in HO as well,
I am assuming HO, you know how that can be.

They are generally older.
Sudyam, Oriental and Gem are some of the importers.
Check eBay.

Steve.




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 Posted: Mon Aug 29th, 2022 10:59 am
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Hi

Recent changes to the US Mail system has put purchasing
from the US beyond the pocketbook of many modellers,
instead we rely on the ever dwindling numbers
of US-outline retailers or local eBay.

Rather than search for an elusive Walthers doodlebug,
a time-expired combine will easily suffice
for the few passengers on my Appalachian shortline.


The shortline was inspired by Mixed Train Daily
and a trip to the area whilst in the service.
 
The quiet release of Bachmann's Mogul caught me unawares,
it will be a partner to their Consolidation.

One question that you guys might know, the Virginia Creeper
employed a N&W switcher at the end of its life,
what was the switcher ?

That's it, thanks for your help.

Tim




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