Erie Camelbacks

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  1. ross31r

    ross31r Member

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    Anyone know if a model is availble of the Erie RR 0-8-8-0 camelback mallets? after one as the motive power for the non-traction line on my layout.

    Any help appreciated!
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    George Elwoods site....http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el...., lists a company called Custom Brass as the only offers of the L-1.
    Looking at a pic from the same site, that would be a lot of kitbashing to make one even close.
    After doing a search, evilbay has one for auction for $275.00 USD.
  3. ross31r

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    humm, thanks, was really after an L1 but cant really justify a brass locomotive plus i dont really want a brass enigne because i know i would damage it.

    Could always bash it out of a couple of non-articulated normal camelbacks with a similar bioler size and drop them onto a suitable mallet chassis.

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  4. jim currie

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    there was a artical in a old i think model railroader where some one bashed one ,as far as i know there has never been one out that wasn't brass i have a copy of the erecition drawings that i used to build a brass one for my father in law. if you would be interested in them will see how much it would cost to have them copied.
  5. GeorgeHO

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    Model Railroader Mag Feb 1971 page 40 has "Trackside Photos" of an 0-8-8-0 Camelback made by a man in San Antonio Texas of brass and parts from Cal-Scale and Kemtron. It weights 1.5 lbs, has pulled eight cars up a 6% grade, can climb a 12% by itself, and operate on #4 turnouts. Looks impressive!!!
  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Beautiful Engine. :D :D
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    what was it used for??? it looks like another loco ran into it and was welded on . very strange looking loco
  8. ross31r

    ross31r Member

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    it was a heavy banker AFAIK
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    Hey Sparky....Aren't those old Erie 0-8-8-0's the damndest things you ever saw? I would love to have one on my layout as well.

    A few years ago I kitbashed a 2-6-6-2 Camelback out of Mantua Logger And Camelback Mikado parts. Yeah, I know, no such engine ever existed! But it was the closest thing to that Erie L-1 that I could build easily. I weighted the heck out of the thing, and it will pull every piece of rolling stock I own around the layout, no problem!

    I am still toying with the idea of building an Erie L-1. I plan to use Mantua parts for it as well. Possibly two 0-8-0 chassis with logger gear boxes and NWSL power. Actually, I think the chassis would be the easiest part. I've been looking for blueprints, but so far no luck. Boiler doesn't look too bad, but the Wooten firebox will be tough.
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    I am still toying with the idea of building an Erie L-1. I plan to use Mantua parts for it as well. Possibly two 0-8-0 chassis with logger gear boxes and NWSL power. Actually, I think the chassis would be the easiest part. I've been looking for blueprints, but so far no luck. Boiler doesn't look too bad, but the Wooten firebox will be tough.[/QUOTE]

    if you diden't notice the post above i do have a set of errection drawings if you would want I will see what copying them would cost. also did you see pics of them after they made them into 2-8-8-0's.
  11. modelsof1900

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    From time to time you can find Ebay offers. Last that I found is a few time back but it was a new model in excellent condition. But price also more than $ 2000.
    Sorry, no better informations.

    Bernhard
  12. ross31r

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    iam in the process of sratchbuilding one now anyway - using two mehano Heavy Mountain chassis and gearboxes/motors from a bachmann articulated.

    Also contemplating putting a bachmann russian decapod on top of a 4-8-0 version of the heavy mountain chassis to make a 4-8-0.

    Got quite a few odity steamers along with my electric fleet!