Hey! I got steam under the WIRES

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  1. interurban

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    :) Maybe they will clean the over head:D

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  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Doing a fine job

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    Now a 4-8-0 has joined the fun:p

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    Here comes the heavy gang :D

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    CP 3100 has the last say;)

    Thought I`d dust a few of my old friends off for you.:rolleyes:

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    Now will you just look at him he didnt blink an eye as he rolls his tobacco, hhmmmm maybe he knows Steam is on its way out:(


    Hope you enjoyed my play time.:D ;) :p

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    :D :D :D :) ;) :p :cool: :rolleyes: :D :D :D

    You get a lot of smileys mate :D :D :D
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    Thanks for the beautiful photos Chris. I love em.
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    Chris, we are so glad you could rally up five railfan organisations with their restored steamers for the 'Big 2003 Steam Roundup' at Pickering. :D :D :D

    When (If?) we see a preserved steam loco here in Switzerland, there are ALWAYS those wires above - because almost every mile of RR track in our country is under catenary. (This would be a paradise for you, I guess. :) ) But both go together well, unless you want to make a faked 'old time photograph' and you get modern hi-speed catenary into the picture. :(

    Cool pics! The city background poster (Instant Horizons?) blends perfectly with the 3d buildings along the backdrop. Very well done!

    A question: I like the electric loco on the second picture. (Looks like a FA-1 snout under a pantograph.) What type of engine is this?

    Ron
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    HA ha ha ,

    Thanks Guys.
    Glad, you liked my "play time";)

    Hi Ron, I always love the Swiztzerland railway post`s,
    Trimbach, are you near any main lines? Love ta see some pics
    :D .
    The F A- 1 is Two F a-1`s:D .
    We have to kit bash most if not all our equipment Ron, its either that our have none, or try and afford the odd brass units that we find. and I dont like the way most run.
    They use to run a huge electric like the one I put together.
    It`s an old Hobby Town Engine with the diesal bodys cut in two and patched together, for a look a like;) .
    That setting is only 15" shelf by 10' long and was built for a street scene of the main layout.:)
    BTW, I do hope you are "in" the next photo Contest:D
    Looking forward to that.

    Here is a better shot of the F-A 1 taken from the loop end. btw it will go around a 9'' ( 22" averall) turnaround:eek:

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    Chris,

    Trimbach is a suburb of Olten, one of the biggest RR junction points in Switzerland. Here the Swiss mainlines North - South and East - West meet. We have about 1000 trains (!) per day through Olten - an Eldorado for railfans! I hope to post some shots in the near future, but first I have to organize a digital camera in school. :D

    Re 'double FA-1': She really looks good. If memory doesn't play tricks on me, in the US there were the 'Little Joe' electrics (MILW? GN?) - and isn't your loco a look-alike of this engine?

    Chris, now hold on to your hat:
    How's THIS for 'steam under the wires'? :eek: :eek: :eek:

    In WW II the Swiss Federal railways (SBB) really installed electric heaters in some steam switchers, because Switzerland had not enough coal, but lots of (hydro-)electricity. BTW: This is no fake, although April 1st is only two days away. :D

    Ron

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    And here one more pic from Switzerland - halfway between steam and wire:

    It's pure electric, but she's got connecting rods for driving the wheels. In my eyes one of the most charming 'little' electric locos. As a small kid I used to hitch a ride in the cab, when she was switching the daily peddler freight on the station where my grandfather worked as the station agent. (Try this today!! :( )

    Technically this is a Ce 4/4 of the Bern - Loetschberg - Simplon Railway (BLS). ['C' - top speed of 65 km per hour (about 40 mph), 'e' - electric, '4/4' - four axles out of four are powered.]

    Hope you like it, too.

    BTW: If any of you gaugers have questions about Swiss railroads - go ahead. I'll try to help when I can.

    Ron

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    Beautiful

    Hi Ron, boy o boy you sure have a great place to live;)

    Now I have seen that electric steam engine before, I think I have a C D with it on gonna try an find it:)

    That second shot is a little beaut:D

    I think you are right about the little Joe`s.
    My model is a cheap and cheerful:D :D :D look a like.
    Modeling the heavy Electrics and Interurbans gives us a lot of "licence" as many Rail lines built there own stuff as needed, often from old equiment !:D

    PS you had a great childhood with gramps eh;)
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    Hello Interurban.

    Great pics of your layout. I just love the kitbashed engines. Also thanks for posting a bigger pic of my Bronx Union engine. I'm kit bashing one of these, it's an EMD SW1200m with General Electric U9C trucks. Keep us posted.

    Thanks
    Jorge
    USA
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    I will try to post again. Take two.

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    Nice Picture Jorge

    Hi Jorge, Thanks for the comments:)
    How is the 1200 coming along??

    Lets see a photo of the stage of progress:D ;)
    Very pleased that you to like kitbashing, It`s what I like doing most with the Interurbens, They may look a bit more bashed than kit:D :D :D :D . But they run sweet and I would rather run them than a $500 brass unit .
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    Hello.

    I have the shell ready to go, but I can't find trucks that look like the ones in the pic. It looks like I might have to use the trucks off a General Electric U-25C. I have a couple of these Rivarossi ones in my parts bin. I will post both enigines for truck comparison.

    Have fun
    Jorge
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    Here are the trucks of a U-25C not right, but very close. What do you think?

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  19. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A nice steam collection Chris. I hope you keep them running for the railfan trips and at the same time, clean the overheads.
    Nice photos
  20. interurban

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    Hi Jorge,
    I will be sniffing around a Hobby store in Oakville on Wednesday, I will see what he has in his BIG junk section.
    Do you have the the Engine and drive wheels??


    ;)