should get off the beated track some more

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  1. Bill Pontin

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    Spent the holiday weekend in the homestate. Off route 7 in Kent, Connecticut I saw a sign for a mining and industrial exhibit. Shucks, closed! humm, no gate - lets drive down and check it out anyway. Luckily I had my digital camera with me.

    Think this ole narrow gager is going to need more than rope and baleing wire to get her up again.

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  2. Bill Pontin

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    Here is another shot of her, on the right side of the tender, blacked out, is Edaville RR

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  3. Bill Pontin

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    in front of her is another ole tired puppy

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    nice restoration on this narrow gage gondola

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    simplistic method to keep the sides of the gondola from balloning out. Left side of the picture is the bent rod end and support that goes down under the car for support. Wondered how they did that before composite sides

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    it runs down under and is attached to the framing timber thusly

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  7. Bill Pontin

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    woof, narrow gauge makes this gondola seem a little tippsy to me

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  8. Bill Pontin

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    Well no one came over and kicked me out, even though I was under and climbing on everything. Will have to get back up there when they are open and get some information on the exhibits or items in storage there.

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    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Nice pics Bill! That shot of the gondola sure makes you wonder how things stayed on the track at all...!

    Andrew
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    Great shots Bill. To bad the steamer can't be fixed up.
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    That gondola is why it's so easy to find pics of narrow gauge derailments :D :D :D . That saddle tank is something you don't run across everyday, thanks for sharing.
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    Glad ya had ya camera

    Hi Bill it`s nice to get of the beaten track and find some gems like that.
    Well done .
    Thanks for the posts, they are great
    I wonder when they last had a head of steam??
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Nice photos Bill. At least there are a few places that try to keep these historical units from the scrap yard.
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    Lookit the onion bulb on that stack...Great pics...lemme at 'em though. Add to the baling wire a little Bondo, some paint an' a tube or two of JB Weld....we be smokin' in no time. Pass me them there Channellocks, wouldja?
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    Thanx for those pix, Bill!
    Great detail shots, you just can't find that sort of detail
    without looking at the real thing!!:)
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    Great Pictures, Bill!

    Wonderful stuff! Thanks for posting them. I sure do like that high-sided gondola, and feel sorry for those poor little locos. At least it is nice to know that they've not been relegated to scrap...:)
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    Oh my, those are great pictures, Bill! Perfectly set in focus and lighting. Thank you very much for sharing them with us! They give lots of hints for superdetailing a gondola.

    One question however: You say that the little consolidation was marked 'Edaville RR' - a 2 ft. line. Then the gondola is marked for the D&RGW - a 3ft. line. :confused: It's quite difficult to decide if the track gauge is two or three ft. (It looks more like a two-footer to me. :rolleyes: )
    Now is the gondola a 'fake' Rio Grande car, or does the lokie carry the wrong markings?

    Ron
  18. Bill Pontin

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    Gosh Ron, I really don't know the answers to your questions. The gondola is narrow gauge 3 foot. There are three of my size 12s between the rails, I checked that. There were two gondolas, one restored and one probably in the works of being restored. I have no idea why it is painted up for the Rio Grande. The two gondolas were coupled together but I did not take a picture of them together. Directly behind them was the saddle tanker and then the consolidation as you calll it. The saddle tanker, now that I look back at the picture, seems to be sitting on two extra rails between the narrow gauge and may very well be 2 feet. I believe the Edaville consolidation was sitting on the 3 ft. narrow gauge. Would you believe I was there and never noticed? One of my club members, seeing the pictures, mentioned he had been there and that it may be closed permanently because they lost some state funding. They were also suppose to have a working steam engine, that may have been in the engine house that locked behind me. The same club member mentioned that they had a steam engine that had been shipped over from Hawaii. I am still trying to get some information on this display or storage and this is all hearsay and I would rather post factual information if I can find it.

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  19. Bill Pontin

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    only picture I have showing part of the second gondola

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    darn, same picture and I cannot seem to edit it.

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