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    Trains is a very addictive hobby, I have been building live steam locomotives 7 1/2" gauge for the past 50 years and have never gotten tired of it. I have several thousand feet of track around the house and we runs trains here during the summer for the past 30 plus years. I used to sell the castings for the 1 1/2" scale Shays but sold the business last year after almost 30 years of supplying parts for the Shays. I have a 3 3/4" scale narrow gauge locomotive that runs on the 7 1/2" gauge track along with 8 other steamers. The past several years I have been building models of diesels as I am running out of room to store the steam engines in a heated building.

    Interesting to see the Miniature Train Company as I have a cast iron cross arm in my yard by that company. As I said, it a very addictive hobby, I am sure you will enjoy it.
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    Congratulations, Dan!
    You've been looking for years & I'm glad it came together for you.

    smt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman109 View Post
    There is a club in Sacramento that has a layout of track in a park and they run trains of the OP's scale periodically. I also know a machinist in the Sacramento area who builds scale steam engines to order.
    If you haven't been here, I am shocked. It's only an hour away ...


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    We had one of those trains at an amusement park called CeMar acres between Marion and Cedar Rapids Iowa. The park closed in the early 70's and the train was bought by a friend of mine who did nothing with it and later sold it. I don't know where it went as that was 40 years ago. I rode on it as a kid and remember working on the motor once when my friend had it. IT had a Wisconsin V4 engine.

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    We walked out to the yard, and unlocked the trailer doors. They swung open and here's what I saw...

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    The cars were so close to the engine I couldn't see the name on the side of it. I kinda stood there taking it all in and trying make sense of everything I was seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
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    It's painted in Daylight colors, gotta be good !

    Now all you need is a GS6 to pull it on alternate days

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    I've rode this one a few years ago and it's still there~ in Independence Kansas at "Riverside Park"/ "Ralph Mitchell Zoo". It sounds like it's powered by a 4 cylinder Wisconsin. It really gets with the program running around their layout. I'm guessing 15 miles an hour. They don't mess around.
    They may even have the MTC crossing signals. They are very authentic looking.

    If you care to watch it in action, just look it up on Youtube~ someone's put up a video.

    From the looks of it, it's an MTC product.

    Just putting it on here for posterity and to help create a sort of roster of existing MTC products still plying the rails.

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    Expensive hobby, even if you only have enough track to support the wheels without ever moving it an inch.

    I built HO gauge/scale in my youth and have dreamed of having another layout someday. As for the outdoor stuff, I have taken rides on trains of that scale at various places when the opportunity knocked. In New Orleans, my native town, they had one in City Park at one time. It has been years since I have been there so I don't know if it is still there, probably not. But it was a great ride under the oaks and around the lagoons.

    I dream. And I am jealous. Definitely very jealous! Have fun.

    PS: This is way beyond our usual "You Suck" acclamation. WAY BEYOND.

    And PLEASE, PLEASE DO keep us posted. I just love the photos.

    EDIT: I got curious about that RR in the New Orleans City Park so I jumped on Google Map. The tracks are still there and I followed them around to what appeared to be a yard. And in that yard I could clearly see three locomotives. These Google photos are very likely before the latest hurricane but there was not that much flooding this time and the City Park area is somewhat high ground - or high for New Orleans, that is. I did not see any shots of trains on the track, but I did not follow all of it. So I do not know if it is still operating.



    Quote Originally Posted by Superbowl View Post
    The OP did not say track was $10 per foot, he said rail was $10 a foot. It takes two rails per foot, plus cross ties, plus gravel, plus grading and installation. I would guess $35-$40 per foot all in.

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    Rensselaer is about 30 minutes from me. Never knew they made miniature trains there back when; pretty cool.

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    When mr. Rothschild decided he wanted a nice garden his first step was to build. 12" guage? railroad from the pier to the location of the rock garden. It is still considered the best rock garden in all of England. He sent expeditions to Tibet to get rhododendrons his neighbors did not have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeE. View Post
    I've rode this one a few years ago and it's still there~ in Independence Kansas at "Riverside Park"/ "Ralph Mitchell Zoo". It sounds like it's powered by a 4 cylinder Wisconsin. It really gets with the program running around their layout. I'm guessing 15 miles an hour. They don't mess around.
    They may even have the MTC crossing signals. They are very authentic looking.

    If you care to watch it in action, just look it up on Youtube~ someone's put up a video.

    From the looks of it, it's an MTC product.

    Just putting it on here for posterity and to help create a sort of roster of existing MTC products still plying the rails.

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    Yes, they are powered by V4 Wisconsin's. And you are right, I watched a couple vids, they move right along!


    Quote Originally Posted by EPAIII View Post
    I dream. And I am jealous. Definitely very jealous! Have fun.

    PS: This is way beyond our usual "You Suck" acclamation. WAY BEYOND.

    And PLEASE, PLEASE DO keep us posted. I just love the photos.

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    LOL! I am familiar with the "You Suck" proclamation, Thanks for that. It seems to be more prevalent over on the Garage Journal forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by eKretz View Post
    Rensselaer is about 30 minutes from me. Never knew they made miniature trains there back when; pretty cool.
    Supposedly the business at the location these days makes mattress springs.

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    I suppose no one has to tell you that you are not right in the head, but once you get it going and get to ride it, who will have more fun than you?

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    Gonna need to build:
    1. a roundhouse
    2. a tunnel
    3. A bridge over water (troubled or not)

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    Very cool! I live in Canandaigua, or at least just a couple miles out of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad Hoffman View Post
    Very cool! I live in Canandaigua, or at least just a couple miles out of town.
    At $10 a foot, it might prove to be an expensive trip....

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    Railway Modelling (aka Model Railroading) and model engineering is near and dear to me. I got into machining because of Railway Modelling and my interest in scratchbuilding. It is my dream to one day build a very large layout of the Great Western Railway; an imaginary line running from Penzance to the white cliffs of Dover.


    If you are into Model Railroading / Railway Modelling, then Miniatur Wunderland is already known to you. For the others, this is the largest layout in the world, and is quite stunning. It is located in Hamburg Germany. YouTube has dozens of videos of the layout, and its construction.

    Homepage | Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg


    The Pendon Museum in England has the most amazing layout, in reards to realism. The layout was started in the 50s and is still not completed. Everything is scratchbuilt to a very high standard. The houses are prototypical and can take anywhere from a few hundred hours to several hundred hours to build. In the 1920s, the founder of the layout was sad to see the tradtional English countryside change with the advent of modern building styles, so he set out to capture in minature how the English countryside was in the early 20th century. I visited Pendon once, back in the fall / winter of 1996.

    Pendon Museum, bringing the past to life - Abingdon, Oxfordshire


    And for something very different, this is quite possibly the most sophisticated layout anywhere in the world. Makes heavy use of computer control. It is not realistic in the scenic and weathering sense, like Pendon is, but the attempt to emulate prototypical operation is 2nd to none.
    7. Authentic Operation - Part Three - YouTube

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    With the help of a 30 ton wrecker, the engine was attached to the boom
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    And out into the daylight it came, first time in 30? years.
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    Secured to the trailer
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    And unloaded
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    Are you going to hurry up quick and throw down 100' of track so you can play with it a little ?

    Otherwise ... you know how these things go

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Gonna need to build:
    1. a roundhouse
    2. a tunnel
    3. A bridge over water (troubled or not)
    We have plenty of trolls here to sit under the bridge. Someone will have to schedule a rotation.

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    So cool... I can't wait to see restoration pics.


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