This is my first post so please be gentle with me. I just joined this hobby and plan on jumping in with both feet and one hand. (The other will be holding my beer over my head and out of the water!)
I hope I'm posting this in the right place but if not, please don't yell at me! I have a wife for that and believe me she's very good at it...daily.
I recently purchased a house in Ocean County, NJ on just shy of 4 acres. I plan on building a railroad all around the perimeter. A section of the track will be dual gage, a combination of 7-1/2ish and G-12. The 7-1/2 will be for fun, and the G-12 will be for the neighborhood kids (and their dads) to enjoy.
The railroad will have an operating Bascule bridge at the driveway crossing. I plan on using my 30+ years as a sheet metal mechanic and welder to layout and build my own engines, rolling stock, and the bridge(s) as I like. I have a close friend who owns all the molds for the G-12 wheels and trucks, and I have a small foundry so I'll be doing my own casting. I also have a machine shop-in-the-rough to machine everything. My friend, with the molds, has a working machine shop in his garage so that aspect is also set.
I like to make new friends, so feel free to contact me. I plan on being around a long time as this project isn't happening over night, obviously, and it can't happen without the help and knowledge from some of the guys in the posts I've been reading here.
Now the question part. Driving not too far from my house I came across a rather odd lawn ornimate. The body of the train looks like a factory type deal, and the drive looks to be chain driven. Being new to this, but lurking and researching I believe this is an odd and unusual piece. Can anyone give me any information on it? I have tried to catch the home owner, but he's never home when I am...or so it seems.
The passenger car looks scratch built, but that's to an untrained eye. I've studied several manufacturers and saw nothing anywhere like this combo.
They sit on a circle of track, and they look G-12ish, but I didn't want to just walk up to it and look without permission. I'm afraid of guns, but even more afraid of bullets!
I'll happily accept any help and information I can get on this from anyone here, either by PM or at my email PD4103@AOL.COM
As a last resort I'll see if I can beat it out, er I mean, find out the information from the owner, when I finally catch up to him.