Ridge Locomotive Works is now Ridge Boiler

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Ridge Locomotive Works is now Ridge Boiler

Post by Marty_Knox » Thu May 18, 2017 9:22 am

With the number of boilers I have built closing in on 300, and the number of locomotives only at 17, I am changing the business name to better reflect reality. The website has always been RidgeBoiler.com, since it is easier to type boiler than locomotive. I have now filed the paperwork to legally use the name Ridge Boiler.
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Post by JKreider » Thu May 18, 2017 9:58 am

300 boilers! You have made a very significant contribution to the hobby Marty.

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Post by Marty_Knox » Thu May 18, 2017 12:17 pm

Thanks, Jim. It does seem like a lot, doesn't it? But I have been doing this since 1978, so that works out to an average of 10 a year.
Some years there were 20+, others zero. But I have been doing it full time since I retired from the Huckleberry Railroad ten years ago.

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Post by Marty_Knox » Thu May 18, 2017 1:37 pm

Marty_Knox wrote:Thanks, Jim. It does seem like a lot, doesn't it? But I have been doing this since 1978, so that works out to an average of 10 a year.
Some years there were 20+, others zero. But I have been doing it full time since I retired from the Huckleberry Railroad ten years ago.
I should check my math before I post. The average is only 7 1/2 a year.

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Post by jcbrock » Thu May 18, 2017 4:29 pm

17 locos is a fine achievement Marty, I would guess I would not need to take off my shoes to count the people that have made that many.
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Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Thu May 18, 2017 6:12 pm

Marty_Knox wrote:With the number of boilers I have built closing in on 300...
That is a whole lot of steam! :D
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Post by Mike Walsh » Thu May 18, 2017 6:43 pm

BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Marty_Knox wrote:With the number of boilers I have built closing in on 300...
That is a whole lot of steam! :D
Well, I wouldn't want to get that water bill after all those hydros!

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Post by Brian Hilgert » Mon May 22, 2017 9:54 am

300 boiler and 17 Locomotives..... I'd be happy if I finish 1 boiler for my 1 locomotive!

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Post by Marty_Knox » Mon May 22, 2017 10:44 am

Well, Brian, a lot of those locomotives were started by other people. Some I bought, finished and sold; one I bought, sold, and then finished. For 4 years in the 80's, and the last ten years it has been full time for me. I have had a number of employees over the years. My welder, Glenn Grasley, has been full time for over four years now.
Sandy Ridge No. 10 was started by Dave Griner, I bought it when he moved to Strasburg. When I moved to Texas I sold it to Keith Muldowney, then bought it back once I was in Michigan. Jack Ozanich saw it at the Huckleberry RR shop, we made a deal and I finished it for him.
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Post by Twombo » Sun May 28, 2017 11:46 am

Marty, At one time, I recall, that you did copper boilers. Is that forever in the past? I have a flanged kit for a 2 1/2" marie Estelle that I am looking to have completed. If you do copper or know someone one this side of the pond, I would be grateful!
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Post by Marty_Knox » Mon May 29, 2017 7:59 am

Mike, I have done 8 all copper boilers, the last one as a a favor to a friend. I can still do them, but only on a time and materials basis. This often ends up being a lot more expensive than a steel boiler.

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Post by Steve Alley » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:16 am

Well great Marty now I got to thou out all those business cards of yours. Just great. Send me the new ones, that is you what me to suggest you to others.
Marty I think this is a smart move. The name tell it all Rigged boiler, or some thing like that. Funny how a name sticks. You will still be pick up the phone and call it by the old name. I think I will call to see. ha. Your a great Man in the hobby and a friend in deed. and not dead. So lets see if you can get to 600 boilers. I dare you. Double dare you.
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Just trying to follow you and Gene's lead. Thank You Marty.

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