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by JR May
Wed May 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Park "train" identification question
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Park "train" identification question

Well, that is an intriguing photo. By the looks of it, the locomotives are electric powered judging by the simple controller and what may be the hand brake wheel on the side. Perhaps a third rail or battery power. Looks to be two sets, one behind the other. Going by the pant legs of the guys, all th...
by JR May
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Expanding ¾”-Scale
Replies: 21
Views: 1949

Re: Expanding ¾”-Scale

The idea proposed here was to expand the the market for 3/4” scale into perhaps the garden railroading arena. Could it be done? The answer is certainly yes. Some like the idea, some don’t. For me, I prefer running small full sized steam locomotives, say the 7 ton to 50 ton range, 3’ gauge is where I...
by JR May
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 8-1/2" Gauge Mogul
Replies: 0
Views: 843

8-1/2" Gauge Mogul

You do find odd things on Craigslist. In this case we had a 8-1/2” gauge mogul show up as being for sale in southern New Jersey over the past couple of weeks. It had been for sale back in the 2008 time frame and I looked at it at that time. Seemed at that time and even today, to be an odd gauge and ...
by JR May
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

Re: 15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project

Its really an old wives tale that laps seams are completely illegal in the US. While certainly not allowed in many states, here in NJ if under a certain diameter (of hand I think its 30”) they are legal with a couple of caveats one of which is that the lap seam itself can not be repaired if a proble...
by JR May
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

Re: 15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project

A new code boiler, built to look like a proper Herschell boiler, is being built by the Strasburg RR. Its one of many projects at Strasburg so not moving on a fast track which is just as well as the chassis is not yet ready for it. If the chassis is done before the new boiler, with some careful use o...
by JR May
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

15" Gauge 1907 4-4-0 Project

With a nudge from Glenn, I thought I would provide an update on my 15” gauge locomotive project, a Herschell-Spillman 4-4-0 built in 1907 that ran at Cedar Point in Ohio. First though a bit of history, which in all honesty has an element of conjecture to it. By all accounts, this is a 1907 Herschell...
by JR May
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4" and 1-1/2" scale driver castings
Replies: 9
Views: 2052

1-1/2" scale driver castings

Still have these drivers for sale here. The small scale drivers have been sold. Looking at $25 each for the 9-1/4” drivers or best offer. I have two complete sets for a Pacific (12 total), either with thick spokes or with narrow spokes. Believe it to be a CNJ prototype, G3 or a G4. Or, I would be wi...
by JR May
Mon May 08, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 7-1/4" gauge Track Panels For Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 615

7-1/4" gauge Track Panels For Sale

Thinning the herd a little here. Have 5 sections of Lawntracks 7-1/4" gauge track that need a new home. Panels are very heavy duty and connect together with included joint bars. The panels are 80" long. The rails are 3/8" X 1" hot rolled stock connected together with ties of 1/8" X 1" stock, they ar...
by JR May
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Diesel-Electric Models
Replies: 27
Views: 3859

Re: Diesel-Electric Models

An interesting topic, one that has intrigued me since I first saw an article maybe 30+ years ago about a Gauge 1 live diesel electric, although it was a model airplane motor that was used as the prime mover. The concept seems rather popular in Gauge 1, actually. With the growing popularity of intern...
by JR May
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Show your Park Gauge train
Replies: 110
Views: 20889

Re: Show your Park Gauge train

John:
Can you post some photos of the Cagney?
Thanks!
J.R.
by JR May
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Snug Harbor Train, Charleston, Oregon
Replies: 1
Views: 1638

Re: Snug Harbor Train, Charleston, Oregon

I owned a Coffman for a short period of time and posted on Chaski looking for some help in finding out where it may have run up in New England. The topic can be found at: http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=92282&p=236886&hilit=coffman#p236886 It was a nice locomotive, but I alre...
by JR May
Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mystery 1/2" scale rolling frame and box of bits
Replies: 34
Views: 3672

Re: Mystery 1/2" scale rolling frame and box of bits

You can find specs for full size rail on line, but roughly speaking 100 -150 pound rail as found on standard gauge mainlines is about 6" to 8" tall, so 1/2" scale would then be about 1/4" or maybe 3/8" or so. LGB track and such looks to be at least that tall. Kind of depends on what kind of engine y...