Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Loco112 » Sat Apr 16, 2022 2:23 pm

Pontiacguy1 wrote:
Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:57 pm

This scenario played out recently with some 1 1/2" scale stuff I knew about. Original builder/owner died, and his widow was wanting a mint for his equipment. She was asking about 2X what comparable stuff was going for at the time for his stuff. She would not drop the price any, and thus it all set in the garage for another 20+ years until the widow died. It was finally sold for less than half of what she was asking for to begin with.

Wasn't there a 15" or 16" gauge 2-8-8-4 or some articulated locomotive that was up for sale a few years ago? I don't think it ever sold.
Many..
Seymour's 3" NYC Hudson, The Macallister(?) 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone: that thing sat from the time I was teen (Im 57 now) until its now up at Little America, who knows what it sold for. Its a limited market, its not really even a market.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by NP317 » Sun Apr 17, 2022 11:10 am

"Little America" ??
What/where?

Thanks.
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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by tomc » Sun Apr 17, 2022 2:44 pm

Marshall Wisconsin

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Mike Walsh » Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:22 pm

Little Amerricka is the birthplace of the ATT&NW #801 and #17, more specifically, home to Merrick Light Railway Equipment Works that built the 801. They have a 16" gauge railroad along with four operating steam engines and two operating diesels (and one dummy).

They are currently building the massive 15" gauge 4-12-2 that was originally going to be temporarily living at the ATT&NW (and operate there). Unfortunately the 4-12-2 will have to find a home elsewhere as there aren't any railroads large enough to accommodate that engine.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:35 am

That McCallister 2-8-8-4 was the one I was thinking about. Glad to hear it finally found a home. I had seen it advertised for sale for a long time.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Erskine Tramway » Mon Apr 18, 2022 9:34 am

Pontiacguy1 wrote:
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:35 am
That McCallister 2-8-8-4 was the one I was thinking about. Glad to hear it finally found a home. I had seen it advertised for sale for a long time.
I wouldn't say McCallister's engine has a 'home' as much as a storage place. It wouldn't run there, account of the gauge difference. Darrell also has the Sandley Hudson on the property. It was converted to 16" gauge sometime in the past. I don't know if the rebuild is going to be 15" or 16" gauge.

The R&GN Society has made a deal to get the two engines back that were at Quincy. They were down in Texas (I think) in private ownership. I understand the 'diesel' is serviceable, but I expect the Atlantic will probably need the same kind of major rebuild that the 128 is getting.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by NP317 » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:26 am

tomc wrote:
Sun Apr 17, 2022 2:44 pm
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Thank you Tom and Mike.
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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Mike Walsh » Mon Apr 18, 2022 12:31 pm

It's my understanding that the 2-8-8-4 is no longer at WRRY as I only know of one articulated that was kept there.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Fri May 13, 2022 7:46 am

It's been about a month. Any word on if there has been any serious interest in the 801?

Sure hope someone buys it and takes care of it. Would be such a waste otherwise.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Mike Walsh » Fri May 13, 2022 8:26 am

It will go somewhere, I'm sure.... When the family accepts the highest offer. What that is, remains to be seen.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Rob Gardner » Mon May 16, 2022 10:47 pm

The Ralph MacAllister 2-8-8-4 made its way to NE Ohio a few years ago, got a nice cosmetic restoration, then was sold to an amusement park in France maybe 2 years ago.

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Re: Arborway TT & Northwestern Railroad Disposition

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Tue May 17, 2022 7:12 am

got a nice cosmetic restoration, then was sold to an amusement park in France
Sad to hear that it will be nothing more than a static display going forward. Man, it just seems a shame for someone to spend all that time making an operational locomotive for it to never be operated. Some of our stuff will probably end up that way too, I guess.

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