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    • April 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dan, I had not seen that pic of #38 before. I am guessing the pics I'm basing my model on were taken early in its career, with a different dual gauge coupler arrangement.

      This is how the model looked after the dual gauge coupler was created:

      All was made from various styrene. Couplers and air brake hoses from Burl Rice.


      You can also see the start of the modifications to the hood. I cut out the end radiators and replaced them with styrene, cutting in the outline of the access door.




    • April 15, 2019 9:56 PM EDT
    • Hi Matt,

      The reason I mentioned o-gauge standards is that at 1.25" gauge, the gauge scales to 36-1/4" inches in 1:29, which is pretty close. 

      It also allows the use of existing dual gauge track:

      (Sunset Valley dual gauge)

      And the use of O-gauge mechanisms for any narrow gauge locomotives you may build.

      Just a thought

      John R.

    • April 15, 2019 3:24 PM EDT
    • Very interesting.  I assume this is the other end.


    • April 15, 2019 11:32 AM EDT
    • Hi guys,

      Thanks for the comments. The third rail was spiked down at a scale 3'. The prototype dual gauge coupler I am modeling looks like this:




    • April 15, 2019 7:11 AM EDT
    • mods seem to be moving right along. Nice work Matt.


      Odd coupler mounting. Anyone know the reasoning behind it?  

    • April 15, 2019 12:25 AM EDT
    •     Matt, I don't know if this will help at all, but here's a couple of pictures I took in the yard when I was over there at Cumbres-Toltec.

          Hope it's useful maybe.





      edit: how come I see the typos after I hit the post box? Geez!



    • April 14, 2019 10:32 PM EDT
    • Hi Matt,

      Great progress. I'm following with keen interest as I am also considering doing 1:29 dual gauge.

      Did you spike the second rail at O-gauge/32mm ?

      Please keep updating your progress.

      John R.

    • April 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT
    • Hi Craig,

      It is made for 45 mm track. It's a 1:29 scale model. My next step was to re-attach the trucks and spike a third rail to a piece of track to figure out centerline for the narrow gauge coupler:



    • April 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT
    • Thanks for the suggestions and pointers, folks!

    • April 16, 2019 10:57 AM EDT
    • That's were I got mine. About 1" to 1 1/2" in dia. Find a size that fits your piece of pipe, or vis versa.


    • April 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT
    • A small funnel makes a great tapered dome for your boiler as well.

    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • Ric: That picture was for inspiration and I don't have any backstory, sorry. The picture itself appeared in an online magazine article [link].


      The loader appears to be from the Eagle Point Railroad [link] in Tennessee, an impressive 1/8" club, see their current track plan and an example image from their site below:




      The layout is big enough that the little bit of clicking around I did could not find that specific stretch of track. Maybe somebody here on the site would know...


      [edited to add the link to the original magazine article]

    • April 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT
    • yikes! double post...

    • April 15, 2019 7:31 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      On the Durango & Jasper garden railroad [link] there's a spot to load logs onto buggies for transport to the (not yet built) sawmill). Originally, the plan was to put a spar tree there, but then I discovered the Surry Parker log loader. Instant infatuation. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of models:





      Looks like a little "EBT influence" down the track in the background.  Nicely represented, any story behind that?






    • April 14, 2019 7:16 PM EDT
    • Great project Jim.  Yea the Surry-Parker's were used mostly in the East and South areas of the country.

      Your correct they were transported on a flat or skel log car around the woods then jacked up and secured once in position.

      I have an O scale model I built abot 30 years ago still kicking around here somewhere.

    • April 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT
    • Nice, John!

    • April 14, 2019 5:21 PM EDT
    • Here's the one I built a few years ago.


    • April 14, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys! Really appreciate it. Rooster, PM sent.