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    • April 22, 2017 10:26 PM EDT
    • I think the 'box' just behind the stack is the steam regulator valve with external steam pipe to the cylinders.
      You can see a solid shaft control going all the way to the cab.
      Later locomotive designs had the regulator within the steam dome and the steam pipe to the cylinders inside the boiler and smoke box.

      If you look at the thread below there are many early locomotives leading up to that that era (1895) that had this arrangement.


    • April 22, 2017 2:07 PM EDT
    • If I recall from reading an account some years ago, the accident happened at very low speed. Loved the movie.

    • April 21, 2017 11:39 AM EDT
    • The crashed french engine has an outside frame and outside Stephenson valve gear.

    • April 21, 2017 10:41 AM EDT
    • To the Original Poster, OP,

      The overhead link, may be as on the Mason Boogies and was related to valve timing. I include this pic  to see it.

      Unlike the above engine with outside cylinders your loco probably had inside cylinders that powered a crankshaft.


      Hope this helps,


    • April 21, 2017 1:39 AM EDT
    • Awesome! I love it when they use real models and practical effects in movies. 



    • April 22, 2017 4:09 PM EDT
    • Killed one with a lump of firewood a couple years ago. He was where we definitely did not want him. Of course I was barefoot.

    • April 22, 2017 2:49 PM EDT
    • That gawl durn Rattler would be a deal breaker for me. After seeing one of those suckers at my feet, this city slicker would high-tail the hell outta there and take a month long hiatus from workin' on the railroad!

    • April 22, 2017 2:12 PM EDT
    • 4 inches of rain yesterday. 50 degrees (that's 10C) today. You sure this is spring?

    • April 21, 2017 1:45 AM EDT
    • Cool!

      Years ago I was hiking along a dirt road. My approach startled a lizard, who sped off ahead of me. As the lizard passed a fence post, a snake that was behind the post suddenly takes off after the lizard and catches it in mid-run!  The whole scene played out right in front of me, in just a matter of seconds. I don't remember what kind of snake it was, but not a rattler.



    • April 22, 2017 2:01 PM EDT
    • Sounds like a plan to me. Since I'm part of the club putting it on, I might have duties to attend to.

      I'm easy to spot. Likely the only one there running around barefoot.

    • April 22, 2017 11:54 AM EDT
    • I got an IDEA!!!!!


      Lets have a LSC High Plains Drag and Brag.


      I am staying at the convention hotel. Renaissance Tulsa.

      Tuesday night July 11th. Meet in the Lobby at 7:00.

      Look for the sad caveman wearing the Texas Rangers hat...unless the boys are out of the cellar by then in which case I will be smiling form ear to ear.


      From there we can go to Dave and Busters or Fox and Hound. Both are close by and I am sure they will welcome all customers, even ones with trains.


      Anybody interested in this?

    • April 21, 2017 10:55 PM EDT
    • Boomer we need to meet up somewhere. it should be fun


    • April 21, 2017 9:10 PM EDT
    • Boomer, I couldn't have made a better advertisement.

    • April 21, 2017 3:33 PM EDT
    • We got a good group from Houston Area 'G' Gaugers going. NGRC is held at the time of our monthly meeting, so we held a campaign and will hold our meeting in Tulsa. I can not wait to see the railroads and say hello to friends.

    • April 21, 2017 2:12 PM EDT
    • Two months, Two weeks and a few days until the 2017 NGRC.....oooh I am so excited I could rip off David I think I will.


      Boomer's Top 10 Reasons to come to Oklahoma!!!!


      # 10 Oklahoma has no Major League Baseball Team, so I can wear my Texas Rangers hat and not have to make excuses for their horrible performance so far this season.


      # 9 Cimarron County in Oklahoma's panhandle is the only county in the United States that touches four other states: New Mexico, Texas (pretty sure it does this against it's will), Colorado and Kansas.


      # 8 Oklahoma boasts amazing geography including the worlds tallest official hill: Cavanal Hill at 1,999 feet and four mountain ranges: the Ouachita Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains, the Wichita Mountains, and the Ozark Mountains. None of which breaks 5000 ft.


      # 7 Oklahoma created Route 66 when in 1927, businessman Cyrus Avery, created the first section of the famous highway between Tulsa and Amarillo. I will be driving this very length of highway....maybe I will meet Martin Milner along the way.


      # 6 Oklahoma is the home state of Reba McEntire...she's purty (and I hear she can sing) and at 61 she is the perfect pop icon for most garden railroaders.


      # 5 Oklahoma is also the birth place of Will Rogers...his claim that he never met a man he didn't like is proof that he was never a member of MLS.


      # 4 Oklahoma City is the headquarters of Hobby Lobby, it will be nice to see where my money has been going all these years.


      # 3 Oklahoma is the only state to be the basis for a Rogers and Hammerstein musical....okay we will call that one a draw.


      # 2 Rooster will not be attending the NGRC, but Boomer will...we will call that one a draw too.


      and the # 1 reason to  come to the NGRC in Tulsa....I look forward to shaking a few hands and meeting some of you cool cats in person!!!!!


      July 10 - 15.....Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!!!!!!!


    • April 21, 2017 7:35 PM EDT
    • So sorry to hear that.  It's always tough to hear that one us the guys has gone...  


      We'll be praying for his family.  

    • April 21, 2017 10:19 AM EDT

      Super Dirk and or SLHD (super long haul Dirk) as a few of us fondly nicknamed him will be greatly missed. Dirks passion for all things train was unsurpassed. Simply mention something you were pondering and the imagineeriing and research was deployed in full force. My friendship with Dirk began here on the forums and transgressed into daily banter and eventually multiple head to head meets. Dirk's monstrous layout intrigued me early on and lead to our initial contact, sadly Dirks dream of hosting and sharing his pike in the Arizona desert will never come to fruition. It would have been grand!


      Dirks sunrise/sunset pictures were always incredible.


      Gods speed SD, we'll miss you.



    • April 21, 2017 1:39 AM EDT
    • This is a big shock for me.......Dirk and I have been emailing and texting for many years. I just looked in my cell and found a beautiful sunset photo over his railroad and we wished each other a Merry Christmas. Hard to believe he is gone. My sincere condolences to Nathan and the family.

    • April 21, 2017 1:28 AM EDT
    • Wow, very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends.

    • April 21, 2017 12:44 AM EDT
    • Yep, as I said, not the same locking action... I'm old school, go for a correctly sized wrench first, preferable a hex end, then box end, then open end in order of preference.