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    • August 21, 2020 11:05 PM EDT
    • Magnificient pictures, thanks for sharing.  

      Although I am suprised to learn that the Cumbres and Toltec railroad is 93 foot gauge, when we rode it it didn't seem that wide

    • August 21, 2020 6:40 PM EDT
    • Ooh, that reminds me that I have to pick up some spaghetti for tonight's dinner, thanks.

    • August 21, 2020 6:36 PM EDT
    • Reminds me of the movie "Independence Day"

    • August 21, 2020 6:19 PM EDT
    • Just ran across this page that addresses steam locomotives after having a boiler explosion. Some of these iron horses are having a very bad hair day!

       

      Steam Loco's after a Boiler Explosion

    • August 21, 2020 8:09 AM EDT
    • Pete,

      I'll try to divert from that question in the future      Regardless of where it came from it dose look very good color and size.  I'm very pleased to have been able to acquire so much of Pete's collection. They are all fine models and often one of a kind.  I've committed my self to getting my layout built with what is left of this year and in the coming year.  This Way I can get these engines out test and improve them without the performance anxiety that comes when on someone else's layout.

      Yes the FEBT reunion will be a step up this year, with trains running (for FEBT only, not public operations) speeders running and new guests and vendors. This year will also be big for Robertsdale on Sunday and will serve as a sort of rejuvenation for the FEBT's efforts at the southern end of the rail road.  We aren't just going to talk about it more, but there will be new things going on there Sunday that haven't happened in past reunions.  It's certainly a very exciting time at the Railroad.  Hoping to see some of you there!

      -Randy

       

       

    • August 20, 2020 1:23 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Ric Golding said:

      Hey Pete,

      Randy sure is proud of that EBT Coal Train.  It looked great and is well cared for!  Question came up, is that "EBT COAL" in the hoppers?

      Agh, I hoped no-one would ever ask, and would assume it was.  It is real coal, but most was collected from the pile for the traction engines at the Tuckahoe Gas & Steam show.  All the EBT coal that I had went into my old 1:22.5 hoppers and they were sold when the Accu scale ones came out.

      Nice pic Ken. Did you see the photos in the TT of Randy running his train for the wedding?

      Pete,

      It looks great!  Tuckahoe Gas & Steam may have purchased it from Orbisonia.  It was exactly the right color. 

    • August 19, 2020 2:57 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Ric Golding said:

      Hey Pete,

      Randy sure is proud of that EBT Coal Train.  It looked great and is well cared for!  Question came up, is that "EBT COAL" in the hoppers?

      Nice pic Ken. Did you see the photos in the TT of Randy running his train for the wedding?

      No, I missed that one. 

    • August 19, 2020 12:33 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Hey Pete,

      Randy sure is proud of that EBT Coal Train.  It looked great and is well cared for!  Question came up, is that "EBT COAL" in the hoppers?

      Agh, I hoped no-one would ever ask, and would assume it was.  It is real coal, but most was collected from the pile for the traction engines at the Tuckahoe Gas & Steam show.  All the EBT coal that I had went into my old 1:22.5 hoppers and they were sold when the Accu scale ones came out.

      Nice pic Ken. Did you see the photos in the TT of Randy running his train for the wedding?

    • August 19, 2020 10:25 AM EDT
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    • August 19, 2020 9:33 AM EDT
    • Hey Pete,

      Randy sure is proud of that EBT Coal Train.  It looked great and is well cared for!  Question came up, is that "EBT COAL" in the hoppers?

    • August 16, 2020 11:03 AM EDT
    • The RR usually posts on Facebook but I guess they were too busy. I loved the video - kept looking to see who I recognised!

      Randy is organizing the FEBT Reunion on Oct 9-11. He tells me there will be trains again.

    • August 16, 2020 8:19 AM EDT
    • This is so cool.  Ken and I drove up there about a month ago.  There was activity, everywhere.  Randy was with us, yesterday, and was talking about the activity level and number of volunteers.  This is going to be something to watch and visit.  Lots of history in one place.

    • August 18, 2020 6:59 AM EDT
    • Thanks Dan. It reminds me of the pneumatic railways.

       

      The Vectorr system is related to the Aeromovel system, and there's a few YT videos on it such as these.

       

       

    • August 18, 2020 4:56 AM EDT
    • The 'atmospheric caper' as Brunel's invention was called by locals, was a great invention but far too ahead of its time and technology.   It achieved very high speeds for the time - up to 60mph.  It seemed fine on the level ground between Exeter and Newton Abbot but would not have coped west of Newton Abbot due to the steep grades.  There are three of the original pumping houses in existence, one a Museum the others incorporated into other uses.  The nearest to me is twelve miles away.

      Neil mentions among other things -  they were sea water and rodents.

    • August 18, 2020 1:33 AM EDT
    • I think the Atmospheric Railway was a Brunel invention from memory.  Main pitfall was the leather valves not being able to seal IIRC, amongst others..

       

      Pretty amazing for the time though.

       

      Cheers

      Neil

    • August 18, 2020 1:23 AM EDT
    • Weird! I guess you sucked the air out of the end of the pipe and it pulled the car long the tube.

       

      Not the same (at all) but I was taken by some compressed air locos that were evidently used in places where fire wasn't a good idea:

       

       

      And here's one that seems to have set some kind of speed record:

       

       

      So many oddities, so little time!