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Real railroads that look like models
« on: February 14, 2010, 08:24:08 PM »
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Thought this might be a fun topic. Here's a starter. Note that the grade on this loop is 7%.
 
http://zierke.com/shasta_route/picpages/1-3-75.html

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 12:06:22 AM »
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I always thought that the Ma & Pa Maryland Division fit this description.  Lots of wonderful scenery, antiquated equipment, and not much economic reason to exist...

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 01:40:38 AM »
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I'd nominate Triple Crossing in Richmond Va,



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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 01:56:18 AM »
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Here's another, the Deadwood Central in Lead, SD.  Looks perfect for an On30 layout.


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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 02:35:22 AM »
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Uintah Railway (3 foot gauge):
http://home.bresnan.net/~bpratt15/uintah_paintings.htm 
4th photo down - "Moro Castle".

I couldn't find an online photo of the real thing.  Trust me - it looks even more toy-like in real photos.
7.5% grades while negotiating 66 degree turns (~88 ft radius, or 6" in N).
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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010, 11:29:28 AM »
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I always thought that the Ma & Pa Maryland Division fit this description.  Lots of wonderful scenery, antiquated equipment, and not much economic reason to exist...

Lee

It did have economic reasons to exist ... at first. They did a booming business in milk. ;D Then those newfangled internal combustion four wheeling things came along ...

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2010, 11:43:05 AM »
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I liked the tale that while folks from the suburbs would ride the M&P train (or more likely drive their cars) into town to their offices, the domestic help would ride it back out to clean their houses... Sort of reverse commuting...

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2010, 11:45:06 AM »
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I liked the tale that while folks from the suburbs would ride the M&P train (or more likely drive their cars) into town to their offices, the domestic help would ride it back out to clean their houses... Sort of reverse commuting...

Lee

Yeah, interesting operations, and they deliberately scheduled that train for that very purpose.

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010, 11:20:43 AM »
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Beaufort and Morehead:  the only railroad I have ever seen where the entire length has been modeled with no selective compression.
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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2010, 12:03:24 PM »
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Beaufort and Morehead:  the only railroad I have ever seen where the entire length has been modeled with no selective compression.

Pix!

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2010, 12:19:00 PM »
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Beaufort and Morehead:  the only railroad I have ever seen where the entire length has been modeled with no selective compression.

Pix!

I don't have any photos of the layout, but I can post some of the prototype.
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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2010, 01:27:24 PM »
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How about the East Broad Top where they swapped out narrow gauge trucks for the standard gauge trucks to allow standard gauge cars to interchange on the narrow gauge tracks? 

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2010, 07:20:17 PM »
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Beaufort and Morehead:  the only railroad I have ever seen where the entire length has been modeled with no selective compression.

Who was the modeler?

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Re: Real railroads that look like models
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2010, 08:01:30 PM »
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Mr. Google says "no"...
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