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The Dalles Hostler

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N-scale Speeders
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:06:38 PM »
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For many years now, the only speeders available in N-scale have been disappointing to me. Being cast out of metal or plastic, I found their details to be grossly out of proportion, and have a general chunky appearance. So I set about to create a small generic style of speeder with more proportionate details. This is the result of my efforts, and is designed to compliment the Handcar Shed I created, also through Shapeways.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/938424/n-scale-small-speeder-2-pack.html?li=productBox-search

I am sorry to report though, I was not able to make these speeders DCC Ready. One of these days through...  :D

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 02:25:25 PM »
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Lol...

I like em!

There was a good one out there at some point. I have one, I don't know who made it though (I got it a long time ago).

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 04:13:50 PM »
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The best one I had was available many, many years ago by Durango Press if I remember right.
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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 05:27:42 PM »
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I have a couple on my layout. Think one came from Wheel Works and the other was one part of a section house built up.
What puzzles me is that the ones I remember from the 1940-1950s did not have a roof.

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 08:44:03 PM »
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I have a couple on my layout. Think one came from Wheel Works and the other was one part of a section house built up.
What puzzles me is that the ones I remember from the 1940-1950s did not have a roof.

You're probably correct Roger about the speeders. The railroad men of that era were made of tougher stuff. No air conditioned all weather cabs in that day and age. The FEF-1's my great grandfather used to drive; you roasted behind the boiler during summer, and you shivered during the winter when the snow blew sideways into the cab. I have a picture of my great grandfather standing in The Dalles roundhouse. All around him on the floor were round nodules of ice, which would form when the steam from the 2-10-2's would melt the snow on the roof, and it would instantly freeze when it hit the ground.

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 08:51:53 PM »
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If anyone wants a REAL one, I happen to know a group selling one.

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 09:55:02 PM »
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I do, but i don't want to ship it from the East Coast.
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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 05:53:59 AM »
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We get em from the west  :trollface:


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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 07:25:48 AM »
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My own memories of the railroad section crews and their mode of transport is from the B&O branchline that ran from Beardstown via Flora to Shawneetown, IL.
My family general store was open before 6 a.m. so these men could purchase lunch food, cigarets or chewing tobacco before they headed up or down the track.
The speeder was lifted by hand onto the track.  They were a rugged, hard working crew with no protection from the heat or cold.

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013, 05:53:38 PM »
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Stony Smith also has a speeder and someone else has a Fairmont speeder.There may be more ,could be the start of a Speeder club on your layout. :D
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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 12:23:53 AM »
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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2013, 01:18:24 AM »
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This may be just a teeny bit off-topic, BUT...does anyone out there have any information about Union Pacific speeders between 1951 and 1956????  Like, what color, what type, what lettering???...PHOTOS!!...  :drool:

I will await any information with 'bated breath...

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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2013, 05:00:15 AM »
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I think I've got your next Shapeways project.

Speeder Trailer circa 1963


Speeder Trailer 1953 Wahsatch Utah


Here's hopin' !!


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Re: N-scale Speeders
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 11:59:16 PM »
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http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Micro-Engineering-N-Push-Cart-p/mec-80-154.htm

Let me clarify.  I wasn't talkin' about some conventionally cast, generic POS, but an ultra-detailed, specific (take a pick of one of the two carts I supplied photos of) that are "right"...  :trollface: ...Using the capabilities of 3D printing...