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« on: April 23, 2010, 03:40:12 AM »

There has been a discussion on the HO page recently about smaller locomotives (this is in a scale dominated by Class 1 fans of big engines, including myself).  However, there was also a discussion of some narrow gauge and industrial material, which included these links here.  Perhaps you can find interest and inspiration here:

We start off with a master link, Northeast Railfan (which also has a number of photo rosters, including B&O and CNJ weíve been using elsewhere):

This is just some of what is here:

Six pages on Plymouth Locomotives, from Plymouth, Ohio; item of note, most were shipped via the B&O, suggesting some interesting flat car loads.  Most photos on this site can be enlarged by clicking on them:

Look who owned this one!

Another interesting owner, and check out the exhaust stacks:

Amherst Barge in West Virginia:

This one is the prototype for a Mantua/Tyco model from the early 1960s:

Itís supposed to be a different locomotive from the link above, but Iím not so sure.  In any event, itís the same type, on the standard-gauge section of the East Broad top Railroad and Coal Company; photo locations are at Mt. Union, Pa.:

For plow, work, and towing service on transit lines, Boston and San Francisco, the latter on 5í 3Ē gauge:

A burly 100 tonner on narrow gauge, for Bethlehem Steel:

I believe Model Railroad once published drawings for this one:

Westinghouse page:

This Westinghouse unit is preserved and reported operational at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pa.--a museum I can personally recommend:

A sister unit, No. 71, which, judging from the background, is also preserved:

The photo says this is on the Northampton & Bath, but Iím not sure; she looks more like something from eastern Europe than North America, and what steam locomotive is that behind the diesel?

Canít ignore industrial steam:

Proper locomotives are painted black and burn coal--except when they donít:

Itís surprising how common some of these Porter ďfireless cookersĒ once were, and late in era, too; some have been running in recent years.  And take note, in the first photo, of the big 0-8-0 Heisler job in the background; itís still around, in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania:

Same engine some years later--ĒTake that, Thomas!Ē:

Another shot of the Heisler 0-8-0:

One of two common later designs from Porter:

The other was an 0-6-0; reportedly one of these engines was still in use at a power plant in Pennsylvania at least into the 1980s, and was rigged up for remote control, like some diesels in steel plants:

C&O had three of these 0-6-0Fs, for use in the literally explosive atmosphere of the chemical plants in Charleston, W.Va.  The were replaced with diesels, which had to use a ďhandleĒ of up to six idler flats to reach into some of the areas these steamers could go with safety.  The photo location is at the yard and locomotive facility in South Charleston; the wooden trestle in the background is the southern approach to a bridge over the Kanawha River that lead to an interchange with the B&O (former Coal & Coke) and New York Central (former Kanawha & Michigan) lines on the north bank.  This bridge was also shared with the local trolley system until that service dried up in the late 1930s.

This site is so useful, Iím posting it here.  Most of it is class 1 and diesel, but there is much else, too.  Mr. Elwood deserves great credit for sharing so many photos.

Some more Plymouths:

Industrial heritage:

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