I was bowled over by the amount of replies and comments to the last post (which is here) on geared locos.
So a huge thank you to everyone – and especially to Hall of Fame members, Mark and Brian, who sent these in:
Really enjoyed your post on the geared locomotive.
As it turns out, I used to drive the Shay geared loco at Roaring Camp Calif. Couple hour trip up to the top of Bear Mountain and back.
This loco made more noise then you could imagine.
I actually run a model of it on my layout. You can see it below
Be patient at the beginning as I didn’t realize I had started the recording about 30 seconds early (blush).
Turn up the sound and look closely as it goes by and you can see the side pistons driving.
This loco was designed to move lots of tonnage up steep grades that very few other locos could handle.
Thanks for the original post – really brought back fond memories!
“Here are photos of two types of geared locomotive models running on my layout.
First one is a three truck Shay and the second one is a Heisler. All my locomotives have DCC with full sound.
They are mainly used in the logging industry as they extremely powerful, run very slowly and run on rough track.
All the replies and comments jogged my memory too – and I found this post.
It puts in to context just how powerful these geared locos are.
Brian also sent in an update on his sawmill too:
I have added a bit more detail to the “finished” sawmill.
Added that little bit extra like shelving, cupboards, posters along the back wall and more cut wood in the mill.
They say that models or layouts are never finished !!!!!!
Thanks to Brian and Mark – and don’t forget they have both given the Beginner’s Guide a big thumbs up.
So if you want to get going on your layout, give it a whirl.
That’s all this time folks.
Please keep ’em coming.