Saw this group from the latest issue of Garden Railways.
I have an interest in primarily 1:20.3 narrow guage but have always
had a lot of fascination with traction. In certain respects I guess
that is not all that far off as many traction lines as I understand
the technical term were less then standard guage also.
However, one particularly fascinating branch to me was the Pacific
Railways 3ft electrified branch lines.
Right now, I have nothing under wire and am just starting to think
about taking a bit of what I have currently. One live steamer and a
few brass and wood narrow guage cars for use into a small gardern
One thing that caught my eye was the Light Railways proposed wooden
steeple cab locomotive kit and the Fall River wooden freight and
proposed Carter passenger car kits.
- Hi Lara, and welcome to the group.
Many of us model using a scale of 1:24 so in effect the trains are
running on 'narrow gauge' relative to the body proportions. (I know
you guys, everything including 1:29 and 1:32 are also done by one or
more of our members)
Back to the thread -
Denver had 3 foot gauge trolleys (where else but Colorado) and Los
Angeles was a large narrow gauge system. [Hmm - is "large narrow" an
oxymoron or just an odd combination of wording?] East of the
Mississippi there were a variety (you might say a 'WIDE' variety) of
broad gauge trolley systems. Some of these were dictated by city
franchise requirements where they hoped to block the possibilty of the
system being bought or controlled by a steam road with the result of
freight trains running down city streets.
- At 10:26 AM +0000 5/6/03, trolleycar68 wrote:
>Hi Lara, and welcome to the group.. . . . snip . . . Back to the thread -A "narrow" correction here, Bob: both Denver and Los Angeles were
>Denver had 3 foot gauge trolleys (where else but Colorado) and Los
>Angeles was a large narrow gauge system.
3'6" gauge, probably due to the reason you put forth. Along with their
city system, Denver Tramways operated a narrow-gauge interurban line,
the Denver & Northwestern as well as a standard gauge interurban line
westward to Golden, the Denver & Intermountain.
> . . . . snip . . . East of the Mississippi there were a variety (you might<groan!> On that subject: when we visited Baltimore several years ago,
>say a 'WIDE' variety) of broad gauge trolley systems.
we visited the Streetcar Museum and learned that the new light rail
system is known by museum folk as "the narrow gauge."
. . . Jan
- Denver & Los Angeles were NOT 3', but rather 3' 6" (42") gauge.
Pueblo, Colorado and San Antonio, Texas were 4' (48") just to confuse things.
Guilty as charged on the Denver gauge mistake. I should know better,
too. I guess I could always claim I typed it correctly and the
keystrokes did not take the 6 inch part, but that would not be
strictly accurate. Glad you enhjoyed the WIDE gauge pun.