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Re: [z_scale] Re: 4-9-9-9-9-6 switcher Mallet

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  • ben scaro
    The closest we could come to that in Oz is the Tasmanian Abt railway which is currently being rebuilt. They had 0-4-2Ts- with a centre cog- that might make
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      The closest we could come to that in Oz is the Tasmanian Abt railway which
      is currently being rebuilt. They had 0-4-2Ts- with a centre cog- that
      might make them 0-5-2s- and a third rack rail. Suppose an 0-4-2 might
      classify as a switcher. No catenary sorry . . .

      Ben


      >From: Bill Hoshiko <billhko@...>
      >Reply-To: z_scale@egroups.com
      >To: z_scale@egroups.com
      >Subject: Re: [z_scale] Re: 4-9-9-9-9-6 switcher Mallet
      >Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 19:43:22 -0800
      >
      > >
      > > Hello All,
      > > I'm holding out for a Z scale 4-9-9-9-6 compound articulated funicular
      > > switcher
      > > mallet with catenary or third rail pickup.
      > >
      >
      > > regards,
      > > Alter-Rey
      > >
      > >
      >
      >Alter-Rey,
      >
      >I'm searching through my years of railroad magazines for a picture of
      >one of these monsters.
      >
      >I first tried the Duluth Missabe and Iron Mountain Railway (DM&IR) for
      >they had massive switchers to switch the heavy taconite iron ore. I
      >found an 0-10-0 switcher. They also had some 0-10-2 switchers that they
      >got from the Union Railroad in Pittsburgh. They had the "Yellowstone"
      >2-8-8-4 articulated, but it was a road engine and not a switcher. I
      >don't know where any larger switchers were ever used.
      >
      >Then the use of cantenary led me to search the Virginian Railway who
      >also used very large locomotives to move vast amounts of coal through
      >the Allegheny Mountains. Didn't find it there either.
      >
      >The Burlington had some large electric locomotives under cantenary but
      >I don't recall any super large switchers. They did have a lot of lumber
      >for the wood burners.
      >
      >In the Rocky Mountains around Colorado they used those teeny tiney
      >locomotives that the narrow minded people find so cute. No super large
      >switchers there either.
      >
      >I Looked at the railroads around New York and Philadelphia for railroads
      >that used third rail but then realized that that country was not
      >mountainous enough for a funicular, let alone a funicular switcher.
      >(Mt Washington has a funicular but it is not articulated nor is it a
      >compound)
      >
      >I will keep looking though. Maybe one of you accross the pond or in the
      >land of Oz can locate one. Maybe there is one in the Mountains of
      >Africa where those funny looking locomotive with two tenders and a
      >boiler hanging in mid air operate.
      >
      >If one is made for Z scale, what would be the minimum radius that you
      >would expect this monster to negotiate.
      >
      >Bill
      >El Toro
      >(sorry to all of you who insist on only serious postings, but I just
      >couldn't resist)

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