Re: [z_scale] Re: 4-9-9-9-9-6 switcher Mallet
- 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 . . .
>From: Bill Hoshiko <billhko@...>_____________________________________________________________________________________
>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
>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
>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.
>(sorry to all of you who insist on only serious postings, but I just
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