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by James
Sun May 08, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: NS vs CSX operational difference
Replies: 2
Views: 9684

Re: NS vs CSX operational difference

Update: As of the past year or so, NS is now running a rear locomotive on most of its medium-long freights that go through here. Earlier post was almost six years ago so I suppose things change! My understanding is NS has gone through some management changes; perhaps that had some influence on opera...
by James
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Bachmann 4-4-0 for the Carson and Colorado
Replies: 24
Views: 32924

Re: Bachmann 4-4-0 for the Carson and Colorado

Any progress? I'd like to see pictures of the completed model. Sometimes the Baldwin specification sheets can be a bit frustrating. They often omit weights and barely ever mention boiler pressures until the late 1880's. They don't seem to list what style of cab was used (peaked or rounded roof). Or ...
by James
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Locomotive suspension systems
Replies: 12
Views: 6609

Re: Locomotive suspension systems

Speaking of which, locomotives could be built with sliding bolster lead trucks. It doesn't seem to have been a particularly common style of construction though, at least not during the era I'm familiar with.
by James
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Virginia & Truckee
Topic: Virginiated and Truckified part 2- The INYO.
Replies: 5
Views: 5951

Re: Virginiated and Truckified part 2- The INYO.

I did mean the dark red-brown/wine color by "red;" I guess I was overly vague. I'm all too aware that bright red amounts to fantasy colors except for vermillion wheels (and even those were by no means universal). Thanks for clarifying what I did not since some other reader might mistake my vague ter...
by James
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Virginia & Truckee
Topic: Virginiated and Truckified part 2- The INYO.
Replies: 5
Views: 5951

Re: Virginiated and Truckified part 2- The INYO.

Records show that the 22, as with the other V&T Baldwins, was originally painted red. When did the V&T transition to CPRR-inspired brown? I actually like the brown better because it also did away with the natural wood finish cab--a style I've never cared for. I've always liked the V&T 4-4-0's. The p...
by James
Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Locomotive suspension systems
Replies: 12
Views: 6609

Re: Locomotive suspension systems

Are there models with prototypical suspensions? If so they must inhabit the upper end of the price range. The only model 4-4-0's I've ever owned (cheaper models admittedly) had the driving wheels rigidly attached to the frame and a "floppy" lead truck with excessive side play for the purpose of roun...
by James
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Baldwin paint research
Replies: 20
Views: 18100

Re: Baldwin paint research

Brian, I have heard of this before, but is it truly confirmed? The amount of labor involved seems hardly justified, especially when documenting a one-off locomotive order. Yes, he's right. That sort of painting with high-contrast colors (usually but not necessarily grey) was indeed used by 20th cen...
by James
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Baldwin paint research
Replies: 20
Views: 18100

Re: Baldwin paint research

Sometime during the 1890's, Baldwin appeared to change the formula of its green paint somewhat. Specification sheets from this period transition from "Olive Green" to "Dark Olive Green." I suppose it's possible this was a mere designation change, but that would be odd to say the least. What's the fu...
by James
Sun May 20, 2012 5:31 am
Forum: Western Narrow Gauge Discussion
Topic: A Group Research Project
Replies: 6
Views: 3457

Re: A Group Research Project

Sounds like a good idea if you ask me, provided the site owners/admins are okay with the extra organizational work. The forum already contains a great deal of information, but that information is often scattered across multiple threads and sub-boards. The use of specific threads for directed researc...
by James
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Changing drivers with almost nothing
Replies: 9
Views: 4812

Re: Changing drivers with almost nothing

I was reminded of this thread when reading Baldwin's 1885 Narrow Gauge catalogue earlier today. I noticed a letter to Baldwin from the Nevada County Narrow Gauge dated to 1877; the NCNG mentions having turned #1's tires once by that time (within two years of its purchase). As a side note (but relate...