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by James
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

According to the spec sheets, both NPC 2 and NPC 8 had exactly the same size firebox: L48 x W37.625 x D50.5; I therefore suppose all machines built to those same designs shared those dimensions. Pardon my converting the fractional dimensions to decimals, but I'm too inept with typing on a computer t...
by James
Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Long Fellow Mining Co. of Arizona
Replies: 9
Views: 2706

Re: Long Fellow Mining Co. of Arizona

That's one of the smallest locomotives of a fairly typical pattern I've ever seen. It'd have rather less TE than a team of good horses, and on a 4 1/2 percent line with ~67 degree curves, I doubt it pulled all that much. At least it wouldn't get tired. Replacing animal power with a small locomotive ...
by James
Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

Now that's what I like seeing, information that I presume represents as-built configuration. Of particular note is the 14x16, 42 inch boiler 2-6-6T, since it's a loco of the same class discussed earlier, though a different specific locomotive (#15 Breckenridge is illustrated). Pertinent specificatio...
by James
Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Thomas Paul & Sons
Replies: 2
Views: 1555

Re: Thomas Paul & Sons

Net searching tells me that Thomas Paul was an extremely minor builder of locomotives; the total output of the firm was something like 15 engines, some of which were built at Mount Savage--the Cumberland and Penn. Rail Road's shops. Apparently the firm specialized in mine carts and such utility mach...
by James
Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

That's good stuff there. It appears my hunch about firebox width was right and Mason kept it to something close to the boiler diameter (Bully Boy's type used wagon top boilers IIRC? I don't know quite what to call the slight flare it had...'less it's straight and I'm seeing some optical illusion). 5...
by James
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

My guess on firebox dimensions was just that--a guess. I've utterly no dimensional information on Mason single fairlie locomotives at my disposal. If anyone has fully detailed dimensional info, I'd love seeing it*. The more the better, down to the sizes of the journals. If that engine used a particu...
by James
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

Was that Mason built with the 150 PSI boiler? I've been operating on the assumption that the Masons used the generic 125-135 PSI which was typical for the iron-boiler era 1870's. Certainly the early Mason Bogies (the NPC engines, the centennial engine, etc) are listed as though using 130 pound boile...
by James
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

That's some great info there, thanks. There was some of precisely the sort of info I was looking for, exactly why I like this site :) "15"x20" cylinders seems reasonable to me: The 2-8-6ts on the South Park had 15"x20"s" Of course, the South Park machines carried their weight on an extra set of driv...
by James
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: NS vs CSX operational difference
Replies: 2
Views: 9469

NS vs CSX operational difference

There's a Norfolk Southern line that runs through the little village I live in. Occasionally CSX runs a train on this line, too. Many of the trains carry coal. I've noticed that the two roads set their coal trains up differently. NS puts all the locomotives at the head end, usually either 2 or 3 uni...
by James
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NPC Mason history
Replies: 20
Views: 7123

Re: NPC Mason history

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, that's the Masterclass '02 (not '01, oops) image site I mentioned having found previously. I consider the weight listings on that site slightly suspect because the Mason works wasn't known for building 'bad' locomotives--quite the opposite. Case in point, perhaps,...