My name is Björn and I come from Sweden. My interest in live steam is relatively recent I must admit;
I have only been active for little more than a year.
I am active in a Swedish preservation railway, JTJ (http://www.jtj.org
) which is what remains of the old DONJ or
Dala Ockelbo, Norrsundets railway” in the northern part of Sweden. But it is quite some remains as a lot of the
railroad structures remain intact and in the hands of the JTJ.
Also the most interesting locomotives and rolling stock remains. Primarily two of DONJ:s Swedish built 0-6-6-0 Mallets.
he biggest mallet there ever was in Sweden (thou no bigger than Baldwin’s logging Mallets I guess).
(the second half)
DONJ was a 3' gauge railroad, but not international 3' gauge witch equals 914 mm metric but 3 old Swedish feet
which equals 891 mm, a gauge that I think is unique for Sweden.
I also have an interest in model building and when I started to become active in JTJ I decided to take up that
interest again so now I build computer models for the Trainz simulator.
My current project involves the Mallets and it is nearing completion.
Next up is a loco more familiar to you I would think, a Baldwin 0-6-2 tank engine. Or I guess as Baldwin would have said, 8-18 1/3 D.
Sweden only imported 27 American steam engines (Baldwin’s and Richmond locomotive works) and only one of them was
a Narrow gauge loco, No 6 LINGHED. Linghed was also the most long lived of all the US imports. She served up until 1959, almost 60 years.
Linghed witch had Baldwin build number 17634 was ordered in 1899 to fill an almost desperate gap in traction power for DONJ where the
traffic had increased dramatically. (At the same time all the Swedish manufacturers had full order books and waiting times or 1,5 years or so).
Almost all the US imported locomotives came to Sweden around this time.
She was delivered in 1900 and had a short time of glory as DONJ:s most powerful line locomotive until 1906 when DONJ acquired a number
of bigger and more powerful locos. After that she was relegated to lighter duties in mixed traffic and switching.
When I build models I want them to be as accurate as possible and for Swedish locomotives research is easy with museums, preservation railways
and archives close at hand. But a Baldwin, not so easy…
I already have the existing erecting drawing and detail drawings from DeGolyer as well as some Swedish drawings.
I have also located Builder’s photos and Builder’s Card with the specs for her.
So to some extent I have quite a lot of material to start with. But there is a lot missing, there are holes in my knowledge about Baldwin locos
big enough to drive several freight trains through.
That is why I am seeking contact with this forum as I believe that you possess all this knowledge that I need to acquire and I have
quite a few questions I an hoping to be able to ask here.
Yours / Björn