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7-Plus-NGM Digest September 2005

Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 19:08:23 -0000
From: Robert Hartsoe

Subject: off topic: OperationFlood.com

I will be spending most of my time on the flood victim efforts for a while.
I desparately need your help.
I just received a message that we have over 500,000 refugees in Lafayette, LA alone who are running out of food.
They cannot supply their needs.
How can you help?

go to:

Robert Hartsoe

Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 16:35:43 -0000
From: "srcl_24"

Subject: Re: Tom, any more photos of the SRCLRY?

Cleaned front end to reach starter

going out to the branch to drop ballast

working on the branch line

Dave I looked at what I have in camera and I only took 3 shots since May. I usually am to busy to stop and shot or don't have camera in hand. I may be back over on the 10th so will try and get more.

Thanks for the interest.

Tom C.

Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 19:07:28 -0000
From: "Dave"

Subject: Thanks


Thanks for posting, we enjoy them. We appreciate you taking the time to take the photos and also posting them for us who are not able to make it out to look at the railroad.


Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 21:00:24 -0700
From: Leon Risenhoover

Subject: first wheel for the BIGBOY

I found a place to cut my frames $35 each (my steel) $95 each they supply the steel. I cut the tread on the first wheel today I have 8 of them trued up I am going to face the front (already cleaned up just need to take about 10-20 thousands off and then cut the tread. I am about to get hung up like a dog with no mill so back to pattern making and casting. any one have a mill they don't need and want to donate LOL take a lookie in the locomotive gallery at the finished wheel http://community.webshots.com/user/lrisen ignore the hacked up frame (pun intended)

Leon in Luther

Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 18:15:48 +0200
From: "Hubert Wetekamp"

Subject: (Fwd) [Narrowgaugebuilders] Stolen Engine

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Date sent: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 00:39:08 -0000
From: "sumpter251"

Subject: [Narrowgaugebuilders] Stolen Engine

Yesterday I had my workshop broken into and someone stole me 0-4-0 I was working on. It is a 1 1/2" Railroad Supply Switcher. I had the left side running gear almost done, the chassis was all done with the smoke box installed. The number plate on the front is number 98. The drivers are painted black and the rest is either not painted or gray primer. Most of the running gear was not screwed down. If anyone has information about this please contact me at:

Eric Hawley
5789 Alta Vista Ave
San Diego, Ca 92114
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Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 20:11:37 -0400
From: "mikell"

Subject: Labor Day Pictures

Labor Day pictures are slowly being added to the Hesston Volunteers website. If you have any to add there's a link on the home page.


Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 20:52:49 -0400
From: "Michael F. Looney"

Subject: Re: (Fwd) [Narrowgaugebuilders] Stolen Engine

I passed this on to the live diesel site so that the members there could also keep an eye out for your engine.
Mike Looney

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 02:56:02 -0000
From: "srcl_24"

Subject: SRCL Ry photos

I have added 8 pics to folder Sept.05 under SRCL Ry folder in files section. We got the track done at Old George so can now load wood out of there. I missed sending a link to all so u will have to go to the folder to see the other one or two. I kept the file size small so color is blotchy. sorry.

Tom C.

1st revenue load - Loads for the woodshed

Almost loaded at Old George - getting a load at Old George

Journal Boxes - new truck part

Loading at Old George - another view of loading

Old George done - finished spur

Old George switch - last switch built

Old George switch2 - view east

Wheelset - finished axles

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:49:17 EDT
From: Mikado8@aol.com

Subject: Re: SRCL Ry photos

Tom, I enjoyed viewing your pictures. You have been very busy. Nice work.
Hope to see more soon. Thanks for sharing.
Bill C.
Beaver Creek Railway

Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 16:02:08 -0700
From: "Daniel F. Morris"

Subject: Woodinville & Snohomish Railroad Meet Pixs

I am pleased to announce a new addition to Live Steaming In The Pacific Northwest. There are now 21 tracks to tour via pixs of Live Steam Meets. Curt Young, owner of the "Woodinville & Snohomish Railroad" held a Mini Meet 17th Of September 2005. There were three diesels on hand along with Curt's # 97 2-6-0 steamer. The weather was great for us local railroaders to enjoy the day. A special thanks to Curt for allowing us to play trains on his track.

Check out these and more at Live Steaming In The Pacific Northwest



Dan Morris

Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 13:43:43 -0000
From: "ldhobo"

Subject: second info request

If you are still out there i would appreciate contact re: 7.25 vs 7.5 gauge file info you posted. Especially re: L.Friends comments.

Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 08:01:14 -0000
From: "Tim Edwards"

Subject: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Hi there, I would like to build a steam locomotive for 7 1/4", but as I am fairly new to the steam side, I have no idea where to start.
Are there any easy kits for standard gauge prototypes?
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 12:30:41 EDT
From: Mikado8@aol.com

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Tim, where are you located?
Bill C.
Tonawanda Creek Model Engineers

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:53:01 -0000
From: "chevwilliam"

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Why limit yourself in the area of loco possibilities?
Best Regards,
William J. Stewart

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 21:56:47 -0400
From: Michael Guy

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Tim, does it have to be standard gauge?
Why not a Romulus?
Dead simple to build and big and useful when you are done, yet portable if you want to travel with it.

Michael Guy

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:52:20 -0000
From: "Tim Edwards"

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

I have a friend who has a romulus - a good little runner that climbs a steeply curved bank with ease.
Does any one know where I can get either a kit form or partially built one?

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:10:29 -0400
From: Arno Martens

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Funny you should mention that, Tim.
By the sheerest of coincidences Michael's Romulus will be for sale as soon as his sit-in Garratt is in steam (I think).
This engine saw it's first life (fire) in Peterborough in the UK and has been on the cover of Model Engineer.

Michael beat me to it and, had my priorities not changed, I would snap it up as soon as he would be prepared to let it go.


Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:24:29 -0400
From: Michael Guy

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

No kits for this engine afaik but there really isn't much to it. The drawing set from Reeves shows both steel and copper boiler versions. If you can get help from a friend or your local club to machine the cylinders and wheels and put the boiler together you are half way there.
The Reeves Romulus cylinders I used for my Garratt came with passages and ports cast in saving a lot of work.


Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 18:11:09 -0000
From: "fred veenschoten"

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

hi Michael,
i've been following these posts and today went to your web page. i'm also following the lead of Moorsvalley and building a ride-in-cab engine. i am also using the NTN take up bearings for axle boxes but i found that the slots are not centered very well to the bearing center on the ones i have. i have ended up having to make adjustments to the whole bearing and frame. how did yours work out?
fred v

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 14:35:23 -0400
From: Michael Guy

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

Mine worked out ok but have to admit that I made the coupling rods to suit the axle centres as fitted. That measurement took care of any errors in spacing whether it came from the axleboxes or frames. Of the four rods, two were dead on the drawing measurement, one was -.006" the other -.015".
Both engines roll along just fine with no tight spots.

What style of engine are you building?

Michael Guy.

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:57:00 -0000
From: "fred veenschoten"

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

i'm building a 2-6-4 similar to Aelfred. frame/drivers are almost finished as are the cylinders.
we spent the day there while on a visit to the UK. fabulous track and a good bunch of guys.
fred v

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:13:08 -0000
From: "Tim Couling"

Subject: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco


Check out M&J Engineering in Ringwood (about 2 miles from the Moors Valley)


The do a kit for a Bagnall NG saddle tank, similar to "Romulus" - might be just the thing for you. They are friedly chaps too, so why not give them a call. If you're in the area call in to the Moors Valley too.

Best regards,

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 21:42:47 -0400
From: Arno Martens

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

That appears to be a rather unusual web page.
Detailed price lists, but not even one single picture or outline drawing of that loco.

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 23:15:26 -0400
From: Michael Guy

Subject: Re: Re: Beginners 7 1/4" steam loco

It's hard to find the photo Arno but there is one. :-)
As you say, a very strange way to sell anything.