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  1. 2 articles about the midland jenny linds and the rebuilds into 0-6-0. Model railway news 1948 page 166 (september) and in 1949 p44, a reply to the article in the reader's letter section with a photo of a midland jenny lind
  2. yeah, the only good option is keeping it as it is
  3. Im thinking of doing my layout in the 1930's as i originally wanted but i had to compromise and do it in the 50's because of the Planet and Fergie. none of my options are a win-win, its pro and con which is making it hard to decide which way to go or stay the way it is Fergie on flatbed wagon. replace with a portable engine Planet Halfmoon, cant be used on a 1930's layout since its mid-1950's at earliest. i have 3 options which i dont really want to do any of them. The last 1 is the best but i cant find any prototype that would fit the chassis - put away for the foreseeable future -sell -scrap body to build something pre 1940 and rebuild chassis to suit -make a second body of something pre 1940 which can be swapped back and forth when i want Hunslet diesel -finish and sell -finish and put away
  4. station master's house for my o gauge layout. based on the master's/crossing keeper's house (dont know which) at Crofton on the Wakefield to Pontefract coal yard weighbridge office i made for Lancaster Green Ayre
  5. the idea has come up a few times over the years but nobody actually did anything about it (me included)
  6. i doubt it'll be finished but at least nearly there
  7. the video by The Quartering "youtube is broken" from last week covers this problem quite well
  8. some youtube Los Andes to Rio blanco on the Cummins bus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJGPzfefZt8 photos ive not seen before https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhqBknqavck something i forgot to mention, there was a car carrying service as seen at the end of this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI3VAvCi784 a short clip of a double header going over what looks like the bridge at Cachueta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xNYXhnKduw the depth of the snow and the rotary plough in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gxutamu7Yg
  9. Its not relevant to the layout and ive already posted it in my own thread
  10. Won the locomotive award again at our show, this time for the Peckett "Nautilus" Ive got some bits i need such as drills. i'm going to do the chassis drilling on the pillar at the club to not snap the bit doing it by hand
  11. Mark's 0-4-4 won the President's cup (best item in show by a WRMS member or judges)
  12. PART 6 - END a bogie flat wagon shown in this photo of some sort of official event with a leather sofa and benches in the wagon for the gentlemen cattle wagon by the Metropolitan wagon works in 1906 wagon of 1912 by the met Compared to the hot arrid low lands, the higher altitudes can get at least the 10ft deep in snow in the winter. this gives considerable concern for building a railway through it. as said before the railway has ploughs of different kinds. another way around it are tunnel like shelters built along various sections which are also to protect against rockfall. 2 modern views of some shelter now falling apart unknown. a lightly snow covered scene Electrification plans started in 1923 and opened in sections, the first being in 1927 between Rio Blanco and Caracoles. This is the upper rack section one Chile side to the summit tunnel and then through the other side to las cuevas in 1942. 3 of these 85 ton electrics were built in Switzerland in 1925, 1 by SLM 2 by Brown Boveri the same company that built the gas turbine for the southern. later added by 2 more in 1961. the Argentine side planned to electrify but never got around to it Cordillera in 1930 showing the overhead wires steam was not rmade redundant wwhen the electrics came along since there was only 3 of them initially. after the other 2 in 1961 there was still at least 7 locos in service. 3 borsigs, 3 meyers and 1 esslingen and since about 1954 many of these 2-8-2 baldwins were regularly on loan from the Red Norte metre gauge system up in the north of Chile. these just worked the adhesion only lower half of the chile side. i havent found anything that give the state of locos on the argentine side but i presume most survived up to 1984, more on that later railcars were introduced to take over the lighter passenger work a Cummins railbus used since the 1930's is still in use to take tours up the surviving chilean line up to Rio Blanco running the railway in 2 sides wasnt working out so well so a contract was signed in 1923 to join the 2 companies together. the 2 still ran seperately but the receipts of all through traffic was shared. The control of the 2 sides both passed the control of their respecive governments, chile in 1934 and argentine in 39. and then the argentine passed to the Ferrocarril nacional general belgrano. the state railway company named after a nationally revered general in the war of independance. a flood in 1934 swept away an argentine section near mendoza, through services were contued by ferrying passengers by road round the section. as with much of the railways in south america the railways and the national economies were slowly failing. it took 10 years to fix the track by which time the roads had improved, more people had cars and trucks and air travel was taking the through passenger traffic. the through service called "the international" ended in 1979 due to tension between the 2 countries and chile had planned on sabotaging the railway fearing an invasion by Argentina. the last train through the summit was in 1984 because the argentine side had severe track damage in the winter of and there was no finance for repair, it wasnt even lifted. today most of the track is still in place abandoned. passneger service on the chile side ended the same year though half the line up to Rio Blanco is still used for a copper mine and the tourist trips on the bus. The idea of rebuilding the whole thing is brought up every few years but the 2 governments are still broke. the summit tunnel is still in good condition but not used. there is now a trans andean highway which rns the same valleys but uses a new larger tunnel and gains height to it by zig-zag end
  13. PART 5 1st class carriage by Metropolitan works of Birmingham in 1906 met baggage car in 1908 Argentine first class met 2nd class by Gloucester
  14. PART 4 unknown. picturesque look down a valley. note the rack caracolles, the chile end of the summit tunnel 1917. the vastness of the landscape, the railway comes in at the bottom left and the tunnel is next to the white building caracolles 1920's showing the triple rack. tunnel mouth in the background Caracolles 2015. summit tunnel boarde up on the right now through the other side of the summit tunnel into argentina, where the chilean and argentine locos swapped somehwere near Las Cuevas. the vastness of the scenery. the railway perched on a ledge. mountains above and river far below Las Cuevas 2015. the yard is about 3 miles from the tunnel. as you can see all the track and over head is still in place but further up its been severed completely by a new road unknown, a modern photo of somewhere on the argentine side unknown puente del inca about 10 miles down from the summit. a popular tourist spot for the yellow and green mineral deposits and the natural arch in a stone formed by the river cachueta about 3/4 of the way down to mendoza a bridge just after cachueta somewhere near mendoza outside mendoza station a colour postcard of Mendoza yard
  15. PART 3 1909 x3 vulcan 2-8-4 72 tons. adhesion 1909/12 x6 0-8-6-0 kitson meyer same design as chilean but with longer tanks and without the extra cylinders from the start 1929 x4 beyer garratt 104 tons. adhesion. lets have a look along the line, starting with Los Andes. a Meyer with 6 carriages waiting to depart. after 1911 without extra cylinders about a 3rd of the way along the chilean side just before Rio Blanco is a narrow but deep gorge called Salto Del Soldado or Soldier's leap. a local tale from the early 1800's of a chilean soldier on horseback being chased by the spanish army jumped the gorge to escape. The railway spans this with a bridge joined between 2 tunnels a 2015 photo showing a train for Rio Blanco Rio Blanco, about half way up the chile side. this was the furthest an adhesion loco could go and was changed here for a rack fitted. Juncal, about 2/3 the way up on the chilean side. 2 borsigs double heading on their way down to Los Andes. here the line curves south off the main easterly direction to hairpin down a side valley to gain more altitude. the photo is looking towards the hairpin curve at the top of the valley. the line returns much higher somewhere in the top left of the photo basic drawing showing the hairpin taken through juncal to gain extra height on the line somehwere between Juncal and Portillo Portillo, a few miles before the summit. nowadays its very popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter. part of the challenge for the railways was the deep winter snow, for this they had a self propelled rotary plough, 2 ordinary loco propelled ploughs and loco bufferbeam mounted ploughs. note the track climbing steeply away into the foreground withh the rack rotary plough ordinary plough unknown bridge. showing the scenery
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