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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 03:24 pm
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Ancient Dufus
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In the US, Baldwin and Westinghouse joined together to build a series of electric locos, mainly for use on intra-city lines. These two locos, built from a  model magazine 1949 article, have most of the representative features of the prototypes- without being an exact copy of any particular one.

The models are scratch built from brass. The only commercial items are motors (LARGE, and two in each loco), gears, and couplers. The motors were converted to ball bearing, all the gearing is in an enclosed box between the wheels. Current collection is via pantograph, (scratch built also) and either one will pull more cars than I have to put behind it. They run with a prototypical low pitched growl (free sound system!) and the pair, running together, pull 4-5 amps

Another, smaller version, a copy of one used on the Hagerstown and Fredrick line in Maryland, US is the same construction. The prototype used a pole for current collection, but my model has a pantograph




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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm
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Very nice indeed Sir, nice and quirky.  I am familiar with Baldwin but not Westinghouse.

What scale are these please?

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Sorry, forgot to say that they are 1/48, American O scale.

Baldwin built the iron, Westinghouse the electric motors and controls.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 08:00 pm
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Greetings from Wisconsin:

Your work reminds me of 'Bob Hegge's'' fantastic scratch built models and operational layout...his overhead wire and layout design were ahead of the times...any connection to Bob.

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Larry-- No, although I remember articles about the "Crooked Mountain Lines"

Two other top-notch O scale electric builders, now sadly, both gone, were Bill Clouser, and Bill Hoffman. I spoke with Hoffman several times at meets--the other two I never met.


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'Crocked Mountain Lines' was a fantastic layout, Bob's track work was also state-of-the-art.  I remember seeing some of Hoffman's models at a show in California in the early or mid 60's...his ability to work with wood was incredible.  At one time it was my privilege to have several of the Clouser cast cars.  I believe he was the first to perfect the 'air-bubbles-casting' process.  I look forward to seeing more of your work and layout.

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Me too.
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