7&1/2" rails

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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Spent the day in Parrish Florida for the Manatee Live Steamers annual meet. There were about 35 engines w/bunches of cars to ride on a 1 to 1&1/2 mile rail trip thru heavy foliage & large tree's, creeks w/narrow bridges & a nice short tunnel. I took 118 pictures w/my digital camera & I will show some pictures later on this evening. They only had 1 major derailment & one log car flip over. They also had an engine that was to wide to fit in the tight spaces in the woods. We(2) were there for about 8 hrs. It's a 60 mile trip one way from my house. Had a great time & rode lots of trains.:D
 

Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Start w/some Diesels to make your pallet water.:)
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
A few more Diesels to keep your attention.
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Got some really nice box cabs & others.:)
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
How about some really expensive Steamers!!!
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
How about some more Coal & Steam fumes!!
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
I'm not going to clog up this thread w/anymore photo's. I took a bunch riding thru the woods on trains & saw one engine pulling about 35 cars.
 

Rico

BN Modeller
Nice pics Larry, I'd love to see that 35 car train!
I have the ROW cleared thru my forest for laying track.
All I need now is money....
 

Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Nice pics Larry, I'd love to see that 35 car train!
I have the ROW cleared thru my forest for laying track.
All I need now is money....

This web site will give you an idea of what it will take to get in the hobby.
"Plum Cove Studios" I met the owner at the show & I checked out their very informative web site. Most of the guys & gals at this show were running his box cab diesels. There were 2- B23's being unloaded when we left. There was 1 already there & I think I missed taking a picture. I liked their real crude turntable for unloading engines & cars from pickups & trailers & it actually worked real good. They also had 2 hydraulic lift tables for real heavy engines that worked even better.
This was a Great experience to see what the other scales do. There were also 3 diff. oval tracks for live Steam & Diesel in O scale & G scale.
They also had some tracks for 7&1/4" rail & a 4" rail that was entwined w/the rest of the larger rails.
Most of the people were real friendly, but, then there were some that didn't want anyone to touch their equipment or take rides. People pretty much stayed away from them & their trains. there was a 12hp briggs powered SW1500 pulling those 35 freight cars & some of the coal cars were carrying real loads. When we went to eat lunch at 1 of the train barns most of the younger people walked, but us old fogies took a train. When we got there, there was only one engine w/cars, when we got ready to walk back to the site there were about 15 trains clogging up the walkways. We had to squeeze between 2 tank cars to get back to the path. Lots of FUN-FUN-FUN.:D:D:D
 

vato loco

Just a Foolish Saint!
larry I got a place like that 8 miles from me. It seems like those 7 1/2" gauges are popping up all over. There's one in Largo too!
 

Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Went to the Manatee division of Live Steamers & got some more pictures today. Not many there because most of the Snowbirds went home this week. Still thinking about getting me an electric to run on their track. Like I need another scale to keep busy. :D
 
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Larry

Long Winded Old Fart
Some more photo's. beautiful day to ride trains. Started out at 65* & when we left about noon it was 75*. Lots of sun.:)
 
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trainmastr1

CEO- CV&WRR
I got a place like that 8 miles from me. It seems like those 7 1/2" gauges are popping up all over. There's one in Largo too!

I use to be a member at the Largo Club a few years ago. I believe that they still run for the public the first full weekend of the month from 10am-4pm Sat and Sun. A great group of friendly guys.
 

NYSW F45

Active Member
i was watching some video's last night. Showed the wife what I wanted for christmas, she laughed of course.

I do want a challenger or big boy in this scale or a set dash 9's. Would be nice to see someone do a SD70Ace.
 

trainmastr1

CEO- CV&WRR
Thought I would share a couple of pics of Largo Central RR. The Largo City Park is located aprox 2 miles west of US19 at the Jct of FL 686 and US19A.

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