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Offline Innovationgame

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Re: GWR Platform Canopies and Buildings
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2019, 06:40:56 AM »
Chris, I don't even know what a 10 inch gauge Big Boy is!
Big Boy was a massive freight loco built by Union Pacific.  You can read about it here

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Re: GWR Platform Canopies and Buildings
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2019, 06:04:36 PM »
I grew up Blytheville, Arkansas watching steam locomotives pulling both passenger and freight trains on the Frisco line connecting St. Louis and New Orleans and in Laurel, Mississippi on the Southern Railway line connecting New York with New Orleans. In the 1940s and 50s, there was lots of railway traffic to observe, but I was too young or insufficiently interested to know one locomotive from another. No one was oblivious to trains, however, and I can remember standing on the platform at the Blytheville stations in the mid-1950s chatting with the driver of a new Frisco streamlined diesel pulling a passenger train bound for New Orleans. I also remember watching the freight trains in Laurel during the Korean War bound for the Gulf Coast with military loads including many heavy tanks. I also recall a train trip between Laurel and Blytheville during WWII. But, I digress from my own topic to comment on American steam locomotion which, as in the U. K., varied considerably from region to region. I'd never heard of the "Big Boy" locomotive before seeing Chris' reference to it, but I took a look at Laurence's link to Wikipedia and a photograph of that locomotive. Quite a machine it was!

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Re: GWR Platform Canopies and Buildings
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2019, 07:29:17 PM »
It is held by many to be the BIGGEST in the world. Could pull mile-long coal drags in it's time. Fancy building one of those in 10 inch gauge. I know people have. We had a line in Cornwall at Dobwalls where a number of US steamers were built in 10 inch gauge. Sadly the line has gone but I did get a ride on it some years ago. Can't remember who bought the stock - somewhere in Kent of thereabouts. It certainly wasn't me!
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