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Morenci Southern #6 was undoubtedly purchased for use as a switcher. But that was circa 1911, and it had been built in 5/98 for the Moctezuma Copper Co at Nocozari in Sonora, when that mine was still 90 miles from the nearest railhead. So it was originally an industrial locomotive.
Do you know if #6 was based at Guthrie or Morenci? If Guthrie, it would probably have been switching both 3' and SG. Regarding Guthrie, do you know if MC used gravity transfer for coal, coke, or petroleum?
On October 19, 2021 11:23 AM Mike Conder <vulturenest1@...> wrote:
The amorenxi Southernnorseres an 0-6-0 switcher from Porter circa 1901/02. It looked a bit like their 20" 0-4-0 Porters but was 36" gauge.
Interesting. Purpose built switchers were fairly rare on North American common carrier narrow gauge lines. I only knew of the D&RG/RGW 0-6-0t's, a pair of ~1880 Baldwins on the NdM, and the Oahu's four outside framed 0-6-0's. Which last shows how far I have to reach to find examples.
Porter built a number of 0-6-0's, but the common carrier examples seem to have been purchased as early road engines, and only later downgraded to switching. Most seem to have been for industrial users.
Anybody else have examples of such switchers.
Lackawanna Iron and Steel had an interesting borderline example: A large 3'gauge, inside framed 0-8-0 weighing in at 78,760 lb on drivers, with close coupled drivers and notable for a 6' wide grate Wootten firebox and center cab. Presumably it was intended for heavy switching around a steel plant,
LOL - this is an HOn3 group. HO switchers are readily available. Unlike HOn3 ones.
I do have a plan B. I have the major dimensions of the Alberta Railway and Coal Co. Baldwin 0-6-0 from 1890, as well as some photographs from around that time. The other switchers in the system were 2 Hinkley 0-6-0s from 1888. That one needs a trip to Boston, as online records are scarce.
On Monday, October 18, 2021, Ric Case <
Nigel I must have missed you looking for a narrow gauge switch engine!
Interesting chase. Thanks, everybody for the suggestions. Many of the models suggested so far seem to be HO, not HOn3. I looked at the early MDC catalogs , seems the switcher is HO. No mention of a HOn3 (that said, I could only find 1949 and 1955) There are a couple of 0-6-0 tender locomotives on eBay at the moment, both with regular tenders. The PSC model looks to be what I am really looking for, few and far though.
The best pathway at the moment looks like a collection of parts from PSC (if they still have them) and some custom etches, if I want something that came out of Bladin in 1890.
I knew modeling in this scale could be difficult with regard to rolling stock, but not this difficult...might just be too many challenges though.
I have 2 Omaha 0-6-0 with slope back tenders and 1ma and pa with slope back tender here to receive decoders at this time!
There are, but not as far as i can see with sloped tenders. Needs to be a Baldwin or close as well. The PSC one is close enough. Hen's teeth though.
On Sunday, October 17, 2021, Ric Case <
There are quite a few brass offerings!
Model Die Casting did an SP (?) 0-6-0 yard switcher with sloped-back tender. This was a 1950's model, all in die-cast zinc alloy. Kemtron offered brass piston valve cylinders and working(?) outside Walscharts valve gear to update the original slide valve cylinders and Stephenson gear. I think these are still n the PSC catalogue, along with other parts.
If this suits your needs, I have most of a part-built kit on the shelves.
I need some help here. I have been looking for an 0-6-0 yard switcher with sloped-back tender. Was such a model ever made?