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 Posted: Fri Apr 10th, 2009 03:31 pm
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Here are a couple of photos showing what could be the only American Garratt locomotive, at least in these parts.  The tiny 2 footer was built by the American Locomotive Co. (ALCO) in the 1920's for a Mexican silver hauling railroad and sports authentic European style buffers. The loco was bought by the Mogollon Railway after the silver line went belly up in the 1930's and the only change was to install pin & link coupler pockets to replace the chain & screw couplings.  The #4 is capable of hauling considerable tonnage up the heavy grades and is a crew favorite. Now, is this enough fantasy for you?





The 1:35n2 Garratt was built on 2 HO scale IHC Dockside chassis that required considerable mechanical modifications (new motors and mounts) to be able to properly hinge the engines under the superstructure.  The boiler is PVC pipe, the cab roof is from an On30 Bachmann 2-6-0 as is the stack and steam dome. PSC O scale detail parts were added along with a crew made from 1:35 military figures. The front & rear tenders are made of styrene with brass overlays & embossed rivets. The radio control board is inside the boiler and the 2 cell Li Poly battery is under the boiler superstructure. The model was built with the cylinders facing each other as on the first Garratt, also a 2 footer, the only locos to be built this way. Garratt changed the cylinder locations after the first ones due to problems with the steam delivery pipes.  Enough of this monkey business, #4 has work to do and sunlight is wastin'. I will try to answer any questions, if any.       Woodie



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She's a beauty Woodrow!!

You sure have the fun factor down to a science that's for sure!



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Woodrow, you've told me about your Garrett, but I got the impression that it was out of service 'cause I don't remember seeing a previous photo of #4.

What took you so long?

What else are you hiding?

Don't make me drive 2000 miles to find out


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As Bob Barker used to say "come on down!" The Garratt needed some "attention" a while back and I just got her back to shape. #4 has 2 instrument motors that came from an old word processor (lektric typewriter) I had and are identical so she runs great. The little Docksides ran well as stock, but jumped to start and ran like scalded apes, the slow motors did the trick. The engines are "hinged" to the superstructure just like the real thing, I don't believe it would operate as well if I hadn't done it the prototype way. I am glad #4 is back in service, she's a sweetie.      Woodie



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I luv it!

Yer givin me idears again! :Crazy::bg:

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Fabulous as always!! :thumb::thumb: I like the nice rusted touches you did.

Remembers me the tiny garrat from here in the Ferrocarril Austral Argentino(FAF), a nice loco built in the 90´s for a 20" touristic train.



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Absolutely Marvelous!  :thumb:



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Ustawuz that Rudy was my Mry favorite loco. While I still think that Rudy is uberneat, the more that I look at the pix of #4, the more chance there is of Rudy loosing the title


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Herbie-old Rudy is still the favorite, #4 is just intoxicating to watch run. Actually, I found my old Bachmann Porter still in the On30 "guise" with Banta cab but equipped with a plug to run with r/c. The little 0-4-0 will get a tiny tender for the stuff and a "proper" large cab & some "details".  I have said it before..."this is the last loco"..but that was before I found old #7 in a dusty box in Mudge's garage. #2 Rudy will now become the permanent smelter locomotive and have his own little shed above the machine shop. As for the #4, she will handle ore trains along with the Shays and make the weekly run to Brigadeen beyond the Caldwell Escarpment as tales from the Gila Rim continues....................       Boudreaux



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Woodie, How did that loco come about and what inspired you to build it? I think:Hmm: I may recognise some parts or maybe not? Would you share your construction with us by chance?  Please:)



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