Didn't want to abuse Woodie's patience by hijacking his Silver City Narrow Gauge thread, so I thought I'd start a new one for the Boleo Copper Co.
I should note that it will be a while before I start building any Boleo models. Part of the hope for this thread is to gather information as there really isn't that much info out there. John Kirchner's book "Baja California Railroads" is the best source of info on the line, and one of my favorite books. Since then much information has became available. Heck, even research I did a few years ago is obsolete due to the tools we have at our disposal that weren't available a few years ago.
For better or worse, much of the info/photographs available about the Compagnie Boleo are found in special collections libraries in California. There are a lot of them as the railroad operated for such a long time. I can only post links to those due to copyright issues:
Whenever I've researched a railroad or mining district I kept a folder on my computer, so this approach is a little different. Perhaps I should keep a bibliography/links and update it as we go?
Duane, read the first & only post from Herb about copyrights...the first forum on the main home page. Maybe that will help, but then you probably know what the laws are. Yes, keep links, etc. as needed.
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Great photos. My first impression was something like, "Couplers? We don't need no stinkin' couplers." Then, of course, I realized my provincialism was kicking in again, and I saw that they used a plate buffer and chains instead. http://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb8875008w
That loco No. 1 is interesting. Mechanical X head boiler feed pump instead of steam injector - due to dirty &/or saline water supply perhaps ?.
Also what look like 4 bolt buffer blanking plates exactly where European/UK style buffers might have once been mounted, complete with the buffer beam side chains. Riveted, non-welded saddle tank. I don't recognise the make/model of loco - vaguely 1880's - 1890's French manufacture, maybe ?.