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 Posted: Thu Jun 30th, 2016 05:02 pm
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Howdy Larry, coming along nicely. That old funky white open cell foam is useful for some nice scenery. The roadbed looks like Woodland Scenics stuff. Is it?

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Woodie: yes, my roadbed is indeed Woodland scenics. I'm trying to keep this layout as light as possible. My HO switching layout weighs as much as a small elephant.

Went up to Lead, sd yesterday and found a couple 18" gauge locos still on display. This battery loco has a row of holes for ventilation. Judging by the scratches, the vent holes are also used to lift the battery case. Notice the dents in the sheet metal top plate where cables would have pushed it in. Or, maybe the metal was cut away.

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This shot will give you some idea of the size of this thing. That crusty old boy is yours truly.

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Also found this gas mechanical loco. This little guy was used to connect three mines with a network of 18" track. The track and all three mines are long gone, replaced with a gigantic open pit mine. GOLD is the prize they seek. If you look closely, in the upper right hand corner, you will see the head house of the defunct Homestake Gold Mine. This structure is still in use raising and lowering the cage. Now it serves the Sanford underground laboratories. Some of the 18" track, set into a new concrete floor, is also in use underground.
LEAD, SD 6-30-2016

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Same loco... 12' 10" long over end plates. LEAD, SD  6-30-2016

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Same loco... Larry

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Again, same loco... notice, the edges of that little step, left side, are turned up to scrape mud from your boots.

Larry, 6-30-2016 Lead, SD

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Inside the same loco...
Larry

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And finally, the last picture of this "DINKY".
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Inside the Homestake/Sanford visitors center I found this hoist cage. The single, very large, cable is just visible on top.    Almost looks like a brass model.

Larry 6-30-2016 Lead, SD

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