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SundayNiagara

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Narrow gauge steam roundhouse/service facilities?
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:27:52 AM »
I need to start somewhere, so I am thinking along these lines.  Does anyone out there have plans?

Mark

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Re: Narrow gauge steam roundhouse/service facilities?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 06:22:55 PM »
Hi Mark,

Not much can eat up real estate like a roundhouse, since it needs a turntable to be justified, and it's shaped like a fan, the wider it gets as you get farther away from the center of the turntable. Second biggest space gobbler is a Wye, due to the approach legs needed. Why not consider a light maintenance facility with just a small two parallel track engine shed and a few sidings for sand & coal loading, water tower, and perhaps an ashpit. It should all be able to fit on a shelf, and if you still have any space, add an open siding alongside the engine house, maybe with an overhead crane and some wheel storage.

Or start with something simple like a stock pen and/or maybe an old wooden grain elevator with a couple of sidings coming off the main line, which would also fit on a shelf. Colorado NG moved a lot of both cattle and sheep up into the high country for grazing in the spring & summer, then back down in the fall.

Another idea is a siding with an oil loading platform for those tank cars. Chama's yard had one at one end, down just a bit and across from the coaling tower, water tower and sand house, so this could be done as an additional shelf (or module). Think of things that can be optimized for easy portability.

Bill in FtL

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Re: Narrow gauge steam roundhouse/service facilities?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 08:25:46 PM »
I am aware of the real estate needed.
Mark

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Re: Narrow gauge steam roundhouse/service facilities?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 08:47:42 PM »
Hi,

The 2009 Narrow Gauge Annual had a prototype diagram for Cimarron in 1886, drawn by Mallory Hope Ferrell. It was interesting because it had a wye, and a 4 stall roundhouse the was accessed via a yard ladder instead of a wye... Showed locations for coal and sand houses, water tower, etc.

Joe R.
Brandon, FL