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    Default Graham County Railroad steam operations circa 1963 - Shay in color

    Here is a nice video for you narrow gauge geared steam loco fans:



    Fun to see in color.

    I was not aware of this railroad and am surprised to see that it still operated steam into the 1960's.
    This would make a great prototype to model a small steam layout in relative modern era. 14 miles of rail.
    Using an Atlas Shay, standard gauge, you could create some prototypical action in a small space.

    Further reading:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipe...ounty_Railroad
    http://ncpedia.org/graham-county-railroad-company
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    (Graham County Railroad was standard gauge, not narrow gauge!) The GCRC would make a fascinating railroad to model. I'v harbored that notion for many, many years.

    I think one of the old Kalmbach "Railroad You Can Model" books had a trackplan for the GCRC.

    And did you dig that old Southern Ry. wood cab!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Graham County Railroad was standard gauge, not narrow gauge!
    I stand corrected! I made the assumption based on similar lines. Thanks. Even easier to model now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    I made the assumption based on similar lines.
    Well, those Shays sure do have the lines of a something the West Side Lumber Company had.

    Thanks for posting that video, BTW. Brought back the musings on modeling the GCRC!
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    Sure wish there was sound. The whistles on the Shays are some of the prettiest sounding ones out there.

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    You may like this video of a N scale layout of GCRR

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB7h4Rf9Ims
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    Had no idea they lasted that late, I'll have to look for the old roadbeds next time I am there. Trying to work in a small segment of the Little River RR which connected Southern in Maryville to Townsend TN.

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    Where is Graham Co.? Is it a 55 ton? I could find any info on it that said. Along with the shay I sure like the caboose. Thanks for the post. I hadn't seen that one before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyJones View Post
    Where is Graham Co.? Is it a 55 ton? I could find any info on it that said. Along with the shay I sure like the caboose. Thanks for the post. I hadn't seen that one before.

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    North Carolina. Not sure weight. References to it as a Class C.

    http://www.carolana.com/NC/Transport...am_county.html
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    Jugtown, I saw one site that it referenced it as a C-70. I was then thinking 70 ton. Checked Lima locomotive works and it said a C-70 was anywhere from 40-160 ton. But, nothing other than that.
    Thanks for the location.

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