Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

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Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Trevor Coburn » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:38 am

During my "Winter " vacation in California my GF managed to find the Orange Empire Railway Museum. They have a circuit of "Cape" (3'6") Gauge trolley (tram) track, together with a shed (aka Car Barn) full of stock.

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There is also a shed dedicated to 3 foot gauge stuff.

Which I'll post later.
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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Trevor Coburn » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:32 pm

Now this is a strange bit of kit, unfortunately a building, the sun (!) and a tree stopped me from getting any better photos of this beast..but it sure would make an unusual model.

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This gives a bit more information.

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Nevadablue » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:32 am

That is a beast for sure. It was used for over 30 years too. The propulsion system is kind of scary for a construction machine. Thanks for the pics!

So far this tiny pic is all I've found other than your pics.

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Trevor Coburn » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:40 am

Agreed Ken ,

the whole thing looks very scary, unless a lot of equipment guards have been removed it would never pass any of todays safety regs. (I have seen big Electric face shovels & draglines at work.) At the moment though I cant think of an excuse to model it!

More pics after the weekend of the 3 foot gauge stuff.

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Broadoak » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:31 pm

Very interesting Trev, many thanks for posting. 8)

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby chris69 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:49 am

Machines like this where called "SKIMMERS"
They where also mounted on conventional track excavators.
When I find the pictures I will post them.
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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby chris69 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:59 am

OK, here they are:

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:59 am

Thanks Chris! I think I know how they worked now. Your pics made it understandable. They would 'skim' surface stuff like pavement, lift the boom, swing and dump. Probably couldn't dig down hardly at all. Interesting machine. 8)
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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Postby charles vizthum » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:33 pm

I live not too far from there interesting place to visit


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