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Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:38 am
by Trevor Coburn
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.

Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:32 pm
by Trevor Coburn
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)

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:32 am
by Nevadablue
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)

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:40 am
by Trevor Coburn
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.

Trevor

Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:31 pm
by Broadoak
Very interesting Trev, many thanks for posting. 8)

Regards Peter M

Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:49 am
by chris69
Machines like this where called "SKIMMERS"
They where also mounted on conventional track excavators.
When I find the pictures I will post them.
Cheers
Chris

Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:59 am
by chris69
OK, here they are:

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Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:59 am
by Nevadablue
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)

Re: Orange Empire Railway Museum.( Part One)

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:33 pm
by charles vizthum
I live not too far from there interesting place to visit