Check out this Smoking Steam Engine.

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by Doctor G, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Here is a neat video of a truly awesome smoke unit in a Large Scale Hudson steam engine.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Doc Tom
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  2. Burning Beard

    Burning Beard New Member

    I'm bettin' the guy's not married, lol.

  3. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Yeah you got that right. That smokin' engine would last 5 seconds in my home.

  4. gbwdude

    gbwdude Member

    I'm with Burning Beard on this one. The lack of everything in his house (possibly apartment) except for his trains suggest most of his money is tied up in trains, since I know this hobby isn't cheap like rock collecting and especially since he has G scale with DCC. I still would like to see what he all has.

  5. (Cough! Cough!) Yes, this guy's gotta be a bachelor, alright. There's not much chance of him changing that status anytime soon, either. But wow! What a big layout.
  6. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    I am so impressed with the amount of steam/smoke that engine puts out and "synchronized " with the engine's chuff as well.

    You cannot get that kind of smoke with a live steam large scale model engine even on the coldest of days. Pretty neat!

    Dr Tom
  7. gbwdude

    gbwdude Member

    Doc Tom,

    Wanna bet?

  8. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Best not to bet with a guy with access to military ordinance. Smoke grenade in the stack maybe?

    All kidding aside there are G scale steamers that actually run on small pieces of "welch coal" that look great and probably have that nice coal smoke smell. Ah to dream......

    Doc Tom
  9. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Love the cab ride!!!

    Hi Tyler,
    I finally got some time to watch the neat vid. you posted. What a sharp RR!!!

    Several questions come to mind?

    Is there a scale or gauge they are following?

    Where do they get parts for those well maintained steamers?

    Is it a coal or gas fired boiler?

    In the video it looks like they run at 100 PSI. Is that correct?

    Beautiful track-age. Is it privately or publicly owned?

    Thanks for sharing the neat cab ride.

    Doc Tom
  10. gbwdude

    gbwdude Member


    I can answer all of those questions for you.

    Yes, it's 16" gauge, or roughly 1/3 scale. Actual 1/3 scale is somewhere between 15" and 16" gauge. Funny enough, 15" gauge is more popular than 16", but their first steamer was the green RGS 4-4-2 and since it was already 16" gauge that's what became the norm on the "full size" Whiskey River Railway.

    Very few things are available commercially, so what isn't available they make in-house. They have a full machine shop to make anything.

    They use both coal and #2 oil on their steamers and diesel in their diesels. When I used to ride along it was always more fun to take out the 1919 because you had to shovel coal, but easier to run the Oakland Acorn solo because it was oil.

    The Oakland Acorn (the one in the cab shots) and the Gene Autry Special (not seen in this video, but if you look at the other WRRy videos it's the Daylight looking steamer) are essentially the same locomotive locomotive but just "dressed" differently, so a safe guess would be yes. Specifics like that I don't remember, and of course every locomotive is different like in 1:1 scale.

    It's privately owned and part of the Little A-Merrick-A Amusement Park in Marshall, WI. Between the railroad and their old Wild Mouse coaster, those are the two most unique aspects about the park. Their website is here: and the Merrick Light Railway Equipment Works is here:

    Hope that answers your questions. I'm about to head to the train club today to check out what the guys are doing and BS like usual.

  11. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Neat engine facilities of the WRRY.

    Hi Tyler,
    That is a really neat link to the Merrick Light Railway Equipment Works. They are turning out some pretty cool lokies. Are members of your family working or running this shop???
    I really liked the Pacific #1919. What a labor of love that must have been.
    I have been having partial success with modeling Little River #110 the smallest Pacific Baldwin made. It was an ongoing project until it lost radio signal and ran off the outdoor layout at Nelson's Gap. Now it is a bunch of parts waiting another try.
    Thanks for the additional information on the WRRY.
    Doc Tom:thumb::mrgreen::thumb::mrgreen:

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