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    Default Waushakum Live Steamers

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    During the weekend of August 27 through 29, 2004, the Waushakum Live Steamers of Holliston, Massachusetts held their 34th Annual Meet Weekend where live steam and model diesel operators from a wide area meet at the WLS site to operate on one of their large sets of track.

    The club operates two sets of track, the "high line" supporting two smaller gauges where the operate rides sideways behind the locomotives plus the much larger 7-1/4" gauge where the locomotives get very large, as seen in the photos. Several thousand feet of track are in place with tunnels, deep cuts, bridges, etc. allowing for long rides and a variety of scenery.

    WLS member and active TrainSim.Com member John Kelly invited me down on Saturday and gave me a tour of the facitilies. Thanks John!

    I took a lot of photos, which you can view here:

    https://www.trainsim.com/feature/waushakum/index.htm

    This is just a sample:

    https://www.trainsim.com/feature/wau...ges/intro1.jpg

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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    Great shots Nels. I love the 7 1/4" scale.
    I met a guy that belongs to a Live Steamers club here in Georgia. He had a machine shop set up in his garage and built his own engines.
    Very impressive. Quite a bit of detail goes into building one. Rather expensive, too.;-)
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    Nels,

    Glad you enjoyed it!! Come again!

    And, NICE pictures! :D



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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    Yes indeed, the workmanship on the steamers is very impressive. If you look at that sample closeup photo I posted in this thread you'd be hard pressed to tell that it's a model. Fun to see, but well outside my range of skills, and they are quite expensive if you want to just purchase one. It's nice to see what other people are doing though.


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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    Thanks for the great photos..pity I live 4000 miles away!!!
    I saw a very large scale model of a steamer in a London shop and was amazed at the detail and complexity of it. Those guys have tremendous skills. Those models must be very expensive to buy and I'm sure you need fairly deep pockets (and time!!) to build one..!!!

    Georges

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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    John Kelly sent me some additional photos of the WLS meet from Sunday. That's him operating the locomotive in the first photo.

    https://www.trainsim.com/feature/waushakum/images/1.jpg

    https://www.trainsim.com/feature/waushakum/images/2.jpg

    https://www.trainsim.com/feature/waushakum/images/3.jpg


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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    Terrific pictures, Nels! Looks like those guys not only have great models, but a superb physical plant to run them on as well.


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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    WOW....if I only had the extra money..
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    Default RE: Waushakum Live Steamers

    Yeah, I especially liked the rerailing shot. I worked at a children's amusement park (harrumph-harrumph) years ago, and they had a miniature railroad with a 4-8-4 and a diesel. I don't remember the scale, but I think the track gauge was 14 or 15 inches, and when this guy derailed:

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    it was all hands man your crowbars, and there was nobody left to take pictures of rerailing. Loco weighed 4000 lbs empty, 4,600lbs with 75 gallons of water in the boiler. I forget what the tender weighed, all I remember was it held 300 gallons of water.

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    By the way guys, that's my D&RGW 278 in that pic! :)

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