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    I will post in a reply to allow for editing.

  • #2
    I had a chance to stop and take some pictures of the Palmetto Brick Companies narrow gauge railroad.

    It would be great to model as a sectional or shelf layout and take to a show in HO or O scale.

    Google Map Brick Yard road in Wallace SC to follow along.

    Here is the track plan.

    I will start posting pictures along with more detailed Google map images.

    Please feel free to post your pictures of the RR as I get to the different sections of the line.

    I will cover:

    The Brick Yard


    Grade crossing

    Loading Area



    • #3
      Lets start with the grade crossing.

      Take a look at the 1:20 mark of this YouTube video.

      I think this would make a nice 1 foot by 4 foot section of a RR.

      Google earth

      Very interesting that the track on the north side of the road looks to be dual gauge from the road to the bridge. I could not see any connecting track to a standard gauge line. Very odd.

      Working signals on a narrow gauge line.

      The track on the south side of the crossing is only narrow gauge.

      The South side of the crossing down to the loading area.

      Interesting teh line used tie plates and lots of spikes.


      • #4
        Now for the bridge complete with metal ties.

        The Mill Pond on the south side of the road.


        • #5
          The Mill Pond on the south side of the road.


          • #6
            Some of the equipment pictures I took. I had to take the pictures holding the camera over a barbed wire fence so a lot of cropping.

            Please feel free to add more pictures or information on the equipment.

            F.R.E.D. on narrow gauge trains... how about that!


            • #7
              Some pictures of the rolling stock. Note the different wheel sets. These cars would be easy to bash in O or G scale using the Bachmann wood side dump cars as a starting point.

              Take a close look at the wheels on the two cars. I big size difference and effects the coupler heights. I do not feel so bad about some of my models now.


              • #8
                Some video I found on YouTube, enjoy.





                • #9
                  Larry, thanks for the pictures.

                  Having a mix of trucks like this allows us another excuse to model what we feel like or use parts that we have on hand.


                  • #10
                    You are welcome Rick.

                    I found this old thread and it has some nice pictures.



                    • #11
                      interesting system there. perfect for a shelf layout, backdrop of trees, rr, then normal road


                      • #12
                        I found out why there is some dual gauge track.

                        I got this from a link on the old thread.

                        Palmetto Brick's railroad started out as a standard-gauge line. In the 1940s, the company bought a 5-ton 3-foot gauge Plymouth diesel and added the third rail for the new narrow-gauge equipment. By the end of the 1940s, the standard gauge rail had been removed, and the Porter steam locomotive used on the standard-gauge line was scrapped.

                        I guess not all of the standard gauge track was removed. Look at the ends of the ties. They look new, why would they not pull up the extra rail when replacing the ties?

                        Update, after talking to the Manager on site the dual gauge track was relaid much later to use automated track repair equipment, go figure.


                        • #13
                          Interesting little railroad, Larry. Thanks for the information.

                          The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.


                          • #14
                            Thanks for stopping in Andy and George.

                            On to the Brick plant.

                            Here is the over head image. There must have been more track in the past. The cars in the lower center of the picture are on tracks but they are not connected to the main line.


                            • #15