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    I saw an article on early Dolbeer steam donkeys using "4 1/2 inch rope". Would this measurement refer to the diameter or the circumference of the rope?
    Lennart Elg - the Sloat Lumber Man

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    Generally large rope is measured by its circumference. Therefore a 4 1/2 inch line is about 1 1/2” in diameter. Or about .0165” in HO SCALE

    Hope this helps.

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    • #3
      Larry is correct, "circumference" 4 1/2 inch wound hemp rope was used in the early days of the first Dolbeer use, than they went to the better steel cable use.


      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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