More 7/8ths for Train Dept.

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Building upon the success of its “Fairymead,” a 1:13.7-scale Australian locomotive, The Train Department of Hazlet, N.J., said last spring it will create two more models of two-foot-gauge locomotives, the Decauville Type 1, based on a restored locomotive that operates in excursion in South Africa, and the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Forney No. 6, which is preserved in Maine.

The French railroad manufacturing company Decauville built 600mm-610mm (two-foot-gauge) railroads for the French military, and for civilian uses worldwide. Decauville took over the manufacturing of a 2¾-ton two-foot locomotive and made it a bit larger, creating the three-ton Type 1.

Detailed drawing: David Fletcher rendered this Decauville for creation by The Train Department.

Few of the Type 1 exist, but one is preserved at the Sandstone Estates Heritage Railway in Free State, South Africa. A local train buff, Hannes Pailing, provided The Train Department with precise measurements and Australian David Fletcher then produced intricate drawings of the restored Decauville.

The model will be 8-inches long over the endbeams, 4-inches wide and 8-inches tall. The butane-fired boiler will have a sight glass and a detailed back head. Slide-valve cylinders will have a fixed cutoff and there will be a one-half-inch pressure gauge. The track gauge will be adjustable from 32mm to 45mm.

The Train Department says there will be a “larger gas tank mounted in the side tank with a hidden gas valve in the coal bunker.” The locomotive will come in three colors, Victorian maroon, mid-Brunswick green and black. Lining will match the original Decauville design.

The small-scale live steam supplier also said it would soon offer a 1:13.7-scale live-steam model of the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad No. 6, an 0-4-4T Forney built by Maine’s Portland Co. in 1891. A Forney is remarkable for having its fuel and water weighted over the four-wheel trailing truck.

Maine motor: Another Fletcher drawing for The Train Department — SR&RL No. 6 in 1:13.7 scale.

According to the web site of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, an 1870s visitor to Wales brought back the idea of two-foot railroads to Maine. The SR&RL and a predecessor company operated from 1879-1935, with about 112 miles of track serving Franklin County, Maine.

The original locomotive started life with the Sandy River Railroad and after the SR&RL, served the Kennebec Central Railroad as No. 4, and then the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway as No. 9. It has been under restoration at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine, for more than a decade. The engine had 10½-inch diameter cylinders with 14-inch stroke, 33-inch driving wheels, a total weight of 36,000 pounds and a tractive force of 5363 pounds.

The SR&RL No. 6 model will come with a butane-fired boiler with a sight glass, three-quarter-inch cylinders with slide valves and Stephenson valve gear and a hand pump and fuel take in the bunker.

The company has not yet set a price for the Decauville Type 1 but has said that the SR&RL No. 6’s price is estimated at $3000. Reservations are being taken at http://www.thetraindepartment.com/ or by calling (732) 770-9625.