Re: PATCHING, and fine scale chain

Kenneth Montero


From Wikipedia, citing Tom Daspit. "The Days They Changed the Gauge" . . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .

The Panama Railway was originally 5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge. The gauge was changed only in 2000 to 4 ft 8 + 1 ⁄ 2 in (1,435 mm) so as to use standard gauge equipment. The original gauge was chosen under the influence of the pre-conversion southern United States railway companies, which converted in May 1886 after the American Civil War . [ 13 ]
Ken Montero

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Freitas" <prrinvt@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 8:56:04 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: PATCHING, and fine scale chain

Hi Bill,

The Panama RR, was it standard, or narrow ga. ?
If narrow, you know there will be a car so lettered on a
PRR flat headed to a shipping point.

Fred Freitas
admitted SPF

From: William Keene < wakeene@... >
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Fri, June 11, 2010 5:40:46 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: PATCHING, and fine scale chain

Hi Tim & Group,

I think that the bridge dates from the early 20th Century... something like 1902, I think. In this case you have the correct idea. But I would guess that it is more likely that it was shipped by rail instead of going around the tip of South America.

But there is a third route... by ship to Colon, Panama, Colombia (remember that Panama was a state of Colombia at the time), then transshipped over the Panama Rail Road (PRR... just love those initials), and then transshipped again up the west coast with the final delivery being by rail. Most likely still faster than going the extra miles around South America.

Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Jun 11, 2010, at 2:16 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:

Eric is correct -- this is the Central Valley prototype in Piru, CA

The CV web site says the bridge was built by the New York Bridge Co. It
was no doubt shipped in pieces some distance by rail, but might have gone
by ship to either New Orleans or even around the Horn before being loaded
onto freight cars.

Tim O'Connor

I don't believe the Central Valley truss bridge is a pin-connected truss bridge. A model image is on their mainpage:
I'm more familiar with a pin-connected truss looking more like this one. Note the steel members along the bottom outide of hte truss.
Of course, material for either type of bridge most likely was transported in steam era freight cars to the building location.


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