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Date: 05/07/22 17:21
2 ft gauge F3
Author: WrongWayMurphy

This kind of crosses the line between models and full size trains, but I'll post here.

Swannee River Railroad of Lufkin Tx just built this 24" gauge F3 for a tourist railway.

His normal builds are 14"-15"-16" gauge replacement for Zoo and similar style
passenger fun railroads. He has done F's, GP's and steam outline for those but
this is Todd's first 2 footer.  Power is typically a Koehler diesel.  Todd is a ex-UP
guy who started this business a few years ago and it has taken off.  He has shipped
his trains worldwide. is a good dude and stands by his work.  He has partners
that participate in construction of engines and passenger cars, but the designs are all his.

Lufkin is in deep East Texas on SP's rabbit line Shreveport -Houston, about an hour south of Tyler.






Date: 05/07/22 17:33
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: krm152

That is awesome!
ALLEN



Date: 05/07/22 17:38
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: Topfuel

Pretty interesting.  Looks like the nose/windsheild assy is probably fiberglass.  



Date: 05/07/22 18:34
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: ChrisCampi

That's an impressive beast.



Date: 05/07/22 18:58
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: lynnpowell

WOW!  What a great shop!  Look at those heavy-duty overhead cranes!

 



Date: 05/07/22 19:07
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: DKay

Very Neat Shane. Great looking shop also.
DK



Date: 05/07/22 19:44
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: SPDRGWfan

That's just wild!

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Date: 05/07/22 20:14
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: atsf121

Amazing, can’t wait to see it all painted up.

Nathan

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Date: 05/07/22 20:45
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: WP921

This is a terrific looking engine.  A Diesel Prime Mover was mentioned as typical power on most of these builds.  Will this be Diesel-Electric or Diesel-Mechanical?



Date: 05/08/22 04:42
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: WrongWayMurphy

WP921 Wrote:
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> This is a terrific looking engine.  A Diesel
> Prime Mover was mentioned as typical power on most
> of these builds.  Will this be Diesel-Electric or
> Diesel-Mechanical?

you can see power units in the website.

www.swanneeriver.net



Date: 05/08/22 07:28
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: march_hare

Those truck castings are impressive, obviously somebody took great pains to get them right. 



Date: 05/08/22 07:36
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: MP4093

Diesel Hydrostatic drive.



Date: 05/09/22 16:03
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: wabash2800

So, does one ride in this loco?

Victor B.



Date: 05/09/22 17:56
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: wingomann

Replacement power for the Maine two footers?  ;-)



Date: 05/09/22 19:44
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: ChrisCampi

wabash2800 Wrote:
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> So, does one ride in this loco?
>
> Victor B.

There's a cab door so it appears so.



Date: 05/11/22 17:17
Re: 2 ft gauge F3
Author: dcfbalcoS1

            Need to see photos when it has brake cylinders, Radiator screens, couplers, etcetera.



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