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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:36 pm 

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I would like to suggest that there may be parts to a third Davenport WW1 chassis still in existence.

In the year prior to Hyatt acquiring the two remaining chassis, a small gauge 2-6-2 was manufactured by Davenport for millionaire Vincent Astor to operate on his private railroad at Ferry Reach, Bermuda.

After some review of the photos I have of the Ferry Reach railway from The Bermuda Railway by Pomeroy and found at this sites, I am convinced that Davenport took one of a few 2-6-2 chassis they had lying around, and narrowed the configuration.
http://steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=19778

From the University of Iowa library, the statistics of this survivor is :
#2304 10-ton Stm. 2-6-2 18" 8/1940 Vincent Astor, NY City for Bermuda(Ferry Reach)

They probably designed and cast a new steam chest/boiler saddle, and had a boiler manufactured. The drive wheels appear to be identical to those on the two Byron locomotives, of which the chassis were purchased from Davenport just a year after the Astor locomotive was procured.

I have a theory that Astor may have had the engine re-gauged to 18" because he already had equipment at that gauge, which had operated at the family estate on the Hudson River. Apparently there was one battery electric locomotive, two coaches and two luggage cars also at Bermuda, and they style of the electric engine appears to be influenced by early 1930s automobile designs and electric railroads. The Ferry Reach railroad actually hauled passengers from an interchange with the Bermuda Railroad, a short distance to his home on the other side of the island.

O. Anderson
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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:24 pm 

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You should probably make that FOUR Davenport chassis still in existence, if you include the 2-6-2 on display at Fort Benning Georgia. They have on display a 2-6-2 Davenport "Trench" locomotive from WW1


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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:51 pm 
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For some reason I always find it interesting to see these derelict engines. Dont know why.


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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:47 pm 

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Byron 2968 was loaded on a flatbed semi headed west on I-70. I saw it yesterday (10-13-2017) at the rest area near Zanesville, Ohio.

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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:40 am 

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Here is a photo of this 2-6-2 NG loco #2968 on a truck trailer at the rest stop near Zanesville, Ohio, on Friday, October 12, 2017.

John B. Corns


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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:28 am 

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Thank you, Mr. Corns, for posting this photo. It's the first really clear picture I've seen of one of these locomotives, and I have to say, it's a most interesting beast! Almost a model railroader's "kitbash" in terms of how it was built, but it's surprisingly well proportioned and looks quite plausible. It really does look like something that might have been on a midwestern two-footer had there been such a line--especially if this two-footer had been a Burlington subsidiary, similar to the one the Milwaukee had in three-foot gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:25 am 

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It's so CUTE! I want one!

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 Post subject: Re: Byron Railroad 2' Gauge Steam
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:36 pm 

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I wonder where she's headed for, and who the current (new?) owner is.


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