In the 1950s, we would "hop" the trains that were going to the foundrys and while the trains were underway we would run along top of box cars and jump into the cars carring the sand. When the train crews talked to us they said that it probably was not a good idea for us to play like that. So --- they would invite us to meet the trains when they were stopped and then invite us to ride in the caboose. No one ever got hurt bad; however, I do have a scar over my left eye which is the result of tripping on a tie and hitting my head on a box car ladder. All of which is part of why I enjoy small scale live steam today.
In the 1950s the train crews did many things that OSHA would not approve today. Of course, no one thought these were things they should not be doing. It was just the way it was.
Thanks for posting the video. It is an excellant example of a switch engine at work. Scenes like that shown were common at one time here in the US.
The Chinese C2 locos and the Russian PT-4 design they are based on are facinating engines. The PT-4 were a replacement for the lightweight 0-6-0 86/Kolomna class which was a Russian military loco. Most all of these are 30 "inch*" gauge engines, excluding the oddball 600cm gauge loco.
Many of the PT-4s were actually built outside of the USSR as reparations/East bloc. Builders included a consortium of three companies in Finland, Skoda in CZ, MAVAG in Hungary, Fablok in Poland and a order with the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow, Scotland that was killed due to not being able to secure a line of credit for the the order (over one thousand) and the turn Russia was taking by the late 1940s.
Some of the PT-4s that were built in and outside of Russia ended up in China. They used this design for the basis of the C2, along with the similar but larger Polish Px48 design used by a few East Bloc countries, which also saw examples sent to China, for the C4. The Px48s were reportedly diverted from Jugoslavia to China when Tito fell out of favor with Mother Russia and Davenport/Porter filled their needs.
I think it is funny that in the narrow gauge modelling world (Especially On30) we see models of single to small (5-20 in total number) classes of locomotives, but we have yet to see anything commercial from the C2/4, PT-4 or Px48 design, when the combination of these classes are estimated to be over 6000 in number!
I remember Zubi mentioning at one time that he was going to comission a Px48 from someone, but I have not heard anything more.
* "inch" as remember that there was not a true standard inch until the late 1950s, so 30 "inch" gauge range from 750mm to 785mm depending on the country
Thanks for the picture of the various "inches". Several years ago I puzzled over why the "inch" was now equal to exactly 25.4 mm when I seemed to remember from my youth, when no one here used metric measurements (except in science and medicine), that there were a lot more digits to the right of the decimal point. Then an older friend from Holland advised me that the 25.4 mm conversion factor was a relatively recent convention.
Thanks for the detail, too, about the C2 and PT-4 locos. There is so much to be learned about past and present railroading worldwide.
I noticed a comment on their page about some meter gauge conversions, apparently years ago there were some in the former DDR (East Germany) at one time that were failures for some reason. More reading for me I guess?
And here is a photo of a Pt-4, preserved in Latvia, to show the family tree to the development of the Chinese C2 locos:
Railroads have done the flying switch moves for years. If it's illegal its a RR rule. FRA and OSA have no say in the matter. BTW OSA has no jurisdiction over the RR as FRA is the governing body. Later RJD
The book "East European Narrow Gauge" by Keith Chester (ISBN 1-873150-04-0), published by Locomotives International (see URL http://www.locomotivesinternational.co.uk/books/index.shtml) has some crude erecting drawings of PT-4's, C2, C4 and other East Bloc designs, plus lots of b&w photos. The drawings look to be from builders' catalogs and don't have much detail beyond dimensions and overall proportions, but it's a start.