During my "Winter " vacation in California my GF managed to find the Orange Empire Railway Museum. They have a circuit of "Cape" (3'6") Gauge trolley (tram) track, together with a shed (aka Car Barn) full of stock.
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There is also a shed dedicated to 3 foot gauge stuff.
Which I'll post later.
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the whole thing looks very scary, unless a lot of equipment guards have been removed it would never pass any of todays safety regs. (I have seen big Electric face shovels & draglines at work.) At the moment though I cant think of an excuse to model it!
More pics after the weekend of the 3 foot gauge stuff.
Thanks Chris! I think I know how they worked now. Your pics made it understandable. They would 'skim' surface stuff like pavement, lift the boom, swing and dump. Probably couldn't dig down hardly at all. Interesting machine.