7 1/4 INCH GAUGE BIG BOY FOR SALE

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7 1/4 INCH GAUGE BIG BOY FOR SALE
Posted by Gary UK on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 2:11 PM

Not sure how many of these there are in the world but this is the only one in the U.K.

Im not connected in any way with the owner but what a stunning replica it is. Unfortunately this miniture railway is now history, it was the finnest in the U.K.

But the price...!!!

http://www.locomotiveauction.com

 

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Posted by dredmann on Monday, September 17, 2007 1:52 PM
Okay, the starting asking price is 340,000 UKP, which is $678,000 US at the current exchange rate. To put that in perspective, the asking price for Southern Pacific 1744, an operational standard gauge steam locomotive, was $800,000 US, it did not sell for several years at that price, and I suspect the recent sale to the Colorado railroad was for substantially less, quite possibly less than $678,000.

So that Big Boy is definitely cool, but I'm not sure the price/performance ratio is there. And I wonder how many 7.25" or whatever lines can handle a locomotive that long, and that heavy? And how difficult it is to transport?
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Posted by cprted on Monday, September 17, 2007 5:34 PM
If runs as nicely as it looks it would be beautiful loco. However unless some billionaire somewhere really wants a nice conversation piece for the living room, it will never sell. Price it at $200,000 (USD) and you might get somewhere. Transport wouldn't be too difficult with a good sized pick-up and a flat-deck trailer. The thing that would restrict which tracks you took it too would be the loading facilities. A big-boy should be able to navigate the curves at most club built railways (backyard tracks tend to be a little tighter in the corners), and the physical plant of 1/8 scale railways are usually so over-engineered that weight shouldn't be a factor. For example, LALS have a weight restriction of 475lbs/axel.
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Posted by Gary UK on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 12:09 PM

 dredmann wrote:
Okay, the starting asking price is 340,000 UKP, which is $678,000 US at the current exchange rate. To put that in perspective, the asking price for Southern Pacific 1744, an operational standard gauge steam locomotive, was $800,000 US, it did not sell for several years at that price, and I suspect the recent sale to the Colorado railroad was for substantially less, quite possibly less than $678,000.

So that Big Boy is definitely cool, but I'm not sure the price/performance ratio is there. And I wonder how many 7.25" or whatever lines can handle a locomotive that long, and that heavy? And how difficult it is to transport?

Well, i gota agree with you, it seems abit over the top and i wonder how long he'l have to sit on it at that money.

He also has some 'loose' representations of U.S diesels and even these are up for 60-70kShock [:O]

There is also some video clips of these locos working on the site, nice, but to much money i think!

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Posted by bnsfkline on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:31 PM

Geez! I paid only $14,000 for my 2007 Chevy Aveo! And its a LOADED car!

 

You could purcahse 8 or 9 Corvettes for that price!

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