J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad

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J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
Posted by Rick in Ohio on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:44 PM

The J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad will be operating Locomotive 58 on a regular basis starting in June of 2022.  Our 24" gauge steam railroad is located in Youngstown, OH and features heavy Porter 0-4-0T locomotives from Jones & Laughlin Steel in Pittsburgh.  We have three of these locomotives on the property, one in operation  and another being evaluated for restoration.  

58's new tender has recently been completed and mated up with the locomotive.  A new passenger car is currently being designed and will be constructed over the winter.





Rick Rowlands

J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad

Youngstown, OH

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, December 9, 2021 9:34 AM

Rick, since you're here, what's the truth with 3639 being moved at Roanoke?  How far along is the restoration planning?

That locomotive is one of the crown jewels of second-generation locomotives.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:16 AM

Rich, hats off to you. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:56 AM

That may be a narrow-gauge Porter, but man does it look like it means business!

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:24 PM

That sure is a boxy loco. Are we to assume the heavy clading is for protction from high heat at the steel furnaces? Forward Front visibility is limited.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, December 10, 2021 12:32 AM

You guys have done a terrific job, this sort of small narrow-gauge industrial railway used to be very common but is usually overlooked in the North American preservation scene. 

I also like the boxy look of #58, they definitely managed to cram as much locomotive as possible into a very confined space!

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:56 AM

Narrow-gauge diesels for steel mill service are interesting in their own right, envision a smaller version of a 44-tonner (any builder) on only four wheels.  I was lucky enough to see these locomotives in service at Wisconsin Steel Works (owned by IH) since part of the mill operation could be seen from public streets.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul

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