• Park railroad with 1/3rd-scale CP Huntingdon 4-2-4 loco?

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by lvrr325
 
Found some old slides mixed in what appears to be someone's vacation to New Hampshire or ? that show a park railroad operating with a scaled down CP Huntington 4-2-4 and sort of like tram cars where you slide in each side of the bench, maybe 18" gauge I'm guessing, the engine is run sitting on the tender deck and looks like it might be wide enough for two people to sit side by side. No sign of actual steam so perhaps it runs with some other kind of motor.

Does that ring any bells? I need to scan them, there is a name on the locomotive which may be a clue but I can't make it out with my slide viewer. They aren't marked and no visual clues I recognize but era is roughly 1965-67, some of the other pictures feature what appears to be a brand new Mustang fastback.

It could be somewhere else and just put in these boxes, these people also went a number of other places, but most of the slides are marked fairly accurately.
  by lvrr325
 
On scanning the one slide I see the nameplate reads The Loyalist and on the tender compartment at an angle is __?__nada ____road, photo taken at the station and bars of a railing block out the rest of the name. First letter looks like an I or U. There's a third slide but it's mixed into a different box so not scanned yet. The cars have no ID on them. It does overlook a lake of some sort in the background.

No, clearly not one built in 2013, the slide is from like 1966. Possible they were built to the same plans, I am sure there's more than one of these, I recall seeing a small ad in Model Railroader for an engine of this type.
  by Pat Fahey
 
Hi
Would it be possible for you to post the slides you are talking about, the information you are giving is good, but a few photos would be better.. thanks, Pat.
  by b&m 1566
 
The only park in NH, operating the 4-2-4T style engines is the Huff Puff & Whistle Railroad, located at Story Land. I believe the railroad is original to the park, so probably dates back to 1954ish? The Jingle Bell Express at Santa's Village, is another similar one but that's a 4-4-4T
  by NHV 669
 
What about Canobie Lake?
  by elecuyer
 
The CP Huntington "steam outline" produced by Chance Rides is a very common park train configuration. They are usually 24" gauge, but it has also been offered in 18" gauge (I think) which is used by StoryLand.

I believe that StoryLand had something other than a CP Huntington fleet when they first opened; possibly a Cagney steam locomotive.

Canobie Lake Park uses a 24" propane fired 4-4-0 made by Crown. It is a legitimate steam locomotive and a rare example still operating in amusement park service. Chance specifically designed the CP Huntington to be a natural replacement for the steam powered Crown locomotives.

Outside of New Hampshire, the Worcester Science Center/Ecotarium has had a CP Huntington train ride since at least the mid-1970s. I think they are on their second locomotive. IIRC there is also a town park in central Mass that has a CP Huntington as well. There was one at the late, great Rocky Point Amusement Park in Rhode Island - while the train is gone, some track (reportedly) still remains on the site.
  by b&m 1566
 
NHV 669 wrote: Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:45 am What about Canobie Lake?
I left out Canobie because that's a real 4-4-0 steam engine as elecuyer pointed out. Story Land and Santa's Village are operated by gas powered engines with drive shaft powering the front and rear trucks, not sure about the middle axles, I think those are just for looks.
  by SOCO11
 
I don't know for sure what it had but there was a train at Fantasy Farm in Lincoln where the waterpark is now. It was there all through the 70's- when I was young my family would stay in cabins just down the street.
  by b&m 1566
 
This is the only picture I could find, of the train from Fantasy Farm. It appears to be the same style engine that's at Santa's Village, a 4-4-4T, gas powered engine.
  by jaymac
 
Mebbe the Ecotarium? Took a ride on the park RR there when it was still the Worcester Science Museum. Strangely, all the old-school equipment had Blomberg-ish trucks.
  by FLRailFan1
 
elecuyer wrote: Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:08 pm The CP Huntington "steam outline" produced by Chance Rides is a very common park train configuration. They are usually 24" gauge, but it has also been offered in 18" gauge (I think) which is used by StoryLand.

I believe that StoryLand had something other than a CP Huntington fleet when they first opened; possibly a Cagney steam locomotive.

Canobie Lake Park uses a 24" propane fired 4-4-0 made by Crown. It is a legitimate steam locomotive and a rare example still operating in amusement park service. Chance specifically designed the CP Huntington to be a natural replacement for the steam powered Crown locomotives.

Outside of New Hampshire, the Worcester Science Center/Ecotarium has had a CP Huntington train ride since at least the mid-1970s. I think they are on their second locomotive. IIRC there is also a town park in central Mass that has a CP Huntington as well. There was one at the late, great Rocky Point Amusement Park in Rhode Island - while the train is gone, some track (reportedly) still remains on the site.
I wonder where the train went? I'm thinking of getting a 3D printer and create a nice park layout for my N scale layout...I have a piece of 'property' that I'm making into a historical site/train watching platform/model railroad clubhouse on my layout.