Operating Tuolumne Forks Railroad with Bob Brown

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Tuolumne Forks is a O&3 freelanced narrow gauge logging and mining railroad. Bob Brown is the editor and publisher of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.This layout combines mining and logging with a tourist line. The operation follows the Lake Tahoe Railway and Navigation Company’s transport of tourists from Workshop to the Lake Tahoe Resort. The railroad is famous among narrow gauge enthusiasts like Bob Brown.

Bob Brown’s main control system within the Tuolumne Forks Railroad is PFM SS2 system. His main system was modified by his good friend Gordon North. Gordon added an internal combustion sound system to this operation system and also a tethered walk-around for Bob as well. Bob also has a mini sound unit with Gordan’s modification. This way, Bob can unplug it and move around the layout. One thing Bob would do again would be to pre-think his controls and look into infrared options instead.

All of Bob’s steam locomotives are commercial imports. But all of his rail cars are internal combustion type locomotives built over H O cato mechanisms which are gas powered, very inexpensive, and are extremely reliable.

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