3/4 Inch Scale Registry
15 December 2020
Dear friends mostly in North America:
Here we have the first roster update since June. We’re now up to 633 loco entries, 24 more than last time. Of course, a number of other pages have been updated. The 3 ½ inch Facebook pages and the Chaski forum remain the primary info sources. Removing the glitches and errors is a constant task – I’m always happy for any and all additions and corrections.
I’m troubled by a statement from Steve Bratina from 23 August: “The 3/4 inch scale registry has some inaccuracies that unless changed, stand as fact.” I’m not sure he’s referring to my registry, his statement though is above reproach: Like a virus, inaccuracies tend to get a life of their own, multiplying themselves and becoming nearly indestructible. (That’s certainly also true for full-size loco listings.)
What to do – quit or blow up my files in hopes of killing misinformation? I remain unwilling to burn the phone lines trying to reach additional sources of info. I do enter all corrections sent my way and I appeal to you to keep on doing so. It would be a great help to attend several steam meets – I’d love to come to Montreal in the foreseeable future.
A few new matters:
1. Very neat that the work of the late Don Strom of Minneapolis region has surfaced: a 2-8-4, 2-6-6-6 and 4-6-6-4! I assume they’re all in the museum at Duluth.
2. Who knows whether the GTW 4-8-2 in the Imlay City MI museum is live steam?
3. The Reading 4-6-2 (462.RDG176.unknown) at the Pioneer Valley LS in 1961 looks really neat. Where could she be today?
5. Didn’t really have room to include a shot of the exquisite tender for Chuck Balmer’s PRR turbine. The project appears to be chugging (whirring) along nicely!
6. Incidentally: It’s not really true that British models took over the North American scene long ago. Brits seem to like North American stuff, too: Eight of the nine Columbia 4-8-4’s and nine of 10 Caribou 0-8-0’s listed are outside North America. Sixteen of the 31 Virginia 4-4-0’s listed are not in North America. At least two ¾ inch Challengers and a Big Boy are in the UK.
All the best,
- Part 1: 0-4-0 to 0-8-0
- Part 2: 2-4-0 to 2-6-6T
- Part 3: 2-8-0 to 2-6-6-6
- Part 4: Geared & Upright
- Part 5: 4-2-2 to 4-4-0
- Part 6: 4-4-2 to 4-4-4
- Part 7: 4-6-0
- Part 8: 4-6-2
- Part 9: 4-6-4
- Part 10: 4-6-4 to 4-6-6T
- Part 11: 4-8-0 to 4-8-2
- Part 12: 4-8-4
- Part 13: 4-6-6-4 to 6-8-6
- Part 14: Foreign 0-4-0 to 2-6-4T
- Part 15: Foreign 2-8-2 to 4-6-4T
To register your 3/4 inch locomotive, or to provide information on the whereabouts of one, please email Bill:
Bill requests the following information:
- Modeled after or castings from
- Year completed
- Year acquired by present owner