The Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad is a one-quarter-scale railroad operating on 16-inch track in Fairview, Michigan. It was designed and constructed by Howard Schrader in the 1990’s. Trains travel through mostly forested land and provide passengers with a variety of scenes and terrain during the 18-minute ride. There is a 115-foot long tunnel and two large wooden trestles. Authentic structures and buildings inspired by historic North American railroad architecture, including the depot, have been constructed on the property. The buildings support the railroad operation as well as Schrader’s Railroad Catalog, a business offering quality retail products for rail enthusiasts.
Motive power on the 1.5 mile mainline is a twin set of F-7 diesels and a 4-6-4 steam locomotive. The diesel set was constructed in 1997 by Custom Locomotive of Chicago. Each unit is 15 feet long and together weigh about 11,000 pounds. A Perkins 80 horsepower four-cylinder diesel engine powers hydraulic motors in each of the four trucks to provide power to all 16 wheels on the two units. The steam locomotive was built by the late Carrington Eddy, who constructed the 27-foot long locomotive from 1956 to 1961, and gave it the number 5661. The 4-6-4 Hudson is oil-fired and has 20-inch drivers. It is capable of pulling 10 or more cars carrying about 120 people.
Beautiful footage for this DVD program was captured on a weekend when both steam and diesel powered trains were operating, and happy riders came from near and far. We think you will be as impressed as we were by this fun and remarkable little railroad!
All video was captured with multiple tripod-mounted and train-mounted HD cameras. The DVD running time is approximately 46 minutes and there is only minimal narration. Add the “Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad” to your collection - yardgoatimages.com/product-browser/The-Michigan-AuSable-Valley-Railroad-p51174280
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