Loco No 16.
This loco is a freelance
design of shorter wheelbase for use on the Cliffhanger layout and uses a
'standard chassis' as
It is to be built loosely based on the 2-6-2 V.O.R. tank engines with a
bit of Matheran thrown in!
When designing freelance locomotives, there is always the temptation to
make those with the most pleasing lines to the builder. The real
world has many locomotives that are not ascetically pleasing to
individuals. Personally, I dislike many Narrow gauge locomotives made in
China which appear to have the smokebox sticking out far too much.
Another type of
locomotive I like less are 'large boxes' and this includes the Vale of
Rheidol engines and those of the Matheran. They of course need the
extended water capacity but they still look like shoe boxes to me!
So this is a freelance
'shoe box' to all intents and purposes but will hopefully be an ace
performer on the tight end radii of Cliffhanger and if nothing else, be
visually very different.
This is a hybrid between
the Matheran and Rheidol. I do rather like the complex forming of the
cab and I have developed this further. I have a bunch of alternative L&B
Backwoods cab etchings so this always helps.
I intend to make
servicing easier by designing the loco with a 'plug-in' chassis.
A carrier frame is built
which attaches to the chassis with two screws. The 'pillar' holds a four
pin microsocket (from Express Models) which leads power from the wheels
to the chip built into the body and return the motor power from the
chip, (red, black, orange and grey wires).
The construction of the
water tanks can be seen to the left.
The tanks are soldered
to the carrier frame and stays soldered to the socket pillar as seen
below. The boiler will be well below tank height and the smokebox
recessed between the tanks.
The next step is to
build up the front frames and buffer beam. The frames will later be cut
away to clear the front pony truck.
The holes at the bottom of the water tanks are for later filling the
tanks with lead shot.
The photo above shows
the form complete at the front. The next step is to fabricate the coal
bunker and cab.
The Bunkers are built
Boiler ready for
Looking more like a
Guinness locomotive at present until the cab is built!
The cab is taking form
and the loco. is beginning to look a bit better!
All the major elements
are now in place and detailing begins.
The pony trucks are made
and the firebox fitted with ash pan control and washout plugs.
These photos show the loco prior to
Lining is done using Fox transfers.
The completed chip installation.