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 Posted: Wed Jun 16th, 2010 03:41 pm
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What I'm thinking of doing is buying a second loco and turning it into a Mogul. Some research on the Lionel 0-6-0 that I bought reveals that it has a few 'issues'. It may simply become a model of a derelict engine that is beyond repair by the KLM shops.

The photo on my blog is an eastward view. Just beyond the trees is a shallow, granite rock strewn ravine (think trestle). Beyond that is a rise that leads towards small hill covered with pines where I plan on building a small pergola. The distance between the two is about five hundred feet with a total rise of about fifteen feet.

My plan is to run track between the cabin and the pergola for a point to point layout. The pathway will parallel the track most of the way providing for operators to keep pace with their trains. Add in a short passing siding or two as well as a few revenue spur lines and I'll be kept busy.



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 Posted: Mon Jun 21st, 2010 11:45 pm
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While sitting at the truckstop in Troutman, NC yesterday I began to fabricate a pair of frame rails for the drivers that came with the Bachmann porter.



Originally the plan was to modify the existing frame and components with the results being a shorter, more compact 1:17 scale backwoods steam critter. But as I tore the engine down the other day it dawned on me that it would be more FUN to build a completely new engine only using the drivers and motor.

As much as I want to run trains, I'm a long way from even beginning to lay track on my five acres. So this is how I play with trains... slowly building a new critter in the bunk of my Kenworth. :)



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 Posted: Sun Jun 27th, 2010 04:04 am
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After a long day of some 450 miles I spent a couple of hours fabricating pieces of 2mm styrene for the steam chests that will sit atop the steam cylinders. I found a couple of plastic paper roll spools the other day on top of an ATM machine that were the diameter I wanted that will work as the cylinders. I'll take some pictures the next time I work on them.

I also have to figure out what I'm going to use as the ends of the cylinders which need to have a slightly larger diameter of the cylinders.

Progress is slow because of my busy schedule but I'm liking how it's shaping up. :)

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 Posted: Mon Jul 5th, 2010 02:25 pm
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DW-GREAT STUFF! I really love the one about finding styrene rolls on top of an ATM and being able to use them for cylinders! "Outside the box" ain't the phrase for this...throw the stinkin' box away! I have found crap, junk, trash just laying around and much of it looks to have a real modeling potential. I still haven't found a use for road kill or cow poop, but you can never tell. Keep it up.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 14th, 2010 02:21 pm
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Thanks Woodie. Still searching for 'something' to use for the ends of the steam cylinders. I bought a few 1/2" pvc caps at Home Depot that may work. I forgot to bring the 'cylinder' with me when I parked my truck in Detroit for some days off in Windsor so it was an eyeballing purchase... with the hope that the diameter is the same or close to that of the cylinder.

If they are then it's a simple matter of cutting them down to the desired length and glue it all together and continue with building the steam chests atop the cylinders...

As I knew would happen with this project progress is slow and goes in spurts. After driving eight to ten hours every day my intentions to work on it are there but my mind is a dead mass of gray matter. :y: 

Because the KLM is still nothing but a concept and other issues (my wife's pending immigration to the US) take priority the train building get's regulated to the status of 'when I feel like it'. Even my brand new Accucraft Ruby steam locomotive kit hasn't been begun. It just rides around the country in my Kenworth waiting for me to start on it. So it goes...



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 Posted: Sun Jul 18th, 2010 08:12 pm
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Still plugging along with this project... slowly. Finally put together the steam cylinders as shown in the photo below. The originals can be seen just to the front of the wheelsets with the new cylinders attached.



As I've been plugging along I was bothered with the idea of building everything on a full length frame which is visible above. So after looking around a few other places on the internetz I came up with the plan to build a small frame to hold the wheelsets then attach everything else as components to that frame. This way, if my shade tree engineering doesn't work I'm able to start over on just that one defective component. Each component will be bolted to the frame for removal in the future if necessary.

One of the reasons I like working in Large Scale... the hardware store is my hobby shop. :)



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 Posted: Sun Jul 25th, 2010 11:55 pm
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As I sit here in Laredo drinking cold Coronas while listening to Classical music in my Kenworth... I've made some progress on my Bachmann Porter.

It has become less of a scratchbuild and more of a kitbash. Either way, it'll be something nobody else has.

Below are a couple of pics of parts held together with a rubber band and binder clips just to give an idea of how this build is shaping up.





The engine is about one inch shorter overall than the original even though 1:17n30 is about 17% larger than 1:20.3n3.

I'm reusing the smokebox though it's been shortened about 1/4". Also reused is the firebox. A piece of 1-1/2" pvc 4-1/4" long makes up the boiler.

I'm going to build a new wood cab but show the old one here with a few spacers at the bottom to give an idea of the size. It isn't quite as long as the new cab will be as evidenced by the new styrene floor holding it up. The cab sits about 3/4" closer to the rear drive than the original configuration.

New cylinders made from pvc replace what I considered too small originals. A new pilot deck is visible with cylinder supports. The new cylinders will be bolted to the pilot deck with actual hardware. The cylinders are about 5/8" closer to the front driver. The original connecting rods are being reused though it required being moving the original brackets rearward about 1/4".

The motor has been rotated 90° to a vertical position from it's original horizontal position below the cab. It's gearbox housing is visible just above the rear driver. Details added later will hide it from view.

I still have to make new, shorter side water tanks that will hold the AA batteries for powering this engine. The Losi ESC radio cintrol unit will easily fit into the boiler with plenty of space.

I still have a ways to go with this little lokie. But it's coming along. Not only is this little engine built in a scale nobody else is working in... it's being entirely constructed inside a Kenworth T600. I may not be able to have my own outdoor 'rails on dirt' layout for now, but by gawd I'm going to still play with trains. :)



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 Posted: Mon Jul 26th, 2010 12:53 pm
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Doing good Dwayne!

How thick is the styrene under the cab and smokebox?


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 Posted: Mon Jul 26th, 2010 02:21 pm
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Thanks Herb. Using 2mm thick styrene.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 28th, 2010 02:37 am
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After eight days in Texas I finally made my escspe north across the Red River to my beloved home state of Oklahoma. Free at last, free at last! :)

I had enough time to pick up some solvent when my buddy picked me up at the truckstop for dinner. He brought me a second Bachmann Porter I had ordered a few weeks ago. This one may be transformed into a Forney.

Of course my stay in Oklahoma was short as I'm supposed to be in Detroit by 1400EST tomorrow. After covering 709 miles today I actually had a few minutes to work on the current kitbash and attach the firebox to the pvc section that will be the boiler. But only after ordering myself a Taig lathe...

http://www.taigtools.com/mlathe.html

Knowing very little about lathe work I guess in time I'm going to learn. Of course for now it goes into storage with all my other things until I get my place built. Cost through a Taig dealer in Missouri came up to $479 plus shipping. I'm sure that I'll be spending more on accessories eventually. L:



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