I've had this Porter sitting around for a while, it's DC and not the best of runners so I've decided it's time to sort it out.I've always liked the way some of the colliery lines increased the coal capacity of the locos by adding an old coal behind the loco, with a few modifications so that the crew could get at the coal. So as I wanted to add DCC with keep alive as well the thought crossed my mind, how about a water tank to hide the electrical bits with a bit of space for extra coal, and add pickups to the wagon wheels which should cure the running problems.
The slimrails 4 plank is just the job, and with a small area removed at one end provides access. The pick ups are some fine phosphor bronze strips which don't add much resistance to the wheels, and the tank from 15 thou brass. With a bit of detailing it looks the part and something the local works has knocked up.
Next the loco, shorten to a 0-4-0,new cab, running plates and some extra details.
Last edited on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 12:09 pm by Simon H
Good progress with the Porter bash, cabs done and its based on a 2 foot gauge loco a group of us owned and restored. The tank is a bigger version of the bachmann one using the same fixings and its also attached to the cab.Simon
Last edited on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 01:03 pm by Simon H
Back with the baseboards now which are basically complete, although some areas won't be built until the track is needed, this is only on the high level quarry.Next is to get some cork down and set out the track in the hidden yard.Simon
Kudos for doing some experimenting.
One of the things some folks lose sight of when switching to O narrow gauge is that everything else remains 1/4"=1'.
Two things (which you seem to have already considered)...track separation needs to be a great deal larger than in smaller scales, and those 1/4"=1' buildings are BIG.