Ten years ago I bought an incomplete kit of what I thought to be a La Belle gas Electric, with an NWSL power truck included.
However, when inspecting it, I found it was a open platform combine which somebody had started to modify.
Work was well done but I had other ideas.
I was fascinated by windsplitters and similar contraptions for a long time, so this was the time to act.
Fabricated a round front from scratch, discarded the crude baggage doors and replaced them with resin castings.
Then had the idea of converting it to steam power.
Had several Ken Kidder "plantation" "mudhen" 0-4-0 locos in various states of disrepair, so first checked options how to replace the old motor.
(pic for reference only, that's not the loco I butchered)
Found a can motor from an DVD drive a good fit, ran the naked drive back and forth with an Lenz decoder for some time - perfect.
Then fitted it to the wooden carbody, and added a pilot truck to guide the thing.
Also used my very last old time trolley pilot casting for it.
Lettered it for my California Pacific, as usual for weird vehicles without prototype.
Now THAT'S cooler than homemade #$%^!!!! Very imaginative and follows several prototypes quite well.
I trust that the new motor makes it perform better.
Many, many years ago...I had both the HO Plantation loco and HOn3 Mudhen- several of them in fact.
Then they were affordable, even for a kid in the 50's...about $6.95.
Kidder also had some 4 wheel freight cars which went along with the plantation idea.
Great work, you should be very proud of this model!
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