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Richard E
Topics: 51   Replies: 22
posted on Jun 26, 2015:

Recently repainted B&O Alco FA-FB-FB-FA in their first all Blue paint scheme. One B-unit is still in the original scheme. Later they eliminated most of the striping and lettered them with just a large B&O
B&O's early all blue paint. scheme
Topics: 35   Replies: 23
posted on Jun 13, 2015:

Again I'm using the parts from the AHM 0-8-0 plastic locomotive kit from the late 60's and early 70's.
The wheel spacing on the 0-8-0 is drastically different from that used on the 4-6-4 locomotive so this locomotive will be a "freelance" design but will be similar to this Canadian National locomotive.

This is the chassis frame for the 0-8-0 engine.

The front set of drive wheels are removed and the front frame is extended out to make room for the 4-wheel leading truck.

I built the leading truck out of sheet brass and used the wheels from the 0-8-0 tender.

On the left is the steam cylinders from the 0-8-0 kit and on the right is the modified steam cylinders for this engine.

Here is the chassis with the steam cylinders and leading truck mounted in place.

This is the boiler shell from the AHM 0-8-0 kit.

I cut part off the front of the boiler shell and trimmed it up on the lathe so the cut edge is square and smooth.

Then I cut a piece of PVC drain pipe and machined one end so it will fit inside the end of the front boiler piece.

The two pieces are glued together to form the boiler for the 4-6-4 engine.

The cab is cut off the AHM plastic model and is glued onto the new boiler.

Here is how it looks once the glue has dried.

I cut the back two thirds off the floor plate for the tender and glued it to the underside of the cab.

The tender frame section does not extend all the way up under the cab so a piece of gray styrene "I-beam" is glued on top of the floor plate on each side to strengthen that area.

I need room under the rear of this engine for a 4-wheel truck to support the tender.
The rear of the chassis frame is cut off right behind the rear springs.
A piece of .030 thick sheet styrene is glued to the rear of the chassis.
Another piece of the " I-beam " is glued on each side for strength.

A hole is drilled and tapped in the white piece of styrene that is glued on top of the tender floor plate behind the cab.
Two small pieces of styrene are glued to the rear chassis frame to thicken this area up so I can drill a countersunk hole in the other side for a flat head screw.

The boiler is set upside-down and rear frame work of the chassis fits on either side of the tender frame.
The flat head screw fastens the chassis and boiler together at the rear.
There is a long screw at the front that goes up thru the steam cylinders and fastens into the boiler to hold the front of the engine together.

Here is how it looks so far.

The electric motor fits thru a hole that is cut in the floor plate.

I trimmed the two sides for the lower part of fire box and glued one on each side of the cab.

The sides for the back of the tender are cut to size and glued in place.

Here is the back of the tender.

I need to make a piece that will fit on the floor of the cab to hide the electric motor.
So I cut the top off a plastic bottle that toothpicks came in.
Then I cut that part in half and painted it black.

This half round piece is glued on the floor of the cab to hide the motor.
Once the cab roof is attached and everything is painted, this piece won't be very noticeable.

The rear panel for the cab is also glued in place on the front of the tender.

Next is to make up the top section for the tender.

The inside of the coal bunker is lined with wax paper and a piece of wood is set inside it.

A thick layer of adhesive caulking is spread over the piece of wood.

Some "coal" is pored over it and pressed down into the adhesive.

The excess coal is cleaned off and the part is set aside so the adhesive can dry.
I'm using the "coal" that is made by Lionel.

The adhesive turns clear when it is dry.

Here is the tender with the coal bunker in place.

The steam dome and the sand dome are mounted on the boiler.

The frame is painted and the electrical contacts that ride up against the inside of the drive wheels are fastened in place.

The linkage is put together.

The brake shoes, drive wheels and side rods are then mounted to the frame.

Here is the chassis so far.

Here is the finished locomotive.

4-6-4 Tank Locomotive
Topics: 37   Replies: 43
posted on Jun 10, 2015:

This new bridge will be replacing an existing embankment on a customer's American Flyer layout. I also made a curved girder bridge to go over a curved track on the lower level.
It will replace the lighter colored embankment shown in the photo on the upper level.
Additionally, I made this customer a matching bridge for a yet to be determined spot on his layout.
If you will notice, the profile of the stone arch bridges are the same as that of my smaller Rockville Bridge.

American Flyer Stone Arch Bridge
Thomas Smith
Topics: 6   Replies: 12
posted on May 26, 2015:

my coffee stirrers
Topics: 3   Replies: 4
posted on May 16, 2015:

This is a scene I captured at the end of a long day on the Michigan-California Lumber Company. Dave Jacobs' ON30 logging layout is featured in the June Model Railroader. Unfortunately, this shot didn't make the spread.
Comin' home
Topics: 44   Replies: 37
posted on Apr 25, 2015:

Camelback 0-6-0 No. 29 passes under the B&NY high line as it leads a transfer movement from the Lehigh Valley to Edgewater in 1948.
Transfer Run
Topics: 8   Replies: 36
posted on Apr 23, 2015:

as everyone knows this is now my 3rd layout in 2 years LOL Not what I planned but each time I learn more of what to do and what not to do first layout was small around the room type not bad but the inclines and all the bridge work made it tough to build and get to work correctly. second layout started offin one room got move to the loft and expanded out to be 12 X 10 wasn't a bad layout but also had it's issues with flimsy benchwork and areas that I had to climb on the layout to get to so after about a yer working on it at Christmas time it was tore down so after a few months of designing layouts in scarm I finally on a whim came up with a layout design I was happy with took about 10 different designs. the room isn't the biggest room it's only 199 X157 with an alcove and 3 doors to contend with for attic space so I didn't want to block those doors either . I like bridges tunnels and long trains not 20 car long but about 10 cars per train. I have certain trains I leave on the layout so needed some sort of yard for them to be taken off the main line to run different trains. total of 4 passenger trains and 3 freight trains, for a total of 7 trains on the layout at any given time. also have a few engines I like on the layout so needed a yard for them too. and didn't want just simple loops. so what I ended up with is a pretty good sized monster with multiple levels a few sidings for the trains I keep on the layout and a small yard for the engines I have ran a total of 3 trains at a time on this layout so far and it does get alittle tricky at times almost had a head on at one point LOL. but I have taken a few pics and maybe they can explain it better than I can.
new layout

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