always had a fascination for railways. Large-scale model locomotives are,
for me, a natural progression from the days of what I call the "electric
mice"! Although I still run my small scale equipment from time to time
for a change of pace.
model engineers, I find it difficult to stick with the same project
for too long. A 5" gauge locomotive can take 2000 to 3000 hours, or
even more for the ambitious projects! It's good too have something else
going to provide a relief once in a while. My first completed locomotive,
"Perserverance" took too long! Although I spent the 2000 hours, it was
spread over thirteen years... hence the name.
number 1 - "Perserverance"
on a 1912 vintage 2ft gauge French designed 0-4-0T from the Decauville
works. Several cosmetic changes have been made to the model to give
it an indvidual flavour.
Scale: 2-1/2" = 1 foot.
Cylinders: 1-5/8" bore x 2" stroke.
Valve gear: Hackworth.
Tractive Force: 119 lbs.
Boiler: Steel Briggs type, 6"nb tube operating at 700 kPa (100psi)
number 2 - 42218
a slightly different project, because I was part of a team (Myself,
Barry Glover, Neil Graham and Neville Levin). The locomotive was 42218;
a battery-electric model of a NSWSRA locomotive on 5" gauge to 1-1/8"
to the foot scale, for a construction series in the Australian Model
Engineering Magazine. I was responsible for the chassis and chain drive
mechanism. The end result of the team effort was a delightful model
and a successful project for the magazine.
The completed 42218
number 3 - "Tich"
I don't have a photo of number 3 as yet. I was at one of the Australian
Association of Live Steamers Conventions where it was necessary to fly
to the location because of distance and time constraints. This meant
I was without a locomotive. When I returned home, I thought one of the
basic locos might be a good project that could be taken on a plane as
cabin baggage for just such an occasion. So I started working on a 3-1/2"
gauge 0-4-0 locomotive called "Tich". I am up to the rolling chassis
stage, but I'm not sure if it will get past this point for some time
as the need for a "portable loco" is no longer present.
number 4 - SR&RL No.23
a project in the embryonic stage. However, unlike the "Tich", there
is a need for a larger locomotive that can comfortably handle a fully
loaded 6-car passenger train that my club thrives on. The following
Baldwin Locomotive Works photo will give you an idea of what I'm proposing
to build for 5" gauge at 2-1/2" to the foot scale. It's a Sandy River
& Rangeley Lakes Locomotive 2-6-2 Number 23.