With the recent introduction of a moderately priced Bachmann "Emily" 4-2-2 large single, I decided to attempt a GN15 conversion for the MG & FT based on Roland Emett's "Neptune". Not quite the full "Emett" treatment, but still with some degree of "Whimsey" in the true "Much Gnattering and Far Twaddle Light Railway"
The first picture shows a plan compared against Emily.
The next picture shows the modified body to meet Smallbrook standards to ensure compatability. Note that the cylinders have been enlarged.
The next picture shows the boiler. The smokebox door comes from a Chinese Hornby gresley Pacific. The boiler is built to represent wooden lagging as used during the Victorian period. The rivets are pin heads.
The final picture of this series shows the work so far. Mike Rayner of Smallbrook Studios has recently released a GN15 Station lamp and one of the castings makes an ornate sort of Victorian chimney. Come to think of it, when the large driving wheel splash covers are added, the loco will look a little bit like a Crampton. Please be advised that this engine is for non-stop express duties between Much Gnattering and Far Twaddle. Work has yet to be started on the tender. The next phase will be the firebox, cab sides and then wheel splashers. Finally, the engine will be named "Patrick Taylor" , after my brother-in-law and friend who passed away recently.