Dear fellow GN15 modellers,
Since moving over this side of the pond, it is easier to locate and purchase American models for my forays into engine designs for the Much Gnattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway.
I purchased a Bachmann 0-6-0 tender engine with a view to making another engine. First picture below:
This first view shows a plan with the wheel spacings and chassis size. From this a plan can be put together to check proportions/viability.
This view shows the loco body removed and the DCC decoder. I like the complex valve gear on this model. The engine will be called "Pocahontas" and I like the idea of when she moves, the valve gear and wheel movement will convey a beautiful and graceful feminine sort of wiggle.
I spent many happy times at Gravesend and there is a statue of Pocahontas in a local chruchyard.
Progress so far with the GN15 body on the chassis. I have bitten the bullet and will make her as a tender engine, rather than taking the easy option by concealing the chassis/motor with side tanks. The curves on the tender make it too good not to use.
This view shows the "Whimsical Victorian Femine Engine Style" that I have chosen for "Pocahontas" - lots of panelling and curves. I think the sheet concealing the chassis will work, and the wood encased boiler will be a joy and challenge to paint. I have used some of Mike Rayner's excellent Smallbrook Studios parts, including a Nellie spectacle plate and Columbine dome to keep her in line with the rest of the MG & FT fleet. I promise one day to build somewhere to run them all on.
Thats all for now.