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This is a stock D&RG Bachmann in 1:20.3 scale, a 1876 4-4-0
that has been brought into the 1920s, showing several alterations
over the years, including extended smokebox, with coal cinder
hatches, straight capped stack, rounded domes, and modern steel
pilot. These changes represent post 1900 alterations to an 1870s
loco. In the 1920s, further alterations included the addition
of the oil tank on the tender when converted to oil firing. Air
brakes and cylinders have also been added to the drive wheels.
On 1870s locos, brakes were generally only fitted to the tender!
The bash includes a pilot and steam dome from a Bachmann
2-4-2 and 4-6-0. The sand dome and stack are from Hartland trains.
All other parts are scratch built, including the oil tank and
The Bachmann 2-8-0 to K-27 bash
This bash used the stock Bachmann 1:20.3 scale 2-8-0 and turned
it into a K-27 styled 2-8-2 loco at 1:22.5 scale. By changing
scales, the model's 36" wheels become 40", that of the
K-27, most other major dimensions also became appropriate to the
K-27. A 1:22.5 scale, smaller cab was fitted on an extended chassis,
and a new rear truck was scratch built. The pilot was altered
by cutting it back 1/4" and adding a new steel pilot, and
steps. The tender is a modified Bachmann 4-6-0 tender at 1:22.5
scale. This was only a simple bash for a friend demonstrating
the possibility of a K-27 bash. I plan to do another that will
not only match the prototype proportion, but will also have the
correct Walschaerts valve gear. Precision scale Co. offers most
of the K-27 valve gear castings, useful for such a conversion.
The Rio Grandefiled Bachmann 2-8-0
This model represents one of many similar bashes I've done for
friends; that of turning the squat Mexican 2-8-0 prototype into
something the D&RGW might have run in the 1920s and 30s. Changes
include rearranging the domes and bell, moving the headlight up
to the smokebox top and fitting a number board to the smokebox
front (where the head light used to be). Also filling the holes
in the smokebox front, and fitting a step and hand rail to the
front per D&RGW standards. Coal boards were added to the tender
and a large air tank. This particular model was lettered for RGS.
The CP Huntington
This little 4-2-4T loco is a narrow gauge version of the classic
1863 Danforth Cooke 4-2-4T, now preserved at the California State
RR Museum. This model is almost exclusively built using unaltered
Hartland parts and was built as a 'what if' model for my friend
and hero, Phil Jensen at Hartland trains. Only the chassis and
wagon top boiler were scratch built, using Hartland's new Modular
gearbox, all other components were from Hartland. The model is
now lettered 'Sir Phil Jensen' in honor of the person most influential
to my modeling style and scale. The model now resides with Phil.