Bachmann 2-8-0

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  1. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

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    Why not just start with a 2-8-2 like the IHC or Mehano one, or an Athearn Genesis, and hack the boiler?
  2. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    Where and when is your payout set that you can run a Narrow Gauge 2-4-4-2-?
  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Where?, Somewhere in the northeast. When? Now.
    SHS&D #1 was rebuilt by the shipyard so it could negotiate a curve that could not be widened because land could not be aquired due to a "conflict of interest" between the shipyard owner ( me ) and the Mayor ( owner of the land in question ). If you go to the search feature here, and search Sag Harbor Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. you should be able to get all the information about the yard, and its industrial line locos, and its aquisitions.
    Pete
  4. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

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    I withdraw my suggestion... I hadn't looked closely enough at the Bachmann 2-8-0. Those counterweights would be a hassle starting from a stock HO mechanism.
  5. Johnson Bar

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    Canopus, I have the Bachmann 2-8-0 . I moved my cab back 15 scale inches on the existing chassis I used a Dremel for most of the mod's. I also opened the back of the cab to reveal its interior. The information I used was from the 2007 issue of the 0n30 Annual.
    The author constructed his own replacement cab but I used the original one. It wasn't that difficult you just have to measure twice cut once. wires and connections can be moved. I love the Americanization of my Connie from B-mann. I say Go for it!
  6. Johnson Bar

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    Canopus, I have the Bachmann 2-8-0 . I moved my cab back 15 scale inches on the existing chassis I used a Dremel for most of the mod's. I also opened the back of the cab to reveal its interior. The information I used was from the 2007 issue of the 0n30 Annual.
    The author constructed his own replacement cab but I used the original one. It wasn't that difficult you just have to measure twice cut once. wires and connections can be moved. I love the Americanization of my Connie from B-mann. I say Go for it!
  7. Drmsparks

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    It can be done!

    Actually it can be done, I'm almost finished with a similar project.

    I'm making what I refer to as a baby K. Some of the details for the finished product are borrowed from the K-27 and the EBT mikes. My project engine is a road switcher for a coke and coal processing road. I've rebuilt the entire cab (moved the cab, dropped the floor, changed the doors, removed the sliding window, added armrests and sun visors, opened the rear wall, built panels for the existing doors to convert them to walls and installed real seats) , extended the frame, extended the air tank reserviors, added a rear sand dome and new generator. I'm building a slope back tender modified from a Putt trains S Scale kit.

    I still have to redo the boiler piping, the cab interior details, add new air pumps and their piping, and finish the dual speaker tsunami install (I went with the medium steam for its variety of eastern chimes). As far as the wiring goes, theres an extra inch plus in the tender that can be extended to make up for the lengthing of the loco. Nothing major there, but you do have to cut the engine leads for full disassembly.

    I hope to have it ready for the midwest narrow guage show in march. It's the first time I've gone "all Littlefield" on an engine and like what I've done so far.

    Is it a lot of work? You bet. But...It's smaller and definitely more suited for On30 than an MMI K (I know I have one...in On3). IMHO The bachmann cars look silly next to the K. Is it cheaper than a K?- not much, but no one else will have one.

    The key to a Mikado option is extending the firebox- the extra truck is to support the extra boiler weight. If you don't want the longer firebox skip the trailing truck and just make a larger connie.
  8. johntealn30

    johntealn30 New Member

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    The picture is an out of site rad I needed to acommadate a fiddle yard. Although the picture is a diesel I can get my 2-6-0 round no problem. The white window sill is about 8" inches wide so as you can see the radius can be no more than 12 - 14"

    [​IMG]

    John
    RJR Branch Line
  9. Drmsparks

    Drmsparks New Member

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    Pictures of modified OF280

    I've finally got my OF 2-8-0 project to the point that it's worth photographing so I thought I'd throw some out there...

    I've moved the cab back and opened it up, installed a PSC baldwin cab superdetail kit, converted it to dual air compressors with extended air tanks, installed a rear sand dome and switched to a slopeback tender. I was shooting for a baby slidevalve k-27, with additional inspiration from the white pass and yukon skagway yard/dock switcher.

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    Second and third pictures

    I still have some work to do on this, details etc, plus some paint touch up but here's two more!

    Dave

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  11. Canopus

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    So much for "it can't be done" eh? ;)

    After seeing this I might just get myself one. You've made it look much better with your modifications. :) Very good job!