It’s a grind

The angle grinder is an awesome piece of kit. It made short work of removing the remnants of the saddle tank from the front of the Pacific’s cab.

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While I had the tool assembled and plugged in I also removed the builder’s plates from the cab sides so that new, deeper, lower panels can be added to the level surface. The boiler is definitely something off a loco built for export but I want to keep a British look about the loco, to distinguish it from the Americans in the FCPyF’s fleet, so the cab sides will curve down to match the depth of the tender’s bodywork.

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I don’t want to mount the cab too high over the firebox, so it looks as if I’ll have to trim the footplate on the tender to make it slightly lower down…

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…otherwise the fireman’s going to have a sore head!

And, on the matter of the tender, I am still undecided whether or not it needs widening. It’s a good match for the smaller freight stock, and the loco is supposed to be British built.

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Seen here with a Peco “Great Little Trains” O-16.5 van attached, though it does look too narrow when coupled to Bachmann freight cars and passenger stock.

But is that a problem?

The tender in this video is narrower than the coach behind it, I reckon adding a thin ledge along the top of the frame should do the job.

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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food. Divorced, three kids, one dog.
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