Last of the FI

After CRM’s members went our different ways the Ferrocarril Internacional ceased to be. My modules became the FCPyF, an identity that has always been carried by most of my On30 fleet, but one loco remained in FI livery.

100_0680aFerrocarril Internacional #19, star of several Youtube films featuring the modules at shows, was photographed for the last time at Cuarto Sheds this morning. She is being converted into a tank engine and will carry the standard FCPyF steam loco black livery when completed. Her tender will also be repainted and probably allocated to #2.

Number 19’s new outline can be seen in the photo below. American-built tank engines often seem a bit odd looking in my opinion, as if designed by a committee, certainly with little or no consideration for aesthetics. The short saddle tank, in preference over one stretching the length of the boiler, was chosen because it left the front doors of the cab unobstructed. It also saved me having to make any alterations to the steam dome, though the chimney and sand dome will need to be modified so that they can be remounted on top of the tank.


At the moment everything is held together with Blutack. As work progresses a trailing single axle truck will be added under the cab to make the loco into a 2-6-2ST.



About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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