"Rosy" a 0-4-0 kit bashed saddle tanker

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"Rosy" a 0-4-0 kit bashed saddle tanker
Posted by chocho willy on Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:12 PM

top centerRS front to rearAlways thought saddle tank engines were neat and with that in mind I uncovered an old Lionel 0-6-0 with outside drive gears that I had kit bashed several years ago. It wasn't a tank engine but it had a neat cab and unusual stack which was a little bent due to a smoke unit over heating. I had build a small tender to go with it to improve electrical pick up as the were no rail sliders . The drive system was so poor that I had to undo 1 of the driver wheels from the drive rod to get it to run as the gears were constantly getting out of sink. So I ditched the Lionel drive and substituted an LGB 0-4-0 engine # 2015, I reused the smoke box front the Lionel, making the body out of PVC tubing, added part of a Aristo-craft 2-4-2 Rogers tank buy cutting off 1 section of rivets and placing it on a piece of flat styrene that I sawed a slit in the piece of PVC tubing and inserted left to right into the slit leaving enough over hang or some side running boards. I cut the 2015 down on both sides and left the motor block housing. The Lionel cab had 2 tanks on it 1 left and 1 right on it's front and cut them off, made doors out of styrene and arched them like the windows before were done and cemented them in a open mode. The left side of the engine I suspended from the running board a scratch built ( out of styrene tube ) air tank adding piping with brass wire, on the right side I added some leftover cooling tubes from a Aristo-craft switcher. Put an air pump, I believe from an LGB engine, attaching it to the left side front of the tank also piping it with brass wire. Not quite sure where I got the sand dome but it fit the old time looking bill. After researching old saddle tank engines I discovered some of them had the steam dome inside the cab area hence I was able to shorten the engine by quite a bit. I reused the hand rail stations and added new brass wire, scratch built the front cow catcher and giving it a working engine look. The generator came off a big hauler along with the whistle which I had added wire to making stiffer. Had to make new covers for my cylinders as  I was missing one of them from the 2015 but his gave the engine again and older look. The tender is just a styrene shell that I riveted using small brad nails, yes each one has it's own hole, sometimes I wonder where my mind goes when I'm not in charge. It is sitting on a passenger car truck for length and both wheels have power pick ups which are tied to the engine current. Color, well it was the color of the original cab and I liked it, sort of a rosy maroon, hence  the name "Rosy". As most know I usually weather everything but for now just letting this one sit for a while looking pretty. After conversing with friend Eric in Hawaii I've decided to make me a sugar cane train, as there were several in Florida and when I do I'll show the cars as well, thanks Bill profiletop left fronttender top

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Posted by PJM20 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:19 PM

That's a nice looking kit bash, thanks for sharing with us. 

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Posted by ttrigg on Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:51 PM

It may be "new" but it has the look of "have I got a story of hard work." Well done and thanks for the share.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, December 11, 2017 12:24 AM

Until I see a Florida company name on her, I am calling her "Loke," Hawaiian for "Rosey!"

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Posted by vsmith on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:45 PM
Hey now I like that cab/body combo, even got me a Lionel cab like that :D

   Have fun with your trains

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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 1:21 PM

Really suprising how close the cab was to the orginal 2015 one, had to cut out som small tap parts but other than that in slid right back in where to orginal was, hardest part was making dooes for the front of the cab where the rounded windows were, thanks for the kind comment, Bill

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Posted by Neiler on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:40 AM

I agree that “Loke” or “Lokemele” would be great names for a job well done! There is another plantation Modeler in Hawaii? LOL. Thought I was alone out here. 

 Neil Erickson (aka Eric San)

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, December 15, 2017 8:59 PM



Shall we say "plantation inspired?"  I am taking my strategic guide off the OR&L, but I am just having fun gaining some experience as I slowly shape my own line, the Oberammerga, Ogden & Olomana (the "Triple O") over here on O'ahu!



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