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CNR 2-8-2 project

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CNR 2-8-2 project
Posted by Almoststalebread on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 2:11 PM

so I’ve decided I want to try my hand at detailing and painting a CNR 2-8-2, nothing major just adding a few cn details so it doesn’t just look like another off the shelf locomotive , I’m planning on using either a bachmann or broadway limited and maybe a atheren genasis 2-8-2 but have heard those ones have some mechanical problems. I was wondering if any knows of a cn  2-8-2 class that has and feed water heater and an all weather cab that one of these engines would be a good starting point for. Also if any has any tips on painting a steam engine and if I should paint the detail parts before or after I put them on

Graham

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:32 PM

 Well, after an hour-or-so worth of looking for photos and composing a reply, it all disappeared, so here's another attempt.

I've modified and painted quite a few locomotives (brass and plastic) for a friend who models the CNR.

Here's an Athearn Mikado modified to represent a CNR S-3-a...

The Athearn Mikado is a very smooth running locomotive, but it had trouble pulling even only its own shadow.  If you plan on using one, there's a thread HERE on improving its pulling power.

I have two more of my own, awaiting similar re-builds, one as an S-3-a and another, hopefully, as an S-1-b, like this brass one which I painted for my friend...

Conversion for the first one was fairly easy, while the S-1 will be a little more involved.

I also re-did these brass S-2-a locos, mostly a matter of adding the ELESCo feed water heaters and the associated piping.  Each is modelled after a specific prototype...

...although the 3547's tender needed a few repairs and modifications.

This one was pretty-much a total rebuild, converting an old Akane brass USRA 2-10-2 into a CNR locomotive, much like the real CNR did with 10 USRA 2-10-2s bought from the Boston & Albany, after the latter received their Berkshires....

There's a thread HERE covering pretty-much the entire process.

I model the CNR as an interchanged partner with my freelanced roads, but mostly with their smaller locomotives.

On the same site, my friend has several on-going threads showing his various CNR locomotives.

You can check them out HERE, and HERE.

Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Almoststalebread on Friday, April 10, 2020 2:35 AM

Wow, those are some beautiful locomotives, thanks for all that great information and sorry that you had to write it all twice.

Ive to decided to go with the bachmann 2-8-2 I’ve had good luck with bachmanns In the past and I can get one for about 100$ less then the broadway limited. I thought about the athern but I couldn’t find one for a good enough price for it to be worth doing the repair to fix the pulling power.

I spent some time yesterday trying to find some more pictures online of what exactly I want to model and I think I’ve found a locomotive to somewhat loosely base mine off of. https://www.railarchive.net/randomsteam/cnr3367.htm

ill be switching the cab, adding the feed water heater and corresponding pipes, triangle number boards and maybe replaceing the headlight. So next is ordering the locomotive and parts.

Graham

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