welcome to THE BACK SHOP
Back Shop is where all of my motive power projects reside until such
time as they are completed. When completed they will be moved to the
Motive Power page. In the list below click on the photo, drawing or icon
to see what progress has been made to date.
# 14 Narrow gauge 2-8-2
on the EBT's #14 it will be mostly
scratch built in 1/24 scale. It will utilize a Pittman motor, Aristo
gearboxes, borrowed parts from Bachmann 4-6-0's and various
castings and scratch built or modified parts. Click on the photo above
to see progress to date. This project is currently not active as track
work and other projects have moved it down the priority list.
RC&G # 3 Standard
Based on the Maryland &
Pennsylvania's #29 it will be mostly scratch built in 1/24 scale. It will utilize a Pittman motor,
Aristo gearboxes, borrowed parts from Bachmann 4-6-0's and various
castings and scratch built or modified parts. Click
on the photo above to see progress to date.
Lumber Company # 1 Narrow gauge 3 truck Shay
exact prototype for this locomotive has yet been chosen but it will be
similar in appearance to the one pictured above. The base locomotive
will be the Bachmann 1/20.3 3 truck Shay. Plans are to replace the cab
with an all weather style in 1/24 scale which it will then represent a
physically larger locomotive in the smaller scale. Some of the other
details will need to be downsized as well. It will be stationed on the
Paiute Lumber Company's line but will have limited track-age
rights on the RC&G. No work has yet been started on this project so
no web page is yet available.
# 18 Narrow gauge 2-6-6-2 Mallet
1926 the Baldwin Locomotive Works did a proposal for the ET&WCN for
Mallet type locomotive that would be equal in power to two of their
4-6-0's. Due to a number of factors this was never built. When Bachmann
released their 1/20.3 2-6-6-2 tank Mallet I did some checking and in
1/24 scale the wheel base and driver diameter was a very close to the
drawing above so I decided to modify it to see what it might have looked
liked if the Tweetsie locomotive had been built. To retain the look of
their other locomotives I will be using many parts from the 4-6-0's
including the tender and cab. The boiler will be made from PVC pipe.
Interesting to note that though the design form shows the request was
for a Mallet type the drawing shows a simple type articulated. Not a
whole lot has been done on this but if you click on the plan above you
can read about what I have done so far and what issues I found right out
of the box with the Bachmann locomotive. This is also a currently
# 1 2-4-4-2 Narrow gauge Mallet
project was started almost 20 years ago and was one of my very first
motive power projects. It started life as a Northeast Narrow Gauge kit
representing a very small 2-4-4-0 tank Mallet. It has lead a tortured
life going through several iterations in an attempt to produce a smooth
running reliable engine and it's still not there. Due to the need for a
place to put batteries and radio I added a tender. This was not an
uncommon practice to increase range and allow the boiler mounted tanks
to remain full to keep a maximum amount of water over the drivers. In
the end I hope to capture a look of what a Mallet might have looked like
if Porter had built one. Click on the icon above to see the adventures
to date. This project is on hold pending time availability.
# 20 Narrow gauge 2-6-0-0-6-2 Garratt style locomotive
totally fictional project that will attempt to show what a Garratt style
locomotive might have looked like had any been built for use in the US.
The power blocks came from a used 0-6-6-0 LGB German tank style Mallet I
got for a good price on eBay. Pretty much everything else will be
scratch built. Commercial castings or bits from other locomotives. The
above photo is for reference only for those not familiar with Garrett
style locomotives. Click on the photo above to see what this may
end up looking like.
Paiute Lumber Company # 2 Narrow
gauge 26 ton 2 truck Heisler.
project started on a whim after seeing something similar done by another
modeler. It will utilize the frame and boiler from a Bachmann Climax
locomotive. Both the Heisler and Climax companies bought their boilers
from the same supplier and so are quite similar. The trucks are scratch
built and the locomotive will be powered by a single motor located in
the boiler / firebox area. Although there is no intention of building to
an exact prototype it will use features common to many of the smaller
Heislers. Click on the above photo to see where this has progressed.
Like many of the others it is currently on hold.