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    • January 10, 2019 2:29 AM EST
    • Thanks Dan.

      I printed a line drawing of C&S Mogul #22 in 1:20.3 scale and compared this with my loco. The tender is a bit shorter on my engine, while the boiler is longer. The wheelbase matches neraly perfect. As I don't model a specific prototype, I'm very happy with the result so far. You can also see that I managed some further progress on the tender in the meantime - I'll share the details later this week.



    • January 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST
    • awesome looking with the shorter wheel base . 

    • January 8, 2019 1:02 AM EST
    • Thanks David, by now, the rebuild works better than expected, also the result.

      I started to sand-blast the paint off the tender shell, but that paint is very sticky on the brass sheets. This will take some while.


    • January 7, 2019 5:04 PM EST
    • Real nice.

    • January 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST
    • Hello,

      as announced, I did some work on the tender. My first plan was to rebuild the original tender frame but I got to the conclusion, that it might be much easier to build a new frame from wood instead.


      The new frame is longer and narrower than the original one. I'll go to model the new tender to the style and type of the tender on my Bachmann C-19.

      From the original frame, I salvaged all detail parts and attached them on the new frame. The bolsters got cut to get a longer wheelbase.

      The rear foot board was made from brass.


      And here's the rebuild loco so far. I really like the longer tender together with the shorter wheelbase on the loco. It changes the overall look so well.

      In the meantime, I got the RC components so I can continue work on the loco as well.


    • January 2, 2019 1:14 PM EST
    • Hey, Rocky,


      you may want to reconsider your comment, glad hand would be open to center of the gauge, including when placed on the opposite side  as Gerd has currently. I worked in all manner of train service in preservation and as you sugest would just not work. think about it.


      Al P.

    • January 2, 2019 12:54 PM EST
    • Hi,

      thanks for the hint, I'll turn the gladhand during the next workshop session.


    • January 2, 2019 10:35 AM EST
    • Great work Gerd.  As someone who worked briefly as a trainman/brakeman, I can really appreciate having the front and rear airline/angle valves on the engineer's side of the locomotive.  When coupling cars by yourself you always want to have eye contact with the driver, so this saves you from having to climb or reach over to connect the hoses and feather the valve open.  The only detail to consider on the pilot end is having the gladhand face away from the coupler.  Otherwise it would be very difficult to connect. 

    • January 2, 2019 2:43 AM EST
    • Hi folks,

      I found some minutes "between the years" as we call it in Germany (meaning the time between Xmas and NewYear) and did some progress on my mogul.
      I reinstalled the brake rigging and added two brake cylinders made from brass stock. All is non-functional. There's a brake cylinder on each side as typical on such engines.


      Here's a view from the underside. Due to all the black paint, the details are not very vissible.


      Next I spend some attention to the front pilot and tried to install a Kadee-coupler. the first attempt with a #830 worked well, but looked terrible.


      So I rebuild the whole pilot again and installed a #835 instead, which turned out perfect. I also installed a brake hose.


      As I have to wait for some parts to continue work on the loco, I'll spend some time on the tender next.


    • December 19, 2018 11:01 AM EST
    • Nice work, Gerd. Thanks for sharing your progress. 

    • December 19, 2018 9:42 AM EST
    • Gerd, Very nice!



    • December 19, 2018 7:32 AM EST
    • This is a good project Gerd!  Looking forward to seeimg your progress.  

    • December 19, 2018 1:22 AM EST
    • Hello,
      I dismantled the loco down to the frame for the changes on the chassis.
      Once the wheelsets are removed, I took a closer look to the frame. You can barely see some marks on the frame, where the axlebearing will be located after the modification.

      Now comes the hard part - I cut the new slot into the frame. As it's made from steel, I used an angle grinder for rough cutting and finally filled the slot to proper dimensions. Be carefull to get a proper slide fit for the axle bearing. You have to file away a few millimeters of the firebox-sheet on the inside as well to make space for the lip of the axle bearing.

      The steel frame is rigged enough and will keep the axle right in place. If you like, you might add a piece of material to the rear end of the new slot to close the gap, but it's not needed to keep the bearing in place. Once the springs and lower bearing lock are in place, the bearing will suspend and work as before, just on the new location.

      I closed the old slot with the original bearing locks and made new ones for the new location.
      Last step is to shorten the connection rods. I determined the correct length first and used a lap joint and silversolder to reconnect the halfs of the rod. It still needs some finishing.

      And here we are - A 2-6-0 chassis with shortened wheelbase.

      Next is to reinstall the brake detail, adding some brake cylinders at the rear and installing a Kadee coupler to the pilot.

    • December 16, 2018 7:39 PM EST
    • sounds cool. I'll definitely be watching how the wheelbase move goes

    • December 16, 2018 2:14 PM EST
    • Hi,

      I found a used Accucraft livesteam Mogul on eBay for a very good price and couldn't resist. This one will become #1 on my Southern Palatinate Railway.

      I'll go to rebuild her to the look of the Colorado&Southern Moguls , which are favorites of mine. Therefore I'll add some changes to the tender, which acutally needs a lot of rebuilt, and I'll shorten the wheelbase of the loco to a more C&S-style wheelbase. I found photos on the internet showing such a rebuild and I like it much more than the Baldwin-style long wheelbase.

      Here's the loco as she arrived in my workshop this week.

      And beside my Bachmann C19. I find the Mogul is a perfect match.


    • January 2, 2019 10:22 PM EST
    • itchy finger, duplicate post

    • January 2, 2019 10:22 PM EST
    • If it has been running well and everything else is OK the jet is probably clogged.

      Blow backward through the jet with butane gas.

    • January 2, 2019 9:10 PM EST
    • I've been running one of these for several months now, after it had been a "shelf queen" for probably ten or more years.  Lately, though, the fire doesn't stay lit.  I thought it was just low on fuel, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Any suggestions of the problem and how to get it running like new?


    • December 4, 2018 2:03 AM EST
    • Nice to see this beautiful engine is in good hands!