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    • January 6, 2019 2:43 PM EST
      • Salida, CO
         
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      D&RGW C-48 #1151

      Hi guys,

      I began this project last winter at the other place but traffic over there seems to have largely died off, so I thought I'd share an update here. I only model in the winter, so progress has been slow. Still, I hope to have this done by the end of January so I can move on to the next one.

      My goal is to end up with a model of this - it was the last standard gauge steam locomotive operated by the Rio Grande:

      I began with an Aristo 2-8-0 I bought on eBay in September of 2017. As of today I am this far:

      Its tender was largely completed last winter:

      My son has been most helpful (and most patient!) in creating 3D printed parts for me on Shapeways. 3D parts include the Pyle headlights, sand dome, stack, generator, smokebox front, and the air compressor. He works in Chama, so he's conveniently located to measure and draw up the various parts. The nice thing about printed parts is that once they've been drawn up, they can be printed in any scale. You can see these and other parts here:

      https://www.shapeways.com/shops/highcountryhobbies

      The whistle, bell, injector check valves and smokebox inspection ports are 3D printed by Mihai Dumitru:

      https://www.shapeways.com/shops/railway-mechanics?section=1%3A32+Scale%2C+Gauge+%231&s=0

      Lettering is custom dry transfers - I do the artwork and a place in Vancouver makes them for me. Never been a decal person, myself. The air brake hoses and valves are by Burl Rice. I built the brakeman's cupola on the tender from Rio Grande plans.

      Cheers,

      Matt

       

       

       

    • January 6, 2019 7:12 PM EST
      • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
         
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       I built the brakeman's cupola on the tender from Rio Grande plans.

      Gee, and here I thought those were outhouses.

       

      (Yes Rooster, I am just kidding)

       

      That is incredible.

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    • January 7, 2019 8:09 AM EST
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      Great work .... However ... the coupler looks ..what the word ..toy like..

      I wonder if there is a better option..

       

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    • January 7, 2019 7:10 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
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      It is shaping up to be a right fine model.

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    • January 8, 2019 1:15 PM EST
      • Salida, CO
         
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      Thanks, guys. And especially thank you, Sean - sometimes I get tunnel vision when doing a build and miss the obvious. I ordered some quality couplers from Burl.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • January 8, 2019 6:48 PM EST
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      Really like where this build is going! I have often wondered why few people model this prototype. You are doing great in replicating it!

    • January 13, 2019 1:32 PM EST
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      Hi all,

      I made a lot of progress this weekend. Running boards are finished (except for the stairs over the air compressor) and the boiler and smokebox have been painted.

      I even sent it out on one of the branch lines for a flanger turn :

       

      I still have lots of piping to add and other small details, a crew, then weathering. Last week somebody asked me what it looked like before I began - here's a shot of the donor:

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • January 27, 2019 10:44 AM EST
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      Hey Sean!

      New coupler from Burl Rice arrived on Friday:

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • January 27, 2019 11:27 AM EST
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      Ooh, that looks good, Matt.  Much better than the original one.  Burl does a great job.

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    • January 27, 2019 11:31 AM EST
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      This is fantastic! Great job!

    • May 12, 2019 9:10 AM EDT
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      Hi guys,

      I am finally getting back to this project, much delayed by my 44 ton switcher, building track, life, etc.

      Since my last update I have added builder's plates, air compressor exhaust along the stack, steps up and over the air compressor (made from brass), air compressor piping (still some more to go), and some injector piping. I still need to add handrails, whistle pull, bell rope, some more sander pipe, mud ring valve actuator, class lights, and then weathering.

      Cheers,

      Matt

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