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    • April 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT
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      Butane fired EBT #1 was JNR 8550

      East Broad Top #1 was the original engine bought to lay the track in the 1880s. It survived, and was given a new boiler when The Big Cheese bought a Business Car (#20, Orbisonia.) It spent its final days pulling him around the railroad.

       

       

      This is my modified Aster JNR 8550 that I built from a kit. I managed to lose some parts - notably the gasket set, but I soldiered on to get a steam-tight model.

       

       

      It has a new stack, but I haven't done any painting yet to get rid of the JNR red or touch up the bolts. The copper top came from Roundhouse (very inexpensive.) The cab is a Bronson-Tate Forney kit from The Train Dept, and I made wooden walkways to match EBT #1. It needs earlier domes, but I haven't done them.

      The tender came from an Accucraft 4-4-0, I think, acquired because it was the right size and had the butane tank. I was determined to convert it to butane, and I bought a 30mm Regner ceramic burner that just fit with a bit of bending. I re-used bits of the Aster tender as #1 had a strange 6-wheel arrangement.

      The conversion isn't particularly successful, as you can't see what is going on. I need to run a suction fan until there is enough steam for the blower, just like an alky, as there isn't enough room for the gas to escape? It does run on rollers, so more experimentation is needed on the track.

      In any case, I can't spend any more time on it so it will soon be For Sale. If anyone wants to return it back to alcohol I have all the tender parts and the burner. I don't think I did anything that isn't reversible. (PM me if you have any interest.)

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at April 18, 2019 2:47 PM EDT
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    • April 17, 2019 12:55 PM EDT
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      I'd love to see your model Pete, but the pictures are broken links.  Maybe the dreaded httpS ?

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    • April 17, 2019 12:59 PM EDT
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      You can see them if you are logged into mylargescale.com

    • April 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT
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      I can't seem to find a way that leads to the pictures without being logged in. They have the location buried deep within the site.

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    • April 18, 2019 2:48 PM EDT
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      Joe Zullo said:

      I can't seem to find a way that leads to the pictures without being logged in. They have the location buried deep within the site.

      OK.  Sorry - I put them on MLS the quick way, which saved uploading them.  I have now also put a copy on the Freightshed so you should be able to see them.

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    • April 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT
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      Now that I can see the pics, very nice.

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    • April 18, 2019 10:03 PM EDT
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      Thanks Pete.

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