Hi my friends,
When my wife Linda and I went to Nevada in October, she fell in love with the Joe Douglass locomotive at NSRM. It’s a 0-4-2 Porter that ran in nearby Dayton, NV, near enough to the V&T for me to pay attention to.
Well, Linda asked me for a model of Joe, and I promised I’d make her one. So this will be a build thread on this project, and hopefully it won’t bleed beyond this winter.
I’m starting with an LGB porter, which has all the tough stuff figured out (drive, electrical, DCC, etc.).
I began with stripping the LGB down to its main components, and (since I’m on a work trip this week) brought those with me, along with a digital micrometer, and cadded them up.
Next step was to compare that with pics of the proto.
From that, it became clear that only the chassis, and a very stripped down version of the boiler, could be reused. Most of the cab deck, and all the boiler detail, would need cutting away.
I’ll print the add-on parts (3d printed in resin) until all is dimensionally correct. If the parts seem strong enough, I’ll use those; but if not, I’ll have to use Shapeways / etc.
The tender connection needs to be really strong, so there will be a screw-on interface plate, probably acrylic (but might become brass).
The other parts will (eventually!) slide, snap or screw onto the LGB parts. And hopefully it’ll all work out.
I had to remove the LGB lead weight (hidden in their saddle tank), so I have a TBD weight replacement design effort ahead.
In fact, the cad model / overall design is a long way from being done. But when it is, the actual build should go fairly quickly. Or maybe not, we’ll see.
Thanks in advance for hanging in there with me in the mean time.