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 Posted: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 04:43 pm
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Hi all,

Another project I have started recently - a TVR 0-6-2. Not so much a build but finishing off what somebody else started and never got around to finishing.

The 56xx 0-6-2T was not one of Collett's best designs, curve shy with lots of derailments until an articulating joint on the rods was installed. The Welsh railway company ones in contrast had no problems negotiating sharp curves. The private contractors used to build them (Manning Warldle, Stephenson, Vulcan Foundry among many others) knew a thing about sharp curves from their narrow gauge products.

Pictures below are of a 4mm scale ex-Taff Vale class A 0-6-2 (built by Hawthorn Leslie, NBL and Vulcan Foundry between 1914 and 1921) hand-built brass and white metal model that I am currently converting to EM gauge. "Swindonized" by the GWR at various times after amalgmagtion (the latest was in 1948, 26 years afterwards, so the basic design was good). I take no credit for the body build, I am just fettling and making final adjustments (smoke box is a tad too high, no handrail around the boiler as yet, one of the tank filler covers needs adjustment).  Many of these ex-Welsh company locomotives ran until the 1950's, a few without boiler or firebox modification. Photographs of a "Class 56xx" with rectangular tanks and narrow cabs are not a 56xx. The Welsh railway companies used them for both freight and passenger work. Some were even fitted with autogear.

The chassis is currently OO gauge, and was intended to be used with home-made hornblocks. You can see the compensation springs already in place. I m leaning towards using the chassis from a 56xx I have going spare, along with some EM gauge Ultrascale wheels, also going spare. The cost of a wheelset, motor and gearbox is not insignificant, and I already have a perfectly good chassis, wheels, motor/gearbox and a DCC sound decoder in the Bachmann model. The brass body and chassis cost me $25 Can (around £14.50), part of an estate sale.
 
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Hi all,

Well, it does not fit. Either almost total destruction of the Bachmann chassis or major changes to the base of the brass  body. Plan B it is. Widen the chassis to EM gauge, fettle the hornblocks, new wheels and motor/gearbox. At least I have some EM axles. Hey ho, donkey riding time.

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