The courage to start on 622’s tender

Okay, so I didn’t spend the eighties and nineties blithely hacking apart diesel shells to turn GP35s into GP38s.  It seemed, from reading Model Railroader back in those days, that this was the way to enjoy the hobby.  Model Railroading is Fun when you approach it with a razor saw! Well, I never had the dough to risk a perfectly good diesel, and so, I … Continue reading The courage to start on 622’s tender

Weights and wires for 622

There are two things that I didn’t design well when I built #10  (okay, there are more than two, but I’m going to write about two tonight) — weights and wires.  Weight, even on the first iteration, was largely composed of scraps of lead that I squeezed into nooks and crannies wherever I could.  On the other hand, #10 effectively had no room for wires … Continue reading Weights and wires for 622

The wonder of a local hobby store or It looks like Bachmann’s tender shell will work for 622

Today I stopped in to Central Hobbies to see if they had any of the parts I need for 622.  It’s all esoteric stuff, and so I was happy to walk away with the gear box at least.  It must be said that Central Hobbies is one of the better hobby stores I’ve ever encountered.  Somewhere in that mess, you can find just about anything … Continue reading The wonder of a local hobby store or It looks like Bachmann’s tender shell will work for 622

Fake suspension for 622

Parts for 622 continue to appear on the drawing board.  It’s easy to get carried away when you’re modelling in CAD.  The keys that retain the springs, for example, are really miniscule – about .01 x .01 x .02.  Will the 3D printer be able to resolve them?  I hope so. I’m wondering if I should combine the brake cylinder and suspension assembly into a single … Continue reading Fake suspension for 622