TREVOR GIBBS MODEL RAILROAD PAGE - Part 3
Updated 14th January 2004
MY REBUILDING PROGRAM
I have a number of older engines one of which I have had for over 30 years.
As the running of my locomotives has improved, I have aimed to make my engines perform well such as slow running, etc. I bought a few engines years ago such as the Mantua which looked massive but ran terribly and made my throttles transistors and heatsink resistor run very hot.
Two years ago saw me mounting a can motor into it and it is a fantastic runner using its stock standard worm and gear.
While it is not the most scale appearing engine in the fleet, it runs as well as any I have ever had. The valve gear in particular is very much a tribute to Mantua itself.
I am gradually doing rebuilds of other engines such as a Roundhouse 2-8-0 ( I have two of these of slightly different genres) one of which I put Dick Smith Gears into. This will be further remodified with a Romford Gear set as will the second one which is in quite a few bits at the moment because this engine still has a slight gait I think caused through slight miscasting of the gear. But I could rave on… when what you guys want to see is pictures…
I feel as if I would have the skills but not the patience to build an engine from scratch. I have had this Model Power/Mehano Technika 4-6-2 for a while but never liked the starting characteristics nor its gait which seems to be a trademark of all of them. I set out to build a new chassis from brass bar which will replace the current chassis. I am intending to use the old superstructure as well as the valve gear and plastic cylinders etc.
Here are the two chassis side by side… the motor is not yet fitted and the front is a little higher than it should be
A Top View. I was fortunate in having the use of a mill to do the appropriate cutting… one of the few advantages of being a technology teacher
The General appearance from the very top or plan view… this could have focused better!
Why did I take this… I just Love Bandwidth! But hopefully it will take pride of place on the mainline …and fairly soon! The strange looking “caboose”in the background is an South Australian 8300 class brakevan… I have ridden quite a few miles in these over the years and very comfortable they are too!
I have struck a few alignment problems with different heights and slightly different wheels and so may re do this one but I will proceed as best I can. What I feel as though I should have done in hindsight is rebuild the Rivarossi 0-8-0 first (which is also not geared well and the drive gear has stripped itself… anyway now you have seen the Pacific…
Hope you enjoyed seeing my work… you can catch me at this email if you would like to discuss further! Hope I have more to show you soon!