Workshop – LGB loco 3 re-build

Adding to the stable of locos, LGB model, loco number 3, obviously required some modification to bring it out of the toy category and into the industrial, Australian feel of the SC&MR. The general outline of the loco is very similar to a small Baldwin engine run on North Qld. cane railways so a picture of this was sourced as a guide. Several other modifications were considered, not necessarily prototypical of this model but similar to others seen in local historical publication, "Light Railways".

The make-over "before" shot. This loco looks a little toy like, but seems to run well at slow speed, has good weight for its size and i like the pick-up system on the LGB locos, which seems alot less sensitive to dirty track than the Aristocrat loco. I needed to pull the connecting rods off and re-align the wheels correctly to overcome a binding problem which gave it a very uneven running characteristic. Once this was done, it seemed worthwhile spending some time and effort on making it look the part as well.

Rear cab cut away, front "cow-catcher" removed, tin roof cut and placed roughly on, rear extension formed and placed for visual check. Already looking less like the toy, i think.

Details soldered on to the rear cabin extension. I enjoy this aspect and like to practice making things from metal. The steps are soldered from strip brass and epoxy glued in place. The chain is plaitted wire which will look better once painted and veiwed from a distance with the overall effect being the main intent. The buffer bars and buffer stops are seen here also. The prototype for these is a different loco but they will fit the overall look. The buffer stops are rolled copper shim material, soldered to copper plates. The buffer bars will need to be drilled and tapped to attach them to cabin and chassis. This will require a drill press, which is on the shopping list!

Component parts for the buffers. Not shown are the plates for the coupling system. This is needed to lift the patented "cup hook" coupler up to meet the railway standard.

The purchase of a drill press has allowed me to begin some very simple and rudamentary engineering tasks, such as this, to test out and improve my skills.

After much trial and error, I found that I could thread the 1/8th rod over a long length and cut this into smaller pieces to make my small bolts. (threading the ends of pre-cut lengths proved too awkward and frustrating!)

Small nuts were made, along with spacers, and these were tapped into the buffer plate.

All soldered up and fixed in place for the photo. I'll remove the buffers for painting and re-assemble later. Next... the front buffer!

Also, obviously, i've done some painting since the last set of pics. Basic gloss green and some black for weathering. More detials to come and and an overall matt varnish to finish.

All finished! Buffers painted and in place (although a small problem with some height variation from front to back!) I'm quite happy with things to this stage, but would like to get things looking a little more weathered and be able to achieve greater accuracy in the construction. More practice I guess!
Ran out of time for a track test on this one, but I think it will look good once in place on the railway.

email brian