Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

A fall from grace

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When I was at Newcastle there was a model shop in town I used to visit fairly regularly. It had some stuff competitively priced. I picked up an N gauge German Pacific for a song and set about turning it into a South African NG something or other. 

In reality the chassis isn’t really suitable but for the purpose of learning model making it was an interesting exercise. 

The tender is as I imagined NG15 134 of the WHR’s tender would look like, 

The boiler is a bit of brass tube cut with a saw at one end and opened out to make a firebox. 

The cylinders were fabricated around the existing N gauge ones. 

And I even managed to make a dummy outside frame for the trailing truck. 

It would work well as a 3’6″ gauge loco on N gauge track and that certainly is the look I have managed (accidentally) to achieve with that smokebox door looking rather North-British-esque. 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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