With the railcar being painted I spent a quick half hour starting on another back burner project – 6320.
Regular readers will know that I sold my Mogul as I bought a foreign interloper – an LMS Crab. I had a 28xx and my plan was to turn it into 4801, one of the oil fired locos. For the immediate post-war period, the oil fired locos were one of the interesting experiments. As an ex Ffestiniog fireman I understand the benefits of oil firing despite some claiming it “doesn’t smell like a steam loco”. 🙄
However, coming back on point, I’ve always wanted a 30xx ROD for my “heavy freight” loco so the 28xx is going to depart and I decided to do the only 43xx as my oil fired loco. This was 6320 and was reported to “go like a Castle” when oil fired. I already had a spare Dean tender “in stock” so procured the oil tank for it from Shapeways (see here).
For the loco I managed to find a painted and crewed 43xx body shell on eBay for all of £10 and then I bought a Mainline 61xx Prairie tank for the chassis. For why, you ask? Because the original 61xx chassis (unlike the new Hornby one) would almost certainly fit, with some surgery to the cast weights, and, unlike the Mainline / Bachmann 43xx chassis is “normal” not split, thus making it easy to convert to DCC.
Here is what the chassis looks like new (typically I forgot to take a photo before hacking it).
I cut the back off, and the sides, and a small part off the front and made it look like this.
I then made a couple of minor trims to the body plastic to accept the new chassis, and Robert is your mother’s brother.
Next to tackle the tender which will have replacement buffers, and permanent addition of the oil tank.