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Toy Construction #269: Scratch build Steam Train Cow Catcher

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Blog entry by htl posted 08-30-2019 07:51 PM 993 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got the front wheels made up and mounted but will still need some fine tuning like the rest of the train.

These scratch built cow catchers were very interesting to make.

I made two one with more slats and please vote on which you think look better with the train.
If I ever build another train I’ll be so happy I made this extra set. lol

Figuring out how to cut the angles was a real pain.
If I remember right the toys and joys plans gave you what you needed for the wood burner train but not so much for the coal train even though they were the same catcher.

Here’s where you can see the two different catchers.
I know they’re not that much different, that’s why it’s so hard for me to choice.

This train is based on Norm Marshall’s toy train, but I went bigger and added more details.

I have always liked his plans his simple way of building, may be because it was the first toy making book I bought why back in 1983 or so, had just gotten my new Shop Smith and had a small 10×10 shop where I was building my first toys in my own shop.

That’s all I had the gumption for today so thanks for looking in and have fun modeling!!!

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sras

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#1 posted 08-30-2019 08:33 PM

1 vote for more slats.

I got my ShopSmith in 1982…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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htl

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#2 posted 08-30-2019 08:36 PM

Sorry sras but I done climbed that mountain and ain’t going over it again. LOL
Or do you mean the one with the most slats? LOL

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#3 posted 08-30-2019 09:48 PM

Very nice sir.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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#4 posted 08-31-2019 09:44 AM

I like the simple clever way you did the “cow catchers” Bruce; well done sir!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 08-31-2019 10:53 AM

Great model and well done blog. I enjoy seeing how you make the parts.

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#6 posted 08-31-2019 03:04 PM

I really like it buddy. I have plans to build a train like this only placing a mail box door in the back. I will be using my own plans so I expect lots of mistakes. I may drive you crazy asking for advice!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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sras

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#7 posted 08-31-2019 03:55 PM

Yeah, I meant the one with the most slats :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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kiefer

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#8 posted 08-31-2019 04:50 PM

Nice looking project .
Cowcatcher ?
I always called it snow plow used to clear the track .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#9 posted 08-31-2019 08:52 PM

Correct title and excellent work albeit a bit too fiddly for me this age.
I agree with crowie very clever construction.

-- Regards Rob

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htl

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#10 posted 08-31-2019 09:35 PM



Correct title and excellent work albeit a bit too fiddly for me this age.
I agree with crowie very clever construction.

- robscastle

Robscastle you are so right, Very fiddly!!!
The first time I tried a cow catcher it was holding the parts free hand and O what a mess, but using the grooved, holds everything in place so it all comes out uniform.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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