H.K. Porter 0-4-0T locomotive with white oak cab and wooden flat car

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Project by FitchburgNorthern posted 05-26-2019 02:38 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scratch-built in 2.5” scale. Locally cast drivers for the loco. White oak stained golden honey and sprayed with semi-gloss poly cab. Heart poplar frame on flat car with ship-lapped maple decking recycled from our kitchen rebuild.

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#1 posted 05-26-2019 10:34 PM

The cab is actually plasma-cam cut sheet steel over which I have contact-cemented white oak “planks”. Not exactly cabinet-making, but much closer to doll-house making. It was fun and somewhat tedious. The flat car is a 2.5” scale model built from Denver & Rio Grand Western 6000 Series wooden flat car prints obtained from The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. Wonderful, helpful folks with a treasure-trove of prints, photos, and documentation of railroad items. I reduced the overall length of the flat car so that I can carry it athwartships in my RAV-4, with the loco and tender lengthways, side-by-sde. The frame of the flat car is heart poplar,which is the species used in the prototype (full size) flat cars, with ship-lapped maple decking. I built up the bolsters (metal structures above the trucks) from cold-rolled steel flat bar and silver-soldered together. Tom Bee Bettendorf freight car trucks and brake shoes with my own design vacuum brake rigging. Allen Models cast bronze automatic couplers.

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 12:20 AM

This is a great model and project. It blew everyone’s mind and they didn’t know what to say. Beyond top 3.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 07:39 AM

I agree with the Bushmaster. A masterful creation. Its the path to completion that was beyond my skills. I totally appreciate the explanation of the process. It helps to have the brain and eye understand more of the process. To me, this is so well done as to outshine any commercial version. Well done.

-- DonB

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