A real mixed bag for you today.
Ever since I published some train pictures a long while ago, I’ve lost count of the times the below three have been mailed in.
So I thought I’d publish them and get them out of the way!
Beautiful aren’t they?
It relates to this one here.
A fireless engine was new to me – but thankfully I got some mails on it:
“The fireless steam engines, often laughingly called teapots or tea kettles, were used in many places where an open flame in a traditional firebox would be dangerous. An example that immediately comes to mind is that Eastman Kodak had several at their chemical plant in Rochester NY. Porter built many of them.
“We have one of these “fireless cookers” at Steamtown, not running of course. They were most common at one time at industrial sites. PP&LElectric Co. had one. On a similar vein, I know of two area examples of old steam locomotives being attached to industries to supply their steam during emergencies and during plant boiler replacement projects. The Lackawanna and the Reading are two that I know did that. It was a small source of revenue from old engines that were not very road worthy in the late days of steam.
Thought the “troops” might be interested. Thanks for including me on your mailing list. Some really neat stuff out there and I enjoy it immensely.
If you haven’t heard already, that 0-4-0 loco is referred to in the States as a ‘Fireless Cooker’… they were used in alot of factories that dealt with flamable/explosive material… amunition plants (primarily).
“These engines were usually employed in areas such as munitions and chemical plants where an open fire could prove dangerous. Also, there were engines which ran on compressed air – same principle.
And now on to another friend in need, as so many of helped out Wayne last time:
“Hi Alastair thanks for all the great info you send out to all of us. I for one really appreciate all the ideas. I am an ex pat living in the US. I belong to a local HO Modular club but at home model N scale.
I get back to the UK every few years but not often enough.
The reason for my message today is to ask for advice or information. My 91 year old dad and 88 year old mum are still alive and well living in Southern CA. For a hobby they enjoy making scale model buildings. The scale changes and actually they are pretty good at it. They built a replica of the church they were married in Killamarsh Derbyshire and Conisbrough Castle near Doncaster where my dad lived and in who’s ruins he played as a child. They were both employees of British Rail before and after WWII and my dad served in the RAF during that war.
What they would like to do is build a model of an olde British pub with a thatched roof. In talking to him this weekend he said he wasn’t sure about making the thatch and also getting ideas for a pub design. He has emailed pubs in the UK and asked for photos of pubs to get ideas. So far he has not got a whole lot of response.
What I am looking for is links to instructions etc for making thatch for modeling and any pictures of old pubs etc. I thought as a modeler in the UK you might be able to help.
Thanks again for all you do…..
Yuma, AZ USA”
Any ideas? Please do post a comment below.
Thanks for the emails. They are great and very informative.
I have attached a photo of my first attempt at a layout. Let me know what you think!
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this installment as much as I have writing it.
Love all your comments (especially about the ‘ebay cheat sheet‘). Please keep ’em coming.
And if you want to get started, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS The ‘broken down old shak’ in the print out scenery was really popular, so my boy has done another: