How could I not publish this? Big thanks to Jack for sending it in. It put a huge a smile on my face. I’ve heard of scratch building before, but never junk building. Loved it!
I have been enjoying your site for more then a year now and its wonderful.
I thought you may like my kit bashed locomotive. Actually its a junk bashed locomotive. The boiler is 55 gallon drum, the drivers are bicycle rims with the centers welded in, the front wheels are off a go kart, the domes are mixing bowls, the headlight is a house light with a car bulb – yes it has high and low beam, the boiler head is a skillet, the bell came of a sunken yacht, the whistle works off a scuba tank in the tender, it has smoke and choo choo.
The sound is from four speakers and a radio detuned so you get static, then the speakers are turned off and on by a cam and switch on a drive wheel, works well. The cab will hold four kids and the tender holds the engineer and six more kids. Because it has rubber tires I can drive it down the street, took it to McDonalds drive thru once. It has a 8 hp motor and a lawn mower transmission. The entire locomotive took 9 months to build, its my baby. It celebrated its 20th birthday this month. Little neighbor kids who rode in it are now bringing their kids over for a ride.
Oh yea I gets of adults asking for rides also. Keep up the great work with the web site.
Jack, Jupiter, Florida”
“Hi Al, not done much on my South Wales layout lately, been concentrating on my 009 layout.
Thanks for all the tips this year and just to remind you of South Wales, here is a mixed goods train climbing to Bryncoch.
And if you missed the silly Christmas/ New Year offer, that’s here. Thank you for all the comments on it, and all the seasonal good wishes too.
That’s all this time folks, keep ’em coming.