Henry’s been back in touch with a wonderful back story of his Scratch built locomotive:
A little different submission from me this time. I know that you are very keen for people to make a start on their layouts, and rightly so.
However, this post is about making a start and finishing it.
During the 1980’s there were very few South African Steam locomotives on the market. The ones that were on the market were white metal and brass kits, that cost an arm and a leg. (Many of them are still being manufactured today).
An alternative to spending a huge amount on a single locomotive, was to scratchbuild or kitbash. This is the story of one such a project, started by my late dad.
He bought locomotives with the same wheel arrangement as the prototype, and then proceeded to strip everything down, leaving only the mechanism running. Then began the process of rebuilding, using plans, photos and other reference material.
Sadly, when my dad died in 2006, he left about 4 South African Steam locomotives unfinished. I inherited them, and packed them away for one day…
Well, for one of those locos, the one day has arrived. It is a South African Railways class 16 DA with a narrow firebox.
I include a few photos as well as a link to a youtube video showing the build process.
The Green loco was the starting point for this build. Now, I have completed what my dad had started 35-40 years ago.
A big thanks to Henry for sharing his scratch built locomotive.
I really did enjoy his narrative because there’s always something special about posts that give a nod to the loved ones who got us involved in this hobby.
Please do leave a comment below if you have similar memories – I’d love to hear them.
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you decide to join in on the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.