Stunning O gauge scratch build

Just a quickie today. I stumbled across this at the weekend and just had to share it.

I’m a really big fan of the scratch built stuff – and I thought this has bags and bags of charm, and runs so smoothly too.

Much respect to David!

Please do keep them coming folks. Beginner’s guide is here.

And don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet too.

Yes, I’m up against the clock today… more in the next missive!



20 Responses to Stunning O gauge scratch build

  1. david howarth says:

    Well done great project ..Dave

  2. Jerry Suits says:

    Very nice and creative! I like the smooth running O gauge engine! –Jerry

  3. kim says:

    That is fantastic scratch built. Run’s very smooth. Love to see more of your scratch building. Really like scratch building show’s talent. great job

  4. Rod Mackay says:

    Hmmmm, unusual that’s for sure, but running on three-axle diesel trucks with the middle ones missing? Begging for some proper steam chassis units under it!.
    Of course, there’s a prototype for everything if you look hard enough – try Googling Bullied’s Leaders. All the best,

  5. Tim Morlok says:

    Nice build – definitely fantasy. I agree with Rod. Maybe it’s a steam turbine?. Tim

  6. Mark says:

    It is obvious that a lot of time, talent, engineering skill and love for the hobby went into the building of this great loco! Well Done. Thank you for sharing. I am impressed! Mark Las Vegas NV

  7. dave says:

    A bit like a Shay too

  8. Ralph says:

    Very interesting scratch build. Is that chain drive very noisy? I would like to find out more about that overhead railway.

  9. Joe says:

    David, amazing work! I would love to know about that overhead monorail setup.

  10. Ken Goldenberg says:

    What a neat old-school layout you have! I think my dad had a Marx train. They were sort of second to Lionel way back in the late 30s into 1940s.
    Those monorails are really cool though! I’d love to see a video of those running!!!

  11. Richard Sappelli says:

    A good use for an old Lionel 259 boiler shell. I would like to see the whole layout as I noticed some interesting old trains. I saw an Ives, a nice 259 loco, a Leyland Detroit mono rail as well as some Hornby. signals. How about a layout tour please.
    Richard from Bethlehem, Pa.

  12. Ian Mc Donald says:

    what a great scratch build nice work show more if you have them. you made the how to look easy but I bet it wasn’t thanks for sharing.

  13. Roy says:

    Hi David, very clever working that one out, 12v motor easy to replace very command used many layouts, the monorail looked interesting above maybe see that running on one of your videos. Well keep the good work going. Roy

  14. Roy says:

    I expect the chain needs oiling a bit, again clever idea. Roy

  15. Tom says:

    Well Done … Enjoy your Engine to the fullest!

  16. paul Otway says:

    a very interesting model.

    Paul from QLD

  17. kim says:

    Well.It’s an unusual locomotive. Like a mutant rail road warrior.I like the thought gone into it. Kind of throw’s you off without the normal steam stuff .But I like it lol. Get high mark’s from me for this mutant model David. Yep I see a rail above.What are you hiding from us lol That’s a cool build David.

  18. Franco428 says:

    Do you know the specs for Amperage draw at full speed?

    How many cars will that worm drive be able to pull?

    How is the operation in Reverse?

    It is an awesome build. I always liked the O Gauge because you can add so much detail, if you want.

  19. Cary E Price says:

    Love to scratch build but never even considered a locomotive, nice work David! Like others, I am intrigued by your overhead railroad/tram. Would like to see more of it, manufacturers, how well it runs etc… Cary in KY

  20. Great work! I too would like to see the suspended monorail in use – and a track plan as that looks like a very interesting layout indeed.

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