I have attached pics of a Mantua HO gauge 4-6-2 Pacific loco and tender I have restored. I bought it on eBay for a few dollars, and I liked the way it’s built, so I decided to “fix” it. It had started life as a C&O unit, painted blue. There were a lot of miscellaneous problems with it, and I had to find valve gear for the left side.
I grew up in a little town on the Louisville & Nashville railroad in Alabama, so of course I’m modeling the L&N. I found the red/gold L&N heralds on the cab from a gentleman in northern Minnesota. His company is Northern Scale Models, and he’s a pleasure to deal with.
Once I had all needed parts, I started by rebuilding and reworking the drivers and trucks. All the driver rods have been bushed to eliminate excess movement, and the valve gear rivets have been tightened to prevent the gear flopping around. I removed all flash in the driver wheel spokes and used gunmaker’s liquid blue to darken them. I made the front truck from brass stock, and used brass wheels on it I bought online. I found the brass trailing truck spoked wheels online too, and had to rework the axle to fit the truck.
After finishing the chassis, I removed all mould marks on the boiler, polished out flaws, and added the details seen, including Sunbeam generator, brass bell, pop-off valve, boiler feedwater heater, class lights, air and signal hoses, pilot steps, & coupler lifter. The paint I chose is Badger Engine Black, and it’s a great product. All handrails are handmade from .020 brass wire, and the throttle linkage is .020 steel wire.
This is my first effort at restoring (aka kit bashing?), a metal loco, so I hope you will cut me a little slack on this one. One area I haven’t tackled is decals. I’ve tried on another loco, but they just look like decals. I can’t figure a way to seal edges and blend them into the paint without ruining the paint. If anyone has ideas, I’d sure appreciate your help.
Thank you for all you do, Al, I read your blog faithfully each morning.
Ballast and roadwork is next on the to do list at the town and yard.
All the best
A huge thanks to Warren and Brian. Some impressive stuff there – I do love seeing the different scales, scenery, styles and my inbox each day. Please do keep ’em coming folks.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if creating your own layout is an itch you just have to scratch.