|Passing through the scenic section of the CD0GG layout|
The exterior detail of my Coal Tank, apart from the troublesome tool boxes which I'm still working on, is nearly complete. I took her to the bi-monthly CD0GG Open Day on Saturday for a run on their layout...as you can see, the scenic section is very impressive. The engine ran smoothly with a train of five bogie coaches and could have handled more. She weighs just under 800g, with most of the added weight low down and centred over the drivers.
|Coal Tank Crew, Driver on the left and Fireman.|
The crew attracted some attention and favourable comment at the CD0GG Open Day and David Gibson snapped a set up immediately. I don't think he has a Coal Tank to put them to work on but these characters can drive lots of different engines, I'm sure you could find a job for them yourself on one of your engines. Both the driver and the fireman are available now in my "Heroes of the Footplate" range; they are...
R21. Driver for a LNWR Coal Tank
R22. Fireman for a LNWR Coal Tank.
|Cab detail almost finished.|
The most fiddly component in the cab, a part I made myself, was the little vacuum brake valve that sits on top of the backhead. I've not fastened it in place yet as I think I'll have to glue it on...one more touch of the soldering iron I fear and the whole lot might drop to bits! It's connected to the vacuum ejector that sits on the right hand tank top inside the cab by a curved pipe and also connects to the brake valve attached to the outside of the cab front...though I'm still wondering how to make this connection. The brake vacuum gauge is on order and on its way from LGM, this will fit opposite the boiler pressure gauge and that'll just about finish the job... though I've just noticed that the whistle, which protrudes through a hole in the cab roof, needs an operating lever.