Saturday, February 15, 2014

Armchair Modelling

     As some of you may know, I don't have any space for my planned dream layout - but since it's in N scale I have a fair bit of space for little projects like updating rolling stock and Canadian Nationalizing my Bachmann Spectrum fleet.

     The Inverness & Richmond currently rosters three Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidations, with plans to some day acquire three more. Those of you familiar with these units will know just how wonderful they are, except for the tenders that come with them. For us CNR modellers, the Bachmann tender is about a half inch too long and lacks a major detail - rear foot-boards.

     This image is the stock Spectrum 2-8-0 tender. Note the overall length..

..and missing foot boards.. and that kinda ugly ladder.
      The other details are pretty nice overall though. Wire handrails, all wheel electrical pick-up. Just one glaring issue for me - it doesn't look like this:

     Clearly this is shorter than the Bachmann tender pictured toward the top of the page. A keen eye may also notice the extended height coal bunker that the CNR seems to had affixed to almost all locomotives I've ever seen in pictures. 

     With this in mind, I did some digging around on eBay and found a gentleman in the US that was selling the updated version of Bachmann's short tender. I won't tell you how cheap I got them, lest you all go and clean out his remaining stock, because I'm going to need three more.

     Anyway, they arrived a couple weeks ago and they look spiffy. Bachmann has re-tooled the ladder, added proper foot boards, an uncoupling lever, and elongated the tenders' water hatch. The only thing missing is a headlight, which you would think they would have added given that the tender has all wheel pick-up and a light board IN the tender. Go figure.

     Below is a comparison shot of the new short tender on the left and my original medium tender on the right - which is now on eBay.

     I've already ordered some Evergreen styrene sheets to build the coal bunker and I hope to put up a post on that project this week. We'll see how time goes.

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