Friday, 19 December 2014

Going Loco: Part 1: Locomotive: The boiler and cab

I finally managed to get around to re-modelling one of the locomotives from the cheap toy train sets that I bought into a small locomotive that I could use on my tabletop ... and this is how I did it.

To construct my new locomotive I used the existing locomotive ...

... and the coal tender.

I unclipped the body (i.e. the boiler and the cab) of the locomotive from its chassis/running gear ...

... and used a razor saw to remove the cowcatcher.

I then sawed the rear half of the cab away from the locomotive's body ...

... and put it to one side. I then shortened the boiler by carefully sawing off the front of the boiler (the smoke box) ...

... and then removed its central section. (I used the banding on the boiler as a guide for the saw cuts.)

After sanding the areas that had been sawn through to remove any loose bits of plastic, I glued the front of the boiler to its rear part and the cab.

Whilst the glue was curing, I carefully removed the rear wall of the discarded half of the cab.

The sawn areas on the rear wall and the cab were then sanded to remove any loose bits of plastic, and the rear wall was then glued onto the back of the cab.

Although some minor detailing remained to be done, to all intents and purposes the boiler and cab were now finished.


  1. Nicely done! Much neater work than the crude hack job I did on mine.

  2. Ross Mac,

    I used your model as a guide for my own ... and in my opinion it was an excellent source of inspiration and a good, robust model.

    All the best,


  3. Jim Duncan,

    There is quite a lot more to come ... so keep reading!

    All the best,


  4. Fitz-Badger,

    Thanks very much! Your comment is much appreciated.

    I wanted to see if I could build a model loco that would fit into a 3-inch square ... and I think that the resulting model does just than.

    All the best,



Thank you for leaving a comment. Please note that any comments that are spam or contain phishing messages or that come from Google Accounts that are 'Unknown' will be deleted.