Big Hauler to Galloping Alice

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off 6AA30878-0B5F-4843-82FC-F7047D053714.jpeg 12F807B1-0453-4CFF-8236-A1BE6A85A32D.jpeg 50ACE0AA-1943-47A9-AFC2-87194E5AC2CF.jpeg 1B8D4164-5B46-4B95-AA6D-23DB1C1BA1D6.jpeg 67D5E5D0-9589-4677-AA54-ACB8F243BD40.jpeg
 
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dunnyrail

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I have always thought them to be a well proportioned loco, you have caught the looks to perfection. Lovely job.
 

Rhinochugger

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off View attachment 284925 View attachment 284926 View attachment 284927 View attachment 284928 View attachment 284929
That is probably one of the most appealing of all your standard gauge conversions :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
 

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Marvellous!
 

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off View attachment 284925 View attachment 284926 View attachment 284927 View attachment 284928 View attachment 284929
Well, I'm glad you didn't listen to me ! The other advantage of the Bachmann mech is the complete visibility below the boiler - the LGB one I used blocks out the daylight a bit. Were you able to get the "James" tender chassis as a spare part ? The MSWJR livery is sometimes described as a "metallic" dark red; I've often wondered how they achieved that with 19th century paint. Nice work !
 

Rhinochugger

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off View attachment 284925 View attachment 284926 View attachment 284927 View attachment 284928 View attachment 284929
I've suddenly realised that it's sitting on a bit of old blockboard - now you don't see much of that nowadays :nerd::nerd::nerd:
 

Flying15

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Well, I'm glad you didn't listen to me ! The other advantage of the Bachmann mech is the complete visibility below the boiler - the LGB one I used blocks out the daylight a bit. Were you able to get the "James" tender chassis as a spare part ? The MSWJR livery is sometimes described as a "metallic" dark red; I've often wondered how they achieved that with 19th century paint. Nice work !
Thanks Phil
The James tender chassis was bought from Bachmann USA parts store
I think the stocks are running quite low.
They only let me order one etc
On the colour I don’t know how they’d have achieved anything approaching metallic!!
Perhaps ground lead ??
I’m pretty sure lead would have been in the mix but I don’t understand the chemistry enough to see how a metallic look might have been achieved
Chris
 

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I've suddenly realised that it's sitting on a bit of old blockboard - now you don't see much of that nowadays :nerd::nerd::nerd:
Yes as it slowly laminates the skin is removed and used for cab wooden flooring
Never throw anything away if you can find somewhere to hide things away
 

PhilP

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I wonder if they meant the 'colour', rather than a 'metallic' effect, as we understand it?

A 'red lead' or 'iron oxide' shade, might have been described as a 'metallic red' perhaps?

The nearest thing I think they could have used, would have been flakes of mica? - But I doubt they could have produced it in a consistent form?

PhilP
 

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I wonder if they meant the 'colour', rather than a 'metallic' effect, as we understand it?

A 'red lead' or 'iron oxide' shade, might have been described as a 'metallic red' perhaps?

The nearest thing I think they could have used, would have been flakes of mica? - But I doubt they could have produced it in a consistent form?

PhilP
Interesting thought
 

KeithT

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off View attachment 284925 View attachment 284926 View attachment 284927 View attachment 284928 View attachment 284929
Green with envy.
 

Gérard Baudoin

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Hhello, this one was made from the same basic chassis (Bachman) on the other side of the chanel and with an american old timer inspiration.

Good afternoon. IMG_20200619_114231625.jpg
 

Riograndad

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After my last build I said my next couple of locos might be the MSWJR Galloping Alice and the Decapod
I was warned about the use of the Bachmann chassis as it might be a bit large given these locos were quite petite
Anyway given the attractive nature of the loco and if LGB can rely upon the rubber rule I thought I could build something along the lines of the real thing even if it contains a few imperfections
The loco was built around a big hauler chassis as this made shortening the connecting rods dead easy as well as no faffing with the slide bar set up
The chassis are cheaper too
The tender runs on a James tender chassis which being short struck me as a good start point
The loco body was built in my usual way around a length of plastic waste pipe. Castings for the chimney; and done and various bits from GRS like tender springs and back head detail pack both intended for narrow gauge prototypes
It is finished in a rather bright red/almost orange similar to 50/60s London buses
Not right I suspect, but, at shows families with young children will be tempted into James comparisons
Here’s a few pictures, I’ve got to order some Beyer Peacock splasher works plates to finish it off View attachment 284925 View attachment 284926 View attachment 284927 View attachment 284928 View attachment 284929
Excellent,love it!!!!!!:h:
 

Flying15

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An other conversion ....
with a bit more complication: it comes fro Bachmann 060 chassis sold for nothing without cow catcher and front wheel.

she needs still a bit of work.

Regards.
I like the look of that!
I’s it a Bachmann industrial 2-6-0 chassis?
I bought one at a very attractive price from Bachmann Parts last year and turned it into a Barclay (ish) 0-6-0ST
It’s good to see the diversity of models that can be produced
 

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