1880s Cape Girardeau & Southwestern Train

Discussion in '4-4-0 American' started by Jim James, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I'm wanting to assemble a plausible rendition of an 1880s Cape Girardeau and Southwestern train. Tonight I added DCC and Athearn/Roundhouse tender trucks with all wheel electrical pick up to my Bachmann Old Timer. It runs like a charm with good slow speed control even through turnouts. I still have glue the domes on and add the wood load. Soon I will attempt to letter it. I just had to have a train that would have riding the rails of the Zalma Branch back when it was built.
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  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Now thats cool Jim,
    Man they intended the thing to be flashy didnt they? How will you glue the domes on? W/ ACC or an epoxy? Man a guy would have to be pitching wood in that thing all the time, those guys worked for their $$ back then, no hours of service or anything like that. Men of steel for sure.
  3. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Nice work, Jim! Love that old stuff!

    Link n' pins RULE... knuckles DROOL!


    As I've stated on the V scale forums concerning my love of 1800's railroading: Only REAL MEN model LINK N' PIN!!

  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Jim, it is possible to put sound in that little beaut. You just have to create a heaping pile of wood in the tender. Don Ball, a local modeler has done just that! That reminds me I've got to get a couple of the tiny "sugar cube" speakers that I've made off to you.
  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I just might try. Time for some "engine"nuity. I think you have a "sound" idea though.
  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I've added sound to a Bachmann 4-4-0 Old Timer and it was a real bear of a job. Today I recieved a newly tooled Bachmann 4-4-0 with factory DCC and sound. I love it. It creeps smoothly through my Atlas turnouts and sounds good. I still need to tweak the decoder to my tastes. The motor is in the locomotive instead of the tender which makes a huge difference. I think I will turn this into a Cape Girardeau & Southwestern locomotive:)
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  7. Larry F.

    Larry F. Member

    While I don't much care for steam I can certainly appreciate craftsmanship. Nice work, indeed. Larry F.
  8. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I can hear Louis Houck counting his money from all of the Bollinger County freight revenue. Nicely done, Jim - if one of my barefoot ancestors on either the Abernathy or Welker side didn't get to see the real thing, I'm glad I get to see a very good scale rendition of it.

    Best Regards,
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