4-6-2 in the works. Need some advice...

Discussion in '4-6-2 Pacific' started by SAFN SAAP, Nov 9, 2010.

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  1. SAFN SAAP

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Hi Y'all,

    I snagged a Mantua 4-6-2 kit today for $40.00. This is a good start for a Pacific.

    I know the valve gear, wheel size, boiler and tender are incorrect. I can do the research to find out about the drivers and the valve gear, but I'm concerned about the boiler.

    I thought about a Harriman style from RHT, but that seems wrong. Cary boilers are not the same. Does the Bachmann SY Boiler look close? Can a Bachmann 2-8-0 boiler be lengthed to look right?

    Which Pacific do you think is a good candidate on the Frisco rolls to try?

    Thanks for your input.

    Manny
     
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Manny, I'm not sure about which boilers would make a good replacement. However, I tend to like the Pacifics after their major shoppings c. 1943 when the bell was moved to the smokebox front, and a larger sand dome added.

    In my opinion, the smaller sand domes and boiler-mounted bell make them look rather scrawny.

    Best Regards,
     
  3. SAFN SAAP

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Well, I found the roster spreadsheet and saw that the Frisco's Pacific's mainly had 63" drivers. Mantua uses 80" drivers, so I've found a place that has 63" drivers for sale. I'm just concerned that there may be too much space in between the drivers. Brake shoes may be able to hide some of it, but not much I'm afraid.

    The Mantua Berkshire Alligator set up will interchange with the Pacific's Laird, so I'm not too concerned about that. I have a Cal Scale USRA trailing truck and the correct pilot and stack for the engine.

    As for the boiler, yeah, I don't know what to do. I think it's just going to have to be fudged. I have Cary Lt. Mikado boilers now, but they are humped and it doesn't exactly fit. I'll probably make due, and argue the SABRR makes their own locomotives in the San Antonio Shops. I guess that is what you call license, huh?
     
  4. renapper

    renapper Passed away March 8, 2013

    This seems as go a spot as any to post the SLSF Steam Roster I found going through my stuff. Enjoy.
    Richard
     

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  5. SAFN SAAP

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Along side the 0-6-0, I'm getting the parts for a Frisco styled 4-6-2.

    I am in contact with a supplier for 63" spoke drivers.
    I have a Cal Scale USRA Trailing Truck w/correct size wheels.

    Looking into Bowser steam chest with proper guides and alligator crossheads.
    I'm going to do the best job I can at replicating a Frisco 4-6-2, but please understand, that some liberties are going to have to be taken. As always your input and advice are welcomed and appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Manny
     

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  6. renapper

    renapper Passed away March 8, 2013

    Looks good to me. I have used many bowser parts to kitbash my SLSF steam locomotives. I made three 2-10-2 spot engines stating with the boswer kit and added both types of crossheads. That is one example of what I have done to get affordable steam, I just cannot afford brass and it runs like crap anyway. Sold off what I had, except for a brass 184 class 4-4-0.
    Richard
     
  7. SAFN SAAP

    SAFN SAAP Member

    I have secured both 63" drivers, spoked, light and heavy counterweights, along with 73" drivers, spoked, light and medium counterweights. They will be arriving shortly.

    I plan on doing two Pacific's. They will be dedicated mixed service: Milk, Mail and one passenger/business car.

    Hopefully I can snag another 2-10-0 PFM tender for them. I know they have the doghouse on board, but they will look great behind the Pacific's.

    More to come!

    Manny
    Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
    San Antonio de Bexar Railroad Company
     
  8. SAFN SAAP

    SAFN SAAP Member

    This thread is closed due to no longer kitbashing engines. Admin can delete this entire thread if it chooses to clean up the board.

    Thanks,

    Manny
     
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