roundhouse harriman 2-8-0

Discussion in '2-8-0 Consolidations' started by rc2477, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. rc2477

    rc2477 Member

    Hi everyone,
    I was looking though my kit shelf looking for upcoming fall and winter projects and I came upon a roundhouse harriman 2-8-0 kit. Does anyone have a link or some advice on converting this engine to a reasonable model for a frisco 2-8-0? I’m sure a trip into the precision scale catalog will be in order!
    Thanks Craig |-|
  2. w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021)

    w3hodoug (Doug Hughes RIP 03/24/2021) 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    I started such a conversion 25-30 years ago based upon an article in RMC using valve gear from the Bowser NYC Pacific. The pieces are in the basement somewhere, including that high-current, open-frame motor that would need replacing for DCC. I did have the doghouse built and installed on the tender. Want me to find/photograph it? I had a great prototype photo of 1271 or 1272 I was copying.
  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Based on an old RMC article from the '80s I was told the valve gear from a Bowser Pennsy H-9 Consolidation would work on MDC Harriman kit. I managed to get the valve gear right before Bowser stopped selling Steam Kits and Parts. Unfortunately, I need the crossheads and rods, too, and I can't get them, so the project is stalled.

    At the least, get a Frisco Coonskin Lamp bracket, a pyle headlamp, and a real compressor to replace whatever MDC has in their kit.
  4. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    As an update, I went to a flea market today, and thought I would look for an old Bowser H-9 to steal parts from. Right by the door, someone was selling an H-9 kit that was missing the tender and cab, so he made me a deal of $15. It has the valve gear, rods, rivet tool, and detail parts, so I'm on my way.
  5. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Re: 2-8-0 to go...

    Woo hoo! (Any resemblance to a steam train whistle is intentional.) :)
  6. fireboy

    fireboy Member

    most of the steam locomotives that MDC made are more like southern pacific steam engines so i here

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Progress? Pics?
  8. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Zombie Thread Update: :oops: On and (mostly) off, for the past 7 years, I've tried to add the Bowser Valve gear to this kit. I had to use the Bowser cylinders and side rods, and try to attach the valve gear to the third driver. I think I may have finally figured it out, by CA'ing some .40 styrene to the backside of the driver, and drilling and tapping it for 0-80 screws. It works! It lives! :D

    Now for the detailing!
  9. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Fixed the valve gear. Here it is with an old Mantua Pacific:


    I was thinking of basing it on 1303:

    frisco 1303.jpg
  10. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Nice work!
  11. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    OK, I started grinding off the cast on details:


    I have a Cal-Scale MDC Harriman Superdetail set 190-2021 that has many parts, and I found a top feed check valve at my LHS. I didn't find any pilot steps/ladders, though.

    I'm still looking for another picture of the other side of 1303. Does anyone have one?

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