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Ah -One of THOSE...

The majority of locos running on G3 tracks are of UK origin. But the UK was not the biggest builder of locos. This was Messrs Baldwin. They exported locomotives all over the world and tendered for all of the British railway companys’ orders prior to Nationalisation. "Students of Locomotives" will recognise a manufacturer by the things that were "normal" for that maker. US locos are characterised by having large amounts of external plumbing as standard. This is because there were few MPD "sheds" on a long run and most of the maintenance had to be done in the open air. The main exception to this was the "Norfolk and Western" whose streamliners were maintained by visits to Roanoake.

Some locomotives came from logging background amongst which the Shay, Climax, and Heisler types are the most famous. A "Shay" did arrive in the UK and worked at the "Peacock Iron Foundry" in Bilston Staffs. Unfortunately few pictures of it are known to exist.

The problem begins when you desire a US locomotive to run on G3 tracks. The US/Can loading gauge is fractionally too big for a G3 loading gauge but it is do-able. The main problem with a US/Can locomotive is the couplers. In the UK and most "Empire" derived systems the system is a pair of buffers and a three link coupling between hooks. Other parts of the world use "Bells","Norwegian Choppers" and "Knuckles"... Despite it looking terribly wrong I was forced into the same situation -I removed the "Knuckles" for the loco and fitted a buffer beam with a UK std arrangement. This means that I can couple up my loco to my rolling stock.

You often get problems with model kit manufacturers’ "beliefs" that the model should look that way. I have a Revell kit of an Austin London Taxi. It has the correct "F" plate for a sixties cab -however one of the side panels shows it with a New York Taxi Authority "Shield" with a 555 telephone number. The same thing has happened with the latest addition to "Thomas the Tank Engine", the "African" loco is straight out of the Hunslet narrow gauge catalogue and should be called "Dolphur", an Indian locomotive!

You may be in the position of having to build Pullman coaches... Unless you are fortunate to see one being rebuilt then the task is fraught with peril. NO two Pullmans are identical. This is because they were never built on jigs until after the 1920's. They were hand assembled and "coach built" in situ.


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