Vertical Boiler Locomotives
Model Engineer|4635
Vertical Boiler Locomotives
Martin Ranson

Dismantling

Both of these locomotives are built using a very similar method. On both of them virtually everything is removable by means of a few nuts and bolts or screws. There are lots of awkward corners on any model but this method makes sure there are no impossible corners. The method for one of the front plates is given as an example. Remove the front and rear vertical surrounds. Drain the lubricator if needed. Remove the steam and exhaust pipes. There are four bolts holding the top plate. Underneath the engine mounting is a removable mudguard (photo 48). An Allen key can be used to remove the first countershaft behind the crankshaft. With a few more bolts the engine mounting can then be removed. This is a very quick sequence to follow with no need to melt any solder. All the various assemblies can be removed easily and because of this any necessary work becomes a pleasure.

At the front and rear of the locomotive are the vertical plates. I know it is probably not to scale but if these are made removable then it becomes very easy to clean and maintain the locomotive. Both are made to the same pattern. Poking out of the base of each are two steel pins. These match up with tubes set into the floor plates; each tube is half an inch in length and can either be soft or silver soldered into place. Obviously, this should be done with the plates out of the locomotive. The sheet brass used was 1.2 mm thickness but it could have been 0.8 mm. I thought the thinner material might flap about a bit unless it was stiffened. Photograph 49 shows each piece with a lamp bracket and lamps which were made from ⅜ inch square brass.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin

There are many ways to improve motorcycle rider comfort, covering everything from bar risers to footpegs. Having done almost all of them, I decided to switch out my stock windscreen to see if it made a difference, especially on long trips.

1 min read
Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto)
March - April 2021

WIDE RECEIVERS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS

Allen Robinson II, Bears 6-2 • 220 pounds • 27 years old Coming off a 102-catch season, Robinson is a big, physical receiver who can go up and get the rock. He excels at climbing the ladder to high-point the ball. Imagine what he can do with an elite QB after playing in Jacksonville and Chicago. Though he has been in the league since 2014, he’s still only 27.

2 mins read
Bills Digest
March 29, 2021

WIDE RECEIVERS

WIDE RECEIVERS

3 mins read
Warpath
March 2021

Counting down the top stories of 2020

The 2020 season was unlike any other year for the Miami Dolphins and every other team around the NFL because of all the challenges and obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

4 mins read
Dolphin Digest
February 2021

Suddenly, the possibilities seem endless

After Josh Allen sprinted into the end zone for the second time, Vic Fangio had his made-for-TV moment.

4 mins read
Bills Digest
January 4, 2021

Five hot topics Bills fans are talking about

Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak and editor-at-large Chris Brown weigh in on a handful of the hottest subjects Bills fans have been sounding off about in e-mails to our offices, radio call-in shows and Internet message boards. Have an opinion? Feel free to send an email to Chris (AskChris@bills.nfl.net) or Mark (Mark@asmpublishing.com).

5 mins read
Bills Digest
January 4, 2021

STEER YOU RIGHT

A PSC Motorsports Big Bore XD steering box solved our Jeep’s steering woes

5 mins read
Four Wheeler
January 2021

FORWARD PROGRESS

Bills control AFC East at season's halfway point

9 mins read
Bills Digest
November 15, 2020

All That Jazz

Fender’s beloved Jazz Bass hits 60 years old this year. We meet Allen Abbassi, Senior Product Development Manager, for a look back—and forward—on the subject of the mighty J...

6 mins read
Bass Player
December 2020

What Bills Fans are saying

Bills Digest scanned the Bills’ Facebook site to gauge the hot topics fans are talking about. We chose some of the better posts, edited for brevity and clarity, and present them here, along with Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak’s take on what’s being discussed.

5 mins read
Bills Digest
December 07, 2020