Vertical Boiler Locomotives
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Vertical Boiler Locomotives
Martin Ranson


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.

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