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Postby John New » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:17 pm

Back on page 2 of this thread I suggested the possibility of stretching a Schools to make a powered BL Atlantic. At the time the idea was vetoed as the collective expertise of the Gnatterboxers pointed out the Hornby Schools is a tender drive model so no good for an eight wheel bogie tender.

Light bulb latteral thinking moment today, which checking the Roche drawing for the Schools in 4mm proved was a possibility. As measured in this thread the Underground Ernie chassis wheelbase at 24mm fits the axle spacing of a Schools tender as does the 44 tonner mech (NB which 44 tonner and which make?).

So the possibility arises of using parts from a Hornby Schools, plus two Dapol Schools kits and an Ernie/44T mech. Stretch the loco at the back end, adding a trailing truck and new cab, chop the Dapol tenders into two thirds/third and put back together as a cut and shut. Front two thirds of one and back two thirds of the other to make an eight wheeler with the side frames made into two pivotable four wheel bogies. One with an Ernie mech up it as a motor bogie. The Dapol tender option would alo fit the alternative BL pacific based on an Arthur sugegstion without the need for a power bogie as the Arthur is loco drive. The hard part of doing anything withe Dapol tenders would be rubbing them down afteer scraping off the raised mouldings where the lining should go.

The spare shools tender drive unit can then go under something else such as a freelance diesel.

I'm sure I have a couple of Airfix/Dapol Schools loco kits in my old 4mm/OO stock box so I think I have just set myself my modelling challenge for the winter, firstly as a static loco mock up and if that looks OK find a second-hand Schools and go for a powered version.
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Postby John New » Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:12 pm

I also note on the Hornby website the Schools is currently out of stock and will reappear as a loco-drive engine but at quite a high price.

See http://www.hornby.com/locomotives-89/r2 ... oduct.html
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Postby DCRfan » Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:14 pm

:shock: That is quite a kit bash or thould I say kit+kit+kit+kit bash to take on. Why not scratchbuild the tender around a pair of power-bogies.
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Postby Catweasel » Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:47 pm

(NB which 44 tonner and which make?).

The power unit you are thinking of is the Bachmann GE 44. There is a photo of it on the Underground Ernie thread.No longer in production.
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Postby steerngo » Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:02 am

Did hornby not produce a southern 4-4-0 loco with loco drive, a long while ago? Would poss be a cheeper option!

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Postby John New » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:44 am

Double post - ignore.

I think I hit submit in error whilst correcting a typo sorry chaps.
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Postby John New » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:46 am

Did hornby not produce a southern 4-4-0 loco with loco drive, a long while ago? Would poss be a cheaper option!


Yes, IIRC the old one was an L1 locomotive made when Hornby was under their old pre-merger name as Tri-ang; not seen a second hand one for a while and it would also have had the old steam roller wheels.

Why not scratchbuild the tender around a pair of power-bogies.


It is all about confidence. I will have a go at the kits as a dummy run and that may well lead me to either abandon the project or take your suggested route.

A further option as I have the book about building Maisie (3 1/2 in gauge live steam GNR Atlantic) is make an under repair static model as the book has all the sheet metal sizes and could be rescaled easily.

I started my new era last week as a retired person or as I see it full time self employed railwayac! I will model something now I have the time again, potentially something in GN15 based on my post about a fictional survival of the SHR into this thread and also a working rebuild of my existing card micro layout Pebbles End. my 2007 Card Challenge layout entry (O9)

Edited for spelling! Clumsy fingers today
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