By lownote on 6/13/2012 3:53 PM
Most people in the hobby know about Bachmann's Big Hauler and its uptown sibling, the "Tenth Anniversary" model or "Annie." These are models of a narrow gauge prototype, a Baldwin 4-6-0 "ten wheeler" from the late 19th/early 20th century. The scale is about 1:22, which makes it an odd duck--much much too big, in my opinion, for the 1:29 scale standard gauge models we tend to run. On the other hand, Bachmann has updated the "Annie" so that it now has metal gears and a new pilot truck. It should be a very reliable and strong-running engine as a result. There aren't that many choices for low cost, small steam right now. So I decided to see if I could "downsize" the 1:22 Annie to a more mainline look. 1:32 would be the correct scale for the track, but that would  too small. I'm going to aim for 1:29.
I'm not a very skilled modeler. I'm more likely to dump superglue on it and hope it sticks. This will be a real challenge for me and I'll be doing a good bit of blundering.
By lownote on 6/4/2010 8:51 AM
I have a lot of respect for "rivet counters," people who do really accurate models. I like the sense of integrity and craft and respect for history. But there's nothing wrong with being playful either, and really, it's a tiny train running past giant plants. I decided to go for the fantasy Atlantic
By lownote on 6/4/2010 8:30 AM
I'm not very good at this stuff, and I'm nervous about cutting up a perfectly good locomotive, so I figured I post all my justifications. Also anyone else who's a beginner might benefit from it

By markoles on 10/7/2009 8:16 AM
Hi guys,
I painted the locomotive back in March but for whatever reason, never got around to updating this blog. I worked with Dave Fletcher to get the real decaling for the locomotive, but due to getting laid off, it didn't make sense for me to have these decals made.  I am not too happy with the way the tender paint turned out (too streaky), but otherwise, I like the overall look of the locomotive.  I left the boiler blue for the same reason as not ordering the decals...  
By Howard Maculsay on 7/4/2009 11:17 AM
Getting this Builder's log completed is a work-in-progress.  Not all pictures have been entered.
Plans, drawings, and instructions to build a 1:20.3 Live Steam Powered Model-T Rail Truck.
By Howard Maculsay on 7/3/2009 10:27 PM
Plans, drawings, materials required and step-by-step process used to upgrade the Cricket Mark ll
By Howard Maculsay on 7/3/2009 9:02 PM

Plans, drawings, materials used, & step-by-step process for building a 1:20.3, 20 foot, 15 ton, Narrow Gauge Log car. 

By bobgrosh on 5/2/2009 7:25 AM
This is a you tube video
By placitassteam on 4/9/2009 7:16 AM
Here is the finished product.
By Tom Farin on 4/20/2008 6:39 PM
This will step you through the conversion of an Aristocraft 0-4-0 switcher to battery power.
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