I'm working on a train to challenge Stan Cederleaf's little 2-2-0. I picked up a cheap New Bright set today, with that purpose in mind. First to get the chop was the caboose, since I figured it would be the easiest.
My wife said "It's cute, but what's it good for?"
No paint as yet. I didn't want to take the time for it to dry. I've got maybe 2 hours in it total, including staring at it and thinking how cute it is.
Posted By cjwalas on 12/22/2008 11:10 AM
Love that engine! Those proportions are a riot! Be careful of the binding on the main rod. When it's that short you can run into real problems. Can't wait to see this one finished!
Just for kicks, I finished up the photoshopbash to include the tender. I've been dabating on either a 1 or 2 axle tender - after this, I think I like 2 better.
Besides, if I'm lucky, this will leave me just enough room for the batteries in the tender, and be easier to build, to boot.
2 axled tender, with a hinged between the loco and tender, then the loco can pivot around those 21" diameter curves I just KNOW your going to buy
But of course! What's the point in having a super short train, if you don't have super short curves to run it on? Maybe this locomotive was developed to handle those early curves on the B&O, which only the grasshoppers could negotiate. Obviously, theu wopuld have needed something a little more modern and powerful....
1 axled, but then the loco and tender would need to be fused together, I suspect this may actually be the easier method
Easier to make work, possibly, but the chassis sure is easy to cut up as above.
I may go ahead and make it with 2 axles, and just make the whole thing rigid. Kind of a cheat, but it would be sure to prevent derailments.
In either case, the tender body has to be about the size shown above, simply to hold the batteries. I suspect that it would look better with 2 axles, although the single axle with a fake jointed drawbar would be kinda cool.
Check out the thread "The Shortest Steam loco." Also for a prototype look up the C P Huntington. It had a pilot and trailing truck, but only two drivers. Unfortunately, it was standard gauge and I only model 7/8, but the 0-2-0 is an interesting concept.