Does anybody know if Richard Jacobs has designed a bark box for the Aristocraft Mikado? I looked at his web site http://www.trainsales.com/barkbox.htm but there is no email for him. Any information on this would be great.
I don't have my Aristo Mike yet as I will be picking up the last one from Royce in about a week . In the archives however, I did find the following picture from one of Larry Herget's posts. Does this help? I can get you more info as soon as I get the loco in hand.
Just looking at the photo, it looks like it will work. But, I will need the dimensions of the firebox and the diameter of the blast pipe and the size of the cylinders. Also, the location of the blastpipe in smoke box. Once I have these, I can make a better assessment of whether or not a bark box will work. Or, you can send me your locomotive and I will custom make one for it.
The Bark box is very easy to install, all you have to do is cut the blast pipe shorter and the box slips over the shortened blast pipe. Check out my thread "first steam-up" my S-12 in the video has a bark box that I installed.
Here is a video of my Aster Duchess of Sutherland without a bark box. The reason it doesn't need one is that the Duchess is a four cylinder locomotive, with the second two cylinders 180 degrees out of faze with the first two. That means you only get four chuffs per revolution, but they are double chuffs. Makes for a nice sound.
Bad news for all you Aristo Mike guys. Mack let me use his locomotive to try and install a Bar Box in it. Lots of room in the smoke box. But Like a yard with a big garage and no way to get to it almost useless. The steam displacement call for a bigger box then I could fit through the small hole. It looked like if I cut the smoke box front off it would work. Who wants to do that? Maybe after the warranty exp. Anyway It would sound awesome with a Bark Box in there.