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Help with Bach 2-8-0 mods needed

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I recently purchased a Bach 2-8-0 Connie. Since Ive had it(my first piece of early RR power) Ive become more aware and noticing more of the steam units out there.
Im starting with what i know now which is this greatly detailed engine, and im a kit basher all the way. Ive seen some mods done to this engine and am looking for some help
or tips on doing them...Like moving the headlight on top of the smoke box, shortening the smoke stack, adding air pumps and lines like the one done up, or down i should say in this months

GR Mag. I was unaware of air pumps being on the engines like that, of the fact that they even needed pumps, and it looks really cool, very mechanical. if there are any other things that could be added like this to the engine, id really be interested in knowing about them.. thank you
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Cheapy 38-2, "....I was unaware of air pumps being on the engines like that, of the fact that they even needed pumps...."

The air pumps are used for the Westinghouse air brakes. The time when the prototype was built railroads were using air brakes, or at least starting too (I don't remember the exact dates).
Oh i made a mistake, but the Connie has an air pump on its left side, but Kevin ( builder in GR) added a second pump/pumps to the engine right in front of the excisting. He must have taken them from another 2-8-0 and added it and the plumbing. it looks so good i thought it was totally different. see how green i am. but he did add what looks like a cooler underneath. very neat detail part. these are things im interested in seeing who has done what and how to this engine. I tried finding a picture to show but didnt have any luck.
Cheapy 38-2,

I have a Connie that I want to bash too. Many on this forum have transformed their engines into real beauties, but the one who really did it and kept the original character is Jack Thompson (Big5Dude here). Here is a link to his website.


Good luck with your engine.
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Here's mine... I'm very happy with the way it came out.

http://slatecreekrailway.blogspot.com/2008/07/introductions-and-beginnings.html (it won't hotlink, sorry...)

I didn't do as much to it as most folks, and may add even more later, but for now, I like it!

Matthew (OV)
Brilliant modelling, Rod, and exemplary photography to go with it.

When are we going to see the article on this and the K-27?


Rod: Yes very nice looking conversion. Good detail. Later RJD
Gary, thank you for the link. I love the outside frame leaf spring conversion..along with the rest of it.
Matt, very sharp engine you have there. thanks for sharing.

Rod again excellent Detail. the air pumps, Sand dome, Stack, pilot, steps, the new roof line..everything is excellent. Just what i was looking for. Is there any way we can get some ideas on where you got some of the parts that you added, or what could be used. The air pumps im assuming are from another Connie? what about the extra plumbing? that cooler looking piece under the pumps..where is that from? An article would be great but for now just some tips will work as well.

thanks guys for the help, this thread is going where i hoped.
A great locomotive to work with. People above have made some amazing changes to their 2-8-0's.

Sand dome is a piece of plumbing cap, the exrta pump is from another Connie as you guessed. I use stripprd 2mm mains wire from "twin and Earth cable" fo my pipework, soft enough to fashion, but robust enough to stay put (unless you throw it at the wall. Here is a pic of it on the Mallet before painting. Its bigger than 640 wide, so its a link.


The stack is a piece of steel polyplumb insert for flexible central heating piping, wrapped in 20thou styrene. Here it is unpainted

Here is a close up on the T-19 bash.

The pilot I made myself out of brass, similar to this K27 methodology, Accucraft ready mades will do, but they are costly.

Anything specific you want just ask away.
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Here's some "in progress" shots of one that I've been working on for a friend (trade-out for the 2-8-0 that I "downsized" for my dad).



and a link to my first 2-8-0 project: http://home.comcast.net/~kcstrong/trr/Motivepower/TRR3-1.html


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I think the big question is are you bashing it to make it prototypical or to make it more interesting. If you are going with prototypical then the best thing to do is research. If to make it more interesting than the sky is the limit. I have gone with changes that are pleasing to my eye and fun. Sometimes adding stuff that make people ask why also makes it interesting and fun.
Since the Connie is such a versatile loco, you can go nuts on the detailing or take a more subtle approach. It really just depends on the look you're after.

I wanted one lettered for D&RGW along with some minor alterations to make it look a bit more like a Rio Grande loco.

We lettered her as C-25 #375. The changes include: new lettering and some aluminum painting, moving the headlight up, removing the stack piping, adding plastic to raise the tender top, and adding a rectangular number board, marker lights, and derails.

But even with the time put into the project, she doesn't run much anymore. For one she's still track powered and we now run mostly battery powered trains. But the main reason is I'd like to one day convert her into a K-27, like the many fantastic conversions you may have seen posted here. Until that happens she will likely be waiting while our two LGB moguls do most of the work.

Anyway here's what she looked like during a night run 4 summers ago (oh and looks like we added extra flags too, forgot about those):

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Nice photos and the flags are a nice touch. Looks like an extra. Later RJD
very interesting bashing going on here. I have a question..what is the best way for getting parts separated that are glued from the manufacturer. Like for example the headlight mount on the smoke box door of the 2-8-0. dont want to break it just to remove it. the bracket has 2 male parts that are glued to the holes in the door. thank you, and keep up the great posting.
Most come loose with just a little bit of "friendly persuasion." Typically I use a flat-head screwdriver and a tack hammer.


Personnaly I remove the smokebox door (you will need to fill the recess that the lamp racket leaves behind. Snip the wires to the headlamp a ways back and then unclip the light from the bracket. You will be able to pull the light up and away carefully feeding the wires through the door and bracket.

I then "persuade the bracket out from the back. If memory serves there were two small tangs on the lugs that poke into the door which you might want to trim off so the bracket pulls out frontwards. Be carfull with it though, as Kev says usually they decided to part company.
Thanks guys, ill give it a try. i wasnt sure if there was a product for loosening glue.
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