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Yesterday 07:45 PM
bille1906 Thanks Pete and Scott
The N1 was an awesome looking engine with the huge LP cylinder in front. Unfortunatly they didn't perform that well which is why they went to simple in the N3
Yesterday 03:57 PM
Pete Thornton
(haven't figured out how to embed photos)
You got pretty close by uploading it to a photo album. The "Quick Reply" box that I am using as a little yellow icon with mountain and sun in it - that's the 'post pic' icon. I brought up your photo, right-clicked on it and slected "copy link location" then I went to the 'post pic' icon and pasted the link I had copied. Voila:

Yesterday 03:28 PM
chama I'm a bit late to this party...

First, what an amazing build!

Second, it looked familiar so I went digging and found (and scanned) one of the five photos (that I have) which my grandfather took during his first job as a newly graduated civil engineer. He went to work for the C M & St P in 1909 as they were finishing the Pacific extension through the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho. The photo is of an N-1 2-6-6-2 taken in 1910 or shortly thereafter. The N-1's were rebuilt by the railroad into N-s's like Bill modeled. Since the N-1s were built in 1910-1912, this loco must have been nearly new (not that it looks it) since my grandfather only worked a few years for the railroad. Note it's a compound, as built.

09-21-2020 08:54 AM
Great Western A fascinating build Bill. I like the MILW road but never came across this Class before. Maybe as it was mainly in the NW, as you mention, might be the reason I have never read of it.
I am not into live steam - hands too shaky for small work - but I do like reading and seeing LS models. MLS is one of the few railroad fora where LS is at the fore.
I guess, along with others here, we await seeing it run.
09-20-2020 02:48 PM
du-bousquetaire Great model of an interesting prototype Bill.
09-19-2020 06:23 PM
bille1906 Here are a couple of photos I took today
Videos will follow

09-01-2020 06:35 PM
bille1906 I have been working on the tender the last couple of weeks.
Dennis cut out the tender truck side frames and axle boxes. They are sprung with about 3.5 lbs. per truck which will keep them bottomed out and still will keep everything on the track.

A few goodies are scratch built.

A very large (7300 gal.) was made to fit but It was a little too high and was lowered by 1/8"

Fuel tank and hand pump are added.

It is painted and decaled

08-18-2020 03:25 PM
ddrum31 Beautiful!
08-18-2020 12:27 PM
bille1906 I finished the cab and roof as well as some detail parts in that area and the Johnson bar.
I still need to do the window frames which will go on after the cab decal and clear coat.

08-08-2020 05:49 PM
bille1906 The sand domes are different. The front one is low and wide and the rear narrower but higher.
On the front one, I start by cutting out a wood block to shape and then wrap a piece of card stock around it
I cut the approximate boiler curve on the bottom and then set it in place. Then using a pencil held firmly on it's side, I mark the final cut.

I remove the card stock and use it as a template glued to the brass sheet with spray adhesive

I cut the top to shape and silver solder the dome together

The rear dome top is 3/16" thick as it will be rounded off after assembly. I get the shape by setting the compass to 1/2 the width and making two center pops which are separated by the same measurement as the length minus the width.

The side is done the same way as the front one.The top is rounded off with the 1" belt sander after soldering.

Finally the running boards, air tanks and cooling piping with the rt side tank being the lubricator, bell, generator, clack valves and piping, water heater piping and hand rails are added
The large pipes on the side were the rear engine exhaust which is where the water heater picked up it's heating steam.

Next up cab, safeties, and tender

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