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Buffer Bar

Bonjour les gars,

Buffer bar exploded
Buffer bar exploded

we’ve got progress, slow but steady. Today I attacked the buffer bar. This piece is going to be quite prominent and will add to the loco’s distinctive shape, so I’d like to give it the most realistic look possible. Plus I have to be able to disassemble it whenever I have to work on the frame.
I tried some options but couldn’t think of an ideal solution.

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Designing the Saddle

Hello folks,

Saddle - First Try
Saddle – First Try

the last weeks I’ve been strechted pretty thin between my girlfriend, our kittens and deadlines at work. However, yesterday evening I managed to squeeze in half an hour of SketchUp modeling, followed by another hour just until now.
I’m working on the connecting frame between the cylinders and the smokebox – help me out here, how is this part called? thanks to Wallace from the railroad-line.com forums I now know that this part is called the “smokebox saddle”.

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3D-Planning Commenced

Hello everyone,

3D Model Commenced
3D Model Commenced

just a very quick update. Work is taking over at the moment so railroad has to take a step back. However I managed to start on the 3D model, here’s the status quo:

See you around soon!

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Sideview Finished

At long last, I managed to finish the drawing and found the time to post here:

Dewey Bros. Sideview
Dewey Bros. Sideview

I’m quite happy with it as it is. I found one error so far, that is I didn’t align the cylinder’s axis with the drivers’ axes… Right now I really don’t have the nerve to fix that so please consider it as noted on my to do list.

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Side View Interrupted

Drawing stopped by cat
Drawing stopped by cat

A real quick update before I’m off to work: the weekend saw some more drawing, so was yesterday evening. But just as I wanted to scan the plans so I could ask you some questions…
Had to share this one. 🙂

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Drawing the Side View

Drawing in progress
Drawing in progress

Thayer from the railroad-line forums did such a good job at tweaking my second sketch that I now feel confident enough to start on the blueprints. Thanks again, Thayer! So, I omitted drawing the third sketch and just went at it:

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Historic Researches on Dewey Bros. Loco

Sinclair 1907, 511.
Sinclair 1907, 511.

Since I stumbled on a picture of a Dewey Bros. 0-4-2T, I’ve fallen in love with this little engine. My first encounter happened during a Google picture search for industrial steam locomotives.
This particular image came from a book written by Angus Sinclair in 1907: Development of the locomotive engine, where it served as an example for oddities of engineering history. Several universities offer free online access to the book.

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Update on Second Sketch

Fellow railroad-line.com forums member Thayer and others had a thorough look at my second sketch and out came a very good revision which is going to help me a lot with the actual drawings. Thayer…

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Second Sketch

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Dewey Bros. second sketch

For this second sketch, I followed the advice from Bernd, a fellow member at the railroad-line.com forums and drew from the right to the left, starting with the rear wheel. That felt STRANGE. This time I used a straight 1/20.32 scale ruler and a bigger sheet of paper.

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At the Model Railroad Exhibition Cologne 2014

On Saturday, I visited the 31st International Model Railroad Exhibition at Cologne, which took place alonside the 8th Cologne’s Live-Steam Meeting.

Looking around, I got some very nice impressions. I had three things in mind: Buy a soldering torch and brazing solder, look for a machine vice and get drivers for the Dewey. No luck with the torch, they had nothing small enough for Fn3 scale. Nevertheless, I bought some very good silver brazing solder. And I’m a very happy owner of a Wabeco machine vice with 100mm working width. *G*