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    Kitbash a N&W Class W2 2-8-0

    Hello al together,

    as the N&W and the coal roads in the appalachian, I am a mining engineer by profession, are my favorites i needed to get some small steam power which commonly served the tipples an hollows in the coal fields.
    As the N&W not really used Baldwin 2-8-0 I had to look out for something different. I found an old Bowser kit of a more generic 2-8-0 loco. This engine had the total length, boiler configuration and engine block shape of the N&W 2-8-0 Class W2. The photos of these engine were available in the net til a few month ago and so I had some references.

    The biggest concerns about the kit where...
    1. the boiler center line was way to high
    2. the cab was totally wrong
    3. the tender was not correct
    4. the driver size was to big

    I want to show here the progress I have made with this kit til I started the project some 3 jears ago.
    The problem with the driver sizes I decided not to change, because I do not have the tools and the expertise to change the driver wheel base by myself.
    So I assembled the drivers as the kit suggests.

    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages...s-of-n/cat/510

    After that the boiler needed some reshaping, as on the engine 944 for instance the boiler side way was mounted in two parts, where the front part was lowered to the level of the cylinder block. The second, much bigger alteration was lowering the boiler for about 4mm. The kit had the boiler center line at a level of 10' 11", which is higher than most other engines in europe an US and far to high for an old fashioned 2-8-0. So I lowered the center line for about 4mm which resulted to a prototype hight of aout 9' 8".
    Here you can see the difference and I think it makes a more balanced impression of such an engine.

    Before the change 10' 11":
    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages...s-of-n/cat/510

    After the change 9' 8":
    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages...s-of-n/cat/510

    The next thing was to rebuild the cab. I made a lot of experiences in soldering brass and now I understand the price to be paied for a brass loco. Than I applicated some more details to the boiler. The next photo shows the loco fully equipped but still with the wrong tender:
    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages...s-of-n/cat/510

    The tender is actually exchanged with a brass N&W Tender of the correct size and shape, which was soldered by some japanese supplier of excellent brass models.
    The next step I have to take is to get some paint on the mashine...
    the dcc sound decoder to be installed is on the way to my engine shop, as the motor is insulated, the pick-up is extended to all wheels (drivers and tender wheels), wiring is prepared...

    so stay tuned till the next post
    scopewime

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    So,

    here are some brand new shots of the class w2 project.
    The engine already has some primer.

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    the engineer is already looking forward to enter the cab
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    looks like a good engine...
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    the yellow cables are the preparation to install the sound decoder in the tender.

    I have a question concerning the wheels/drivers...how are they to painted/airbrushed best? rotating? or static? how do you paint your engines?

    MFG
    scopewime

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    For everybody who is interested and can read german ... here is a link to my private homepage....
    Have fun out there...

    Greetings
    scopewime

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    Hello all enthusiats...

    now the monster from the coal fields has its habbit...

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    Its black and shiny

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    I love it, although my minor experience in airbrushing is evident i am proud of this black thing.

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    greetings from germany

    scopewime

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    Thanks for sharing. It looks great.
    Russell Straw, Sugar Land Route

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    Another small step is taken...

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    The stripes at drivers and platforms are ready...
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    isn't that engine nice...
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    and the red thing in the back is an oldtimer caboose kit from roundhouse which I build up parallel to the 2-8-0.
    Next will be to put some decals and get some weathering onto the scene. Has anybody hints concerning the "standard" numbers and data to be displayed on an engine like this?

    all the best from germany (we will win the eropean soccer championship)

    Winfried

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    The W2s were numbered 673-799, 843, 866-869 and 880-949. They had 56" drivers, 40,163 tractive effort and weighed 175,100 lbs. I don't have any information on the tender capacities.
    Russell Straw, Sugar Land Route

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    Thank you r_i_straw,

    as I plan to use this engine on an virtual railroad called "Algoma & Wolff Creek Railroad AWC, the engine number will be different. But concerning the other data, what of these data were printed on which part of the loco.
    Actually I only know that the road name "Algoma & Wolff Creek", engine number "problably #10" and the road name abreviation "AWC" were displayed on the engines.
    On german engines there were sooo much data, everybody gets confused.

    Can you help me
    Winfried

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    The Norfolk & Western was not know for putting a lot of data on their locomotives like many other railroads did. The locomotive number was the only showing on the side of the cab and "NORFOLK AND WESTERN" was all that was on the side of the tender. They put a small badge on the side of the steam cylinders that showed the locomotive class. The back of the tender showed the coal capacity in "TONS". That was about it.
    Russell Straw, Sugar Land Route

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    So now the decision is fallen,

    the engine displays the Class W2 N&W 948 from heavy mine run duties weathered but well maintained by the crew...

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    therefore the white stripes where removed, rust and other operational stains applied and a light coat of dirt covered the whole thing.

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    I am very pleased with the result so far. Only the decals keep to be somewhat shiny (?) any hint to tackle this problem?

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    Next I will go and apply some matt clear finish, so I can grab the thing again, without heaving fear to decolor the engine again

    Greetings from germany

    Winfried

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