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    • April 12, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
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      D&RGW 44 ton switcher bash

      Hi guys,

      Over the past few weeks I have been turning one of these:

      into one of these:

      So far I have dismantled everything and stripped the paint:

      I got the donor model off of eBay pretty cheap - even came with a radio and Phoenix sound! Ultimately this will have dual gauge couplers as it appeared in Alamosa in the 1940's and 50's.

       

      More on that later.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 12, 2019 8:09 PM EDT
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      You have pics of the stripped paint?

       

    • April 13, 2019 9:59 AM EDT
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      Hi Rooster,

      Not exactly. Mostly I wanted to remove the stripes and lettering - I wasn't too worried about the yellow. Later pics will show the extent of paint removal.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT
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      By incredibly good dumb luck, the last surviving Grande example of one of this class of switchers is rusting away on a siding about an hour and a half away. I made a visit for pics and measurements.

      More to follow.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 13, 2019 11:15 AM EDT
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      Hi Kevin,

      Yes it is.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 14, 2019 10:04 AM EDT
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      The easy part was the cab. Once I had it stripped, I removed the windows and wipers. I then primed it, painted the inside light green and the outside black, and lettered it. The lettering is custom dry transfers from All-Out Graphics in Vancouver:

      And there the project sat for several weeks while I procrastinated on the hard parts. ;)

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 14, 2019 10:40 AM EDT
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      Is the prototype a 3' or 4' 8.5" gauge? 

      Interesting that a center cab in "standard gauge" (1\29) could be used to model a center cab in "narrow gauge" (1/20.3) without too many modifications.

    • April 14, 2019 10:45 AM EDT
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      Hi Craig,

      The prototype is standard gauge. My model, like the prototype, will be equipped with dual gauge couplers which enable it to switch standard gauge and narrow gauge equipment.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT
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      Matt,

      So are you making it run on 45mm track or larger 1:20.3 standard gauge track?

    • April 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT
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      Hi Craig,

      It is made for 45 mm track. It's a 1:29 scale model. My next step was to re-attach the trucks and spike a third rail to a piece of track to figure out centerline for the narrow gauge coupler:

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 14, 2019 10:32 PM EDT
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      Hi Matt,

      Great progress. I'm following with keen interest as I am also considering doing 1:29 dual gauge.

      Did you spike the second rail at O-gauge/32mm ?

      Please keep updating your progress.

      John R.

    • April 15, 2019 12:25 AM EDT
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          Matt, I don't know if this will help at all, but here's a couple of pictures I took in the yard when I was over there at Cumbres-Toltec.

          Hope it's useful maybe.

       

       

       

       

      edit: how come I see the typos after I hit the post box? Geez!

       

       

      This post was edited by John Passaro at April 15, 2019 12:26 AM EDT
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    • April 15, 2019 7:11 AM EDT
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      mods seem to be moving right along. Nice work Matt.

      Interesting: 

      Odd coupler mounting. Anyone know the reasoning behind it?  

    • April 15, 2019 11:32 AM EDT
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      Hi guys,

      Thanks for the comments. The third rail was spiked down at a scale 3'. The prototype dual gauge coupler I am modeling looks like this:

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • April 15, 2019 3:24 PM EDT
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      Very interesting.  I assume this is the other end.

      https://largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_2332/General/Dual_Gauge_Coupler.JPG

       

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    • April 15, 2019 9:56 PM EDT
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      Hi Matt,

      The reason I mentioned o-gauge standards is that at 1.25" gauge, the gauge scales to 36-1/4" inches in 1:29, which is pretty close. 

      It also allows the use of existing dual gauge track:

      (Sunset Valley dual gauge)

      And the use of O-gauge mechanisms for any narrow gauge locomotives you may build.

      Just a thought

      John R.

    • April 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
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      Thanks Dan, I had not seen that pic of #38 before. I am guessing the pics I'm basing my model on were taken early in its career, with a different dual gauge coupler arrangement.

      This is how the model looked after the dual gauge coupler was created:

      All was made from various styrene. Couplers and air brake hoses from Burl Rice.

       

      You can also see the start of the modifications to the hood. I cut out the end radiators and replaced them with styrene, cutting in the outline of the access door.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

      This post was edited by Matt Hutson at April 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT
    • April 16, 2019 8:08 PM EDT
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      Hi guys,

      After cutting the radiators out of each end, I glued a flat piece of styrene to their backs. That allowed me to cut each radiator in half without trashing the louvers. I then cut a notch in each side of the nose to allow the radiator halves:

      Cheers,

      Matt

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