NS&T: Progress on #8

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last shared an update on the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway – but here we are.

When I last posted about this, I’d started work on a brass kit for NS&T #8 – one of three similar freight motors the railway rostered. I have partially-built models for the other two (#15 and #19) and the plan was to bring Number 8 up to the same level of completion, then work on all three together.

The three sisters – from right, number 8, 15, and 19 – plus another freight motor.
These are much further along now, and the end is in sight.

A couple of months into the project, I ran into some soldering-related challenges and I stopped to think about how to deal with them. And then the summer, and work, and other real-life things kept me away from the workbench until late last year.

When I finally returned to the bench, I realized I hadn’t solved those construction challenges and needed to work on something else – which is why I now have a fleet of British 0 scale Great Western Railway rolling stock.

I’m glad I indulged that GWR interest, for many reasons.

  • – I enjoyed building those kits and learning about the GWR in the 19th Century. I’ll definitely build more.
  • – I will eventually build some sort of layout to scratch the GWR itch, and when I do I will have plenty of stock to run on it.
  • – All but one of the 18 models I built was a brass kit, so I learned a lot about soldering in the process.

This last point is important, as it gave me the confidence to overcome some of the hurdles I’d encountered with the freight motor project.

As the photo above shows, Number 8 is now almost at the same stage of completion as its sisters. I’ve also mounted all three models on their power trucks and added the side frames. What’s more, when I look at the punch list I drafted for this project I realize I’m pretty close to completion.

There are still some interesting challenges ahead. The first of these is the two air tanks that ride on the decks of each model, one to the left of each hood when viewed end-on. I need to build six tanks in total, and they include complex ends. That said, I should be able to create the ends with a radius forming tool on my lathe and I look forward to trying to fabricate them.

I’ll try to finish these before another year passes. But if I don’t, I’m fine with that too – as long as I’m enjoying the journey.

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

2 thoughts on “NS&T: Progress on #8

  1. Very impressive fleet, Trevor. Will there be any passenger trolleys, too? (Whether or not they ran on the prototype at the time of your modelling, they sure would look good!)

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    1. Hi Simon:
      Thanks! They’re coming along. Good question about the passenger fleet. Passenger service ended in 1959 and freight service ran for one more year before the wire came down and the freight-only line was converted to diesel power. When passenger service ended most passenger equipment was transferred to other CNR electric lines. I do have some etches for one of the passenger cars that survived until the end and had been used in excursion service. I also have detail parts (but no etches) for a couple of others. So it’s not out of the question. We’ll see.
      Once I’ve built all of the freight motors in my stash, if I decide I want more projects I would also like to model some of the MoW equipment. The NS&T had an interesting collection of sweepers, line cars, and so on.


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