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.
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.