NS&T 18 well underway

NS&T 18 – a Baldwin Westinghouse Class B – built and primed.

I’ve been busy with many hobby projects but was really itching to burn my fingers while soldering brass, so on Friday I hauled out the box of stuff I’ve collected for Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway 18 and started turning etches and parts into a freight motor. By Monday, I’d finished the soldering, given the model a good wash, and sprayed a coat of primer. I’m pretty happy with how this one is turning out.

Last autumn, I was fortunate to hear from Eric Hopkins. I’d been looking for an S scale set of Model Railroad Warehouse etchings for the Baldwin-Westinghouse Class B as a starting point for this model, and Eric decided he could part with his. He’d done a beautiful job of folding up the various parts but had not started assembly, which suited me just fine. We both knew these have become hard to come by, so I’m grateful that he was willing to sell me his kit.

I also need to thank my friend Pierre Oliver, who has a US post box that helped facilitate the transaction.

There’s still a fair bit to do, including creating some paired sliding window panes for the motorman’s windows on each side and some 2×2 light window panes to fit in the remaining four side windows. But this is a great start and the hard part is now done!

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.

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