Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Central Vermont 2-8-0 model

No it is not brass. This look-a-like is actually a Bachmann modified locomotive that sure needs a second look.

A good look at the  coffin feed system.

 Central Vermont No. 453
Modifying a Bachmann 2-8-0 model

If you model the Central Vermont in the period before the end of 1957 you are going to want a CV 2-8-0. One option if you can find one is brass...which is getting really expensive. I was able to find and purchase a brass CV 2-8-0 model back in February, but here is an interesting alternate solution.

My friend Peter Mumby picked up a Bachmann 2-8-0 which has been modelled as a CV engine...and he got it for a song. Peter brought his CV engine over to run, compare and photograph beside my brass model. This engine has not had the whole surgery done to correctly model the prototype, but it sure is darn hard to tell it is not completely correct. When I consider that one can build 3 to 4 of these for the price of one CV brass model it is a good option.

Peter's CV no. 453 is running through the country side on the White River Division. This engine may become a lease engine at some point when additional power is required.

The Bachmann model has had the coffin feed system detail added in front of the smoke box and above the headlight as on the prototype. This alone is a very good beginning for a CV conversion. The tender has been cut down and rebuilt similar to the CV prototype. Of course the engine is repainted and lettered CV. The running boards and wheel rims were painted white. Peter painted out the wheels a weathered black as they would have looked in the 1950's. The cab has red trim as found on the prototype and another easy fix. Another nice touch on the model were the cab curtains which really add to the finished model. A coal load has been also glued in place. Now all it needs is an engineman and fireman. I just might try this conversion myself to add a second steamer to my fleet...or better yet just lease out Peters model when extra power is required...George Dutka

A close look at the tender, cab and curtains.

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