Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

What is your latest project?
User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:22 pm

Some background on project,
2019 is the 60yr anniversary of the closure of the narrow gauge railway in Donegal and this has spurred new interest for me personally in the Donegal railways.
Likewise with this 60yr anniversary the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre www.donegalrailway.com are trying to raise funds to get the 4-6-2 Class 5 Drumboe back on display at the museum, initially as a cosmetic restoration, but ultimately back to steam which would be amazing to see.
durmboe home.jpg
So to help I am working on a a 15mm scale (3ft narrow gauge to 45mm track) version of the Class 5's initially all in plywood as I can do it on my laser cutter, which will be available as a kit and generate some funds for the Drumboe project.
Drumboe at the moment is in bits at the railway preservation society in whitehead, but one of her two remaining sisters Meenglas has just came back from a cosmetic restoration and sitting outside the foyle valley museum. below
meenglass3s.jpg
For Narrow gauge these are a big locomotive over 30ft long, and I think around 44 ton.
Having access to meenglas allowed me to go and take loads of pictures and measurments which I have drawn up everything in autocad initially fullsize then scaled down to .0492341 1:20.3 or 15mm scale, having it drawn fullsize allows me to scale it any size really, and having them as proper cad files means down road I could get it made in metal.
Its a bit of a tedious task making each part suitable for laser cutting, to get bits to fit together etc and you can see from the autocad screen shot there is a lot work done on it so far.
meenglas autocad.jpg

User avatar
idlemarvel
Trainee Fireman
Trainee Fireman
Posts: 137
Joined: Tue May 28, 2019 1:59 pm

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by idlemarvel » Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:47 pm

Very interesting Seamus and I admire your attention to detail. I don't have the patience but I appreciate the efforts of those that do.
Thanks for posting.
Dave Miller
currently building the 5" gauge Circle Line

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:08 pm

This is my first mock up it was rushed together to have in time for a event at the museum a month or so ago, its the basic framework, wheels etc just temp fixed in place, not much else I could do with this type of construction for the boiler, think it will be ok for a static model, in the meantime will look out for a suitable tube about 55/56mm dia, for a full painted one that might roll one day.
smoke box is made up of 15 rings, steam dome and chimney I just 3dprinted for speed but I think might stick with 3dprinting for these especially for the steam dome as I have another made with bigger flare and painted red and it looks fairly good.
There are other details I think will be more practical to 3d print rather than laser cut so its probably going to have both materials rather than initially intended all wood.
15mm drumboe.jpg

DonW
Trainee Fireman
Trainee Fireman
Posts: 220
Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:57 pm
Location: West Somerset

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by DonW » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:26 pm

It is a big beastie. Must have been quite a bit of work. How do you do the boiler if you are laser cutting wood?

Don

I typed this in then the picture above appeared when I submitted it. So it is a series of strips. I supposed you could then roll some paper round them to get a smooth shape?

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:43 am

DonW wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:26 pm
It is a big beastie. Must have been quite a bit of work. How do you do the boiler if you are laser cutting wood?

Don

I typed this in then the picture above appeared when I submitted it. So it is a series of strips. I supposed you could then roll some paper round them to get a smooth shape?
Not really many other ways to do it other than like smoke box and series of rings, but yes you could wrap it or I think better try to find a cardboard/plastic tube or wooden hand rail same diameter.

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:10 pm

Been working on adding the suspension springs and other details to bogies and main wheels
Attachments
IMAG3981s.jpg
IMAG3984s.jpg

User avatar
ge_rik
Driver
Driver
Posts: 3419
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:20 pm
Location: Cheshire
Contact:

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by ge_rik » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:37 am

Wow! That's stunning. I wish I had a fraction of your expertise - the possibilities seem endless.

Rik
------------------------
Peckforton Light Railway - Blog Facebook Youtube

User avatar
BertieB
Trainee Fireman
Trainee Fireman
Posts: 133
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:13 am
Location: London
Contact:

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by BertieB » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:47 pm

What an attractive locomotive. Extraordinary construction too. Terrific.

User avatar
Andrew
Driver
Driver
Posts: 1983
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:33 pm
Location: Bristol, UK
Contact:

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by Andrew » Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:28 pm

BertieB wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:47 pm
What an attractive locomotive. Extraordinary construction too. Terrific.
I agree, it's looking wonderful! The detail's amazing... Having done just a little CAD myself, I'm VERY impressed with those lovely curves on the bogie...

All the best,

Andrew.

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:56 pm

Back again, been at this on and off since last post but been working on it everyday for past two weeks so I can get it finished now being a good time, during C19 lockdown
To catch up I was last working on the suspension bits and below is the front pony truck, with its suspension and axle cover done. Wheels on it are bigger than the ones on rear bogie. Fronts are 2'9, rears 2'3" on Fullsize, model are 41 & 34mm, Fullsize mains are 4' model 59mm.
front pony truck.jpg
You can see pivot arm and bump stop (dont know proper term) plus in bottom picture the pivot point on the chassis and cross beam where the bump stops slides from side to side. Figuring this out took about 3 visits to the prototype Meenglass as it is sitting fairly low at front, dark& rusty and hard to see get good pics.
front pony truck2.jpg
front pony truck3.jpg

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:36 pm

Rear bogie and front pony truck painted black they dont look like wood anymore, not easy to get good photo when its black, As I go along I am building two more models one to paint and other to proof everything fits.
IMG_20200421_002643.jpg

User avatar
tom_tom_go
Chairman
Chairman
Posts: 4778
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:08 am
Location: Kent, UK
Contact:

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:38 pm

What a difference a coat of paint makes!

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:49 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:38 pm
What a difference a coat of paint makes!
Yes painted the main wheels and axles as well and they look great be ideal on their own outside an engine shed etc
IMG_20200421_193049.jpg

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:39 pm

Smoke box door, wondered for a while how to do this then when working on something else it came to me, I could have made a dummy door but wanted it to open, so below is the method I came up with, 2mm dowel (tooth pick) for hinge,
There are some variations in the 3 class 5's that are left and one is Drumbow dosnt have any rivets around from of smoke box, which makes job easier :)
drumboe7.jpg
meenglass2.jpg
IMG_20200424_152159.jpg
IMG_20200424_154230.jpg
IMG_20200424_164748.jpg
IMG_20200424_164918.jpg

User avatar
SeamusOD
Cleaner
Cleaner
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Location: NW Ireland

Re: Donegal Railway Class 5 Drumboe 15mm scratch build

Post by SeamusOD » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:03 pm

Back to the drive gear, made the cylinder as it looks under the cover, its slightly angled down as can be seen from the crosshead slide, I wasnt certain on what angle but made it when the centre drive wheel crank was horizontal, the connecting and the piston rod are inline, and this looks correct.
The piston rod is free to move in and out with the con rod and I made the crosshead so it does slide up and down the slide, took a bit of figuring out but my dimensions from Meenglas scaled down are fairly accurate.
cylinder.jpg
IMAG3500s.jpg
IMG_20200423_202711.jpg

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests