The work you've put into that wonderful loco has created a truely unique, and marvelous creation Look forward to seeing more runs of the loco
Have fun steaming
Now put the kettle on....sit back and browse my webpage http://fwpl.webs.com/
What a transformation! The engine started easily today with only one priming. It makes me think that the original glow starter was a dog, causing my very first video (engine starting) to be so long
The glow starter is LiPo powered, with an indicator lamp
The loco was run NZR style with the headlight on during the daylight
First gear running
I spent a pleasurable hour in the garden with the loco running. The last tank full lasted 24 minutes, I top up every 15 minutes or so with the engine running.
The loco was run backwards and forwards in all three gears. It climbed the steep, tight 180 deg return loop the wrong way in third gear without trouble at the same engine revs as the video.
This run I tested out the 12V extension cord to power the onboard centrifugal cooling fan for when the hood is off and the loco stationery. I bought a 12V plug pack from eBay plus two 5M extension cords, all plugged together they easily reach the sidings
Just love it and so very envious of you Dave, you sure are a master engineer, craftsman and builder and anything else that goes with what you can do.
I've just re-read the whole build again, it was so much fun. Wish I had posted some photos of the gear making, they took so long to make but were so satisfying.
I did a service of the loco in November and removed the sump cover, and was pleased to see that the amount of metal debris had reduced a lot. I'm using magnets to attract the steel particles.
I don't have a Kiwi stamp so the Aussie one will have to do
What is next ?
A gas turbine loco ?
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Just goes to show what a bit of oil can do Dave. Love the gearbox and sump.
All the Best.
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