I started with an old
Bachmann 2-4-2 that never ran particularly well.
No prototype or plans. Just
took a saw to the original loco and tender and played with
The overall length from front
coupler to rear LGB coupler is 18.25 inches.
The tender is the front cut
from the original tender and is 3 inches. Including the
bottom floor of the original tender it is, 3 5/8 inches.
Including the rear wood bumper I added it is a total of, 3
The space between the cab and
the tender including the front section of the original
tender floor and the wood extension I added is 1 inch.
The tender section is fixed
rigid to the chassis with bracing underneath. It would not
travel around any of my turns so as an experiment, I
attached a small piece of wood with Evergreen tubing with a
slit in it on top. This now allows the loco to travel around
approx 1/3 of my layout. I still need to tweak this part a
The truck is the original
tender truck with the wheels replaced by LGB pickup wheels
wired into the motor. I never thought the old 2-4-2 track
pickup was very good.