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C56 2-6-0 in 1nM

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As predicted the Corona virus stopped all this Spring's model railway exhibitions in the U.K from happening. We were lucky that Macclesfield show happened last weekend but all the talk amongst the exhibitors was which shows would cancel next, As it turned out it was all of them with some big casualties (York, London,Qourn etc) as well as some of the smaller ones I was lated to attend with Republic Steel, my Z gauge Steelworks layout

 

So I found myself with some unexpected free weekends and no deadline to get the layouts ready. 'Time to get some unfinished projects completed' I thought and looking around the office was one obvious example. Started in 2007 after my first visit to Thailand a couiple of years earlier was a scratchbuilt model of a Japanese C56 2-6-0 which I had started in a great rush of enthusiasm after spending a lot of the holiday lineside photographing the fascinating rail system there.

 

The C56s were taken to Thailand by the Japanese and I will explain the why's and wherefore's later on in the thread, suffice to say that there were  quite a few and quite a few survive to this day.

 

Taking it down to the workshop it was evident that it was dusty and slightly tarnished from its years of neglect. The model is built to 1/30th scale to run on 0 gauge track and was intended to run on a projected Garden layout I had in mind. 

 

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The chassis is made from GFS steel (Ground flat stock, otherwise known as gauge plate). The superstructure is made of Nickel Silver and Brass. The wheels are turned fron castings made from SG cast iron and if memory serves me correct they came from called Locosteam. Axles are silver steel and the wheels are insulated on one so=ide by the 'Split spoke' method.

 

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The tender follows the same construction but with white metal used for the tender axleboxes and springs

 

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It became apparent that I actually wasn't too far off finishing it so the dash to the line should not be too bad.

 

More soon

 

Kev

 

 

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To build it I needed a decent drawing and there was one in a book called 'Steam loco in Japan' which had quite nice drawings of most of the major class of Japanese steam engines. But it soon became apparent that there were some major differences between the drawing and the actual locos I had photographed over there. It transpired that the SRT (State railway of Thailand had modified the cab roofs amongst other things and to suit their loading gauge  so I ended up modifying the drawing to match the modifications before I started cutting any metal

 

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The cab roof is very differnet from the original Japanese cab,

 

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I've done some work on the Firebox backhead over the last couple of days and it is staring to look a bit busier in the cab

 

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Dwarfing the Z gauge stock I was supposed to be painting for the next show this is where I am at now. I going to concentrate on the brakegear tomorrow now that I have found it all!

 

The ladders to the sandbox are also underway.

 

Having had the article about 'Hakuho' my new Z gage layout  accepted by Continental Modeller magazine I reckon they are going to fancy this as well, so I'm photographing and videoing it as I go along

 

I'll keep you posted

 

Kev

 

 

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Martijn Meerts

Impressive!

 

Did you cast the detail pieces yourself, or did you manage to find a place that manufactures those? I know IMON has a lot of those parts in H0, but anything bigger seems to be quite challenging.

 

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Nick_Burman

The C56s are one of my favourite Japanese locomotives. And the SRT steam scheme is one of the most beautiful paint schemes ever developed. I'm a bit pissed off about Oigawa having repainted and modified their loco away from the Thai scheme.

 

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The only commercial bits used are the wheel castings which came from a firm called Locosteam. The tender axleboxes were modified from some English ones and the couplers are Kadee with the uncoupling pin cut off. Everything else is scratchbuilt.

 

Like many of my gauge 1 models the key is to take as many detail pictures as possible if you get an opportunity. Back when I took these I was mainly shooting Kodachrome so it got a bit expensive. Now in the digital age you can blast off many pictures as your Sd card and bartteries allow!

 

713 , one of the 'River Kwai' locos inside Thonburi engine shed

 

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Sadly not all the survivors were in this condition

 

733 lying derelict at Makkasan in 2007

 

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The easist one to get at, although missing nearly all its cab  fittings is 714  which is plinthed at Hua Lamphong station as a sort of shrine. You can walk off the end of the platform to get to it

 

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More soon.

 

I'm doing a video as I go on which may end up being a couple of parts and I'll add the link when I put it on youtube

 

Being banged up at home due to the Corona virus lockdown I might end up proceeding quicker than I though with this one!

 

Kev

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When I was in Bangkok in 2007 no 738 was derelict at Ekkamai museum but since this picture was taken it has been cosmetically restored and moved to Salaya

 

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So the last time I looked the following survive in Thailand

 

Nam Tok 702 ex C56 .4

Bangkok Thonburi 713 ex C56.15

Bangkok Hua Lamphong 714 ex C56.16

Bangkok Thonburi 715 ex C56.17

Kanchanburi 719 ex C56.23

Nakhon Lampang 728 ex C56.36

Bangkok Makkasan 733 ex C56.47 (Actually 738)

Salaya 738 ex C56.41 (Actually 733)

Chang Mai 744 ex C56.53

 

and 725 and 735 have both been repatriated to Japan as C56.44 and C56.31

 

 I though I'd show you what planning went into it before I started the model. This was part of a drawing of a C56 in JNR form which I  notated to highlight the detail differences

 

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This was the right hand side working drawing that resulted

 

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More later

 

Kev

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dabsan

Great model, I remember seeing 744 ex C56.53 outside Chang Mai railway station.

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Latest pic

Stripped down for more cleaning. The tender construction is complete. My plan to put a Sagami motor in the firebox isn't going to work as the gearbox is too wide to fit between the axleboxes so if I do motorise it  the chances are it will be a tender driive easily retro fitted.

 

 

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Still working from home so inbetween webex calls and e-mails pressed on....

 

One tender sideframe unbolts to drop the wheelsets out so the first two coats of primer went on last night before I locked the workshop up

 

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Bolted back together and left for the paint cure while I continu with the loco

 

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So I strpped the loco chassis down after a bit of struggle. Very complicated to clean up and it was filthy in all the nooks and crannies (note to self, if you are going to put a model like this away for a few years give it a good blast with WD40 first!)

 

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First part of the video at

 

 

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Kev

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