I have a Chinese 7x10 lathe and a small mill with which I would like to build a loco, so after having lurked on this board for a few months I have eventually decided to sign up.
I really prefer small engines, something in 3 1/2" or even 2 1/2" gauge but our garden is too small for any sort of track so I would have to rely on a club track and the only track near me is the fantastic Burnaby Central Railway which is only 7 1/2" gauge.
So if I want to ever run my loco I am restricted to 7 1/2" gauge.
After some research I think I would like to build the Don Young designed Tug or Rail Motor. Castings and drawings are available from Reeves. I know my lathe is a probably a bit small for some of the bits but I will cross that bridge when I get there. My other alternative is the 7 /12" Tich but I think I am leaning to the Tug/Railmotor.
I have manage to find out that the Tug and Railmotor were serialized in a magazine called Locomotives Large and Small from issues 41 to 48. I would really like to get hold of the articles before I finally decide to buy the drawings and castings . I have been looking on eBay for a few months and found issues 41,46 and 47, but I am still missing issues 42,43,44,45 and 48. If anyone has these issues for sale (I am in Canada), or could make photocopies or PDFs of the relevant articles for which I would be happy to cover costs, I would appreciate it
Welcome to the forum Allen, I'd go with Don Young, they don't come any better when talking ME designers IMHO. I can't help with the LLAS articles as those numbers are after my model but hopefully, someone here will see this post and respond. Perhaps try asking in the 'personal' trade section too?
The nice thing about being in a club is the ability to help sculpt it into something that suits its members. Maybe you could be the chap to instigate the building of a combined 5 & 3 1/2 track. Either way, best of luck and welcome
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