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Mike



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Atlas hack job Reply with quote

Recently acquired 0 gauge Atlas Diesel Anglicized.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a difference! Its origin as the Plymouth is almost unrecognisable.

I see it still has the original mechanism in there, that must have taken some serious work with a hacksaw to shorten it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blackcloud Railways wrote:
What a difference! Its origin as the Plymouth is almost unrecognisable.

Definitely!!

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I see it still has the original mechanism in there, that must have taken some serious work with a hacksaw to shorten it.

I dunno.... the motor is vertical (visible in the cab) with a gear train to the axles, so it would really mean removing the last few gear sets and axle, and shortening the frame. A hacksaw job for sure, but not complicated.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless they were needed to cover part of the mechanism, I think I'd have been tempted to use only the rear of the hood and so lose the Plymouth-style "ears" at the front. A very effective conversion, however.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't just a hack saw job, which incidentally took nearly 30minutes with a well lubricated new hack saw blade to shorten the cast mazac casting. The footplate was narrowed and shortened, the ears as Giles pointed out were left on as some planet locos had a similar arrangement. New cab, exhaust, headlights, buffer beams and buffers. The buffers and stocks came from a Lima 02 the heads fitted with disks of plastic. The original cab roof was narrowed by cutting a section out and rejoining. The whole conversion took a day and cost in materials and donor loco around 20 a very cheap 0 gauge loco.
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