The following is a list of what I’d like to accomplish with this project.
- Begin with the BAGRS concept. The concept is proven and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate from (bash) the original design. While kits were available for a while, they don’t appear to be currently available. That means this is really a scratch built locomotive.
- Upgrade the power. I see an upgraded boiler and steam engine. I want to be able to pull decent sized consists.
- Upgrade the wheel arrangement. I see this as a 0-2-4T rather than the 0-2-2 in the BAGRS design. The addition of a four wheel truck at the rear will allow the engine to better negotiate turns.
- Power more than one axle. After all, this is a live steam engine that will regularly deposit oil on the rails. Ideally, all three axels would receive power.
- Modify the scale. While the BAGRS model is a 1:20.3 (3 foot narrow gauge model), it makes more sense to me to convert to 7/8 scale (2 foot narrow gauge).
- Create a unique look that fits in with NPC history and the terrain in which it operates.
- Learn how to use a mini-lathe and a mini-mill in this project. The output doesn’t need to be NASA quality. I just needs to look OK and work. After all, this is a backwoods engine. The prototype would have been cobbled together.
In the rest of this post, I’ll discuss how these objectives were met.