A number of related posts show a 2-8-0 Consolidation, a 2-8-2 Mikado, a 2-4-4-2T Logging Mallet, a 2-6-6-2T, and a 0-6-0 Switcher being built by bashing Roundhouse 2-8-0 Consolidation and 3 in 1 kits. With this much slashing and bashing, there are going to be parts left over. So why not use them to bash something. A 0-4-2T switcher immediately comes to mind. So here is a Baldwin prototype.
Here are its specifications.
So lets start scrounging for parts. In building the 2-6-6-2T Mallet, two kits were used – an outside frame 2-8-0 and a 3 in 1 kit. The two frames were cut as follows. The right side of this cut went into the 2-6-6-2T Mallet. What if we used the left side for the Porter frame along with …
The part cut off from the second frame. The left portion was used in the 2-6-6-2T. the right portion of the second frame could be joined with the left portion of the first frame to create a frame for the 0-4-2T.
The boiler-tank-cab-bunker from the 3 in 1 kit was use in building the Mallet. that’s the top portion of the next image. The boiler and cab from the 2-8-0 were surplus (bottom portion).
Of course, the boiler would need to be shortened (chop – chop) and a bunker placed on the back of the cab. And a saddle tank would need to be constructed. A set of cylinders was surplus from the bash along with a set of piston rods and associated gear. Side rods would need to be fabricated, Of course this is an outside frame loco – a bit of a stretch. “But boss, the parts were just laying around …” The North Pacific Coast had a machine shop and the expertise to do this.
It would be a fair amount of work, but there would be no parts to buy – except for the motor, gearbox, sound board, and detail parts. The whole engine could be done for $175. Let’s park this project and see what happens.