Baldwin 0-4-2T Switcher

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 …





2-6-6-2T Frame 1

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.

2-6-6-2T Frame 2

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.



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