The Pipsqueak is a Bachmann 0-4-0 Siderod Davenport Gas Mechanical engine bashed using a Backwoods Miniatures kit that converts it into a 0-4-0 Vertical Boiler engine. The Bachmann switcher starts out looking like this.
As I write this page, the Davenport is in my hands as well the Backwoods Miniatures conversion parts. When complete this engine may see service on two different layouts. On the PC&N it is likely to serve as a yard engine at a lumber mill or as a shuttle engine in the mines. It may also see service on the Holiday layout during seasons in which the Holiday Streetcar is inappropriate.
The second is a second class coach. Same issue, same decision.
The third is the gondola (middle car on this shot). It will need a load.
I couldn’t resist the Wiseman blacksmith’s car. It is on order. There are a few things I can do to make it my own.
As long as I was sending an order to Wiseman, I thought I’d add their tank car.
Because my version of the PipSqueak is going to need sound, I need somewhere to tuck the speaker and board. This Backwoods Miniatures tender doesn’t completely fit with the wood PipSqueak. But I’ll bet I can bash it into one that fits especially with some of the parts that will free up from the coaches. It is also on order.
This consist should have a lot of visual interest coming down the rails. One or more of these kits will be used to meet the ‘2014 On30 Challenge’ at Railroad-Line.com.
I’ll accumulate a series of posts right below that will represent the builders log for the project of assembling and detailing this consist.