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Author Topic: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank  (Read 1195 times)

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Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:14:43 PM »
Some days on eBay you just get something really unusual such as the purchase I made the other day.




Nothing out of the ordinary, it just looked like a badly painted 2-6-4 tank made from a white metal kit.  That is until you count the wheels, and my curiosity was aroused.  The vendor had picked it up in a bulk sale and was as curious as i was to its origins.

It arrived today and my hunch was correct.  It is a completely hand made brass model of some quality and I am almost certain it is not a kit.



Even better my next guess, having consulted drawings was that a Fairburn tank mechinisum will fit like a glove and a spare rear bogie from the same with a new swing bracket will make a perfect matching front bogie.



and laid out you can see the spacing is far better than the original and clapped out Arnold offering.





A bit of fettling and the addition of mounting screws etc followed by a good paint this is going to be a very nice addition to my shed of curiosities.  These are the models at shows that bring a look of puzzlement and the inevitable question "who makes that".

I only have one problem now, who makes a DCC sound file for an inside cylinder Baltic Tank.

I will post a few more shots as I progress.


BTW if anyone knows the origins of this model I would love to hear from them.

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2018, 06:14:43 PM »
What a find! A lovely scratch built loco and the Fairburn chassis will improve it no end!

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 01:45:00 AM »
So much better and its not mounted properly, only sitting on the Fairburn mechanism, and the front bogie is loose. Final mounting needs to be a bit further back on the mechanism.



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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 08:06:00 AM »
I suspect youve already found this https://spellerweb.net/rhindex/UKRH/OtherRailways/FurnessRailway.html

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 09:20:35 AM »
So much better and its not mounted properly, only sitting on the Fairburn mechanism

That just looks heaps better although the front coupling might benefit from a small blue pill ;)

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 09:26:51 AM »
I cant wait to see that at the next club running day , That will look amazing once you have painted it and put the transfers on.
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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 11:27:20 AM »
So much better and its not mounted properly, only sitting on the Fairburn mechanism

That just looks heaps better although the front coupling might benefit from a small blue pill ;)

It was 1:45AM, what do you expect   :D

Actually its a NEM pocket and its not snapped in properly, and I may leave it off anyway unless it's needed.

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 06:42:33 PM »
Lovely job Snowwolf.

I picked up one of the other lots with an exquisite ex-LMS scratchbuilt 0-6-0 tank. I recognised this from a seller many years ago, an award winning builder of exquisite quality. Sadly it has some damage - the last owner clearly didn't realise how unique it was, but is restorable, and like you I'll be uprating the chassis to more modern standards.

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2018, 12:19:59 AM »
Lovely job Snowwolf.

I picked up one of the other lots with an exquisite ex-LMS scratchbuilt 0-6-0 tank. I recognised this from a seller many years ago, an award winning builder of exquisite quality. Sadly it has some damage - the last owner clearly didn't realise how unique it was, but is restorable, and like you I'll be uprating the chassis to more modern standards.

Cheers,
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I looked at that but i'm strictly building sound locos these days and it just was not going to fit.   :)

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2018, 09:58:07 PM »
Ok, a bit more internal work, valve gear removed, filed clearances for wheels and a new front bogie arm.  It now sits perfectly and runs very smoothly.

The next stage is to strip the paintwork.  I did look at restoring it but the surface of the paint is soft and sticky and as you can see shows brush strokes.  It's probably 45 years old.  My plan is to paint it in LMS red livery with white lining.








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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2018, 12:32:40 AM »
This is what i am aiming for.



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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2018, 12:56:19 AM »
She looks a lot better with a few holes fixed and a fresh coat of etch primer.  She will get rubbed down and resprayed tomorrow and then left to harden for a few days.



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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2018, 09:06:47 AM »
Just caught up with this. thread.

This is a fantastic project and it'll be a gorgeous locomotive when finished.

Best wishes.

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2018, 11:54:22 AM »
Its great to see another locomotive that will end up in a decent LMS livery :)

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Re: Furness Railway 115 class 4-6-4 Baltic Tank
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2018, 12:16:10 PM »
Another cracking loco about to emerge from one of the NGF members' works :admiration:

 

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