GWR(BR) 1649 Pannier Tank

Posted on December 16, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

I’ve picked up the Dornoch branch engine project again.

In 2014 I rolled a trial section of boiler and bent up a test length of the pannier tanks in my then new Vee block. This time I’m hoping to make a basic, running loco before running out of steam.

1649 171216 4610       All riveted and good to go

The scratch body with Nu-Cast whitemetal castings will sit on a Branchlines kit chassis. Having a ready-made set of frames was a boost and I made (for me) rapid progress on the footplate sub-assembly.

After a chat with Chris Gibbon of High Level I chose a LoLoader 68:1 gearbox, which I will try out with a 1990s high-revving Mashima open frame motor from the old MRJ Manning Wardle project. The small wheels of 1649 and low footplate, with the rear axle 4mm behind the cab front, may mean some surgery later.

The main objective in this first week was to design a kit of body parts, which meant filling in the gaps in my understanding of how the real thing was put together. The preserved 1638 has been well photographed and I soon found a couple of photos showing the plate work joining the two pannier tanks over the boiler. These nicely complement the photographs and drawings I was given when starting the project (thanks, Ian).


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