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 Posted: Sun Aug 22nd, 2010 08:12 pm
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W C Greene
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Very cool, Russ. Maybe if I painted mine red or blue, or a combination of colors then it would divert the eyes from no valve gear! The 2 photos I sent are not good ones, #4 has gottin some weathering and lettering with more stuff to come.

"You can't please everyone so you got to please yourself"-Rick Nelson

                    The tropics and Garratt look pretty good to me.       Woodie



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 Posted: Sun Aug 22nd, 2010 10:47 pm
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You might find that their are more then just a couple of "American Garratt's" running on US "model layouts".

This one has been around the San Antonio and Northern Railway layout of the San Antonio Model Railroad Association a few times. Radio Control with Battery Power and Sound in HO. It also is waiting for a few more detail parts.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 7th, 2012 06:31 pm
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OK then, this is (hopefully) the last rebuild of the American Garratt. I fiddled around and messed around and listened to and read all the pro's and con's about my poor efforts. Some loved the first version, some hated the second version, I wanted what I have come up with finally. Thanks to Herb's fine riveter machine, I have been able to make a nicer model of what could have been-a Glover Garratt. Built in the 1920's by the Glover Machine Works of Marietta, Georgia, this is a "one of" loco. Glover did not honor any of Mr. Garratt's patents with this machine, built for a South American mining road. These photos show #4 in basic high gloss black without any weathering or junk on the running boards.







As can be seen from earlier photos, this loco appears more like a "sports model" with a modified plantation cab (the crew demanded the rear extention) and slightly larger riveted tanks and metal cab. Gone are the Euro style buffers and a Fairbanks-Morse water pump has been installed on the fireman's side. She is also named Pat, after a lost love. Again, "purists" may note something under the cab roof (a 2 cell Li Po battery) and lack of valve gear or outside frames and cranks but then she is what she is. After some tools, crew, and light weathering; #4 will be shown in her finished glory. 



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like both maybe you need a safety net under the canyon



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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2012 02:40 am
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WC , Chas ..fellers....

I think the Garrett.is a fine thing..that is whot I think...good job..more fotos of your line..I very much enjoy the out of the box clever you are..

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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2012 03:24 pm
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Best of the bunch, Woodrow!

Fitting that you named her Pat.

Perhaps, like some ultralight aircraft, she needs a quick opening 'chute


Herbie 



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The New #4 looks great cant wait to see some action shots Paul:Salute:

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Simply beautiful Woody!! Makes me want to build one myself, but it would not negotiate the tight radii on The Last Resort. I am doing a tiny vertical boiler steamer for the Gn15 line up the mountain.
Tom

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Thanks guys. The gloss black and lousy lighting obscure the nice rivets which are all over her body! I just shot her with Dullcote and installed a couple of guys in the cab so little #4 is looking more like a working lokie. A bit of weathering and some tools onboard and she will be ready for work on the high line. When I rebuilt her this time, I changed the weight distribution so she is not as apt to fall off the bridge any more (I hope!) As for tight radii, she will handle a 15" curve on the low line into Mogollon-not bad for an "On30 loco on steroids".



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I love it! Nice job!

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