A Varney 4-6-0

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    This is a Varney Casey Jones I am rebuilding.
    I've added a can motor, regeared it and added extra electrical pickups.
    That was going to be the extent of the modifications (besides painting it) until I saw a photo of South Simcoe's #1057.
    I noticed it was similar to the Varney model and had a rather unique valve gear.
    The valve gear is mostly built from scratch.
    I made classification lights from 2 .090" cubes of clear styrene, drilled dimples to insert colored lenses in, drilled a .045" hole in the bottoms and inserted a 1/4" piece of clear styrene rods into them. The rods insert into the boiler far enough to pick up light from the light bulb in the smoke box.
    After they are painted black I will re drill the dimples to remove paint and clue in the lenses.
    A KD #5 coupler in a extensively modified 30 series draft gear was fit into the filed out pilot opening.

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  2. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    Looks great Ray:thumb: :thumb:
  3. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    That Valve gear is fantastic.
  4. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    That is strange valve gear. I can't say how closely it matches the real engine with which I'm not familiar, but I like it.
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Ray, from looking at some diagrams in an old Trains article on valve gear, that loco appears to have indirect Walschaert valve gear, with the loco being an inside admission type and the eccentric crank leading the main crankpin. But, that's just my semi-edu-macated opinion.:rolleyes: :D :D
    Nice work on the rebuild. :thumb: Your class lights remind me of the ones on my John English Pacific: they appear to have a black, hard plastic casing where the metal parts would be on the prototype, but the core is made of either Lexan or Plexiglass, with a long stem for mounting, which also extends into the smokebox (side-mount style) and transmits light from the headlight bulb. I have no idea who made them, although the appearance is very "scale". My Dad bought the loco, used, in the mid-to-late '50's, but I don't recall if he added them or if they were already on the loco. I think I may have another pair of them laying around here somewhere, too.

  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Finally got some paint on this one.
    Here's a couple of photos.

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  7. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Another great engine, and Canadian Pacific too!
    I have been wondering, what is the black that you use to paint your engines?
  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Thanks Glen.
    I use Floquil engine black.
    After the decals are installed I spray it with Testors dullcoat.
    Then a little weathering with a custom mix ( mostly thinner from cleaning the airbrush).
    I have a few jars that I custom mix from different colors as I glean the airbrush.
  9. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Double posted for some reason. ??

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