Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by David Rosser, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. siledka

    siledka New Member

    In fact DJH still produces 3 versions of Garatt (one is available both in Ho and HOm) - if you choose to select the biggest one - remember to order a second engine to go with the kit, or otherwise it will be too slow (you will need to have a truly large railroad to accomodate it anyway, as it requires quite a big radius to turn (my guess - about 3 meters). The smaller ones are good because they allow for more colorful paint schemes, while the big one can only be black. The model is abou 50cm long when finished and requires lots of skills cause naturally it only should be welded to hold.
  2. jon6516

    jon6516 New Member

    min rad

    The 2-6-2+2-6-2 has a min rad of 23 13/16" (620mm)
    The 4-8-2+2-8-4 has a min rad of 27 9/16" (700mm)
    The 4-8-4+4-8-4 has a min rad of 30" (760mm)
    3 meters is around 9'9", no?
  3. siledka

    siledka New Member

    Well I tried it and can tell from my experience - 4-8-4+4-8-4 will not turn on 760 mm - no left turn anyway. Right - may be but still would doubt. I said 3 meters off the top of my haed of course - but I mean it - the radius should be realistic or you will have to leave certain piping behind - the thing is not built for small diaramas!
  4. allan

    allan New Member

    Go to for a ready to run AD60 from the NSWR in Oz. Not my prototype, but at least it runs on standard gauge!

    I'm on the list for an SAR (that's South Australian Railways) 400 class that ran on 3'6. Those locos I can remember, just, from the 1960s.
  5. siledka

    siledka New Member

    Waw, these are great locs - any idea, is that plastic or brass? Looks like plastics, but one better ask)
  6. allan

    allan New Member

    This is class plastic...
  7. siledka

    siledka New Member

    I stick to metal, have to check though is it the same - there were tons of different Garatts, I started to look for pictures to find an attractive paint scheme for mine and was astonished to see the size of the breed
  8. Mike Hamer

    Mike Hamer New Member

  9. jon6516

    jon6516 New Member

    Beautiful, I have to have one, It’s OO 9mm but I’ll re-gauge it to 10.5mm

  10. siledka

    siledka New Member

    Thanks mates, looks like my overdraft on the credit card will never end!
  11. SARModel

    SARModel New Member

  12. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    No North American railroad had a Garratt. There were Fairlies (most notably they were the primary motive power on the Maine two-footers) and Mason Bogies, but the DRGW had neither as far as I know.

    However, either the Durango & Silverton or the Cumbres & Toltec thought, at one point, of using the frames of two out-of-service K-37s to build a Garratt. No serious work was ever done on this project.
  13. czwij

    czwij New Member

    Hi all,

    Paul Templar (Shamus) built a garrett type of thing using the running gear of two MDC shays. very neat concept! :thumb:

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