Fun With Funnels, or The Smoke Stack Dilemma

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TrainClown, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    So here I am, happy as a clam, merrily building my Roundhouse Climax engine model, when to my surprise! The model comes with five different smoke stacks!! (Are they called funnels on trains as well as boats?) :eek:

    So now I have the simplest decision to make and I can't make up my mind. So I thought I'd see what other people thought.

    I have the choice of five smoke stacks. Which one would you choose? Or which is your favorite smoke stack?

    My wife likes #3, but what does SHE know about trains? (The Clown ducks but not fast enough!)
    ...........................OUCH!!! :(

    Ok, here is #1, your classic toot:

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  2. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    #2 is just a little bit fancier:

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  3. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    #3 starts to have character:

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  4. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    #4 is your classic diamond stack:

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  5. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    #5 is a real spark catcher but you'll notice I'll have to move the lamp to get it to fit properly:

    So please tell me what you think.



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  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I like #2 or #1, but my era is 1920s and 30s - "post diamond"... :)

  7. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    TC, if your Climax is gonna be a coal burner, then #1 or 2 would be ok. But if it's a wood burner, 3,4 or 5 are the right choice.

    The diamond stacks are spark arrestors. In the widened portion a fine wire mesh held back glowing wood particles. The speed of the exhaust blast was reduced by the larger diameter - the bigger the diameter, the better the spark arresting... (And after all, the logging companies wanted to log the woods, not to burn them! :eek: :D)

    Now the Congdon stack #5 obviously doesn't fit the lokey at all, or you'd have to change the second MDC-choice and fit a smaller headlight. (There is more than one headlight included, right?) Big diamond #4 is a tight fit, too!

    Believe it or not - I'll help your wife and opt also for #3. :cool:

    But if you still don't like #3, just relax: I won't start throwing things at you - Switzerland is so far off from Canada that I probably wouldn't hit you anyway. :D :D :D

  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    If your going to burn wood in your new loco I would go with #3.
    If you want to move the headlight #4 Would be my 2nd choice.
    Or paint #1, 2 and 3 and interchange them once in a while.
  9. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I say go with #5 and put a big honkin spark arrestor made of fine mesh screen on it :D :D :D If I'm not mistaken, the plastic shell has a stack of wood modled into the back, so unless you modify it, it's a wood burner.
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks Ron. Did not know that - you learn something new every day (at least at the Gauge) ;)

    I had assumed that it was simply an advance in technology, since there were a lot of the diamond stacks in the 1800s, but fewer in the 1900s.

  11. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi TC, #4 is best for a wood burner, I had those on mine.
  12. belg

    belg Member

    My vote goes to # 3 just because I think it looks like it fits best, so there.:D I don't have enough knowledge to make a fine analysis like our esteemed panel,but I know what I like.
  13. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    I too like number 3. 1 and 2 are too small, 4 and 5 are too big, but 3 is just right!:)

  14. zeeglen

    zeeglen Member

    Maybe #5 could be called a 'funnel'
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Re: Re: Fun With Funnels, or The Smoke Stack Dilemma

    Or save it and use it as a funnel :D:D:D
  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    #2 suits my fancy. I remember ones like it on the old locos used in South African railroads when I was a kid.
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    #3...and a vote for one of the electric headlights;) :D
  18. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Thanks for the input, lads.

    The funnel be in the building. ;)

    Well, what can I say? I like #3 too. So #3 it is. (TC's wife grins).

    I'm going to put #4 on my Life Like Iron Horse 0-4-0 and I'm going to put #5 on the big Climax I'm building from scratch. I found a loco shell almost identical to the Iron Horse in the junk I bought at the train show and that will give me the perfect boiler for my project.

    Onwards and upwards!

    Thanks again,


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