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Can anyone tell me whether there's ever been a model commercially offered in any scale as etching or whatever, of the Nilgiri railway X class tank loco ? Failing that, is there any other model of another SLM rack loco which could be used as a starting point to create one?

 

Nick FitzGerald,

Hasselt,

Belgium

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No, I don't think there has ever been any RTR model that looks like the Nilgiri X Class. There have only been static models

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Thanks. To be clear i was really asking if anyone had ever done a kit or scratch-aid etching rather than RTR per se. It's not a prototype that will ever interest the mainstream makers of RTR equipment, even if it is a UNESCO world heritage railway

 

Nick

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If you can get a scale drawing and know someone that can use CAD software it might be possible to get a 3D print done for the key components.

 

I have only seen & ridden in trains with the coal fired ones rather than the new oil fired ones from Golden Rock.  I assume they are taking the same dimensions and the SLM built locos.

 

After the loco you would then want the coaches.........

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The coaches were built by Ashbury in 1936 if that's any help. I was lucky enough to visit the Nilgiri in 1987 and had a footplate ride from Coonoor to Ooty and back, but then being a BR driver at the time opened a lot of doors!

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If anyone can get a hold of scale drawings I will be happy to have a go at the model in sketchup. I do make IR models in HO scale and owing to my family being on the railways since it's inception (Anglo-Indian's) I'd be most happy to try and work something out. I will try and get a scale drawing myself.

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I've got some close-up pix of the Nilgiri locos including footplate details :sungum:.

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Here's a couple of pics of the Nilgri Hills X class taken in 1987 at Coonoor. I took 34 rolls of film; the processors lost 17 rolls, the future ex threw away the prints from the other 17 rolls. It seems this is all I have left.

 

Except my memories, riding on the YP and YG class metre gauge locos out of Trichy Junction. 

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I think that Continental Modeller featured drawings of these engines a few years back.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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Rummaging through various boxes has found some more photos of the Nilgri locos where I was lucky to have had a footplate ride from Udagamdalum (Ooty) to Coonnoor. The two boys on the cab steps in picture 2 are my sons Vince (now Assistant Fleet Engineer on the Southern Railway at Selhurst) and Keith, a theatre technician.

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Here's a side view taken in the late 1980s of the first train out of Ooty in the morning.

 

Anyone who can make a model of all those connecting rods and gears has my undying admiration.

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Can I resurrect this thread. Does anyone know of any drawings of these locos.

If not:  has anyone got good square on photos of the front or rear.

I have found some good side views and with some end views it may be possible to produce some drawings.

I would then look at getting etches made.

I see this as a challenge.

Nick 

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Does anyone know who built the engines?

 

Just answered my own question.

The locomotives were built by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine works.

The question  is were their drawings and works photographs archived for posterity?

 

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One of my photos from 2007 at Coonor

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There's some excellent drawings of the valve gear on the wall inside the loco shed at Ooty. I took pictures of them but they were amongst the 17 rolls lost by the processing firm here.

 

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I am working on building one in 7mm scale.

Swiss Railway archives hold drawings and they were kind enough to let me have a GA of the first batch. The drawings are too delicate to copy but you are welcome to visit them.

I am working on etches for the loco. The body is fairly straightforward except for turning the monster dome. The chassis is a very different matter.

I have done some experiments on the gearing for the rack and can see how to do it and some of the pitfalls the main one being getting the rack wheels exactly on the centre line.

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This is a pinion; 4 layers of etch pinned to the gears.

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The drive from the low pressure cylinders will drive the smaller gears. Two motors will be used one driving the main wheels and the other the rack mechanism.

 

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The importance of having the pinions exactly central can be seen here.

Finally I was lucky to visit the railway earlier this year and got plenty of pictures. There are static locos at Ooty and Coonor and it is very relaxed visiting Coonor shed.

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This is going to take some time to complete but it is a challenge.

Nick

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