No 4 'Victory'
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- Updated Oct 18th
'Project Garratt' and the
- competition 1998
K1 National Railway
Museum York 1983
In spring 1998
the German model railway magazine 'MIBA' and the 'ARGE Spur 0' (the German
counterpart to the Gauge O Guild) announced a model building competition.
The only condition was to use a Fleischmann 'Magic Train'-model as a basis.
Since I have a constant weakness for Garratt locomotives I decided to start
my Garratt collection with a tiny little narrow gauge Garratt.
One of the nicest
narrow gauge Garratts is the first ever - the K1 of the Tasmanian Railways.
The K1 is currently under reconstruction (-->
Highland Railway). I chose this loco for the main dimensions. But there
were some things with the K1 that forced me to build a freelance model.
First of all a 'real' Garratt has to be with cylinders pointing outwards.
So I turned the bogies.
Secondly my loco
should have a water tank with rounded edges similar to the ‚Sitarama‘ of
the Nepal Government Railways. I tried to copy the boiler diameter as well.
From the No 50
Garratt of the Sierra Leone Railway I borrowed the bridge frame.
my very own Garratt loco came into being. And I think she looks very convincing.
Want to know more about
Garratt locomotives? -->
Hamilton's great Garratt locomotive site.
The following pictures
show which parts of the Magic Train model I used.
The boiler is much
thicker than the one of the original 'Magic Train' model because it has
to serve 4 cylinders.
Most of the additional
parts are selfmade.
The next pictures
show the final result:
Gauge Garratt 'Victory' No 4
on duty at the 'Mbele Mbele Railway'
(The water wagon is
a modified Magic Train tank wagon,
the coaches are newly
liveried Bachmann Coaches)
model gained the third prize in the MIBA competiton!
Read up in MIBA 12/98
(sorry - German only):