Prototype for the Bachmann On30 4-4-0?

I’ve always liked Bachmann’s On30 4-4-0 but thought it looked a little small. I came across this video this morning and wonder if this is what they might have had in mind. Either way they sure are pretty engines.

Check out this video on YouTube:

/chris



Categories: How I think

4 replies

  1. Chris, these engines are the famous Beira Rly “Lawleys”, which are British-built. The inside-frame Bachmann 4-4-0 is based on an engine built by Baldwin for a 2′ gauge line in Pennsylvania. The larger outside-frame Bachmann 4-4-0 model is based on another Baldwin engien built for the 2’6″ gauge Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas railway in Brazil

    • Thanks Mark. I didn’t know the back story about the Bachmann engines and I’ll have to dig around for some photos or film on them. I’ve seen so many of the Bachmann On30 engines modified to appear more colonial and I wonder how close an enterprising modeller could get to these engines from that starting point.

      Enticing video eh?

  2. Chris, I had to check my copy of Fred Westing’s book on Baldwin locos, I couldn’t remember the name of the line they were built for, but here it is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gretna_Narrow_Gauge_Railway

    I suppose you could use the Bachmann loco as a basis for a Lawley, the biggest difference being that the Mt Gretna engines were inside-framed, as opposed to the Lawley’s outside-frames:

    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/SAR_Class_NG6_106_%284-4-0%29_b.jpg/800px-SAR_Class_NG6_106_%284-4-0%29_b.jpg[/img]

    I recall that EDM Models were proposing a 7mm scale Lawley kit a while back, but I don’t know how far that’s progressed.

    As for the video, it’s VERY enticing. A mate of mine visited Sandstone last year and he’s keen to go back – and he keeps on at me to join him! :)

    Cheers,

    Mark.

  3. Chris, I had to check my copy of Fred Westing’s book on Baldwin locos, I couldn’t remember the name of the line they were built for, but here it is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gretna_Narrow_Gauge_Railway

    I suppose you could use the Bachmann loco as a basis for a Lawley, the biggest difference being that the Mt Gretna engines were inside-framed, as opposed to the Lawley’s outside-frames:

    I recall that EDM Models were proposing a 7mm scale Lawley kit a while back, but I don’t know how far that’s progressed.

    As for the video, it’s VERY enticing. A mate of mine visited Sandstone last year and he’s keen to go back – and he keeps on at me to join him! :)

    Cheers,

    Mark.

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