Lister. Day 6.

I thought I might break the naming convention that’s forming on these posts and go wild. “Lister on frame”? Nah, patterns are cool.

When I bought this kit I assumed I’d just stick this all together quickly like some Lego kit and then fritter away the next few weeks, months, lifetimes away remaking parts and refining the model and acting like I knew what I was doing. Who did I think I was? Oh, to be young and ignorant like I was in that faraway place that was April. I don’t know about you but I narrate most of my activities in my head like I’m hosting my own public broadcasting program. “Remaking” already but not replacing because I find I keep disappearing into that sort of narrative and when that happens, mistakes happen, so, remaking is a pattern of breaking parts apart and reassembling them like I should have. It’s all fun though. I have a pile of photographs and a locomotive like this is the fantasy of pragmatic design so design decisions feel logical and remind me of designing a house’s frame. “What holds up the other end of this?”

The hood is assembled for probably, at least, the fourth time. It’s more square than it’s ever been and is likely ever to be. Gussets are glued into place at each corner of the main frame and the various crossmembers you see in the photo are also all stuck in place. Yeah, that tape on the transmission hump? I’m not ready to glue that in but wanted to make sure it would all fit so I taped these three pieces together and I’ll cut that tape away and drop the transmission out once the glue’s dry.

I reduced the frame width by cutting out 6mm total. I’m glad I did. That leaves the model still too wide, compared to drawings, but it also stays in the range of how IP Engineering selectively changed the size of some components in the model. The 32mm gauge wheels will still fit easily as planned and I think the model’s footprint is less square looking. Plus, this decision adds a little extra work and cutting stuff that feels like making stuff than just sticking it together.

I’ve just finished tidying up the work space. I think the next stage will focus on the underside of the model, fitting those characteristic ballast weights and the sideframes too. This is so much fun and I’m enjoying every moment of this kit. I really should have done this a long time ago. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be doing it now.

Thank you


Categories: 16mm scale 32mm gauge, 16mm scale IP Engineering Lister

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3 replies

  1. That photo, with it perched upon the role of tape holds such promise of what is to come. As familiar as I am with the prototype, as you say no two are alike and that feels like one, the key elements may be slightly off in size but the result is more than pleasing, it’s a Lister.

    Experiment with adding small drops of PVA with a pin head for any rivets… or get some Cambrian (or Grandt line?) bolts? Those corner plates are crying out for a touch of detail.

    • Good morning. See it resting on that role of tape, on Victoria, I too am seeing a Lister and not just parts from a Lister. I can almost hear it’s tiny idle.

      A thing that excites me about these Listers and this scale is another observation from this morning: the way natural light explores around its forms. Watching the morning sun shining on the model I can see how it gets between the frames and creates a variety of shadows that embellish each face in the model. This is something I’m going to continue to enjoy seeing as the model evolves.

      Rivets. Yes! I have a pretty decent supply of rivet and nut-bolt-washer castings here from Grandt and Tichy. Places like those rivets do indeed cry for detail. Detail, on a model like this, seems like a must not just because it’s big enough to see but also because of the structural role it represents. I have figures to guide their placement but also can see the role those rivets and bolts play in holding this thing together.


  2. A thing which I was thinking about last night and still into today was how much of this model is driven by design that is not about replicating the look of something but the purpose of it. The prototype Listers are very simple designs: wheels, basic steel structural members for a frame, and a simple motor. There’s not fancy sheet metal work, no streamlining, just bolts and beams. In the large scale of this model, my models isn’t much more than that either. Wherein a smaller scale model my frustrate me because the parts are too tiny for the person I am today or I can’t ever seem to find that one magical photograph or drawing that describes how something looks this large scale model of this very simple machine bridges across that void by asking, like I mentioned: “what holds this end up?”.

    That’s a powerful thing. When I was working on the design of parts for my Shapeways store my praise was how each part became an invitation to develop a deep understanding of the people who designed and made the real thing. So often, a subtle curve was discovered in a part’s surface that I wouldn’t have known existed if I wasn’t trying to create a miniature forgery of it. The sum of these subtleties themselves being the metric describing how well I’d done in my work.

    I like how these narrow gauge railways feel personal. My Lister for my planned narrow gauge railway is really the only working engine I’m in need of. I need only a minimum of cars to go with it. I can visualize what I’m doing as real work miniaturized. It’s as if the imaginery has moved from the realm of external forces I need to have in mind and respect the spiritual presence of to more contextual “what are we doing right now, here?” things. In that way, my model railway is an imaginary “my railway” and this Lister isn’t someone else’s Lister but the one I run on my railway. My Lister.


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