You all remember the 3D printed switcher I started working on this time last year, right? And, you’ve probably been wondering where that project has been going, right? Well, guys and gals, I’m here to give a little update. Not much of an update, but an update nonetheless.
During the process of scaling the body up from the original OO9 design by Tom Bell, I’d run a couple of other test prints that ended up being too long to use with the trolley chassis. I dug them out, and at the same time, discovered that I’d squirrelled away a chassis from a 2nd-generation Bachmann HO GE 44-ton switcher. I’d probably picked it up to use with a Boulder Valley Models conversion that I no longer have.
Obviously, this version is missing the side doors and window frames I’d added to the original. And, there are some other internal modifications that need to be made, like removing some flanges that followed from the original OO9 model for mounting to body to the Kato N gauge power chassis, beefing up the floor a little bit, and adding some some panels between the trucks where the fuel tank is. I may also shorten the body by about 1 scale foot. But, I think this is definitely the basis for a nice little critter. What’s more, there’s plenty of room for installing battery power without cluttering up the cab with electronics.
I still have a plan for at least one of the two trolleys I bought for this project: they’ll be perfect for making a pair of 3/8n20 boxcabs.