|Cab side panels, window frames & door remain to be done.|
|After further work, the control panel has an analog voltmeter, light control & a whistle "button" driving 150psi on demand via 12v rather than store it in a reservoir.|
|Coming together slowly... $5 Warehouse picture frames firmly in place.|
|The bogie on the wagon closer to the loco is actually a steam tender 4 wheel chassis with all sprung axles. The wheel diameter & spacing is the same as the welded bogie.|
|Track & sleepers are formed from 10x10mm Bar, The track joining sections were formed in a jig. Once I grind down the track ends they should bolt together well.|
Whilst I had aimed for fathers day to set the track up at the parents place on the deck, a week or 2 won't hurt. Managed to get a video of dad taking it for a run on the smartphone, but did give both mum & dad a ride in the end, the dogs we're pretty scared of the whole event & ran away whenever the train moved. By the end both dogs made the trip cuddled & restrained in my arms & seemed to relax to the whole idea.
Dad made the comment its been 13 years since he drove a locomotive for the then wank owned railways.