Roanoke Rebuilding to a 0 6 0 Engine.

You will have seen Roanoke running around the track. But it is felt she needed to be a 0-6-0 Engine as this would make her more stable to drive. What we will be doing is stripping the engine down and doing some small modification to the tender by way of cutting some of the side sheets away to give better access to the drivers seat. The engine is getting some new side chassis frames, 1 new axle with wheels, Connecting rods to couple all the 3 axles together. Then a new Blue paint job.



Cad Drawing to view

All took apart

A trial look at the frames

Welded on the frames


Body & Tender Modification

Frames and Buffer Beams

Frames and wheels

Painted Tender Fitted

Roanoke Finished & Running

The first job was to measure the frames and make some CAD drawing to get the new chassis frames laser cut. You can see they are there are no measurements on the drawing as they are not required by the laser cutting company. OPEN CAD DRAWING PAGE These are a web page version of the drawings which I drew and supplied.

 If you have a CAD programme and would like to look, here are 3 file formats of the same file.  This is a DWG file.    This is a DXF file  This is a Turbo cad V11 file. Click and download the file.


This is Roanoke in bits, as you can see there is a lot under the bonnet


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The frames are very heavy.



What we are going to do is to use the buffer beams from the front and back the 2 axles with wheels, and all the top of the engine. The frames are bolted together, so we can do it this way and save time and money.

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At last we can make a start on the frames. We had to wait to get Roanoke out of service at the grounds so we could do all the work. I did not take any photographs of the old frames. But we now have all the bits welded onto the new frames, all ready to bolt the buffer beams back on. Then I will bolt the slotted plates which guide the axle boxes, and try all the axles in place with the connecting rods, That will be fun! heavy to say the one word!

Under each big picture are few words to say what we are looking at.



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Garry Has been busy on the cab and tender modifications. The cab has been re-drilled for the new nameplates, and the dashboard re-laid out to include a battery condition indicator.
The Bonnet has had the chimney removed, and all holes filled.
The tender has had the side sheets shortened by 4" to allow better access for the driver, and a removable panel fitted to the rear to give access to the compressor and braking system when fitted.
It is now going to the paint shop for a re-paint.



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I have been busy with the welder again. You can see the cross angle been put in at the back and front. The buffer beams are bolted back on. You can see the bit in side have been bolted in place for the axle boxes. All ready for a coat of paint or 2.


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Things are moving on as you can see the main frames are together with there new wheels in place. The engine unit is back on after a hiccup 



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The tender is back from the power coating company. The lads fitted it back on the chassis. The Engine has had a bit more red paint put on it.


The tender with the engine


A close up of the tender showing the cut-away

side sheets by the alloy plate.

The back of the tender with new doors




The lads have finally got Roanoke back together and running. They say it is better than ever - much smoother and quieter.

We all look for ward to have a drive on here again

This has been a very interesting project that has not taken to to long complete. Many thanks to all who helped To name a few Chris, Dave, John

Allan, Special thanks to Garry for keeping the photographs coming though.


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