Can anyone shed some light on the commonality of the 42 and 421 class?
Reason is that I am thinking of using a Lloyds 421 body on a Trainorama 42 chassis - mechanism,sideframes etc.
Has anyone tried this or have thoughts on whether this would be a viable option?
Any views would be helpful.
I've just Googled (via Wikipedia) and found that the main dimensions are very close:
Length 17.63m 17.68m
Width 2.95m 2.97m
Height 4.23m 4.27m
So far so good.....
However, I just checked on Hollywood Foundry's site:http://www.hollywoodfoundry.com/NSW%20Locos.htm
It seems the bogies are not compatible if you want to be reasonably "correct".
The 421 has the bogies spaced at different distances: 5' 6.5" + 6' 7.5"
The 42 is equally spaced at 6' 7"
The bogie centres are similar at 35' for the 421, and 34' for the 42.
I seem to recall some people (on this forum) advising that the Trainorama 49 class bogies would be the closest approximation to the 421 class.