Some History of the Models
My love of these locomotives started 50 years ago in Beaumoris when I used to go to the playground where 8A was preserved. For any young boy the Model Dockyard was “the” hobby shop for trains. Specializing in brass trains they had the largest display in Australia.
Around 1965 they announced that they would release the NA to be produced by PFM but it didn’t arrive until the 1970’s. By then I had moved away from model railways, then my interest was aroused when 8A was restored. Around 1986 Alco (Ajin) released the NA in HO n2 1/2 and Ho n3 and my desire for a narrow gauge railway was rekindled and I started building my long awaited railway based on the NA. Alco also released a O n2 1/2 model but I believe that the number was around 10 units and over a $1000 ea. There was a Ho Kit but I can't remember the company who produced it and there was the Broard Gauge O scale model.
My eyesight started to diminished with age and Ho was becoming too small so I decided to move to O scale. I started drawing these plans in 2000 for such a project. With the plans three quarters finished BGM released their On 2 1⁄2 NA and the plans remained unfinished. With the recent release of the On 2 1⁄2 NA by Haskell, I have decided to finish the plans. This time I have included the compound locomotive 2A. These plans are to help with some super detailing.
I'm hoping to release these through Brunel Hobbies soon but have to discuss whether they want to take them on and price. There are 5 A3 sheets with notes and bibliography. As for the colour I am a little disappointed with the brown used on the "Canadian Red and Chocolate Brown". These colors are a XX!!!XX to match and I accept Kieren Haskell's reasoning for the colors that have been chosen and say well done especially for the price. Nothing wrong with a bit of kit bashing and a re paint. I will get a green NA as well as the red one and my old BGM kit is due for a rebuild into 2A.
How about a G41/42 Kieren?