Happy New Year and a Look Back at 2014

Happy New Year!

For this week’s post, being the first post in 2015, I thought I would take a look back over the 3D printed and brass products from last year.

The year started with the completion of my N Scale EMD DD35 locomotives as pictured below with a U50 and GP38.

DD35s and U50

The kits were released in both powered and dummy versions, the powered unit uses a modified Bachmann DD40AX chassis, below is a before and after photo of the first modified chassis.

DDD35 & DD4AX Chassis

Further development of the chassis led to the central corridor also being cut out, as shown below, to match the corridor connection in the 3D printed shell.

DD35 Chasssis Mk2

This greatly improved the realistic look of the locomotive. Below is SP no. 9902.

SP DD35 9902 8

The final improvement to the DD35 kit was the introduction of my etched Brass Additions for this locomotive.  This composed of a full set of etched brass handrails, as shown below.

DD35 Additions Set

EMD DD35 With Brass Etched Additions 5

The first run of DD35 brass Additions were made from 8 thou brass and although they were made to exact scale sizes this did make them a little hard to work with.  The later sets of brass are made from 10 thou brass and look even better as well as being easier to handle.

Both versions of the DD35 can be found here, and an instruction sheet showing how to modify the DDA40X chassis can also be found here.  I have 10 thou sets of brass Additions available for this locomotive so if you would like a set please get in touch through the contacts page.

DD35 & Friends 4

To make use of the spare Bachmann DDA40X shells that were left over from the DD35 builds I also released a DDA40X dummy chassis.

DD40AX Dummy 2

The chassis kit includes trucks, bolster pins and the main chassis section.

DD40AX Shell 4

It was designed to clip into the Bachmann shell and to utilize the spare fuel tank which clipped on to the new chassis.  This particular model also received axle wipes to collect power for the circuit board.  Below is a video of the dummy DDA40X running on the back of a coal drag with working lights.  Note the DD35 running as the third powered locomotive.

The DDA40X dummy chassis kit is available here.

My next kit to be released was my N Scale Union Pacific Excursion train water tenders.

UP Water Tender 4 (Mark Peterson)

(Modeling & Photos By Mark Peterson)

These were made available in the post 2007 rebuild configuration as shown above, then in the pre-rebuilt configuration as shown below.  Both kits include the main shell, chassis, trucks, ladders, headlights, tool boxes and bolster pins.

UP Water Tender 6 (Mark Peterson)

(Modeling & Photos By Mark Peterson)

In each configuration there are two body styles; with the rebuilt tenders this is simply the inclusion of flag plates on one of the tenders, whereas with the pre rebuilt set the piping configuration is different, as with the prototype and shown below.  The tender on the right has more piping on the roof.UP Water Tender 7 (Mark Peterson)

(Modeling & Photos By Mark Peterson)

Later in the year I also released the rebuilt tenders in HO Scale, as shown below.  As HO is lot bigger I was able to add a little bit more detail. The HO kit comes with all the same parts as the N scale ones, just bigger.

BR HO Modular Group With UP Tender - NMRA 2014 20

This then led to even bigger things; O Scale!  Below are all three scales together.

O Scale Tender - Comparison 4

O Scale Tender - Comparison 5

The O Scale kits are almost ready and will be available very soon and the N scale and HO Scale kits can be found here.

As well as big projects last year I also did several small detail items.  The first was my steel dog house kit to be used to add detail to steam tenders.

Steel Dog House 1

This design is for the dog houses used by the Norfolk and Western on their Y6b locomotive tenders as shown below.

Dog House 1

The dog house kits can be found here and are available in different quantities.

The next big project was another N scale diesel locomotive, this time a Baldwin DT6-6-2000.

DT6-6-2000 Gallery

This kit is designed to drop onto an Atlas C-628/C-630 chassis without any modifications required, except for rotating the trucks. The kit includes the main shell, handrails, engine crew with cab interiors and replacement truck side frames as shown below.

DT6-6-2000 Test Print 6

Although this locomotive was designed on the configuration used by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, some modelers have done their own thing with it.

MNF1204 By Jeff King - 2

MNF1204 By Jeff King - 1

(Modeling & Photos by Jeff King)

This kit is also offered with a set of Brass Additions which include handrails and sun shades as shown below.  This set was also first offered in 8 thou brass and has since been upgraded to 10 thou brass giving a better look and feel.

DT6-6-2000 Additions Set

Below is a work in progress photo by Brian Stewart showing the brass handrails prior to painting.

DT6-6-2000 WIP(Brian Stewart) 1

This locomotive was also further developed by Baldwin into the RT-624 or DT6-6-2400.  The new locomotive was predominantly purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad and not to disappoint my East Coast modeling friends I also further developed the kit as shown below.

Baldwin RT-624 Kit

There were lots of small changes made to the model but a few of the bigger ones included the addition of a replacement fuel tank, new style trucks and the extra brass Additions, particularly the famous Penssy Train Phone Antenna.  The brass etched details for this kit are made from 12 thou brass and look fantastic.  Below is a work-in-progress shot of Chris Broughton RT-624 with the brass parts added.

PPR RT-624 (Chris Broughton) 2And here is Chris’ finished locomotive.

RT-624 Button

PRR RT-624 8355(Chris Broughton) 2

The N Scale DT6-6-2000 can be found here and the RT-624 can be found here.  Brass Additions for both locomotives can be ordered directly from me, please contact me through the contact page.

I also made some replacement parts for damaged locomotives last year, the first was a new drive shaft for one of my MRC/Roundhouse 2-8-0 steamers.

Sierra 2-8-0 No 28

The replacement part consisted of a new drive shaft directly replacing the original, which had been lost at an exhibition.

MDC Drive Shafts

This also led to a replacement drive shaft kit for the N Scale Atlas 4-4-0.

Atlas Drive Shaft Button

This replacement kit also contained the connecting parts at either end of the drive shaft as shown below.  These were the parts which had split on this particular locomotive.

Atlas 4-4-0 3D Printed Drive Shaft - Clened

Both kits worked well and allowed me to repair my two broken steam engines.  The MRC/Roundhouse 2-8-0 replacement drive shaft can be found here, the Atlas 4-4-0 drive shaft repair kit can be found here.

Another replacement part was for my N Scale Rowa/MRC Y6b steam locomotives.  As standard these don’t have a working front coupling or pilot and I wanted to double head mine so I released a replacement front pilot which could be fitted with either a Z or an N Scale Micro-Trains coupling.

Rowa Y6B Pilot Test Fit 1

Rowa Y6b Finished Pilot N 2

The kit makes the front pilot totally functional without affecting its cornering abilities.  Below is a short video of a pair of Y6B double heading round a very tight curve.

Both the Z Scale and N Scale coupler versions of the N Scale Y6b replacement pilot can be found here.

Last year I also released some other coupling replacement parts, firstly came my fixed link couplings.

Fixed Coupling 1

These are designed to replace Rapido style couplings but leaving the rolling stock permanently coupled together as shown below.

Fixed Couplings

This is particularly useful for locomotives which are permanently consisted together such as the set of three Con-Cor E7s pictured bellow.  They all share one DCC decoder and have wires running through the corridor connections. To ensure they don’t come uncoupled and pull on the wires I have installed my fixed link couplings.


E7 Coupling 2

The fixed link couplings are available in a variety of lengths and quantities and can be found here.  If you require a different length or quantity please contact me though the contact page and I will be happy to add them to my shop.

The second replacement coupling was aimed more at the British N Gauge trains and is a short replacement Rapido coupling designed to reduce the distance between coaches to make them appear more realistic.  Below you can see two sets of N Scale Graham Farish HST coaches; the near side set have the standard Rapido couplings, the far side set have the new shorter ones.

HST's Coupling Closeup 2

The replacement short Rapido couplings can be found here.

Some of my smallest 3D printed items from last year were my N Scale super detail re-railers as shown below on the truck of a GP20 and hanging under a FA2 locomotive.

Re-Railers Type 2 On GP20 - 2.jpg

FA1 with Type 1 Rerailer - Close UpThese come in both a truck mounted version, which can be found here, and locomotive mounted versions, which be found here and are available in different quantity packs.

A replacement part was also needed for one of my favorite locomotives.  My N Scale Con-Cor 4500 Gas Turbine.  As delivered this model has a fuel tank instead of the correct battery box between the trucks so I have made available a replacement part that simply fixes on with the same screw.

Gas Turbine Batter Box - Clean 1

The battery box for the 4500 Gas Turbine can be found here.

To find out more about any of the parts and kits I have touched upon you can use the search facility at the top right of the screen at the end of the menu options.  This will lead you to all posts about a particular part or kit and you’ll find a lot more images, videos and information.

As well as all these new 3D prints I also visited and exhibited at several model Railroad/Railway exhibitions and conventions around the UK, here are some of the ones I covered in posts throughout the year.

Benson Winter Meet 2014 – NMRA (BR)

N Track Convention – Bournemouth

Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition – April 2014

The NMRA (BR) Annual Convention 2014 – Part 1

The NMRA (BR) Annual Convention 2014 – Part 2

The NMRA (BR) Annual Convention 2014 – Part 3

Poole & District Model Railway Society’s 2014 Exhibition

The Bearwood Group’s Running Meet

The Gosport American Model Railroad Group’s Running Meet

And that just about wraps up 2014 for James’ Train Parts.  2015 is going to be an exciting year with many new parts and locomotives coming out as well as developments in the 3D printing world in general. And there’s some great exhibitions coming up, including the NMRA(BR) Convention at the former signalling training school in Derby.

My first big project for this year, as some of you may have guessed, will be the massive Alco C-855 in N scale which I am greatly looking forward to and this engine will also have etched brass Additions and will be available in both dummy and powered versions.

Thank you for following what I’ve been up to in 2014, and I hope you’ll enjoy the New Year with me.