Welcome to my Web Blog.

This is to keep all my friends updated on what's going on with the FC&W and my other railroad adventures. The name Flagstaff, Coconino and Western came from Flagstaff, where I live, Coconino is the county, and Western is where I go to visit other clubs and railroads. I will try and update it on a regular basis.

The 2 1/2" scale D&RGW C-21 Project

December 4, 2013

Stuff that's been going on...

It's been a while since I last posted on the blog. Not a lot has been happening this year on my railroad. I did manage to pour the concrete footings for the retaining wall for my steaming bays. Hopefully by next summer the steaming bay wall and the 4 steaming bays will be installed. Also my plans for next year will be pouring the concrete crossing pads aross the front driveway and laying some more rail to complete the loop around the front of the house. As for the locomotives the #51 diesel electric is having all the electronics rebuilt with a new drive system that will be more reliable and easier to run. Tryed to throw together a drive system but it didnt work out. As for the 1"scale, the 0-4-0 got a new pettycoat this year because I found that then I pulled the old one out, it had a huge hole in the back side of it. Hopefully it will steam better from now on. The 1" pacific is almost done just need to finish up on the new plumbing and install a new water glass. The 2 1/2" Mogul is coming along as well. The boiler is done, just finished making an ashpan and am starting to plumb up the crosshead pumps and lubricator lines. Then I can put the boiler back on and make the jacketing for it and plumb up the rest of the engine. There still is alot to do but I'm trying to make a dent in it every week. Not having a 7 1/2" engine is killing me and I want to get one done. The C-21 hasn't had any work done to it in a while, just have been buying parts for it and putting them in boxes for when I get some extra time. Thats about it for now, hopefully I'll see some of you next year at the train meets with my #51 switcher.

March 13, 2012

March Happenings on the FC&W

Well some big things happening lately on the FC&W. The diesel is just about done and ready to take to the Maricopa Live Steamers Meet this weekend to try it out. All that's left to do with it is make the steps, grab irons, railings, cut levers, and buy and install the air operated uncouplers. That will have to wait until after the meet.

The #9 finally received her boiler this month. Jon Thompson and his crew did an awesome job on it and it came out beautiful. All the modifications I did to the boiler started with a stock Allen mogul boiler and was shortened and the firebox was changed to fit the engine. It came out great and should be a good steamer. Now I just have to save up some more money for all the plumbing and fixtures and any live steamer knows how expensive that can get in a hurry.

The 1" pacific is torn down right now with the boiler off of it. The entire chassis has been given a new coat of paint and the boiler will get some work on it before it get put back on the engine. This will be my first priority before I get back to work on the mogul.

The C-21 has been sitting idle in the shop with no attention given to it lately. I should be recieving the fully machined cylinders within a month and will pull everything apart again, give it a paint job and reassemble everything.

Right now, its finish the Pacific, then the Mogul, and lastly the C-21. Oh and build a 2 1/2" flat car somewhere in the middle of all that. Eventually I'll get back to working on my railroad outside but I'm just having fun in the shop right now. Til next time....

January 13, 2012

The new 1" scale has arrived

Went and picked up the pacific and train a couple weeks ago. Brought it home and began the tear down of the locomotive. It needs some boiler work so the boiler was the first thing to come off. Since its apart, a thorough cleaning and paint job is in store for it. I also want to finish super detailing it to make it a show stopper. The locomotive is a exact replica of the Missouri Illinois #31 that used to run just south of St Louis years ago. I also received some original pictures of the locomotive so I can model it as close to perfect as possible.

The thing that really stood out to me and made me want it so much was that it is Not a Little Engines pacific like everyone else has out there. It has smaller drivers and the tender is super short. I figured I will build a (Aqua Car) flat car with a fake pipe load that I can sit on and have room inside for the water tank and battery and water pump. That way I can enjoy running and not have to mess with those little finicky injectors. Should be a fun engine to run and can't wait to get it back together.

With the deal, I also got a flatcar, boxcar, tank car, gondola, caboose and 2 extra sets of trucks. I also got a 1" speeder with a little engine that was built in the 50's. Very cool and can't wait to get it running again.

As for the other projects, the 51 diesel is slowly coming along with window installation and I am waiting until it warms up a little more here in the high country to do the finish paint job and lettering on it.

The mogul is getting its boiler welded up and put together as I speak and hope to have it next month. Then I can continue with the build up once again.

The C-21 has been sitting idle in the garage and got a e-mail last week that the cylinders will be delivered by March sometime. And Yes, the C-21 will be running on air by the end of the year. Can't wait.

Well, that's all for now, hope I got everyone up to speed and I will write again soon, I hope.

December 8, 2011

December Update

Well I know its been a while since I last updated the progress, so here it goes. The diesel #51 didn't get finished in time for the Joshua Tree because of work and illness. I took the following pictures the day before I left for the meet. Its getting close and can't wait to get it done and out of the garage.

The right side with the body just sitting in place and the compressor cover still in raw steel.

The left side with one of the cab windows installed. I can't permanently rivet the cab together until I get all the window sliders mounted and riveted in place. Still need to fabricate all the railings, cut levers, and side steps.

The progress on the C-21 is coming along. We found out that there was a mistake on the frames when they were cut out. The rear set of drivers are 1/8" closer to each other than the front set. That makes the rear set wheels miss each other by a hair. I think it will be o.k. but I will see once I get it on the track.

The Side rods and main rods arrived a couple of weeks ago with all the hardware. The have A LOT of cleanup in order to be mounted to the engine which I am not really happy with but it will have to be done.

My new addition to my railroad, Missouri Illinois #31. It is a really nice scratch built 1" scale Pacific and is coming with a full train. I will be taking the trip to pick it up after the first of the year and can't wait to get it under steam again and add it to the roster.