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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

September 6, 2011

September Update

Things have been busy around the shop.The drivers for the C-21 arrived a couple weeks ago thanks to John Barter who took the trip to pick up 3 sets of machined drivers for Me, John, and Art. He also did a little narrow gauge rail fanning to get ideas for future projects. I ordered castings for the #51 from Roll Models out of Fresno,CA and they arrived last week with the Caterpillar castings on back order. So now I have 90% of the parts I need to finish the FC&W #51 diesel.

The new C-21 drivers just sitting on top of the frame. Haven't got around to putting them in yet because of the deadline to get the diesel done for Joshua Tree in Nov. I also have the lead truck 80% done and Iwill probably assemble both sections at one time. I'm not in a hurry to put it together because it's not gonna be under steam for a couple more years.

The diesel is coming along nicely. Lots of rivets have been going on and the radiator casting is almost completed.
Just figuring out how I want to do the windows and how to mount them and then I can start riveting that part of it.

Tackling the task of machining the adjustable coupler bases for the front and back. The front will be fully operational and the back will just be adjustable up and down.

Just finished with the front castings and should start on the rear set here in a couple of days. The big castings are from Roll Models and the little ones came with the engine from Rudy.
Really nice castings with the correct detail, just a lot of machine time to get them finished.

Well that's all for now... Still waiting on the boiler for the #9 and I received a e-mail today that the C-21 side rods and main rods will be done by Oct. sometime with the cylinders completed by the first of next year. Lots going one just need to find the time to work on all of it. Til next time...

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