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Advice for building a cowcatcher for my steam locomotive


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#1 jonwil

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:53 AM

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I have built a 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive (modeled off the one in Back To The Future 3, no, not the time machine one, the regular one) and I want advice on how to build the cow catcher for the front.
I am using the small train wheels (the really tiny ones) for the front truck and the Emerald Night wheels (all 6 of them) for the driving wheels
The rest of the loco is good, just the cow catcher I am not happy with.
Any advice (including links to pictures of other peoples cowcatchers) will be appreciated

#2 Captain Zuloo

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:10 AM

A quick Brickshelf search returned this:

http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=21720

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#3 SavaTheAggie

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:48 AM

I've built both a 4-4-0 and a 4-6-0 and the cow catcher is always an issue.  I've never been satisfied with the standard brick-built solutions I've seen just about everywhere.  Perhaps what I've done will inspire you.

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Both use custom lengths of flex tubing, though obviously the 4-4-0's cowcatcher uses a lot more.  

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#4 TheBrickster

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 02:02 PM

Great question.  I've struggled with cow catchers as well.  Your designs look very good Tony, as well as the locomotives.  I hope a few more train fans will share their cow catcher designs.

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