Harry, I had not posted a picture, but if I can find the right buttons on this machine I shall attach one. Best wishes, Jem ----- Original Message ----- From: "Harry Wade" <hww@xxxxxxxx> To: <modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 4:19 PM Subject: [modeleng] Now Ga1 was 3½ versus 5 > At 02:34 PM 10/4/05 +0100, you wrote: >>On the other hand, the big stuff doesn't come cheap. There are the >>machined parts for a 7=BD Romulus for sale in our club at =A32100. > > Jem, > This is unfortunate but highly specialized technology, even 200 year > old technology, isn't coming cheaply any more. I am surprised at the raw > cost of the Romulus castings but then I haven't bought castings in a long > while. > When I was a kid I used to see an occasional piece in my father's > D.I.Y. magazine about various old coots, usually out in Califiornia, who > built "real working model steam locomotives" and as often as not there was > some statement to the effect that it cost "$25,000 in materials alone" and > one I recall was even higher, and this in 1950's dollars. Now I recognize > these were inflated claims, because I still hear the same claims today. > My first locomotive attempt, a Little Engines 4-4-0 (7.5"ga), begun > around 1967, remains unfinished for various reasons, although all major > components are complete. Although eventually I had a mentor and > occasional > use of machine tools, I had no machine tools of my own for years after I > began it and acquired those bit at a time along the way, But even so I > don't think I invested more than about $600, $100 of which at the time was > the price of my first lathe. But then once upon a time a new Myford could > be had for 69UKP! > I'm keeping an accounting of both the time and the material costs of > the 7.5"ga TICH I have under construction and I'll be very surprised if I > have more than $1k in it at the end. The time investment is another > matter.= > =20 > It should go without saying that many things affect the investment > one must lay out in order to have or build a larger scale loco, but mostly > it's a function of your available tools/machines and the availability of > material resources. If you have sufficient tooling, and sympathetic (or > at > least not antagonistic) local materials sources, and a bit of skip-diver > in > you, it can be made a great deal less expensive than if you don't. > I was unable to find a picture posting of the Scottie but I'll keep > looking. > > Regards, > Harry > > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, > modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject > line. -- Binary/unsupported file stripped by Ecartis -- -- Type: image/jpeg -- File: 027_Matt_50686_RWG.jpg MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.