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Fitchburg Northern

Fitchburg Northern

This engine is a freelance model that represents the general class of narrow gauge equipment that ran on the Denver & Rio Grande Western. The design is by Capt. Tom Rhodes, designer of the steam launch Tuscarora written up in live steam magazine some years ago. The 2 1/2" scale Chloe design was used as a base for the running gear by adding an additional set of drivers along with a built-up frame design. (note: a waterjet frame is also now available.) Tom also increased the boiler to a 6 5/8" diameter. this gives more steaming capacity. This engine performs well and is a pleasing looking model that offers a larger hauling capacity than the Chloe. As with the Chloe, the castings can be handled on a 9" swing lathe. This set of drawings includes an edited version of Tom's construction article. "The engine is a good beginner's project, and the finished project will make the builder proud." - Gene Allen

Community Resources:
Fitchburg Northern builder's group on groups.io
Fitchburg Northern Facebook Group

Fitchburg Northern


Scale: 2 1/2" (approx. 1/5 scale)        Boiler: 6 5/8"
Gauge: 7 1/2" or 7 1/4"   Total Length: 58"
Bore: 1 1/4"   Height: 22 1/4"
Stroke: 2 1/4"
  Weight: 300 lbs
Valve Gear:  Stevenson   Minimum Radius:    25'
 Drivers:  5"      
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