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IndianaRog

L-S LOC Mini Rocket "Train"

The delightful little Mini Rocket seen below came in yesterday's mail and the HO track needed to run it came in today's mail.  Nice way to end the old year and bring in the new!



The Mini-Rocket comes with the replica 1829 engine and tender...I added 3 little Bachmann "Prussia" coaches that seemed a perfect match.  I have no idea if it can pull all three, but I will give it a try after some running in on air.  If it can't pull three coaches, I'll remove one or two as needed.  

From seeing video of Kenneth's example, they seem aptly named and rocket down the track without enough weight to slow them down.  I still need some little track joiner pins due here Mon. or Tues....for now, just a static display.  Hopefully a video within the week.
Albert.rivero

Splendid
johnreid

Too cool
Bugsy

Looks really good, Rog!
benchmark

The coaches look even better than i thought they would, very cool.
Dean W

Very neat!  What a good match with the engine and cars, too.
ozsteamdemon

Real pretty , and the coaches are a perfect match .

I bet your excited there Rog .  
Keith S

Roger: you need to run that thing with the wagons and post a video as soon as possible before I go NUTS. That looks like so much fun. The coaches look perfect.

This is an exciting development. But why run it on air? It seems like that would be more fiddly than just lighting it up.
Swift Fox

Wow that looks great Roger and the coaches go very well with it. Look forward to the video soon.
MrMamod

Rog that looks superb and those coaches look like they were made to be pulled behind the mini rocket   ..........
Les

They are a very good match, looking forward to the video.  
IndianaRog

Keith S wrote:
Roger: you need to run that thing with the wagons and post a video as soon as possible before I go NUTS. That looks like so much fun. The coaches look perfect.

This is an exciting development. But why run it on air? It seems like that would be more fiddly than just lighting it up.


Keith, as received the engine is a bit stiff.  Kenneth (Benchmark), advised that he ran his about 45 minutes on air and it loosened up considerably.  I tried running it on air last nite with some success, but my silicone air line kept popping off the tiny water inlet nub to the boiler...boy is this thing tiny to fiddle with! I did get it running in 30 second spurts before losing the air line.  All part of the fun I guess!

Gotta wait a couple of days to make a video though...got new track in, but it doesn't come with the tiny pins to join it together.  Ordered those separately and they should come Mon or Tues.
magpie38

very very Nice Rog, a great addition to the temple
IndianaRog

If anyone is interested in those little HO coaches...here is an eBay link to the place I bought mine from.  They are plastic, but do have metal wheels and are nicely detailed.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BACHMANN-...RR_Trains&hash=item45f462dc13

They sell them in sets of 3 with first car having a seat mounted up high on it's front.  They also sell single coaches, but at such low price, I thought it better to buy three for almost same postage.
angus

Very attractive indeed  
benchmark

IndianaRog wrote:
I tried running it on air last nite with some success, but my silicone air line kept popping off the tiny water inlet nub to the boiler...boy is this thing tiny to fiddle with! I did get it running in 30 second spurts before losing the air line.


 i remember that happened to me a lot at first too , i discovered that the air pressure only be between 0.25 - 0.75 bar for best results. Any air pressure above 1 bar would require me holding the tube with my fingers to keep it there otherwise it shot off the boiler like you describe.

Copious oiling every 15 mins in the cylinders , try to ensure the pistons are put back exactly in the same side and direction every time you remove them.
steamtrack

Wow that looks real  dandy Rodger u must be real pleased
redryder

Rog, you have found a great looking option for carriages for your Mini Rocket.

Kenneth, thanks for the air pressure tip as I'm sure I will be attempting the same process as there is now one of these in the Office of Steam.

Gil
stenella

That is *the* best looking train I've seen on here, bar none.
Now I'll have to go find something to clean up the drool...
Keith S

Those little coaches look so correct with the locomotive, I hate to say I would be tempted to paint the loco Yellow and white like the hornby ones! I know, this would be wrong, but still....
Dauntless

Wow Rog, that's a beauty I want one! lol

Paul.
sarfraz

That looks great, and the coaches suit very well indeed.
Sandman

How did I miss this??

Looks great Roger.
tmuir

Very nice
Dave S

Really love these little engines.  I'm looking forward to the video
IndianaRog

Dave S wrote:
Really love these little engines.  I'm looking forward to the video


Still struggling to get mine running on live steam.  Everything is there, all works on air, but meths is giving me fits so far  
Gary279

Very attractive set up you have there Rog!!
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