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Gelert has moved under its own power.
Himself sent me a short video of it undergoing a test run on Dduallt.
As is self-evident from the film it now has the motor wired to the pick-ups and the motion fitted, although on the rear axle the rods are just held in place with a bit of plastic sheath for now because we don't have any 16BA nuts yet.
The motion looks very skinny under a relatively large locomotive, and Himself tells me that assembling the slidebars, crosshead and connecting rod made making up Garratt motion seem like working on 7mm scale!
It's encouraging to see that it will haul a pair of plastic carriages up the slope quite happily which makes me believe that it will be up to the job I have in mind for it on Bron Hebog, where the gradient is less severe.
(I know, I know....)
In any case I'll be encouraging Himself to try to stuff as much ballast into the lightweight 3D plastic body as he can.
Those big side tanks are a prime candidate, as is the hollow smokebox.
This article first appeared on bronhebog.blogspot.com
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