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The USRA Heavy Pacific that my castings are all about establishes a locomotive layout, as in frame, wheel dimensions, trailing truck, and pony truck.

This casting oozes nostalgia, and establishes a strong base for a replica locomotive but also offers tremendous reproduction rewards for a freelance model of your own conception.

For those of you thinking about trying to start from scratch and having called everyone else and simply gotten nowhere, then try talking to me - because 2 years ago I was where you are now and I know what you are going through.

I don’t sell castings and drawings, I sell a locomotive design based on a 4-6-2 Pacific or a 4-4-2  Atlantic, and I have tenders to go with them at 5 ft long, along with thousands of rivets, twin axle truck or triple truck, and even a centipede truck  - how good is that!

My main direction is to supply machined components for a locomotive so that more enthusiasts can enjoy this field of engineering expertise - and, quite simply, that is what it is all about.

If you are purchasing components from me for either a 4-6-2 or a 4-4-2 then you are purchasing a locomotive, because everything I make is compatible to those designs. Basically a 4-4-2 is 1 wheel short so it is 10.5 inches shorter than a 4-6-2.

I have the plans, the castings, the tolerances, the castings that can reflect true scale era of design and importantly the locomotive boiler complying to the AU code and I provide, in my opinion, the best in Australia’s ongoing customer support because I have experienced what is currently out there.

The fact is that my 2.750 bore castings with 3.500 inch stroke may not be compatible with, say, 6 inch wheels because the design format is with 10 inch wheels. BUT, I can supply smaller wheels and a more suitable steam chest that will allow greater clearance between the rail and your steam valves under your cylinders in the event of a derailment.  But that is a different locomotive.

Ultimately if I can help you to be involved in this simply captivating interest, to have a 7¼ locomotive that impresses (and there are not many that don’t) then give me a call and we can talk about what you want to do and how we can achieve it.

Ron Slender