Anatomy of a Narrow Gauge Baldwin - DIGITAL EDITION


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Baldwin Works Number 37399 of 1911 was a 60 cm gauge 2-4-0 tender locomotive built for the Cantareira Tramway in Brazil. During its long life it has hauled passengers, sugar, limestone and cement on various Brazilian lines, and is currently being restored for further use in preservation. Modified at various times during its life, and paired with different tenders, it is a superb project for modellers.

In the 92 landscape A4 pages of this book Peter Manning provides 150 CAD drawings of the engine and its tenders, largely to 1:24 scale with full-size basic dimensions included. Plus there is an excellent history of the locomotive and its environment by Nicholas Burman with 20 photographs, both B&W and colour.

No. 37399 would make a wonderful model for 16mm NG, but it would also lend itself to larger scales, notably 71⁄4” gauge, where it could be used to adapt a ‘Romulus’ design, or closer scale, to modify ‘Lucky 7’, to which it is very similar in its basics. Spiral bound with an acetate cover. Camden

Malcolm Sadler is building this 32mm gauge model of this locomotive from the book, and reports that it runs well, although it tends to lean if he hits a curve too quickly. Construction of the tender is now under way.

A copy of the review of this book in '16mm Today' will be found, as a PDF HERE.

NOTE for the DIGITAL EDITION: on a few of the pages, the dimensions, but not the component details, are faint. We apologise for this, but this happened in the preparation for print, and turning the files into a digital book has not improved matters.

The following two clips show this locomotive briefly at work hauling limestone in 1978, and then she appears in the background of what appears to have been a TV news-clip on the railway where it is presently to be found (you will need to speak Portugese to understand this though!)