pictures on this page are pre-digital camera days!
Dg2330 with Dg2036 North of Dunedin.
built by English Electric as an old cab version Dg780 &
entered service in Sept 1956. Dg2330 was re-cabbed &
re-entered service in June 1979, it was withdrawn in Dec 1983
& in Feb 1984 she was bought by a Dunedin scrap dealer
for $3000 & after being stripped of usable parts it was
4 pictures of Dg2330 on the Ashburton Forks Railway, she entered
service Febuary 2003.
was my first Diesel & only came about as a result of a comment
that was made jokingly to me, it was "your steam locos are
good examples but I bet you can't build a diesel" well this
comming from a great friend (who has since passed away) got me
modelling!!!! The choice was an easy one, I am not to keen on
modern diesels & always had a soft spot for the New Cab Dg's
often reffered to as 'The Ugly Duckling'. 2330 was chosen as it
was the last to have been cut up & I remember seeing it
sitting down in Dunedin Loco Dept. As this is another loco that
was built before the web site there aren't to many construction
pics to share, but enjoy!
The model is built on a LGB
White Pass chassis with only the motor mountings & basic
bogie frames being used. If you want to see grown men cry tell them you have cut up LGB, That'll do
it!!!!!!! I still get reffered to as "Chopper" at
Garden Railway gatherings. Below Left & Right; Here
is a before & after shot, I started out doing the Bogies
modifying them to the Dg style, this is when I relised it was
going to take a while! With a steamer you may make 2 of something
at the most, but 8 brake cylinders, wow. These were all
constructed using kniting needles & welding wire for the pipe
So once I had finished with the hack-saw I was left with bear
basics, I used 2mm styrene & started the sides, front & small hood nose of the loco.
Below Right; Test run after body shell is nearing
completion, this loco was a challenge due to the tappers at each
end, that is the body is wider & tappers down to the head
stocks which also effects the cab roof & worst of all the
curves at the back of the locos roof which can be seen in the next
photo looking down on the roof.
Looking down on those dreaded curves!! The cooling fan, lifting
eyes & roof detail is all in place. Above Right; Rear
view shows the lights, handrails in place & the fuel tank has
also been added underneath. Shunters steps to be added along with
Front view with work on the nose continuing, it is minus its
cowcatcher, door, coupling & steps but it is starting to look
the part. Above Right; The presure was on as this is the
first run with its new colour scheme for a club day in January
2003!! It was an unofficial run as it still needed glazing in the
cab & brake hoses fitted, the run was a great sucess with my
friend attending, lets say his reaction was Priceless!!