Q17; (above) was
one of 2 Rogers 2-4-4 built for the Rakaia & Ashburton Forks Rly in
1878, as this was a private Rly they were given names Q2
"Stanley"& her sister Q1 "Livingstone". Around
1885 the NGZR purchased the line & company & renumbered the
locos, Livingstone became Q51 & Stanley became Q17. They served
there last days down in Southland & were written off, Q51 1879 &
Q17 1901 so didn't get much of a working life.
pictures of Q17 at home on the Ashburton Forks Railway. The model is
painted in the black livery of the early 1900's although she may have
not lasted long enough to wear this livery Q17 would have looked very
striking all the same! She entered service on the AFR mid May 2004.
I decided to build
Q17 as she was one of the pair of 2-4-4 locos built for the Rakaia &
Ashburton Forks Rly (after all I did use half there name!!) plus being
the the old Methven Branch, not far from where I grew up, !
The Aristo-Craft Rogers in the before condition (What a lovely colour
scheme!!). Above Right; At the time of building is was working in
an engineering workshop hence the steel boiler ( I regreted that
decision when try-ing to drill .75mm holes for the rivets, 5 drill bits
later!!) The Aristo-Craft
Rogers loco was completely stripped, there was a spacer made to go
between the motor blocks to giv the correct wheel spacing. The
cylinders, front head-stock, running board & foot plate were made
This loco had a different cow-catcher to what I had built before so it
was a bit of a learning curve but by the time I came to do the 2nd one
it was easier. Styrene was the main frame with Alloy tig wire with the
ends flattened, drilled & rivetted in place. The centre beam is a
piece of flat styrene scored & bent into a V-shape &
strengthened with a bit of 2mm welding wire. Above Right; The
coal bunker & tank sits half constructed, the round beeding on the
top of the tender is the Tig wire with the dress making pins for rivets.
The trailing bogie is fabricated out of a bachmann archbar truck with
the required detail being made from styrene. Above Right; Being
such a long wheel based loco I had to build the back head-stock &
cow-catcher on the trailing truck. This swivels under the bunker, doing
it this way it can get round a 10ft dia! Below Left; The dreeded
fluted sand dome that Rogers is famous for!!! construction was fairly
easy with plastic discs top & bottom of a piece of plumbers pipe,
the fluted dome was a challenge but was in a craft shop one day &
there it was a "chocolate mould" exact size to! I Sellys Kneed
It to form the dome with baby powder being used for a release agent. The
egg in an egg cup on top was filed down in a drill press with needle
files. Below Right; Dome in place & the front of the loco is
really taking shape!
Funnel has been added, this was spun up on a lathe at work & made
from a piece of waste nylon. Above Right; Steam dome in place
with whistle! The steam dome top is a deodorant cap with a piece of pipe
to form the rest. Check valves are on along with the handrails, I used
split pins for the boiler stanchions. Just to the left is the start of
the free hand cut light bracket.
A nice 3/4 shot displaying the front & left hand side of the loco
before painting! Above Right; Another 3/4 shot this time
the back & right hand side!
Above 2 Shots;
Cab detail before the roof is attached & looking through into the
the cab at foot-plate level. Below; one last shot before the
This loco has the
power pick ups from the motor blocks & also from the trailing truck.
The Aristo-Craft front pony truck wheel set was replaced with a USA
Trains one with its bigger appearence it looks the part. The loco was a
another step forward for the railway with another great preforming loco
added to the roster!!