A Cab for Konrad (1)

It’s been over a year and a half since I last posted on here, on the occasion of acquiring for the Moel Rhos a second steamer, a Regner Konrad.

Just because I haven’t blogged about the garden railway in that time doesn’t mean I’ve done nothing to it. In fact I’ve done next to nothing to it… (though I’ve got the third tunnel and a second bridge to blog about…) But I have actually done something with the Konrad to pursue my interest in anglicising (or cymrifying) it a bit with a new cab.

In designing a new cab I did a few mock-ups in cardboard, getting great feedback on the Garden Rails forum to influence each iteration, as well as suggestions from the Glamorgan & Gwent 16mm Association group. This was the first version (more pics here):

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I felt the cab was too high, and I wanted to try a full cab influenced by the appearance of the Roundhouse Bertie. Version 2 (see also header pic and more pics here):

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The third version was something of a compromise between the two, going back to a half-cab but with a deeper lower roof. I also mocked up the effect of a shortened chimney. Version 3 (more pics here):

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By looking at these three alternatives, I felt I had a clear enough idea of what I wanted to start work on building the thing out of brass…

To be continued…

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Simon Wood

Lecturer in medical education, lapsed mathematician, Doctor Who fan and garden railway builder. See simonwood.info for more...

5 thoughts on “A Cab for Konrad (1)”

  1. Worth the prototyping – excellent visualising the alternatives – definitely an improvement. Good luck moving to the brass – And there I was thinking he was going down there to work on the house! 😉

    1. I have already moved on (this was about a year and a half ago… bit behind with the blogging). Stay tuned, I will tell you what happened next as soon as I can grab a moment to blog it.

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