Steve Johnson Modelmaker
ED10, Ruston & Hornsby 48DS 3ft. Gauge 4wDM
ED10 was built in 1958 and is a 3ft gauge version of Ruston & Hornsby's 48DS locomotive. It worked at Beeston Sleeper Works and was withdrawn in 1965. However, it was saved for preservation and is at the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway.
There are various options for building this locomotive. Originally I had intended to use the A1 Models body kit, but by the time I had got around to it, these were no longer available. I could use one of the Hornby bodies off their excellent model. However, it seemed a rather expensive option and I would be left with an surplus chassis. The other option was to try and obtain a Judith Edge Kits body only. The excellent little QuadDriver chassis is really only Standard Gauge and would be difficult to modify. However, an email to Judith Edge Kits resulted in obtaining a body only kit.
The chassis, strangely enough, I already had! It is a two axle 12mm gauge bogie from 3SMR models, originally bought for an Irish CIE F Class diesel. I subsequently used something else and this was in my spares box. A quick measure up and comparison to my DS1169 model showed that it would fit!
The body style is slightly different to DS1169 inasmuch that ED10 has an enclosed cab with doors. Fortunately, the Judith Edge kit caters for this option. The buffer beam panel is also quite different. For a start, ED10 does not have any buffers, but uses a 'chopper' type coupling with safety chain hooks either side. The beam is also quite deep and extends and tapers down almost to rail level. Needless to say, although outside framed, the frames are closer together. So really, it is just the buffer beams that I would have to fabricate out of some 15 thou brass sheet.
The TT 12mm gauge motor bogie