Re: D&RG early 2-8-0

Lee Gustafson


Thanks for the reply re: Kemtron C-16’s. My experience with those kits goes back about 45 years when Len Madsen, Al Kamn, John Carruthers and I built what must have been the very first kits available, solid boilers, tender drive, all brass wheels they ran but it took it a lot of loving work to get them to move. I believe a picture of John Carruthers HOn3 and On3 C-16’s appeared in MR long ago. I do remember Bob V’s article on his C-16 and was truly impressed as I am with your work. Take care and best wishes.

Lee Gustafson 

On Sep 7, 2019, at 9:39 PM, jczul36 via Groups.Io <zul36@...> wrote:

Lee,I did the blackstone to see if it could be done.  Bob V., Dave Garcia, I, and others have been able to make them perform flawlessly.  

On Sep 7, 2019, at 3:59 PM, Lee Gustafson via Groups.Io <bagustaf@...> wrote:

The Kemtron early or intermediate C-16 kit will provide the parts to build a reasonable class 56 2-8-0 but the mechanism will be a challenge if not a significant source of frustration. I believe that is the reason Juan Carlos adapted a Blackstone C-19 mechanism to the Kemtron C-16 superstructure. YMMV.

Lee Gustafson 

On Sep 7, 2019, at 11:24 AM, Bruce Dunlevy <bdunlevy@...> wrote:



I would suggest (if you can find one) a Kemtron early C-16.  They made kits of the early, intermediate, and modern C-16’s. The later models (Westside and others) were typically modeled after the four remaining C-16’s and all in the modern versions.  I have occasionally seen the Kemtrons on ebay.  Hope this helps.


Bruce Dunlevy



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