The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes

 Stirling Single project, using a Bachman 'Emily'
from the Thomas the Tank series

Jerry was fascinated by the Stirling Single engines of the GNR railroad. 
The large driver than you could see rotating behind the splashers were a visual delight. 
Aster made a live steam version of it, but it is quite expensive.
The GNR Stirling Single #1 was the first of that class built, 53 in all were made. #1 is the
only surviving example.  They all had 8' diameter driving wheels and could reach 80 mph
When Bachman Trains brought out the 'Emily', which is part of the Thomas the Tank series he got one to convert into a Stirling Single, which Emily was loosely based upon. Other modelers are also working on this.
EmilySplasher / boiler1
Luckily a company in England brought out some pieces to aid in the conversion. 
Here you see the splashers with the holes in them, so you could see the wheel rotate.  These were later filled in as the crew probably did get splashed by them, hence
the name 'splashers'
 In this photo you can see the wheel behind the holes. There was another layer behind
 that Jerry had to cut off.  The molded in hand rails and boiler bands have been sanded 
off and metal duct tape used to simulate the metal.  The back edge of the Emily cab 
was also removed and a piece of half round plastic used.
Jerry moved to the tender to give the fireman a place to stand.
The top is removable to access the sound card, speaker and remote control
receiver. The batteries will be in the coach behind.
A friend was kind enough to make metal rods for the conversion, using plans from a book Jerry obtained on the Stirlings.  'The Stirling Singles' by K.H. Leech & M. G. Boddy. 
It is no longer in print but available from used book sellers in the UK.
 Rods and crosshead parts are cast from pewter in a spin casting machine my friend
made. There are left and right sides so the parts are oriented properly.
Here are the parts all laid out. He designed it very well to easily install.
He plans to offer a kit of the parts soon.
This bottom view shows how the plate is attached to the 'Emily' frame. 
Note the brass bolts that hold the crosshead parts to the plate.
Jerry got his Stirling painted, with some problems. It seems the plastic that Bachmann used will not work with some paints. Rustoleum 2X seemd to be best, but the white
plastic piece in front of the boiler would only accept water based acrylic model paint.

You can see the metal rods and cross heads a friend made for him out of metal. 
His friend also sold some sets on ebay.

Jerry lined the splash holes using an old ink compass from an old drafting set. 
Not perfect, but sets off the wheel behind.

First run for the Stirling and it's tender
The green color Jerry painted the locomotive and tender(after his modifications) 
is a good match to the coaches. He intends to leave them green. 
Just a few details left before it is all done.
Jerry's Stirling in action

A friend of Jerry's, Jeremy V. from the UK did this Stirling. 
 The model is 2.4 gig radio with a 12V 2600mAh flat 5x2 AA NiMH Battery Pack in the tender, which gives at least 3 hours running. Other fittings, couplings, hand rail knobs, tender brake, tender water filler, are from Walsall Model Industries.
The Stirling frames are black with Red Lining. But in flash pictures the Red gives the whole thing a Red tinge, I have not lined my frames yet.
 The tender was painted light Brunswick Green and then masked in the centre and sprayed dark Brunswick Green to leave a light centre panel (standard GNR practise) which was lined with the tape. Could I recommend this web site which gives great 
views of the restoration of the correct Stirling tender.
The lining was achieved using BECC's self adhesive vinyl lining, which I purchased from Cornwall models. 
 The only external added features to the original Emily coach are brass wire grab rails, sprung chain and hook couplings plus a new roof with lamp tops, there are no added mouldings, the paint just brings out the ones that are there already.  In the early 20th century GNR coaches were a teak finish, and its easier than you think to get the effect.
 I sprayed the coach bodies with Revell White matt acrylic primer, I am sure any other make will do the same thing you can get small spray cans from most hobby stores in the USA.
 I then brushed Revell wood Brown number 36382 Aqua Color over the white primer, horizontal on the upper,centre and lower, mouldings and vertically on the panels and 
coach ends, but always with the brush stroke in the same direction. The paint is a water based Acrylic so dipping the brush in water lightly you can thin it or go over the same
area, use a tissue and touch the brush to it and that removes excess if needed. 
The white shows through the brush strokes and leaves the effect of wood grain. 
Have ago you will be surprised.

Here's a link that matches the Revell paint number to other makes like Testors, 
but I do not think the effect will work with enamels only water based acylics.

Revell   Germany#           RAL REFERENCE      MODELMASTER/TESTOR enamels ACRYL  acrylics                                        POLLY SCALE  acrylics
32382   Wood Brown       8001                       2088Sandgelb RLM79 4789LW00079 Sandgelb RLM79              F505320German RLM79Sand Yellow

The Stirling Single in it's proper livery, "note the red lining that really sets it off well." 
Stan Cedarleaf made the decals, Jerry made him work pretty hard on them with some emails/pictures back and forth. He will also have him do decals for the coaches, once Jeremy sends the info.

The Stirling has a My Loco Sound card for the sound. A Rail Boss 4 R/C unit, these are stuffed into the tender, along with a battery.

Jerry is having Robert Bennett make one of his amusing figures for the Stirling. 
He usually works in 1:20 scale but is doing one in 1:25 to fit in the Stirling cab.
Jeremy based his painting of the coaches on how the actual coaches looked.
Here are some restored examples.


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My Large Scale dot Com
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Lots of good steam info and people who know steam
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This is a a good web site with forums and is split into steam, electric and a few other categories
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A site that Don McKay started up devoted solely to the Aristo Craft Live Steam Mikado
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This site was started by
George Schreyer  years ago. 
Lots of good info there
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Very reasonable priced buildings a building parts for your railroad.
Union Pacific Railroads
This web site has information on their two live steamers they still run and where they are going to on excursions. You can follow them on line.
Vietnam Transportation Association
Vietnam Transportation Association
Good web site if you are interested in transportation in the Vietnam war
A web site devoted solely to the
Gun Trucks used in Vietnam and now in Iraq. Many good pictures.
Modeling Vietnam Gun Trucks
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Museum at Lexington, NE on I-80. Devoted to 
vehicles used by the military.
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Site devoted to jukeboxes, 
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If you are looking for that certain 45 for your jukebox, this is the place to go to
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