Twin Abt locos
The West Coast Wilderness Railway asked if I could build them a copy of my Lego Abt model for the new museum they are opening at Regatta Point Station.
Briefly together are my original model, built a couple of years ago, and the copy. I took the opportunity to fix the wheel spacing and update the models with 3D-printed valve gear. The only difference with the copy is that it is unmotorised.
The locomotive is one of five rack locomotives built for the Mount Lyell Mining Company for use on their narrow gauge railway on Tasmania’s West Coast. Rack locomotives were required because of the steep grades (up to 1 in 15). After closure of the railway in 1963, No 5 was donated to Puffing Billy for static display in Victoria. The Abt railway reopened in 2002 as a tourist railway and No 5 was returned to Tasmania where it has been restored to operation along with two of its sister locomotives.