A long standing appointment thwarted by the covid period at long last became reality: visiting a fellow modeller who builds and runs a substantial collection of live steam locos.
1 In 2019-2020 I built a model of the NBDS 118. During that time I often searched the internet to source what little information about the prototype was available. One day I stumbled over photos of a live steam version of sister loco NBDS 119. I contacted the builder/owner if I could use some of his photos and he duly granted me permission. From there a regular digital contact ensued. In the covid period it was not possible to meet each other, but I was invited to attend a steam meet as soon as regulations permitted. This photo report covers that meet in 2022.
2 And at long last they sit together! That is: the two builders and the two loco's.
3 Of course the larger scale offers much more opportunity for detail but overall I was quite happy with the general impression my little effort made next to the impressive live steam version. Let's play the game "Seek the differences".
4 1. Boiler washout plugs on the sides of the firebox 2. Inspection hatches on the top of the firebox 3. Black wheel centres with a red line 4. Brass snifter valves on the cylinders 5. Small differences in handrail and piping arrangement
13 After a most agreeable conversation with like minded people, while enjoying tea, coffee and other refreshments, we went outside, where we met a few more members of Jaap's industrious building activities.
17 NCS 91, one of a class of only two, later NS 7301-7302. Built in 1905 and painted here in the striking ocre original livery. NCS later applied the chocolate brown livery as shown by the loco on the right
19 NCS 72, member of the eight strong 71-78 class, later NS 3601-3608. Anyone who sees resemblance to the famous Bavarian S3/6 is absolutely correct. The NCS design was built 1910-1914 and was derived from the Bavarian design
21 A completed but as yet unpainted NS 6100.
26 The NCS loco was the weapon of choice for the first rounds on the track
28 And really it was an impressive sight
29 Later on the day a member of the NS 3700 class made its appearance, here in its original SS (StaatsSpoorwegen, State Railways) livery.
45 One final portrait of NBDS 118 and 119 together to conclude a wonderful day. Thank you, Jaap, for being a wonderful host.