0-6-0 Steam Locomotives
0-6-0 “Six Coupled” Steam Locomotives
So where do we head next in our whistle-stop tour of the most popular wheel arrangements represented in Large-Scale modelling form? One of the most common used on both tender and tank locomotives in the UK, Europe and many other countries around the world is the simple 0-6-0 (no leading wheels, six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles and no trailing wheels). Under the UIC classification, this wheel formation is written as C if the wheels are coupled with rods or gears, or Co if they are independently driven, (mainly on electric and diesel-electric locomotives). Incidentally you will often see the 0-6-0 configuration with a T, ST or even PT suffix. They all indicate the type of tanks they are fitted with. The letter "T" generally indicates that the prototype carried its water and fuel on tanks attached to the side of the engine - hence 0-6-0T. The letters ST convey much the same arrangement but in the form of a saddle tank over its boiler - thus 0-6-0ST - whilst the PT suffix indicates a pannier tank.
Kent & East Sussex Railway No.22 Maunsell 0-6-0T Tank Engine
The 0-6-0 configuration was the most widely used (especially for shunters (switchers") because the lack of the lack leading (or pilot) and trailing wheels meant that locomotives of this type have all their weight pressing down on their driving wheels. This produced a high tractive effort and adhesion, making them comparatively strong and powerful engines for their size, weight and fuel consumption. Best suited to shunting operations and goods trains where high speed is not required.
BR 57xx 0-6-0T Pannier tank locomotive 9681, approaching Oakenwood No. 3 foot crossing, just south of Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway.
Baldwin 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive #26
Prototype 0-6-0 Steam Locomotives
According to Wikipedia there have been over 200 different classes of 0-6-0 locomotive used around the world so they must also qualify as one of the most common wheels arrangements. There have also been a wide variety of 0-6-0 large scale model locomotives produced although possibly not as many as you might expect although the numbers are substantially increased if types with tenders are included.
They are certainly a popular type to be found in many train sets possibly as they are compact, relatively easy to produce and can easily be handled by young children.
Large Scale Model 0-6-0 Locomotives
The Large Scale Model Railway industry has replicated several designs with AML, Bachmann, Piko, LGB, MTH RailKing and others to the fore and these models seem to remain a mainstay in thei catalogues year after year..
LGB 0-6-0 Locomotives
Over the years LGB have managed to find many steam locomotives in Europe designed to appeal to the nostalgia for steam trains in general and narrow gauge in particular. In the early days these tended to be variations of the 0-4-0T motor block epitomised by the "Stainz" locomotive which spawned innumerable variations and paint schemes (many of which were not even catalogued). After introducing a compact Mogul locomotive to their narrow-gauge range as far back as 1984/5 they expanded their horizons considerably introducing 0-6-2T tank locomotives as early as 1971 and by 1989/90 a most appealing 0-6-0T based on the French National Railways CFN Corpet-Louvet steam locomotive.
The L. Corpet locomotive factory in Paris was synonymous with the manufacture of narrow gauge steam engines for around 1880 to service the expanding network of metre gauge feeder railway networks in France. This popular six-coupled side tank locomotive design, featuring outside cylinders and Walschaerts valve gear, was the mainstay of their production for many years. It is said that few of the 200 metre gauge light railways across France few were without at least one of these useful 030T engines conveniently ordered from the company's locomotive works catalogue.
It's use spread to many other European countries (including Great Britain) for a variety of uses - passenger services, freight trains and even shunting duties. Over 800 of these splendid locomotives were built, primarily for use in France and French Colonies, and whilst few can be found in service today several of these locomotives can be viewed in museums.
Following the death of it's founder his wife ran the company with the aid of Monsieur Louvet - hence the eventual change of name to Corpet-Louvet et Compagnie.
French CdN Cotes du Nord Corpet-Louvet #36 0-6-0T (030T)
LGB Corpet-Louvert Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) #51 2078 / 20780
French National CFN 1989 -1994
LGB really managed to capture the essence of this Corpet-Louvet steam locomotive with it's black boiler and chassis, dark green water tanks and cab. It featured a three-axle drive with precision drive rods, tall smoke-stack, steam dome with relief valve and sand dome. The cab also has perfectly reproduced controls in the rounded engineer's cab which is also lighted. The dual headlamps are accurately reproduced complete with golden brass bezels. This later production version has the number "51" on both sides and the front buffer beam. For some reason an early model had "51" on the tank sides but "39" on the locomotive front which for some reason are less valuable today (surely rarity should enhance the price?).
LGB Corpet-Louvert Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) #36 20790
French National - CdN - Chemins de fer des Cotes-du-Nord 1993 - 1996
In 1993 LGB discontinued the versatile 2078 with the 20790, a more or less identical model but in the striking Bordeaux red livery of the Chemins de fer des Cotes-du-Nord and carrying the number 36 and fully enclosed cab. The locomotive featured the same prototypical smoke-stack and two domes (pressure relief valve and sand dome) as it's predecessor and clearly demonstrates the exceptional quality of LGB's design and production expertise for that era which must now be regarded as "vintage".
LGB Corpet-Louvet Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) #54 21780
Grey Livery 1993 - 1996
LGB again rang the changes in 1998 (I see a pattern emerging - why spend money on tooling a new locomotive design when you can simply change the livery every few years?) by re-issuing the open ended cab model version but in plain, but very effective grey and black livery, with the number '54'. Certainly a European favourite for all concerned. This was certainly not to be the last appearance of this beautifully proportioned tank engine.
LGB Corpet-Louvet Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) #56 21791
Generic Black ('Chemins de fer économiques du Sud Est') 2004 - 2005
After an lengthy 8 year gap LGB introduced a generic black 'closed cap' version as number 56. Sharp-eyed enthusiasts have discerned from the plate detail that it is most likely based on a locomotive supplied to the Chemins de fer économiques du Sud Est (although the name is spelt incorrectly omitting the second 'o' in économiques)
LGB Corpet-Louvet Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) #20 22791
"LGB Freunde" 2004 - 2005
Also in 2004 - 20045 LGB also issued one of its frequent limited "Sonder Special Editions" in silver livery to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Rhein / Sieg Eisenbahn (RES) whose primary purpose is to save threatened railway lines in various parts of Germany. The model recognises the organisation as being among the "Club der LGB Friends" and was only officially made available to members who attended the convention.
LGB Corpet-Louvet Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030T) "Cambrai" 23781
Uncatalogued - Red "Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum" 2006
And last, but by no means least, is this splendid red replica of the "Cambrai" locomotive currently thought to be residing at the somewhat improbable Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum near Wellingborough, UK although there is no reference on their website to it still being on display so check before you go.
Originally built in 1888 for the Chemin de fer du Cambrésis, France this Corpet-Louvet metre Gauge locomotive was acquired by the Waltham Iron Ore Tramway in 1960 before being acquired by the museum.
ASTER / LGB HF 110C Frank S Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T # 25982 2901/29010
DKMB - Dampf-Kleinbahn Mühlenstroth 1989 - 2004
Whilst LGB are best known for their rugged plastic equipment they occasionally made forays into the more sophisticated realms of metal construction in collaboration with other manufacturers. In this case they teamed up with the Aster Hobby Company of Japan in 1989 to release this 'live steam' replica of the 750mm Henschel Narrow Gauge HF 110 Frank S steam locomotive in the livery of the DKMB - "Dampf-Kleinbahn Mühlenstroth e.V." which is a volunteer run charitable organisation charitable organisation who operate a short 1.5km line in Gütersloh, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
Although listed by LGB as 750mm Gauge the prototype was rescued from the scrap heap and refurbished with the intention of running on the Zillertahl Railway in Austria but proved surplus to requirements so was regauged to 600mm to allow for tighter curves on its new home. According to the DKMB website this locomotive is now in storage.
This precision metal crafted locomotive runs on butane gas and came at a hefty price-tag even in 1989. If you are interested in all the technical information you can still download the User Manual by clicking the link below. The English version is at the end for those not fluent in German:
This YouTube video captures the locomotive in action courtesy of Delta Trains (you may need to slow it down a bit!):
The next video shows the immense tractive effort of this locomotive pulling a long consist of LGB freight cars (courtesy of Dave's Workshop):
LGB HF110 Nicki-Frank Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (030TT) 20261
RuKB - Rugensche Kleinbahn 1993 - 1998
The release of the Limited Edition Aster / LGB Frank S in 1989 appears to have created a considerable amount of interest no doubt prompting the latter to come out with a more conventional (and slightly less expensive) version. The model they chose is this delightful 750mm Gauge Tender Locomotive which used to operate on the Rügensche Kleinbahn ("Rugen's Small Railway" now known as the Rügensche Bäderbahn) which still operates on a 24 Km line on the Baltic island of Rügen using historic locomotives.
This video demonstrates the sound characteristics
There is said to be a fair degree of "selective compression" involved on this locomotive - sometimes referred to as the "rubber ruler" where manufacturers are obliged to compromise to achieve a model that is practical and compatible with their range. Having said that it is a very attractive and popular model locomotive which can prove increasingly hard to find these days. According to the Official Guide to LGB it has a black superstructure and frame and the water tanks, cab, tender sides are all a rich Pullman blue. Locomotive boiler bands and handrails are in gold. The cab is both lighted and furnished. length 472mm. This version was replaced by the black DR livery in 1993 (see below).
LGB HF110 Nicki-Frank Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) 21261
DR Deutsche Reichsbahn 1997 - 2003
LGB HF110 Nicki-Frank Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) 21261
DR Deutsche Reichsbahn 1997 - 2003
In 1997 LGB replaced the Rügensche Kleinbahn livery with a plain black and red DR Deutsche Reichsbahn version which, apart from the colour scheme, number 994652 and decoder interface seems virtually identical.
LGB HF110 Frank Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) 22261
Generic Version in Black, Green and Red 2003
In 2003 LGB released a generic version of the Frank S which does not seem all that disimilar to the original Limited Edition model apart from the body not being fabricated in metal and the fitting of MTS or DCC Decoder interface.
This LGB model is executed in the original green paintwork, as it was used on the original Jagsttalbahn Möckmühl - Dörzbach Railway - (Jagst Valley Railway) alas now dismantled to create a cycle path although I believe a railway museum has been established at Jagsttal. The model has impressive pulling power like its forbears with both the locomotive and tender each being equipped with a seven-pole Bühler motor. The locomotive incorporates many prototypical details and the flawless lettering for which LGB are accustomed. There is also lighting that changes with the direction of travel, a smoke-steam generator and an operating mode switch to turn off the locomotive. Most models are understood to come fitted with the 'old-style' MTS Decoder but check before you buy.
After the end of World War II a number of Heeresfeldbahn (Field Railways used for military purposes) locomotives were repurposed to peaceful service on various narrow-gauge lines in East Germany) including the Henschel H110 types.
This detailed model replica comes equipped with many features:
opening cab doors
three-way power mode control switch
two encapsulated gears each with seven-pole Bühler motors
five driven axles (ten powered wheels)
one traction tire
14 power pick-up points
voltage stabilizing system
lighting lanterns that change automatically according the direction of travel
one multi-purpose socket
connections for two LGB MTS (Multi-Train System) Decoders (55020) using two Decoder Interface Cables (55026)
excellent paint scheme
Length: 520 mm (20.5")
Weight: 3500 g (7.7lb)
LGB Model Features
LGB HF110 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) #994651 23262
RuKB - Rugensche Kleinbahn 2005 - 2006
More recently LGB has continued to release updates including the 23262 model which is identified as being based on the Rugen but appears to be in the black livery of the Deutsche Reichsbahn and numbered as such in the amazing LOK compilation which I have recommended elsewhere in this manual. This version incorporated an on-board decoder and electronic sound.
LGB HF110 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) #99 4653 24265
DR - Deutsche Reichsbahn 2012
This one reverted to the DR with a change change of number.
LGB HF110 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) #99 4653 24267
Then back to Rugen again with another change of number! I stand corrected - apparently the railway is now called the Rügen Bäderbahn / Rügen Resort Railroad (or RüBB for short).
Then back to Rugen again with another change of number!
LGB Saxon 1K Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T N0.54 20980
VSSB - Verein zur Forderung Sachister-Smalspurbahnen 2012
The creativity and eclectivity (I think that's a word) of LGB are infinite and they are always coming up with new models to tempt their enthusiastic customers. In 2011/2012 the company even brought out a new 0-6-0 model based on a recently built Saxon class IK Steam Locomotive No.54 officially taken into service on July 4, 2009 in Radebeul. It has been used since then on the Preßnitztalbahn / Preßnitz Valley Railroad, although it also runs on other narrow gauge lines in Saxony, some of which have been around since the early 1880's under the auspices of the Royal Saxon State Railways.
The model locomotive has been created from new tooling and has traction tires, a DCC connector, built-in lighting for the engineer's cab, and a smoke generator. The headlights change over automatically with the direction of travel. A powerful motor drives all of the axles.
Length over the buffers approximately 28 cm / 11”.
LGB Saxon 1K Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T 99 7501 20980
DR - Deutsche Reichsbahn 2012
In the same year LGB also introduced much the same locomotive in black and red Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR) livery with the new number 99 7501 introduced in 1925. Rather than incorporate a still photo I am including a link to a very professional YouTube video courtesy of retailer Grootspoor (with which I have no association except as a satisfied customer).
As part of it's extensive coverage of European railways LGB has also produced a series of Rack Locomotives (also referred to as "Cog" Railways) which might not be strictly regarded as 0-6-0 but as they can run on level layouts I feel obliged to include them if only for entirety.
LGB Ballenberg Rack Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) No. 1067 20471
BBD - Brienz - Ballenberg Dampfbahn 750mm 1998 - 2003
Between 1910 and 1926, the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works (SLM) built seventeen of these specialised HG 3/3 rack steam locomotives for the Brünigbahn, as well as four for the Berner Oberland-Bahnen. These locos hauled trains on the mixed rack and adhesion line where the grades were too steep for conventional locomotives to operate. The Brünigbahn was converted to catenary operation in 1941, but the last five HG 3/3s were used as backups and for freight traffic until 1965. You can still see these fascinating locos at the Swiss Transportation Museum in Lucerne, while another is displayed at the Meiringen station.
Loco No. 1067 itself has been restored and can be enjoyed on historic passenger trains on the Ballenberg Dampfbahn, a steam operated museum railway running from Interlaken Ost to Giswil. The rack mechanism of the HG 3/3 is powered by separate cylinders and gears, which rotate in the opposite direction and faster than the mechanism driving the wheels. The separate rack mechanism is turned off when the loco is on level tracks, allowing the loco to travel at higher speeds powered by adhesion alone.
As far as can be established the Ballenberg 20471 is the first rack locomotive to appear in the LGB catalogue. The LGB model is reputed to be an accurate reproduction of the original with its intricate valve gear and fully operational working rack drive mechanism. This fully detailed model also features:
four-way power control switch (for power, motor, lights and smoke generator)
protected gearbox with seven pole Bühler motor
six powered wheels
six power pickups
automatic directional lighting
two multi-purpose sockets
Length length 330 mm (13.0 in.)
Weight: 3000 g (5.9 lb.)
By all accounts this locomotive has impressive traction effort on the flat pulling up to around 20 typical freight cars. It really excels on the rack though. According to one review as soon as the cog beneath the locomotive engages the rack rail located down the centreline of the track, this engine, equipped with the powerful Bühler motor, is capable of drawing twice that number up a 4.5% grade! Constant lighting circuits are also standard to power the 6 lights (3 on each end) on the loco which also has the standard working LGB smoke stack. There is also a matching triple-axle 3rd Class Passenger Car in Bellenberg livery. All in all a great piece of kit!
LGB Zahnrad Rack Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T (C) No. 1068 21470/1
Brünigbahn 1000mm Gauge 2005 - 2006
In 2005 LGB refreshed the design in changing the livery to that of the well-known Brünigbahn railway line, a Swiss narrow metre gauge railway line that links Lucerne, in central Switzerland, with Interlaken, in the Bernese Oberland. The line passes over the Brünig Pass, and employs sections of rack railway to overcome the steep gradients whilst operating using normal adhesion methods for most of the route.
Much the same locomotive was re-issued in 2011 with the road number "1058".
The following video captures the intricate drive gear as the locomotive climbs up a steep gradient contributed courtesy of Hornhausen.
PIKO 0-6-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
Originally the German firm of PIKO concentrated mainly on making Diesel, Electric and Railbuses of European outline but in more recent years they have expanded their large-scale product range to encompass realistic steam weather--resistant locomotives based on European and American prototypes.
This includes a varied selection of 0-6-0 steam locomotives in which are relatively inexpensive and ideal for younger enthusiasts. They are often included with their starter sets.
An early model release was a standard 0-6-0 Class BR80 Era III Steam Locomotive used for shunting purposes at larger stations on the Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR) and the Deutsche Bundesbahn until the late 1960's.
PIKO DB BR80 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T Era III No. 80024 37200
Deutsch Reichsbahn 1998 - 2003
Comparatively few BR80 locomotives were actually built (a total of 39 by Jung in Jungenthal, Union in Königsberg, Wolf and Hohenzollern.) but they emerged as the standard "generic" tank engine for shunting purposes on the Deutsche Reichsbahn from 1927 / 1928 onwards and the last one was not withdrawn from service until 1965. They were intended to replace the "aging, rickety Prussian T3 state railway line engines performing shunting duties in their dotage" at large stations. A few examples still exist, mainly in museums.
Piko Model Features:
BR 80 steam locomotive of the German Federal Railway (Deutsche Bundesbahn) equipped with:
- Powerful precision "can" motor
- Ball-Bearing Gears on two driver axles
- 4 hard chrome plated driving wheels equipped with wheel tires for electrical pickup
- 2 additional sliding pickup shoes for more reliable electrical pickup (like older models from LGB)
- Heavy weight concealed inside body for added pulling power and reliability
- LED-lighted lantern lights on each end which change according to direction of travel
- Ready for sound installation of Piko digital decoder and sound unit (operates on digital layouts only)
- Speaker enclosure
- Standard hook and loop couplers
- Prepared for installation of a smoke generator
- Spoked wheels made of die-cast zinc
- Detailed cab interior with driver figure
- UV and weather-resistant materials for years of service indoors or out
- Aged side-rods
- Comprehensive User Manual
These two videos demonstrate the locomotive in action - with Smoke and /or Sound upgrades.
PIKO BR80 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T "Werkbahn" Era III/IV No. 13 37201
Industrial Livery NEW 2012
Piko brought out an Industrial version of the BR80 in red, green and black livery with the same specification and whilst this is no longer available form the factory you may still find it online.
PIKO BR80 Steam Locomotive 0-6-0T DB Era III No. 80 033 37202
Deutsche Reichesbahn NEW 2017
In 2017 Piko released an upgraded BR80 model incorporating some refinements but omitted fitting an actual smoke unit and whilst provision was made for optional Analog / Digital sound systems to be retrofitted the actual devices were omiited, no doubt to keep costs down on an "entry level" locomotive.
Detailed 3-axle industrial steam locomotive
Powerful 5-pole precision can-type motor
Numerous moulded-on and separately applied details including lights, tank piping, handrails, brake cylinders, bumpers, and smoke stack.
Smoke unit ready ((Use a PIKO #36142 5-Volt Smoke Unit and PIKO #36143 5-Volt Regulator)
Operating white directional lighting
Detailed interior with engineer figure
Analog DC sound-ready (Use a PIKO #36194 sound kit - not for Digital/DCC operation)
Digital DCC decoder and sound ready (Use a PIKO #36193 sound kit in conjunction with PIKO loco decoder #36121)
NOTE: Locomotive will run on Analog DC, but sound functions ONLY on Digital DCC. There is no sound on Analog DC power.
Heavy duty, durable hard-chrome plated ball-bearing drive wheels
Hook and loop type couplers
Crisp and clean lettering and logo designs
Created with incredibly tough weather-resistant materials
Minimum recommended radius: 600mm / 23.6”
Length: 330mm / 13”
Made in Germany
Note: This model is still available in the Catalogue for 2021
PIKO 0-6-0T Saddle Tank Steam Locomotive #95 38201
Burlington & Ohio (B&O) 2013
Piko certainly did not neglect its growing US customer base and brought out a number of new models aimed at the expanding American market including the popular 2-6-0 Mogul. In 2013 it revealed a brand new
0-6-0T Saddle Tank Steam Locomotive with factory fitted analog sound and smoke as standard features in Baltimore & Ohio livery.
Product Features and Details
High-Volume 3-Watt Digital Steam Sound System
Sound Volume Control and Smoke On/Off Switch
Heavy Weight for Pulling Power
Powerful, Precision Can Motor
All Metal Wheels with Hard Chrome-Nickel Plated Finish
5-Volt Smoke Unit Operates Well Even at Low Speed
Bright, Directional LED Lights
Ball-Bearings on Geared Driver Axles
8-Point Electrical Pickup for Reliable Contact
Full-Feature Operation on Either DC or Digital/DCC
Sound System: The heart of this loco is a state-of-the-art high-quality digital steam sound decoder developed exclusively for PIKO by SoundTraxx®. This sound decoder is “dual mode”, enabling enjoyment of the model’s numerous sophisticated features in either Analog DC or Digital / DCC operation. The sound decoder senses which kind of power is being supplied to it and responds automatically, with no switches to throw or connections to change.
Sound System Effects: The sound system reproduces the real sounds of a steam locomotive with digital clarity. The system includes numerous sound effects. All effects are polyphonic, meaning they can all operate at the same time with no loss of sound quality or volume. On Analog DC operation, these effects are automatic, plus bell and grade crossing whistle signals can also be triggered by track magnets, such as PIKO #35268. On Digital / DCC operation, individual effects are either automatic or controlled by the user.
Steam Exhaust Chuff, Whistle - Proper forward, reverse, stop and grade crossing whistle signals, Bell – Proper bell signal as loco starts to move, Air Pump, Blower, Brake Squeal, Brake Release, Dynamo, Steam Release, Coal Shovelling (For coal-fired locos. Factory default is set to “on”, but can be turned off using a Digital system, for both Analog DC and Digital / DCC operation).
The inclusion of the decoder chip does involve a price paying a higher price but usually tends to work out as a better deal than purchasing the necessary components and installing it yourself.
PIKO 0-6-0T Saddle Tank Steam Locomotive #53 38202
Denver & Rio Grande Western (DRGW) 2014
By 2014 there the B&O model was joined by a Denver & Rio Grande Western partner although this release reverted to the basic design leaving out the sound and smoke features.
The videos below will be of interest if you wish to see what these diminutive but powerful locomotives are capable of. Not all have smoke and sound effects already fitted so check the description carefully before committing to any purchase.
PIKO 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive with Tender 382XX
Various Railroads 2012 Onwards
Piko also introduced a tender version of the 0-6-0 which appears to have had the slight edge in popularity over the saddle tank range. As the years have gone by these smooth-running locomotives have been upgraded and enhanced with smoke generators and either Analog DC or NMRA compliant Digital DC sound systems which add considerably to the enjoyment of running these engines.
Piko New York Central 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive with Tender #6906 Cat. No. 38211
Piko Union Pacific 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive with Tender #4612 Cat. No. 38216
Piko Pennsylvania 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive & Coal Tender #315 Cat. No. 38203
Piko Santa Fe 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive & Coal Tender #728 Cat. No. 38204
Piko Canadian National 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive with Coal Tender #7439 Cat. No. 30102
Piko Canadian National Steam Locomotive & Coal Tender # 7470 Cat. No. 30103
We will close this section with some videos exhibiting the characteristics of these engines when fitted with sound and smoke modules.
PIKO 0-6-0 Camelback Steam Locomotives 38201
Burlington & Ohio (B&O) 2014
If you have read Module 16B you will already be familiar with a somewhat curious 2-6-0 Switcher Steam Locomotive variously referred to as "Camelback", "Mother Hubbard" or "Centre-Cab" due to it's eccentric appearance by reason of the cab being located transversely, in the middle of the engine, astride the boiler to afford the driver better visibility. Prototypes were built between 1913 and 1921 to take advantage of cheap anthracite which required a wider firebox and the idea was in use on several railroads. Unfortunately, this arrangement tended to give also gave the crew a somewhat violent ride and they were subsequently prohibited for safety reasons.
The reason for also including them in this module is that certain Railroads adopted an 0-6-0 0r "six-wheeler" design which merits their inclusion here.
Piko Reading 0-6-0 Camelback Steam Locomotive # 1399 with Tender Cat. No. 38240
Piko Reading 0-6-0 Camelback Steam Locomotive & Tender #1396 with Sound & Smoke Cat. No. 38244
Piko 0-6-0 Camelback B&O Steam Locomotive #1183 with Tender with Sound & Smoke Cat. No. 38245
ARISTO-CRAFT 0-6-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
Looking back it is somewhat surprising that Aristo-craft never seem to have got around to producing an 0-6-0 steam locomotive of any sort during their long existence. 0-4-0 Switchers; 2-4-2's; 2-8-0 Consolidations; 4-6-2 Pacifics; 2-8-2- Mikados and even a massive 2-8-8-2 Mallet butnot, apparently, a humble 0-6-0.
USA TRAINS 0-6-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
So what about the USA Trains - their main competitor for so many years? Well, they did indeed manufacture an 0-6-0 in the form of a die-cast construction 0-6-0 "Docksider" steam locomotive in 1:29 scale. This was the first release under the company's "Ultimate Series". There are plenty of railroad liveries to choose from - at least 21 in their regular catalogue.
The Docksider 0-6-0T Steam Locomotives were developed in the early 1900’s to operate chiefly in heavy industrial operations throughout America. Many were used around the docks (hence the appellation “Docksider”) where ships would bring cargo to port. These locomotives then transported the ship’s cargo to the main freight yard where cargo was sent on its way behind larger and more powerful steam engines. The powerful locomotives were also employed in various industries to haul ore, coal, or other heavy minerals from the mines as they could readily negotiate tight curves.
Switchers in this series (R200XX) feature:-
all metal die-cast construction
operating smoke stack
sound of steam, bell and whistle (activated by track magnets)
operating cab light
diecast drivers with stainless steel metal rims
metal drive wheel
detailed metal piping
metal hand rails
brass bell and whistle
train engineer model
removable coal load
Length: 14 7/16 inches (367mm) including couplings
Width: 4 7/32 inches (108mm)
Height: 5 1/8 inches (130mm)
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz (4.5 Kilos)
This locomotive is available in a wide variety of liveries as shown below:
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Black - Undecorated R20050
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive D&RGW livery Cat. No. R20051
USA Trains Santa Fe 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive Dockside Tank R20052
USA Trains Dockside Tank 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive Union Pacific R20053
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive Southern Pacific Lines R20054
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive New York Central R20055
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Pennsylvania R20056
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive Reading R20057
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive B&O R20059
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive Colorado & Southern R20060
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Virginia & Truckee R20061
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Colorado Mining Co. R20062
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Bethlehem Steel R20063
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - US Army R20064
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Canadian Pacific R20065
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Canadian National R20066
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Santa Express R20067
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Maine Central R20068
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - Great Northern R20069
USA Trains Dockside 0-6-0T Steam Locomotive - New Haven R20070
These 1:29 scale models date back to around 2008 and are said to be largely based on an ALCO Switcher built in 1910. I have never had the opportunity to inspect or run the locomotive but the general consensus is that they are an accurate replica and well engineered. The extent to which the design has been upgraded over the years is hard to determine.
Unlike many model trains these locomotives are constructed from die-cast metal (not plastic) and , therefore, rather heavy at 10lbs 10ozs! As such they are powerful engineered fabrications rather than plastic model trains. Some owners have mentioned that the motor can be noisy but the pulling power is probably worth the slight annoyance. It may not be for everyone at over US$700 each but possibly worth a look if you plan to model mainline American industrial scenes,
MTH Railking Gauge 1 0-6-0 Steam Locomotives
Whilst on the subject of die-cast locomotives I thought I would check back with MTH to see whether their 0 Gauge 0-6-0T Switcher was ever reproduced in G Gauge but it would appear not and it may be academic now as MTH are closing down in the next few months unless a white knight comes to the rescue. In which case I shall turn my attention to the more upmarket offerings from Accucraft who trade under a number of subsidiaries such as American Mainline, Aster Hobby and AMS.
Accucraft Gauge 1 & Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotives
But how can I obtain an 0-6-0 steam Locomotive based on a British prototype I hear you ask. Well this is where companies like Aristo-craft come to the fore. In the gauge 1 (1:32 Scale) category there are at least two such models in production but they are invariably limited runs so if you see a particular model you would like put your order in a.s.a.p. as you may find yourself on a long waiting list.
The first two examples in the Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) category I would draw your attention to are the 'Victory' Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T, Live Steam engine and
Accucraft Gauge 1 Live Steam Locomotives (1:32 Scale)
This is a rather unusual 0-6-0T prototype to be reproduced in model form given that only 10 of this class were actually built in 1917 for the Railway Operating Department close for the Inland Waterways & Docks Department. They were sold at the end of World War One to a number of buyers and ended up working on docks, collieries and other industrial sites scattered around Britain. I think it safe to assume that the population of Aristo-craft examples comfortably exceeds the number originally in service and none were preserved.
The butane powered "live steamer" model is available in several different versions (black or green livery) and full details can be found on the company's website by clicking the super-sized link below:
You can also view this splendid locomotive in action in the following videos:
It is only fair to point out that Accucraft have previously featured a lot more 0-6-0 live steam locomotives in their range but many have been discontinued and are no longer available from the company themselves. This does not necessarily mean that their might be stock available at a local distributor or as second-hand on eBay and other auction sites so if you are after a cherished British outline model by all means research the market.
Detailed information concerning models no longer in production can still be found on the company website - just click the appropriate button below:
Another impressive British outline 0-6-0T regrettably on the Accucraft "Discontinued" list is "The Countess", one of two tank locomotives built by Beyer-Peacock in 1903 for the then newly constructed 2'6" narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Railway - the other being "The Earl" (both of which are still in operation as a heritage line to this day thanks to the preservation efforts of its members and volunteers.)
It is available in either GWR Green or BR Black. Name and number plates are provided for both the Earl and Countess. The engine is re-gaugeable from 32mm to 45mm by the customer.
Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19 scale)
Gauge: 45mm or 32mm
Length: 323 mm
Width: 106 mm
Height: 168 mm
Power: 0-24V DC
Minimum Radius: 760mm (2 feet 6 inches)
Colours available, subject to production batch:
E19-3 GWR Green
E19-4 BR Black
Here is a photo I took of "The Countess" taking on water on an open day on the 1st September 2013:
Accucraft Decauville 0-6-0T Steam Locomotives (Live Steam) 1:19 Scale
One Accucraft model that still seems to be in production is this distinctive narrow gauge Decauville 0-6-0T (1:19 scale) available 32mm and 45mm gauge. Locomotives of this "industrial" type played a prominent role in moving supplies and armaments around the battlefields of World War 1.
Scale: 1:19 Scale
Gauge: Either 32mm or 45mm Gauge
Minimum Radius: 0.6m (24 in.)
Power: Live Steam
Length: 226mm (over couplings)
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60psi
Reversing Gear: by lever in the cab
Valve Gear: Walschaerts valve gear
Cylinders: Slide valve
Fuel: Butane Gas
Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, displacement lubricator
AL87-212A Decauville 0-6-0T Live Steam, 45 mm Gauge
AL87-212B Decauville 0-6-0T Live Steam, 32 mm Gauge
Accucraft 0-6-0T Baldwin "Mabel" 1:20.3 45mm Gauge
Accucraft US have also recently announce their next freelance narrow gauge steam locomotive in 1:20.3 scale, 45mm gauge. The 0-6-0T model , named "Mabel", is based on a 3ft gauge Baldwin style locomotive and will be available in both kit form and ready to run. It should be available in the fourth quarter of 2021 so probably not in time for some lucky recipients' Christmas presents?
There are no photos yet as the project is still very much at the concept stage but this excellent drawing by the esteemed Marc Horovitz should give you a pretty good idea as to how it will look.
Aster Red "London Transport" Class 5700 Pannier Tank Loco L90 Live Steam Boxed Gauge 1
Another Aster Hobby locomotive to catch my interest recently is this Class 5700 0-6-0 Pannier Tank Locomotive in red London Transport livery sold by The Station Masters Rooms. This model was professionally built from a brass and metal construction kit and appears to be Serial No. 126 from a limited edition of 200. It is, by all accounts, a superb collectors live steam which has no doubt been acquired by an avid collector. This particular dealer always seems to have interesting items for sale (including the GWR 5700 Pannier Tank Engine which I must confess just happens to be my favourite British Outline Steam Locomotive (that is apart from the LB&SCR A1X Stroudley Terrier affectionately known as "Hayling Billy" but that is another story from my youth) so if you have a yen for steam I suggest you keep an weather eye on their website.
Brief Technical Details (no idea what this all means):
Scale/Gauge: 1/32, No. 1 gauge (45mm)
Total weight: 2.7 kg
Dimensions, Length: O.B. 308 mm, Width: 82 mm, Height: 127 mm.
Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0, Driving wheels: Dia. 44 mm made of stainless steel.
Engine Cylinders: 2 cylinders with a drain valve
Bore 10 mm x Stroke 20 mm
Steam port 1.5 mm, Lap 1.2 mm, Travel 5.4 mm.
Valve gear: Slip Eccentrics.
Boiler Type: Type "C" with 1 large fire tube + 4 small fire tubes
Water capacity: 165 cc at 80% full
Pressure: 2 kg/cm at normal working
Fittings: Safety valve, Pressure gauge
Check valve for feed water pump
Lubricator: Roscoe displacement type
Fuel: Methylated alcohol. Fuel tank capacity: 75 cc.
Minimum radius: 1.5 meter
Measures 308mm (L) x129mm (H) x82mm (W).
Full of realistic & superb detailing including its cab works detail with pressure Gauge.
I also came across another rather delightful 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive from Aster Hobby (a Limited Edition) which might be a suitable investment for those contemplating a European layout. This is the live steam SBB E3/3 Tiger (Tigerli) which has appeared in kit form in up to four colour schemes but in very limited quantities. Brief details together with a link to the catalogue can be found by clicking this button link:
For those of us who can only but dream of owning such a masterpiece I have added a video link of this beautiful machine in (static) motion:
Well this one really is in motion around the track:
Bachmann 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive
As far as I am aware the only 0-6-0 steam locomotive to feature prominently in Bachmann's Large Scale motive power line is the popular "Thomas the Tank" engine which usually appears in blue livery but sometimes special festive editions are released for the Christmas market.
Given the scarcity of large scale models available based on British outline locomotives you might expect this versatile 0-6-0 model to form the basis of numerous self-build projects but I have not seen much evidence of this in practice.
Thomas is thought to be based on a London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) Class E2 0-6-0T, as built with extended side-tanks. These engines were built between 1913-1916 to replace the ageing Stroudley LB&SCR E1 class and were primarily used for for shunting and short distance freight trains. During their final working years, the E2 class worked as shunting engines at Southampton Docks.
The Bachmann Thomas has several major differences from the original E2 class. He is much shorter in length than the real-life version, features two additional side "slit" windows on the cab, the coal bunker is slightly longer and he has attractive arched wheel splashers over the front driving wheels (Information thanks to Fandom).
It has also been suggested that a conversion to a Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) Class 28 ( the original inspiration for "James" apparently) might also be a suitable candidate but I am sure there are other and possibly more attractive, transformation possibilities out there somewhere.
As it is this locomotive is a solid, robust engine and whilst lacking the sophistication of some of Bachmann's other offerings has a list of features that suggest it would be a solid base for transmogrification (that's a word I never thought I would have occasion to use in this manual)!
Technical specification for the latest "THOMAS" version (DCC Sound-Equipped) - Item 91421:
Dual-mode decoder allowing for DCC Digital or Analogue DC operation
Whistle, chuff and cylinder blow-down sound effects
DCC and/or manual volume control with on/off switch
DC-mode polarity switch for operation according to NMRA or Large Scale model railroad practices
Additional character sound suites available including Thomas. Percy, James, Edward, Henry, Gordon, Emily, Spencer and Toby through DCC CV selection only. Whistle or bell sounds as per prototype.
REGNER 0-6-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
Another relatively small company called Regner based in Switzerland have also produced at least three 1:22.5 scale 0-6-0 wheelbase steam locomotives in around 2010 -2012 (possibly named Emma, Betty and Vincent) but information is particularly hard to find. Their website gives little away and what there is only appears to be published in German and the text is often indecipherable. I am assuming that they are still in production so you might come across examples of their work. If you do please let me know.
From what I can establish is that this firm has a reputation for manufacturing what might be determined as "eccentric" and quite unusual off-beat locomotives not necessarily based on any prototype, but very appealing to the eye. These came either in the form of kits(I think you needed to be something of an expert to assemble these) or ready-to-run versions. Here are just a few examples of what I mean:
MORE INTERESTING REFERENCE MATERIAL FOR 0-6-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
Detailed 2-6-0 steam locomotive with working lights and smoke
Powerful 7-pole Bühler precision can-type ball-bearing motor
Numerous moulded-on and separately applied details including lights, brake cylinders, bumpers, smoke stack, tanks, piping, handrails, and more
A working 5-volt smoke unit
Operating white directional lighting with switchable chassis lighting
Detailed interior with engineer figure
Digital DCC decoder and sound ready (Use a PIKO #36222 sound kit in conjunction with PIKO loco decoder #36122).
NOTE: Locomotive will run on Analogue DC, but the sound functions ONLY on Digital DCC. There is no sound when using Analogue DC power.
Heavy duty, durable stainless steel drive wheel tyres
Carbon brush pickups
Injection-moulded driver centres
Hook and loop type couplers (LGB Style)
Crisp and clean lettering and logo designs
Created with incredibly tough weather-resistant materials
Minimum recommended radius: 600mm / 23.6”
Length: 677 mm / 26.7”
Made in Germany
This looks to be a really superb model and although I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing one in the flesh feel sure that it will appeal to many German large-scale modellers (who will certainly need deep pockets as it retails at circa € 1200.)
I have no doubt that I have left out numerous examples of 0-6-0 wheelbase steam locomotives in this module such as this colourful Lionel 0-6-0 D&RGW locomotive or an equally striking Marklin Maxi Gauge 1 "Jim" but lack of space precludes me from including all the six-coupled engines which have found their way onto the marketplace.