Building an Arbour Models 2-8-4 kit: Mechanism – Part 1

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Back in the 70’s and 80’s Arbour Models introduced a wide selection of steam engine kits. With heavy, all metal construction, many high quality components, and a good level of detail, they should have been one of the great kit manufacturers of their day. Unfortunately, the engineers making some of the most important castings weren’t paying attention to what they were doing, and the result was kits with poor fitting parts that were difficult to assemble and make into running models. Of course, no model train manufacturer can survive for long like this, and the failure of Arbour Models kits practically became legendary.

And now, I’ve acquired the 2-8-4 Kanawha, one of their poorest made kits next to the 2-6-6-6 Allegheny, and I’m going to build it and make it into the great looking and running model it was meant to be! I hope you all enjoy following along as I accomplish this, because it won’t be easy!

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George Traintafillou says:

I believe you should lubricate the axles so they dont freeze as much. I have an AHM kit, unmotorized, of an IHB 0-8-0, which I apparently screwed up. I lubricated the axles and they turned very freely.

Greg Harter says:

I need some help. I have an Arbour Models 2-8-4 kit. I need help with the crosshead assembly and getting all the drivers hooked up with the main rod without binding. I just can't do it. The motor, worm gear and drive wheel set all work smoothly. I have the additional kits from Precision Scale for the crosshead assembly, and all the parts are there, it's partially assembled, and I could really use some help. Would someone who reads this be willing to assemble the crosshead assembly and the driving wheels and motor? I'd be willing to pay a nominal fee for this help.
PLEASE call me or write to me if you can help with this! THANK YOU!!!!
Greg Harter

I Gave Up 17.576 Seconds Ago says:

Good job so far! I have purchased the Sierra Railway 3 4-6-0 from them, it came together nicely. I'm excited for part 2.

jefflynnalex says:

Great work so far. I'm a little surprised that the wheels didn't require quartering. Is that the original motor? Thought these came with Can motors. 

MrRailroadrunner says:

Looks good so far! Always wanted to build a berk, so I may have to look for one of these things.

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