Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby Rob M » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:50 pm

Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit
This is an unassembled kit which builds into an UGLY locomotive.
$125, free shipping within the USA, $20 extra for international
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:04 am

Just how ugly are we talking, and are all the parts there?
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby Rob M » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:23 am

CaTTwoman281 wrote:Just how ugly are we talking, and are all the parts there?

I guess it's not so much ugly, just that it doesn't match any prototype and I don't think they were very good runners. Al might know more about the history of these. I would suggest this one only to collectors who need it to fill out their collection, not for actual use.

As for if all the parts are there, I bought this from either John Harmon or Larry Sayre a while ago and if I remember right the only thing that was missing was the brackets that hold the drive shaft. He included instructions (included with this kit) for making them and I did make them. They are the two aluminum ones seen on the chassis. Other than that I believe it is complete.
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:04 am

Rob M wrote:
CaTTwoman281 wrote:Just how ugly are we talking, and are all the parts there?

I guess it's not so much ugly, just that it doesn't match any prototype and . . .


The drivers look too small. Most 4-4-0s had large drivers.
And the tender sits too high on the trucks.
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby areibel » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:30 am

The boiler is actually huge compared to other TT boilers, it's more like HO scale. Several old timers I've talked to think that the 4-4-0 was one that Gandy Dancer hoped would sell to both HOn3 and TT guys, supposedly TT was a "stand in" gauge for HOn3 before a lot of commercially produced stuff was available. HO guys could either narrow the gauge to 10.5mm for HOn3 or run it as is (and use TT track and switches) and run HOn42 like TT narrow gaugers do with N scale track.
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby Rob M » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:58 am

Thanks Al :thumbup:

Here is the 4-4-0 boiler compared to an HP 0-6-0 boiler.
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby areibel » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:09 pm

Larry had forewarned me about the overall looks of the locomotive, and he sent me an "improvement" kit when I bought one from him. It consisted of the brass from a 50 cal bullet, a smokebox front and a couple old timer brass castings for the steam and sand domes and stack. You'd have to scratchbuild a cab (wood/styrene) but it didn't look like it would be too bad that way. I still have it downstairs in the pile, yet another project!
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby railbus2 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:06 pm

Hello,
I'm an old TT gauger...Nostalgic for the Gandy Dancer 4-4-0.
Just discovered this site - do you still have it? Would be seriously interested.

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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby Rob M » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:41 pm

Hi W., welcome to the forum.

Yes this is still available but last week I decided I would try to assemble it (didn't get anywhere). While looking at it I noticed the sides for the cab are missing and I'm not sure what they even look like.
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Re: Gandy Dancer 4-4-0 kit

Postby railbus2 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:04 pm

I remember those side castings - had one of these once myself. They were rather crude, like the rest - hard to build right. I've seen a couple pictures in old publications of built models that looked good (at least from a distance). I wish they could have made it more like the ten-wheeler. I liked the old era engines - there was that imported brass Spartan model, but seemed a little big.
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