Added 10/13/2011: Wayne Godshall has a full set of these Heisler castings plus a finished boiler for sale --- contact at http://godshallscustommachining.com
This page was updated on 12/14/2009 to provided the current status and ordering information for the Heisler Locomotive Castings.
Engine Castings Status:
The photo above shows a pair of machined crankcase castings together with the main bearing caps and the crankshaft. The flat spot on the top is where the rocker arm base mounts. The design of the crosshead guides was altered slightly to make machining from cast iron bar stock easier. These castings have been incorporated in a working engine. All other parts for the engine were machined from stock.
These castings are available from:
Truck Castings Status:
I used wheel castings form Allen Models. A second source is - Martin Models - http://www.martinmodels.com. The Martin wheels were produced from the drawings on this website and are slightly larger diameter than the Allen wheels. Gary Martin was at 2009 Cabin Fever and said he had some of the wheels on hand. They are not shown on his website so interested parties should contact him directly. Walter Bercaw is now also able to provide the wheel castings.
The Truck Side, Bolster, Lower Cross and Bolster Cap are available from Walter Bercaw of Master Patterns --- see contact info above. Photos of completed trucks are shown on the Heisler Project page.
Photo above shows three Truck Side castings from different angles.
Three Truck Bolsters are shown above. After receiving the castings the design was changed to make the roller supports from steel stock. The supports were cut off the castings. Walter Bercaw has been instructed to make all future castings without the roller supports.
Three of the Lower Cross castings are shown above. This design was changed by cutting off the disk at each end to simplify machining. Walter Bercaw has been instructed to make all future castings without the disks on the ends.
A pair of the Truck Bolster Caps are shown above. The under side of these have been machined to mate with the truck side.
Universal Casting Status:
The original plan was to use the investment casting process for the universals. That work never progressed past the pattern stage. Patterns for sand casting may be made later. However, to avoid further delays in the project the Us were machined from cast iron bar stock as shown in the photo below. They turned out really nice. Note that I made an extra U of each type.
All the castings required to make a locomotive are now available.