Steam Loco Fallplates

Post Reply
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:59 pm

Steam Loco Fallplates


Post by WesternPathfinder »

I have a OO mainly southern electric layout with a smattering of WR diesel hydraulics.
I would like to get some Southern mainline steam but what puts me off is the huge gap between the engine and the tender on models. If a fireman had to get coal over that huge chasm in real life, he would be getting danger money. From what I can gather - engines in museums appear to have a hinged folding down fallplate (footplate) that lies on a ridge on the tender. Can this be recreated in model form? Has anyone done it? Are there any model manufacturers that sell them?

I know that this is a problem that is as old as railway modelling itsself and close coupling tenders go half way there.
Site Admin
Posts: 904
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:52 pm
Location: Welsh Borders.

Re: Steam Loco Fallplates


Post by brian1951 »

Dapol have used footplates on some of there models, i recall seeing them on A4s in OO and n gauges.
User avatar
Posts: 3501
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:51 pm

Re: Steam Loco Fallplates


Post by Walkingthedog »

Welcome to the forum.

Some models come with a fallplate, if not they are easy to make. The large gap is some times required on tight curves. Most locos come with as adjustable drawbar. It’s one of the compromises that have to be made with model railways.
Nurse, the screens!
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 2 guests