=>Hi. Did anyone ever have an HO Porter 0-4-0? Are any Mantua Goat or Busy Bee
=>parts available anywhere? Thanks. John Hudson.
IIRC. LMB imported on about 30 years ago. Didn't run well, and was oversize
too. You might find one if you check with brass resellers, which nowadays
deal in secondhnad brass as well. Or place an ad in RMC or MR.
The typical Porter 0-4-0 lokey was _small_, designed to be at home on narrow
gauge with its tighter clearances. For standard gauge, they just put a wider
frame under it. An HO version would be about 2" long!
If you didn't want to go to Chicago, why did you get on this train?
Model Power might have parts to fit the Goat or Bee. They have the
Mantua parts now. I have heard the Life-Like Teakettle is a dubious
replica of a Porter 0-4-0 side tank, but it runs badly.
I bought a Mantua complete parts catalog shortly before they quit making
trains. They did not list any specific Goat or Busy Bee parts (or parts for
any of the other brass boilered locos either) parts in that catalog.
I also have an old 1952 Mantua parts list. Several of the parts for the Bee
and Goat are the same as used on the Shifter and Booster, which were
available till the end of Mantua production. These loco's show up
frequently at train shows - I've paid as low as $8 for a junker Shifter with
no motor and $15 for a complete one that didn't run but was easily repaired.
Common parts include drivers (plain the same, geared have different part #,
but identical descriptions), side rods, axle bearings, and side rod screws.
The wheelbase is the same as the Shifter, but the Bee and Goat frames are
shorter. From the scale drawings in the parts catalog, it would not be a
big project to cut down a Shifter frame to use to restore a Bee or Goat. GQ