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K Class locomotives were widely used in the steam era, before diesel took over in the 1950s.

K 160 has been in regular service for the Victorian Goldfields Railway from Maldon since 1986. After extensive, fruitless negotiations with Freight Australia over sharing the short section of track from Maldon Junction to Castlemaine, VGR was finally able to run into Castlemaine in December 2004 after FA closed freight services between Maryborough and Castlemaine.

OK, if you know your trains, this has a Japanese look to it. This is the Japanese 9600 supplied with the K class kit. The assembly notes look a bit daunting - a job on the "to do " list.

Model construction notes:


The Kit The kit manufactured by Phil Badger includes everything you need except paint. It has castings for the K class body and tender, a Micro Ace 9600 steam loco shown here to provide the horse power, and some extra detailing parts.

Degree of Difficulty

Assembly I haven't done it yet. It sounds a bit tricky but achievable No soldering involved. A little surgery is required on the mech. A double-scotch or two may help ease the pain. For me, not the patient. And may help building the courage to do it.