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The Plymouth Project

From Silk Purse to sows ear

Ideas on rebuilding Atlas' Plymouth Shunter

While no longer commercially available, the Atlas (Roco) Plymouth Shunter, makes a good starting point for those looking at getting started in O scale on the cheap. Why the (Roco) in the first sentence? These units were made for Atlas by the Roco company of Austria. They are very well manufactured and are extremely reliable runners for their size and good value.

I got my units new in the early eighties as they were going out of stock in most places. However, I have seen them second hand at model railway shows in Australia, and at swap meets here in the states in the last three years on regular occasions. I expect there are others out there waiting to be found.

Ebay, ( or one of the other on-line auction houses, may be able to help you find a model if you cannot find them elsewhere. But do try the model railway magazines too. You will find a list of sources on our Links pages.  An advert placed in the Wanted section of the classifieds may bring you better luck.

Modeling Possibilities
Narrow Gauge Rebuilds

  1. Using The Body And An HO Scale Chassis (O-16.5) - (coming soon)
  2. Mining & other industrial rebuilds (coming soon). For some ideas view our current Gallery section.

Standard Gauge Rebuilds

  • Fully modified cab, hood and chassis
  • Basic chassis and cab modifications only
  • Mining & other industrial rebuilds (coming soon). For some ideas view our current Gallery section.


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