About the ‘Sik’

A sik (Sik in singular, goats) is a Dutch locomotive build for shunting duties and is the mostly build locomotive in Holland. It was produced from 1934 up to 1951. In this time there were build 221 of these locomotives. All by a Dutch company called “Werkspoor”. They were called Sikken because of their very characteristic sound. Some facts about these locomotives:

Start of service: 1927, 1929, 1934-1940, 1949-1951.
axis division: Bo
Working weight: 21 tons
Length: 7,22 meters
Maximum speed: 60 Km/h
Number of motors: 1 (diesel)
Power: 85 Hp

Sik number 204 on a platform in Stadskanaal (Groningen)

The model

The model I am building is in a 5" scale. This means it is approximately 11.3 times smaller then original. Still pretty big, you can put a cart behind it and it can haul you quite easily.

The drawings are made by J. Steffers, but I am also using drawings from L. Schoenmakers, this is because some drawings are more clearly on these drawings.


I started by building the frame in June 2006. Halfway through building it, it looked like this:


As you can see the frame is riveted together. The riveting is done by hand and taking a lot of time. On the next picture I am busy to rivet the back buffer to the back footplate.


The next picture shows the frame riveted together, as you can see there are some empty holes, this is because I was out of rivets, that means I have already used 200 of them!


The next task was to build a little house for the machinist when driving the train.

I also made some handles for the front and back of the frame. They are shown in the next picture.

After all that work on the frame it was time to make the walk-board-holders. Also started to assemble the machinist housing. When that work was all done I was a bit fat-up with all the assembly so I turned the buffers. A nice bit of work at the late. A couple of days later they looked like this:

The next to pictures show the sik in its current state. As you can see in the last picture the roof is a bit to round but this will be fixed.

sik compleet 1
Sik compleet 2
Now that the train is getting its shape it was time to think about the engine to power it all. In the end I came across the following motor:


Now it was time to lose about 69% of weight… No! Not by a super tell-sell weight losing program but just by turning the wheels.

Started with a round piece of metal

Turning the back

turning back
And after a while it looks like this

final wheel
The result is a wheel of about 440 grams, the starting material was 1410 gram.

The wheels need to be assembled to an axle so that was the next task

assembled wheels
Yeah the locomotive is almost ready to drive, but it needs some suspension so the next task is to make all the parts for that (to hold the springs, not the complete suspension is done now).

suspension holder
These suspension holders where made of 20x20 stock but the biggest size in the end is 16x18. A lot of filing and milling…

After some other jobs (making the engine cover, exhaust, walk-boards, hooks, bearings etc.) in August 2007 it looked like this:

I became a very lucky person just before these pictures were taken, the mill that I was using was quite old and replaced by a new one… A CNC one!!! It’s a nice machine and you can make very nice things with it. Below is an example. It’s an axle-holder (dummy).

axle holder
This is the progress made till now. Please visit this page again to see if there is any progress…





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