New Power for the Big Four

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by 5450pete, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. 5450pete

    5450pete New Member

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    Just got this one out of the paint shop. A new L2 4-8-2 for the Big Four in my basement. I have been working on-and-off for a year (!) but finally got it done. Take a Bachmann Heavy 4-8-2, add Rivarossi boiler, make new pilot and add some details. The tender is the original B-mann USRA long type, with PSC brass trucks.

    I still need to finish the marker lamps and add a coal load to the tender.

    There are some compromises but overall I think it turned out OK. Hopefully it runs as nice as it did before I took it all apart!

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  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    saweeet!

    Kevin
  3. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Wow...That's some loco...!!! Great job...!!!

    If it doesn't run as nicely as before....it'll make a great display piece...:mrgreen:
  4. beamish

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

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    Looks good. Great job.
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    Looks good, Pete. :thumb::thumb: Is that boiler from the J3 Hudson? I built a Mohawk for my own free-lanced road, using the Bachmann Light Mountain. I used a picture of a J3 to get the Worthington fwh piping right, and built-up the turret shrouding similar to that used on many NYC locos.

    Wayne
  6. 5450pete

    5450pete New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the nice words.

    Doctorwayne,

    I actually have to credit you with the inspiration to take on the project! I saw your light 4-8-2 and was impressed with the new look. I was going to modify the B-mann USRA heavy boiler until I had a Hudson and the 4-8-2 sitting side-by-side in the yard. A quick check of some photos and rough measurements and I decided that a J3 boiler from a Rivarossi Hudson would make it all come togheter.

    I really like what you do to your motive power to make everyday models come alive.

    Peter
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    doctorwayne Active Member

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    Thanks, Pete. It looks like you have a knack for it, too. ;):-D

    Wayne
  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Two words.....WA......OW!
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Old school...sweet.:thumb:
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    Gooorrgeousss:thumb::thumb:
  11. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

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    That is a beauty!! Well done ! :)
  12. e-paw

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    Do you have any '' in progress " shots? It would be nice to see them.
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    Wouldn't have guessed how that was done. She's as pretty as NYC steam should be.
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Wow! Almost makes me want to back date my layout 30-40 years!
    Ralph
  15. sgtcarl

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    Terrific job! Great work!
    :thumb:
  16. riverotter

    riverotter Midwest Alliance Rail Sys

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    Gorgeous! Too bad steam power in the real world wasn't as "easy" as in the modeling world. These photos give me pause as I gradually reduce the number of steam locomotives vs. diesels on my roster ... although I'll probably never retire my Challengers!
  17. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Beautiful work! The Mohawks and Hudsons had nearly identicle boilers so using the Hudson shell was a smart choice.