One of the Last Steam Locomotives built

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  1. Virginian

    Virginian Member

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    Um...thought I'd fish this puddle for a bit.
    I'm starting a search for An N scale 2-6-6-4
    Class A locomotive. N&W built the last one in their Roanoke Va. shops in 1950. Kinda a birth day present for yours truly. [​IMG] ( I was born in Roanoke in Feb. 1950).
    So if I could find such an engine, it would be the star of my developing pike, at least when running'59 or earlier.
    A famous photo by O. Winston link features N&W's #1242,the very loco in question, runnin' through the background of a drive-in movie,cir.1957.( I want a poster of that photo too!)
    If I could find any 2-6-6-4, by any maker, I might be able to rebuild it to come close to the A, someday, anyway...I have a lot to learn, craftwise, first. (And if I find it in HO, I'm switchen' scales, fast!!! [​IMG] )
    Any way, if anybody has any ideas, I'd love to hear 'em.
    Thanks
    VGN

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  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Hi Virginian, The only N-scale I have ever seen apart from the BIG BOY was a 2-6-6-2 Y6B
    both made by that well know person "River Rossi" [​IMG]
  3. Virginian

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    Hi shamus
    Well, N&W used a lot of Y6B's too. I'll keep my eyes open for one. Do you happen to know if Rossi still makes them? I've seen that name on "Manufacturer" lists, so I assume the 'person' has a company, but I infer that this was maybe a custom built Loco...???
    Your reply prompts me to get on down to the town of Petaluma (between here and San Francisco) to buy the Bachman 4-8-4 (Santa Fe) they had on sale, and now going-out-of-business 30% off of that. It doesn't 'proto fit' my pike, but at about $55, tax included,I'll run excursions. [​IMG]
    Seems I'm going to get some Peco turnouts on sale after all! [​IMG]
  4. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Hi Virginian,
    Rivarossi I believe still make the Big Boy and the Y6b, I had both when I was into N. (long time ago)

    shamus
  5. Virginian

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    oops! I'm starting to catch on to some of your word play shamus...but I've been known to be incredibly gullible. Rivarossi!!!oh boy! [​IMG] and I thought I was the 'pun' master!!!
    So, I'll start looking for a Y6B made by "River Rossi". Who knows, maybe that'll be the 'guy' that comes out with the 'A' I'm dreaming of [​IMG]
    VGN [​IMG]
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    In addition to others mentioned, Rivarossi also made a 2-8-8-2 Mallet. I have one of them in N gauge but don't know if they are still available. This one runs like a dream and has a large motor in it that consumes much more current than my other locos.

    Robin
  7. Virginian

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    Hi Robin,
    thanks for the info...when was your Mallet made? That's another on my list. The VGN used 2-8-8-2's to haul coal out of the mountains up until about 1950 or shortly there after. They dieselized sooned than N&W; didn't build their own locomotives as N&W did. If you have any other info on your 'power house',ie., road name,#, manufacture skew #,I'm going to be getting in touch with Rivarossi to see if they still make those babies! Thanks again, guys!
    VGN