Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jim currie, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    this little jewel ran as the passenger service on the Colorado Eastern from 1888 to 1915 the origin of this loco is not know but there were two or more owners before the C&E. looks like some master mechanic cleaned out his scrap box to come up with a tender.

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  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Looks to me to be a prime candidate for a kitbash. Make the tender into a 4-wheel bobber tender and use the trucks from the tender on the "Pullman". I'd also change that Pennsy-style mounting of the headlight: centre it on the smokebox where it belongs. This would also free up the space for a nice Elesco feedwater heater.

  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    If you did all that Wayne you would destroy what could have been a beautiful "there's a prototype for everything" model. Everything that would make this project unique would be lost, and it would just be another so-so, ho-hum model. In other words it's not "a prime candidate for a kitbash, it IS a kitbash! :)
  4. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I'm not so sure about "beautiful", but you do have a point: the Elesco system wasn't introduced until 1921, so that would probably have been applied by a subsequent owner. And I'm sure that Parlor/Lounge/Solarium/ Observation must have rode like an oxcart: surely management would have made the improvement that I suggested if only to avoid lawsuits from injured patrons. We have to remember that the prototype evolved over time, embracing new technology as it became available, although I can't see too much of that here. And I also find it hard to believe that the two previous owners didn't have a hand in making changes to the original equipment that resulted in what we see in the photo, so yes, it is a kitbash. I was merely extrapolating what might have come next. You have to admit, a woodburner with an Elesco would be pretty unique. I also think that maybe an all-weather cab would nice too, it would allow that poor guy to come in off the tender, although that would require a stoker, which would require a change to woodchips, which would.....? Clearly, the project could get out of hand by the time we updated things to the end of the steam era. I model the '30's, so I would have to modernize it or scrap it: what's shown would only be acceptable for the 1888 - 1915 period.

  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    That is the bomb, can you imagine what a ride that coach was. Get a trainload of ornary railfans on that thing and it'll be wheely poppin' in no time. What a find, thanks, Jim. :thumb:
  6. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    here is another of #6 in as the caption says it was not a unusual position for her.

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  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Yeah, but you'll notice that the big-foot tender tracks like a marble down a drain pipe.

  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Nice... not everyone had the top of the line stuff! Maybe just what you can find being cast-off from the other roads in the area.

  9. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    A little like my own RR, not top of the line, but what was and is available, this would make a verry nice modle in "N" scale, (now where could I get one?) I have a 2-4-0 mech,
    the rest will need a little finding, fixing, moulding, lets see, lets see....steve

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