New Power for the Big Four

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

  1. 5450pete

    5450pete New Member

    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


  3. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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

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

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

    Looks good. Great job.
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    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.

  6. 5450pete

    5450pete New Member

    Thanks everyone for the nice words.


    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.

  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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

  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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

    shaygetz Active Member

    Old school...sweet.:thumb:
  10. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

  11. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

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

    e-paw Member

    Do you have any '' in progress " shots? It would be nice to see them.
  13. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Wouldn't have guessed how that was done. She's as pretty as NYC steam should be.
  14. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

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

    sgtcarl Member

    Terrific job! Great work!
  16. riverotter

    riverotter Midwest Alliance Rail Sys

    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

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

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