Steam Locomotive

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Project by htl posted 03-22-2018 06:29 PM 2421 views 2 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Steam locomotive Reading
When I started this project using Gatto plans, the second day I was asking myself what in the world have I got myself into???
As I’ve said in my blog this project starts with a ton a little bitty parts and ends the same way.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out and this is one of the few models I have made where I didn’t go off on my own adding extra parts.
The first three pictures are with sun light, just wanted it to show up with the best light.

I had thought about putting brass hand rails but now that the wood place holders are on there, I like the idea of an all wood train, but the rails aren’t glued in so would be easy to upgrade later.

Still undecided about the tender it would add another 14” to an already large project.

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 06:33 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 06:35 PM

This is such a beauty. It looks smaller than the T and J one.
Maybe a lot of small stuff but the details makes it a great build.
Well done.

I also enjoyed reading the blog contribution.


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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 06:39 PM

This outstanding model build put a huge smile on my face! What a Awesome looking Steam Locomotive!
You can hold your head up high and be very proud of this great looking Choo Choo!
Well done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 06:42 PM

Wow beautiful job. The T1 was a monster of an engine. Looking forward to seeing it paired with it’s tender.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 06:53 PM

Dutchy here’s some side by sides and I was surprised my scratch built diesel is just about the same size.
I’m not usually into building bigger models but this would be a great project to double the size for sure.

In real life wouldn’t the two trains use the same width track?

And this is the full size train for the T&J plans.

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 06:56 PM

very cool you must have very very big bag of patience i would of beat the crap out of something . thanks for sharing

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 07:04 PM

UncleBuck you haven’t seen my work bench here lately!!!

The second day when I started the under neath I almost put a stop to it, seeing the itty bitty parts needed for that the sad thing is most of that first part is hide behind the wheels. :-[

I need to thank bj383ss for his great build of this train that had it simmering in the back of my mind for a long time.
I love building trains!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#8 posted 03-22-2018 07:05 PM

The finished product is something one can get steamed for. Out of this world.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 03-22-2018 07:24 PM

These are beautiful models and so nicely done. They display a lot of wonderful details and nice craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 03-22-2018 07:33 PM

wow simply incredible looking train you did a fine job on this for sure …now the tender LOL ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 03-22-2018 07:38 PM

That looks so incredible. I’d definitely like to see the tender to go along with the locomotive.

-- Elroy

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#12 posted 03-22-2018 07:49 PM

Great job on the loco now for the tender:LOL

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#13 posted 03-22-2018 07:50 PM

That’s four votes for the tender. LOL
And thanks all for your encouragement.

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#14 posted 03-22-2018 07:53 PM

Being a former model railroader I really appreciate the level of detail on this model!
Your work needs to be in a museum!

Do you think that we need a forum just for model builders?

Steam locomotives provide view of history that helped build this country.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 03-22-2018 07:59 PM

Oldnovice One of the things I love about building these models is the research for the builds you come up with all kinds of info you wouldn’t find else where.

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