MOC: Baltimore & Ohio EM-1 Steam Locomotive
Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:32 AM
After a few WamaLTC members gave me a friendly ribbing for not having a B&O engine to display while doing train shows at the B&O Railroad Museum I decided it was time to build one. What better tribute to B&O steam than one of the greatest engines to grace Baltimore rails. And it's about time I started posting stuff again
The EM-1s were the last articulated steam locomotives built for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The EM-1s were delivered from Baldwin Locomotive in 1944 (engines #7620 - 7619) and 1945 (engines #7620 - 7629). The B&O was in the midst of dieselization at the time and would have prefered to order new diesel locomotives but war material restrictions (namely the copper used for the electricals in a diesel) dictated that the B&O had to order new steam instead. For a locomotive of the 2-8-8-4 wheel arrangement (the B&O never refered to them by the common name for this type "Yellowstone"), they were relatively modest in size, but very successful. Originally, they worked on the Cumberland Division, a very physically difficult stretch of the B&O, with numerous heavy coal trains, as well as fast freights. The main district served by the EM-1 was the line from Cumberland towards Grafton, WV. Later, as diesels took over this assignment, the class was shifted to the Pittsburgh Division, where they primarily handled Lake Mineral traffic, plus trains between Wheeling and Pittsburgh. The class was renumbered 650-679. Well liked by the crews that ran them the EM-1s were up for any task from lugging long coal drags to the ocasional passenger duty. The EM-1s couldn't escape being replaced by deisels though. The B&O started to be scrapping them in 1957, and all were off the roster by 1960. Unfrtunately no EM-1s were saved.
This engine is powered by LEGO Power Functions and can out pull any 9v locomotive.
The full Flickr Gallery can be found here. B&O EM-1 Gallery
Posted 23 August 2010 - 02:14 PM
Well deserving of a front-page.
Posted 23 August 2010 - 02:41 PM
Congrat's on being front paged 'Cale' with such an AWESOME PF steam train - fine example of SNOT work - cool boiler's - pitty there are none left in the real world !
Beautiful detailing - keep on bricking 'Cale' really keep on bricking !
Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:25 PM
I can just tell that alot of time and effot have gone into all those detail's and its quiet cool that youve managed to cram all the power unit into the tender
thanks for sharing
would you risk not just your own lifestyle (9-5 dayjob, pretty l'il housewife, 2.4 kids, Ford Mondeo),For just one oppertunity to say "i was there" or "that was me!". To leave a Legacy of pride and Honour,
At the risk of a "normal life" ?
Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:32 AM
This locomotive will handle tight LEGO curves just fine though it may look a little silly doing it. It will even traverse switch tracks. The only point where it will run into problems is on a tight S curve. It looks most at home though on the super wide curves like CILTC have done and hopefully my club will be doing in the future.
Having the I.R. Receiver hidden like that doesn't cause to much of a problem. It can block the signal occasionally but not enough to worry about.
This engine has proved to be one of my most reliable runners and got quite a work out at BrickFair recently. You can see it breifly running at the 45 second mark in this video. CNN BrickFair
Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:06 PM
Trying to get my head around the various ways to integrate PF into a nice big steam loco so I can buy the bits and build something to be proud of. Looking at what other people are doing is always a help.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:04 PM
He not only said it could, but also gave us a video of it doing so. What more do you want?
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