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MOC: Cumbres & Toltec senic railroad K-36 no. 484


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#1 gcarstensen

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 01:10 AM

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finally, after a half a year of work from concept to finished product i give you....
The Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad's (ex DRG&W) K-36 mikado (2-8-2) narrow gauge locomotive.
the K-36 is a narrow gauge engine built by the Baldwin locomotive works in 1925 for the DRG&W (Rio Grande) They have 36,000 lbs of tractive effort which is what the 36 in K-36 stands for the K stands for the 2-8-2 wheel arrangement.
just a note this is the same engine that Brian Williams circus train has, I started work on the wheel set 2 weeks before i saw the first pictures of his great model (he beat me to it  :wink: ) . I did steal the boiler from him so many thanks to him for that.
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hope you enjoy, this engine was quite a challenge  :classic:

#2 TheBrickster

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:29 AM

Very nice, and definately well worth all the effort that you must have put into this Gcar.  I love the old narrow gauge trains from this era, so you certainly picked a nice train to mod in LEGO.  I especially like the boiler design.  I think this fantastic locomotive is well worth a "front-page" blog.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Are you planning on adding any wagons?  A Rio Grande caboose and a few train cars would really add to your already outstanding creation.

#3 Captain Zuloo

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:19 AM

Great MOC! Your tiled boiler is very impressive, I bet you had some sore fingers and crushed spirits trying to get the internal structure there together! :tongue:
I would love to see a video of this beauty in action if you could find time to record one. This is a very well designed and built train, and I commend you on it. Well done mate, I'm extremely impressed. :thumbup:

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#4 gcarstensen

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 03:42 PM

View PostTheBrickster, on Dec 19 2009, 12:29 AM, said:

Are you planning on adding any wagons?  A Rio Grande caboose and a few train cars would really add to your already outstanding creation.

yes i was! i want to build just a bunch of brown flatcars (plain i know) in 8 wide

View PostCaptain Zuloo, on Dec 19 2009, 01:19 AM, said:

Great MOC! Your tiled boiler is very impressive, I bet you had some sore fingers and crushed spirits trying to get the internal structure there together! :tongue:
I would love to see a video of this beauty in action if you could find time to record one. This is a very well designed and built train, and I commend you on it.

you have no idea how i labored over that boiler! i spent my 5 day thanksgiving break just to build it, i only stopped to eat and sleep  :cry_sad:
i give you guys a video sometime after Christmas because i am going away and coming back on Christmas eve

thank you  :classic:

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:07 PM

View Postgcarstensen, on Dec 19 2009, 10:42 AM, said:

yes i was! i want to build just a bunch of brown flatcars (plain i know) in 8 wide

A bunch of brown flatcars sounds awesome to go with this great locomotive!  There are so many amazing details and greebles, especially around the locomotive's drive wheels.  One question, how is it powered?

#6 Cooper

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:03 AM

That's bigger than it looks at first glance.  Really nice.  Definitely looking forward to the video.

BTW, you don't mention the type of power.  Is this PF?

#7 gcarstensen

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:50 AM

sorry but it is currently unpowered  :sad:
i might put PF in it but i'm going to power my berkshire first
i'll still have i video, the counterweights are really cool looking when they're moving

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#8 Mark Bellis

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 01:45 PM

View Postgcarstensen, on Dec 20 2009, 12:50 AM, said:

i'll still have i video, the counterweights are really cool looking when they're moving

Very nice loco.  The best ones usually take a long time.

My Class 14 diesel loco has counterweights, though they are on a jack shaft.
Not many British locos have separate counterweights on the same shaft as the wheels.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 04:22 AM

Kudos to you on this wonderful MOC.  You have really captured the mechanism and the details.  Outside frame tea kettles are so interesting to watch... so next step is to get it moving.  My Circus Train will go through a rebuild (hopefully by BW2010) to convert it over to PF using the "Sava-Shupp Minitruck" tender drive.  Race ya ;-)  

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#10 gcarstensen

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:38 PM

your on ;)

#11 Cale

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:26 AM

Once again you've built an outstanding MOC. Nice work.

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#12 gcarstensen

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:45 PM

View PostCale, on Dec 27 2009, 01:26 AM, said:

Once again you've built an outstanding MOC. Nice work.

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thank you

#13 Sir E Fullner

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 09:16 PM

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Pretty impressive. I've seen the Cumbres & Toltec on Great Scenic Railway Journeys.
Some great engineering on that railway.

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