Greetings. To those that don't know me (and that wouldn't be surprising, seeing as how I tend to lurk more often than I post) I am -The Hyphen-, and I am crazy.
I've been working on this design for a week or so, and since it's about finished, I decided that I would get some feedback on it before I chose the colors and started ordering the parts.
This was more than somewhat inspired by the first locomotive from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, which was in turn probably based off of Stephenson's Rocket.
I plan to eventually power this locomotive by means of a tender built around a 9v motor, or by power functions built into a train car.
Lastly, here's a bit of in-universe backstory.
This locomotive comes from one of the less technologically advanced nations in my 'verse, and as such, was designed to be extremely simple in construction. These trains had to something that could be built and repaired in a blacksmith's shop, without access to advanced machining tools. As a prime example of this simplification, the locomotive uses an oscillating cylinder rather than the traditional locomotive valve gear.
In spite of (or perhaps due to) these limitations, the resulting design was reliable, efficient, and nearly bulletproof. This locomotive and others like it quickly became the standard for the nation that created them, and more than a couple were exported to other railroads.
So, assuming my ramblings weren't too much to read through -- what do you think?
Edited by TheBrickster, 29 March 2010 - 02:10 PM.