Murdoch17

Spirit of Legoredo streamlined train with 4-6-2 + 2-6-4 double pacific Garratt *finished*

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The Spirit of Legoredo was my one of my first big trains, and was built in 2011 with a baggage car, three passenger coaches, and observation car. It looked good to me at first, in nearly all black with a red stripe at the base, but over the years was quietly forgotten about, as it was quite dull-looking to others and hard to take pictures of. Then I switched magnet types to the newer ones, and it became even harder show off as it didn't match the rest of my newer train fleet. That is, until I added a new locomotive to the head end and one more passenger car. (changing the colors up a bit from mainly black to mostly red doesn't hurt much either!)

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This model was originally made out of @SavaTheAggie and his wonderful Emerald Garratt instructions, as seen and purchased here at his store. I turned the eight wide locomotive into a six wide one, and added a brick of height to the whole model in total. I then used the original red parts from my now-dark red 4-10-4 to build most of the model in real life, which as you can see, took a bit longer than I'd hoped when i posted it originally on the 5th of May.

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Fictional history of the engine type:

In late-1929, Thomas Carter was Chief Mechanical Engineer for Brick Railway Systems (BRS), and on vacation to visit family in New Zealand. He was about to get on the train in Christchurch, when he was passed by a new NZR "G" class 4-6-2+2-6-4 Garratt steam engine. Remembering how he was having problems getting the next "big thing" built back in America, he contacted the engine's manufacturer, Beyer, Peacock and Company, and talked about a possible contract in America using the New Zealand "G"class as a starting point. Once he got home to BRS company HQ in St. Louis, Missouri, he got the upper management's final okay, and began final design on the new "DP" class of Garratts. (DP standing for Double Pacific, as it is really just two pacific type loco wheel-set's back-to-back with one boiler.)

The engine's entire wheel-width was widened from 3 feet, 6 inches (narrow gauge) to 4 feet eight 1/2 inches (standard gauge) The mechanical stoker was kept, but the piston count was reduced from 6 to 4 in keeping more with American practice.

All in all, 10 of these were made as a trial run in 1930, but the Great Depression worsened in 1931-33 so no more were ever ordered. (originally, 15 locos more were planned but never built, which would have brought the grand total up to 25 engines.)

(The real world NZR "G" class on which Anthony Sava based his original design can be found here on Wikipedia. Sadly, none were saved for preservation.)

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The baggage car. These cars were all inspired by The Santa Fe Super Chief cars (10022 and 10025) and the Emerald Night's coach. (10194)

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The four streamlined coaches of the train. Each car on this train is 28 studs long, which is longer than my usual 24 studs long standard.

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Observation car of the Spirit of Legoredo passenger train. The original way these cars were styled had them all black and with a red base stripe, but I have added dark bluish gray fluting and a lot more red to the mix to make them easier to take pictures of.

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The whole train together.

Comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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The switch to dark grey radiator grilles really helped the ALCO's stand out a little more!

Thank you. I'm thinking about adding the windscreen from the horizon express as the windscreen for the cab loco.

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What do you think? Would It look better or worse?

Edited by Murdoch17

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(slight) Bump:

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Changed the loco, added real world pictures, and am working on getting the (new) steam loco built as I type. What do you guys think of it now?

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(even more slight bumping)

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I was supposed to finish this by the 15th of May, and it's the 25th now and I've just got the new pictures put up in the first post. (oh well, better late than never!) Anyway, now that the Garratt and it's accompanying train are officially done, all that's left to do is find a box big enough to carry this long loco within my storage system's limits...

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