Murdoch17

Baldwin RF-16 Sharknose diesel locos with Meramec River Runner passenger train

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These Baldwin diesel RF-16-like locos were inspired by set 10020, (Santa Fe Super Chief) for most of the basic body work and and fellow Eurobricks user @Legownz for the knife-like Sharknose front end. (Thank you for that ingenious design!) The cab and booster units feature no interior details because I have no need for such items on my layout.. that and retrofitting all my trains with inside details would be quite costly.

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NOTE: I had to shorten the front A-unit by four studs because it wouldn't fit in my storage box anymore with the longer front-end. Thus I had to order a shorter 24 stud train baseplate to get it to fit, the results of which you can see when comparing the two diesel units. (the B unit is noticeably longer)

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The rear of each of the locos feature doorways to the next engine compartment, and / or the passenger train itself.

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The name of this train is a play off the Missouri River Runner, a real train that Amtrak runs from Kansas City to St. Louis. The Meramec River is a body of water that runs next to the 12-inch gauge Wabash Frisco & Pacific, so I switched the name to the Meramec River Runner. Never mind the fact the Missouri Pacific used to run on the roadbed the WFP now uses up from the 1850's until about the 1940's, when it was rerouted to it's current, alignment and abandoned the old one to the eventual WFP use from the late '50's to today.

...and In case you were wondering, WFP stands for Wabash Frisco and Pacific in both the real world 12-inch gauge RR that is located in my hometown and my fictional take on their railway.

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Combination baggage and passenger car

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three identical passenger coaches for the train

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The observation car of the Meramec River Runner.

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The real Sharknose diesel's looked like this (picture from Wikipedia). All 109 "A" cab units, 51 "B" booster units, or 160 total locomotives were built between 1950 and 1953, and almost all were scrapped. Only two A units survive, hidden away since 1981 in a railway warehouse in Michigan due to thievery by supposed rail-fans. (Items such as instruction manuals and builders plates were stolen.) Anyway, on January 10th, 2020, Trains Magazine reported that the two surviving units will be going to a museum for preservation. (Yay!) You can read more on Wikipedia here about the class type.

Any thoughts, comments, or complaints?

EDIT 5/5/2020: The locomotives are finished in real life, and new pictures have been uploaded for everything. Enjoy!

Edited by Murdoch17

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Sorry for the double post, but I had to let you all know that all the rest of the parts (all $8 of them) have been ordered to turn what was originally a EMD F unit into a Baldwin Sharknose.

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Basically, I found whatever parts I could and subtracted them from the LDD model (below).  This left me with about 15 different types of bricks, down from around sixty. I had to make some substitutions, but it will look pretty much the same.

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Here is what the original shape looked like before I found any parts.

 

Hopefully, it should be here in a week or two, and then there will be updated real world pictures to share!

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First post updated with new pictures all around!

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Sorry for the delay in getting these posted, I had to shorten the front A-unit by four studs because it wouldn't fit in my storage box anymore with the longer front end. Thus I had to order a shorter 24 stud train baseplate to get it to fit, the results of which you can see when comparing the two diesel units. (the B unit is noticeably longer)

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Nicely done!  I've always liked how the old Baldwin shark-nosed diesels looked ever since I first saw pics of them in this big book about the Pennsylvania RR my parents got me for Christmas in like 1989 or so (too bad the RF-16, while good, solid & reliable, ended up being too little too late to save Baldwin Locomotive Works from going under).  I might have to see about taking a crack at designing my own version of it sometime (although I think I might base mine off the stubbier shark-nose design used on the RP-210 for one of my dieselpunk train designs for my post-apocalyptic setting).

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