Glenn Holland

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  1. Glenn Holland

    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    The Yard Switcher It's hardly a secret that I'm a frequent visitor to the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek, Ohio. I take every opportunity to get out there, most notably for days when they have trains operating. Age of Steam is the legacy of Ohio Central Railroad founder Jerry Jacobson, who built the OHCR system before selling to Genessee & Wyoming in 2008. This sale helped fund a new-construction 18-stall roundhouse in Ohio Amish country to house Jerry's growing collection of steam locomotives and railroad equipment. MNF 12 was built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Pittsburg (no H) in September 1905 for the Southern Railway as A-7 class 0-6-0 no. 1643. Acquired by MNF in 1952, it was put to work on the Kentucky shortline until 1963 when the road dieselized. 12 was put away in the engine house in Clearfield. Jerry had a long-standing interest in #12 and finally acquired it and moved the engine to Sugarcreek in 2011 and 2012. In July 2018, with restoration completed, 12 was fired up and became the first locomotive restored completely from a "derelict hulk" at the Roundhouse. It can be seen on any regular tour program at Age of Steam sitting Stall 1. Having visited the museum so frequently and seeing 12 literally every time I visited, the engine grew on me substantially. Along with the fact that I've been able to ride in and behind the locomotive a few times, it's become one of if not my single favorite 0-6-0 in preservation. I recently decided that I needed a dedicated switcher in my collection. Most recently I've been building road locomotives or road-switchers, but not a single dedicated switcher. I had to correct that, and decided to model 12 as preserved at Age of Steam. The design came together over the course of about three months starting at the end of January 2022, and I ordered parts but then set them aside for quite some time. Deciding to just go for it, I assembled and decaled the locomotive in June 2022. During the first half of September, I decided to finally bring the engine to completion, fixing some details and adding just a few more, painting the rods, and installing the electronics. I'm using a Power Functions M motor to drive M.5 size wheels at a 3:5 ratio, geared for torque, appropriate for a switcher. Originally I wanted to install a fancy DCC-like system in this engine, but after two unsuccessful attempts, I decided to stick with PF for now. Of course, I can always go back and upgrade this engine when the time is right, and I plan to do so in the future. Lastly, I'm using a 700mAh 7.4 volt battery due to limited space in the tender. Artwork has been faithfully created by Cale Leiphart and printed by OKBrickWorks. Thanks to them for their assistance with this project. 12 is a strange one. The design and proportions of this locomotive definitely make it stand out from most other 0-6-0's I'm familiar with. Capturing the spirit and essence of the engine was challenging but fun, a sure departure from the mid to large size locomotives I've published. I'm sure I say this about all my models, but I'm happy to call this one finished. I've had a lot of WIP models on my plate recently, so checking one completely off the list feels good. I'm excited to have this one in the fleet and I already know I'm going to thoroughly enjoy using it. More photos here: Video here: Thanks for reading, and happy building. Glenn
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thanks very much for the compliment. The turnouts in the video are from BrickTracks, they are the large radius switches. I recommend them.
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Trial and error is a part of every model, especially with printed parts like rods. Depending on how intricately arranged they are, it can often take several revisions of parts to get right. And yes, it was nice to be able to move cars around with a proper locomotive!
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thank you!
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Davide, thank you very much. Being able to photograph the model with the real engine was a treat.
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Very glad you like it. The brakeman on the tender adds so much character for how easy it was to include.
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thank you! Making the running gear accurate and tuning the operation can be challenging but is always worth the effort. Thanks very much!
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thomas, thanks very much. It certainly is a nice change from the locomotives I have recently published!
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Very glad you like the wheels. I enjoy going the extra step in modeling the wheels accurately, even if it can be a pain sometimes.
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thanks! Thank you both very much. I enjoy building what I like, the stories that are attached to each piece are part of that and is what helps make something stick out to me. Vilhelm is correct in this case - no instructions for this model. It is a bit finicky, as many of my models tend to be, so it is not a great model for instructions anyway. Thanks very much. I have at least two cars in progress to match the locomotive and I need a fitting caboose, but those will come in good time. The display track itself is right out of my Brickmania Mohawk kit. It's the nicest (only) display track I have so it gets used when photographing new models.
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    Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12

    Thank you very much. The comparison is always really nice to show off. The brakeman on the tender certainly adds more character and life to the model. Thanks! The boiler was definitely challenging given the unique proportions and sections that were necessary. Working all that around the motor was interesting. Thanks very much Dave. Glad you like it.
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    2-8-8-4 AC-9 "yellowstone"

    Looks awesome!
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    Grey Ridge 4-6-0 no. 26

    Presented for your review: Grey Ridge 4-6-0 no. 26. I got the thought in my head at some point in 2019 or 2020 that I needed to build a new freelance steam locomotive. All of the locomotives and cars I've been building recently have been legitimate models of something that existed at some point. Instead, I wanted to break from that for a while and build something realistic but fantasy. My old ten wheeler model is pushing twelve or thirteen years at this point. Being one of the first locomotives I built that both worked well and that I was proud of, I decided that this new freelance locomotive should also be a ten wheeler. From there, I set some other goals: - XL wheels. My old ten wheeler was lightning fast. I wanted this new engine to be quick, and well-suited for passenger service. An L motor driving XL wheels would work well. -Tapered boiler. I was very proud of the boiler I designed for my old ten wheeler, even if it was still using just basic 45 degree slope bricks. A new tapered boiler was an absolute must on this model. -Reliable operation. I never had a problem with the old engine. It's always worked well whenever I needed a locomotive to run. The S160 power train would check this box well. On top of these things, I wanted to build this model as a way to highlight the progression of my skill as a modeler. Thirteen years is quite a long time. All of the components and goals were set. The design process was challenging, particularly the boiler. But I eventually had a locomotive designed. Then came the Brick Train Awards earlier this year. This engine was designed and ready to order parts for, so I decided that I would build this locomotive in order to enter into BTA as a brand new locomotive. A photo of this was shared across a few of the BTA social outlets, but now I'm finally publishing this locomotive through my own channels. Of course, I couldn't just slap a road name and number on this engine and call it a day. It wouldn't have been proper, being a freelance locomotive. Instead, I needed a freelance railroad to letter it for. I remembered the Grey Ridge. I had created the concept of a railroad called the Grey Ridge in late 2019 but not progressed with it much until this point. The Grey Ridge is a true mountain railroad. I've always been fond of the idea of railroads running through very mountainous terrain, under snow-capped mountains and up and down mile after mile of twisting, winding track with short trains. The new ten wheeler I had been building was now the first engine of the Grey Ridge to be modeled. A very fitting first , being well suited to handle both freight and passenger trains over the line effectively. I'm quite pleased with this engine. It's appropriately fast and strong, and also looks great. I was aiming for the style of locomotives that were built in the earlier years of the 20th century, and I think I have a perfect mix of that and "old-timey shortline locomotive" mixed into one model here. Under the hood: I'm using one Power Functions L motor geared 1:1 to XL size drivers from Big Ben Bricks. I'm using Ben's new XL wheels with traction tires which work perfectly in this application. The motor is driven from a Power Functions IR receiver and a 7.4v battery from Tenergy. Thanks to Cale for his help with the custom wiring, and of course, the decals. All of these decals were designed by him and me, and his feedback and creativity helped deliver a better finished product. Decals printed by Andy at OKBrickWorks; thank you Andy for your assistance as well. Overall? I achieved my goals and exceeded my own expectations of this locomotive. I created something new and original out of my own imagination; modeling a unique locomotive while maintaining strong ties to reality and the inspirational sources which I drew from originally. By all of those metrics, I think it's safe to call this one successful and complete. More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41032663@N08/albums/72157719608730348 Thank you for reading.
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    Grey Ridge 4-6-0 no. 26

    Display tracks can easily be built to suit your taste. I like the look of simple displays with the track elevated slightly and a clean black outline around lightly ballasted track pieces. It frames the model very well. I used 45 degree slope parts around all four sides and tiles to cover the studs on those. There's really no trick to it. Build whatever you think looks nice.
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    Grey Ridge 4-6-0 no. 26

    Thank you! Even with that short rigid wheel base it does run pretty smooth. I think the flat car is so simple but something about it just works! Thank you very much!
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    Grey Ridge 4-6-0 no. 26

    It's always those details that set things apart, even if it's a freelance model. Thank you so much! I uploaded a video with some clips running here: What a compliment.. thank you so much. A true passion project for me, but I'm so glad that other people can understand the ideas that went into it and the finished result. Thank you very much Benn! For what it's worth (probably not very much), but the tires are silver-walled instead of white :) I imagine the Grey Ridge being a fan of silver leaf lettering on their equipment. The decals are an imitation silver leaf, and the tires are painted to match. Thank you both very much!
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    Credentials of 3rd party parts

    These two sites have been around for several years at this point and are two of the most reputable third party part makers in the hobby. If you need wheels or rods, they are the first place to go!
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    LEGO SSN 01 1075.

    You did such a great job on this engine, and it looks right at home with the passenger cars in that video. Your model does a great job capturing the presence and look of the real locomotive. Awesome job all around Enrico!
  19. You pretty much nailed it.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    @Jeffinslaw- I recommend R104.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    @JWBDolphins- I have placed the engine on an R88 curve and did not see anything to cause concern, but I did not run the engine through the curve. I have used it with R104 and R120 curves and R104 turnouts easily. @neonic- I opted for a custom battery mostly due to cost. It’s a pretty simple 7.4V, 2200mah lithium ion battery, but it works well powering the receivers and motors.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    All, thank you for the compliments on the model. I did put a lot of effort into achieving the correct details. @SteamSewnEmpire, I appreciate your comment on the Hudson being perhaps the more iconic of NYC steam between that and the L-2a, and I agree. In my decision making this time around, "NYC" wasn't as much of a reason for choice in locomotive; instead it was "1920's and 1930's" and "freight", if that makes sense. The L-2a fit those criteria, along with being a personal favorite. Regarding the price, I do admit the price of the kit version was not what I was expecting, but maybe I can offer some more information to this point. This model does use more parts than the T-1 4-8-4, and includes some extra features in the box, such as the display base (thanks @neonic, I was going for simple but attractive there), lights, custom printed minifigures, knuckle couplers, wheels from Big Ben Bricks and Bricktracks, custom 3D-printed wheels from Brickmania, custom 3D-printed rods and valve gear, and some custom electronics (and the work that goes into fitting those components to work with Power Functions). I'm not writing this in attempt to change anyone's opinions, but rather offer some reason. Again, thanks for the compliments on the model.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    I chose the L-2a over the surviving models for a few reasons. The primary reason is that it was the most well liked class of L-2 according to crews, and remembered fondly. Also these were produced earlier in the 1920's and better represent NYC fast freight power of the time, namely with the Elesco feedwater heater on the top front of the smokebox. I think this feature is THE classic look of NYC freight. Lastly, the L-2a has been on my long list of locomotive projects for many years. I'm very glad it worked out for this project.
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    Brickmania NYC Mohawk L-2A

    Thank you for posting this here @coaster. I'm very happy with the result.