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  1. Murdoch17

    1940s / 50s passenger trains

    Here you will find all my completed train - sets. Some are based in reality, while most are works of fiction... The General Motors "Aerotrain" (Rock Island #3) Historical background on the Aerotrain: The experimental Aerotrain was built by General Motors using hard riding Bus Bodies for coaches, a new untested (and quite complicated) air cushion suspension system, and an under-powered motor originally made for switching locomotives. Two of these trains were built in the 1950's as a way to entice passengers back onto the railroads and out of their automobiles. The hard-coupled unit had one engine and 10 cars attached, including the observation car. These low-slung units toured the United States as a test of it's abilities. Needless to say, it was a tremendous failure. It toured on four roads including the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe, New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, & Union Pacific before eventually being sold to the Rock Island for Chicago Commuter Service. In 1966, after less than a decade of service, one locomotive & two cars were sold to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, while the other locomotive and two cars were sold to The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. Model Notes: The original train had ten cars, which would be hard to do in Lego (and it's kinda pointless as 9 of then are identical) I have five cars on my train, four identical coaches and one observation coach on the end. My Inspiration for this model came from three pictures from this Brickshelf account here: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=497396 and I give 99% of the credit for the model to Brickshelf user enquete-art. The other 1% comes from me, such as the reworked wheels, front and back windshields, window SNOT work and red number tile. ....and yes, the middle two car are backwards. Ii noticed that a little too late! :-( The train can no longer separate into sections, as the magnets on the loco kept separating from the train. I replaced them all with draw bars made from Technic lift-arms, which is more like the real thing anyway. Also, the model takes curves reasonably well, so my fears of it not working were unfounded. This is the tail end of the train. The Southern Pacific "Forgotten Daylight" #4460 Real world background info on the 4460: During World War II, the US Government controlled the railway locomotive builders, one of which was Lima. Southern Pacific submitted a order to Lima Locomotive Works for 16 new 4-8-4 steam engines, (known as Daylights) which was turned down. Southern Pacific reworked the blueprints to have little streamlining, and not feature the Daylight's color scheme of orange, red and black. These new engines were painted in silver and black, and were also smaller. Lima finally green-lighted the order in 1943, but with one condition: Six engines would be taken from the order and given to the power-starved Western Pacific Railroad. Because of their smaller size and the fact they were built during WWII gave these engine the names "Baby Daylights" and "War Babies". Officially, they were called GS-6 and numbered 4460 - 4469. (GS meaning General Service or Golden State, and 6 because they were the sixth batch of engines.) Only one of the GS-6 type survives: 4460, often referred to as the Forgotten Daylight when compared to it's famous GS-4 cousin 4449. Model Notes: This engine was inspired by Anthony Savas 2-6-4 Pacific, but uses design cues from his 2-8-4 Berkshire, the Emerald Night, the pistons from Zephyr1934's lone Ranger engine MOD and the original tender frame from the first incarnation of the 4460 from 2013. As you can see it has now been built in real life. EDIT: Aas of 1/22/16, my 8 wide Southern Pacific Daylight loco has been remade into a 6 wide model. I used the same ingenious idea for the smoke-box as Eurobricks user Electricsteam did for his Pneumatic locomotive, but with my own styling with curved parts instead of the more straight-edged cheese slopes. Here is the loco from the side, where you can see the printed parts saying "4460" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC". Aslo while the loco stayed the same length, the tender has been shortened significantly to better fit in with the rest of my 6 - wide steam fleet. The Meramec River Runner (partially - fictional passenger train) I based these coaches off of two sources: the Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad (a 12 inch gauge ride-on steam line in Glencoe Missouri, near St. Louis) and the coaches formerly owned by the Museum of Transportation (also in St. Louis) before they were sold in 2012. The Southern Pacific 4460 never pulled these cars in real life, as the engine has never been restored to working order. The name of the train is based on the location of the Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad, which sits right next to the Meramec river on the old (1850's - 1940's) Missouri Pacific railroad track-bed. Combination baggage and passenger car, also known as a combine. Three identical passenger coaches. (sorry for the blurry photo) The observation coach of the Meramec River Runner. I want to say thanks to everyone who followed and encouraged me on this almost-three year journey from February 17, 2013 (the original posting date of the first version of the Aerottrain, and about six months before the Daylight's first version) to December 27, 2015. It's been quite a trip, and I've made plenty of progress on building my skills and tons of friends along the way.... and no, it's not over yet! Thanks to all of you!