work of a prolific model engineer who has specialised in large American
prototypes over the years, generally built using his own drawings and castings.
one of his engines came up for sale some years ago I bought it on the spur of
the moment, taken with the quality of build and appealing design (it was the
first Lucky 7 I owned - had several since). I recently had the pleasure of
meeting the builder, who had reluctantly decided that his last project was
starting to get too large to handle for a man well into his retirement.
is a New York Central Railroad
Mohawk 2-8-4 a class eventually numbering nearly 800 in all its forms,
built mainly by Alco in the early part of the twentieth century. Work to date
comprises the locomotive itself, around 80% complete, along with twelve machined
wheels for a tender.
Chassis is bar-framed with compensated springing, two cast iron cylinders with piston valves actuated by Baker gear with steam reverser. Twin lubricators of the builder's own design (and the same as fitted to the lucky 7 mentioned above). Boiler is in steel (as were all his engines) with combustion chamber and twin thermic syphons, fitted with radiant superheaters. The stainless steel grate is the biggest Ive seen on a 5 inch gauge engine by some margin.
is also a lifting stand to the builders own design, published some years ago
in Model Engineer whilst I make no claims for its compliance with
current lifting equipment legislation, it came in very useful when collecting
the engine, which is otherwise a four-man lift.
Length 57 inches