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Lego build of Ozark Mountain Railroad’s #1 Andrew
Construction update on my Lego model of OMRR #1- roughly at this point 90% complete. I still need to make a brick order for the drive rods, and to finish the cowcatcher, cab roof and tender. The model has been built to a scale of 1 Lego stud to 1 foot. Thus far, I do not plan and have not used any stickers or modified parts. Although I am currently planning to have non-Lego drive rods. I will also, however, develop a pure Lego solution.
Why so famous #1522?
You may remember from the book “Our First Locomotive” the mention about Frisco #1522 becoming famous. You’re probably curious why I added that statement to the book. So, to answer that question – here is a summary of the story behind #1522.
St. Louis-San Francisco #1522 was built in 1926 by Baldwin Locomotive Works for handling heavy passenger and freight services in the region around the Ozark Mountains. #1522 was a good runner for his career until retired about 1951.
He was selected by the Frisco for preservation and donated to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri in May of 1959. He sat on display there until 1985. When the St. Louis Steam Train Association selected the Locomotive for restoration to operational condition. From 1988 until 2002, #1522 thrilled thousands of rail fans pulling excursion trains all over the South and Midwest. As you can imagine, that, coupled with the privilege (pun intended) of pulling trains with such steam dignitaries as UP #844 (the only steamer still running for its original owner, without having ever been retired) and N&W #611 (now pulling excursions for Norfolk Southern in its THIRD career), #1522 was bound to become quite famous as well. #1522 became well known as “the world’s loudest steam locomotive” thanks to the exceptionally loud bark of his exhaust, particularly when working hard.
He was retired again in 2002 due to high insurance and maintenance costs, but you can still see him today at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri where he is a prominent exhibit.