I’ve been working on this model for well over a year and a half. But, it’s finally done!
Baldwin Locomotive Works #42300 was built in August 1915 for the Texas State Railroad. Special attention was given to this locomotive at the builder because it was intended to be used for publicity value, in addition to regular freight service. The engine was delivered as TSRR #7.
When the Texas State folded in the 1920’s, #7 was sold to Southern Iron & Equipment Co., a scrap and locomotive dealer. Southern Iron rebuilt the locomotive, and sold it to the Blytheville, Leachville, and Arkansas Southern Railroad, and given the number 12.
In a few years, the BLAS was purchased by the Cotton Belt Line, formally referred to as the Saint Louis – Southwestern Ry. (SSW.) #12 was one of two ex-BLAS locomotives that the SSW retained. Being the lightest locomotive of the 2-6-0 Mogul type in use on the Cotton Belt, #12 was useful for branch line freight service.
In the late 1930’s, #12 was rebuilt and slightly modified, and renumbered #412. In 1946, the SSW retired all of its coal-burning locomotives, and #412 was sold to the Arkansas Railroad, where it remained as their #412 until the locomotive was scrapped in 1957.
In the Great Railroad Series, the story ends a little differently.
In the series, #412 is leased to the Arkansas Railroad for two years, before the Arkansas Railroad returned the engine to the Cotton Belt. Before the engine was scrapped, it was purchased by the Ozark Mountain Railroad, and renumbered #1. The engine was used on construction, and before the road opened was named the Andrew, after one of the line’s initial investors. Andrew has served the OMRR with distinction for 71 years now, and remains in service to present day.
Nearly everything about this engine has changed at some point during construction. About the only thing that hasn’t undergone revision of some form is the air brake cylinders (under the cab and above the rear drive wheel.)
The model matches prototype dimensions very well, something I worked very hard to achieve. The engine is driven by a Power Functions train motor that drives the rear two drivers, and the IR receiver plus AA battery box are hidden under the coal load in the tender.
The only non-Lego parts are the drive rods, purchased from a person who 3d prints them. I must say, they are very well done, and he handled my custom request very well!
Surprisingly, no stickers were used on this model! The “OMRR” lettering is spelled with old Lego letter tiles, and the “1” was written using a sideways-building technique that I perfected on a previous model.
The only major drawback of this model is that as built it cannot negotiate a standard Lego track curve, so it needs a custom track to run on. Lacking a large amount of such track, I have not run extensive tests yet, but the motor seems to be very well-paired to the engines weight, so as to maximize power.
I also plan to eventually make instructions for this model available at some point in the future.