Updating a varney dockside
( I individually hand embossed the rivets) I remotored the loco with a D8120 Yardbird remotor kit from Yardbird Classic Trains. I took them fast and so I could return the my yard work which needs attention.Peter Smith, Memphis gonna nitpick on this one -- The *first* biggest and baddest steam locomotive built was done be one Richard Trevthick in 1802 (though this was more experimental than anything).Doug My Forum Name and Avatar, should give my favorites away, but here is a pic, both Lionel and both cab# 3980. thinking of putting marker lights on her, but I gotta do some research on that first....If I had to choose just one though, the size and sheer mass of the O-Gauge model makes it impressive 28 inches long about 14 pounds and pulling my 8 car scale length matched heavyweight passenger train about 14 feet long. Brian For me it's a tie: Both of these were non-runners when I got them.I painted and lettered it because I didn't like the brass color.The prototype is now owned by the Strasburg rr in Pennsylvania and is used for steam excursions.Then states his reasons for liking them is that the prototypes, the the Big Boys were the Biggest and Baddest Steamers built, the 3985 is the Biggest Steamer still operating today, and that the #844 is the only Steamer on a Class 1 Railroad that has never been retired.
As for my favorite steamer (that I own) my Bowser NYC K-11 Pacific.So I guess these are pretty 'favorite' steamers on my roster, too. Brass locos look so nice; I want them to run equally well, and you're right it is nice to work on them.Of my 15 brass locos, I only have 2 that I feel run the way they should, with no improvement possible; the other 13 spent a lot of time on my workbench. and it's the hardest choice i'd ever have to make to say i have a favorite.My favorite steamer of all time is the PRR K-4(borrowed from rr-fallenflags) gonna nitpick on this one -- The *first* biggest and baddest steam locomotive built was done be one Richard Trevthick in 1802 (though this was more experimental than anything).My favorite steamer of all time is the PRR K-4(borrowed from rr-fallenflags) Hi Dan, He mentions that he has the Athearn Genesis models of, Big Boy 4005, the Challenger 3985 and the FEF 4-8-4 #844.