This model features the fabulous Big Ben Bricks custom steam engine wheels.
Southern Pacific 4449 is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad's (SP) GS-4 class of steam locomotives. The GS-4 is a streamlined 4-8-4 (Northern) type steam locomotive.
GS stands for "Golden State", a nickname for California (where the locomotive was operated in regular service), or "General Service."
The locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, for SP in May 1941; it received the red-and-orange "Daylight" paint scheme for the passenger trains of the same name which it hauled for most of its service career.
No. 4449 was retired from revenue service in 1957 and put into storage. In 1958 it was donated, by the railroad, to the City of Portland, who then put it on static display in Oaks Amusement Park, where it remained until 1974.
It was restored to operation for use in the American Freedom Train, which toured the 48 contiguous United States for the American Bicentennial celebrations.
Since then, 4449 has been operated in excursion service throughout the continental US; its operations are based at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, where it is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers called Friends of SP 4449.
In 1983, a poll of Trains magazine readers chose the 4449 as the most popular locomotive in the nation.
The 9v motors under the tender are temporary, and will be replaced by Power Functions train Motors.
This model utilizes both small and XL custom train wheels from Big Ben Bricks.
Since taking these photos, I have since redesigned the locomotive to better handle curves, reducing her overhang considerably.
This train actually used to be part of a train fleet owned by Amtrak. Today, the garage has been relocated near the new Portland Streetcar temporary station. The new garage is still improving, a new turntable is being installed.
This is very excellent! I have looked to this and several of your other locomotives for inspiration for my own. You pay a lot of attention to detail, which is awesome. Since I am creating custom locomotives and rolling stock right now, seeing what sort of detail can/is applied is very useful.
Interesting choice on the paint scheme, the large southern pacific lettering and the number boards moved to mid-boiler completes the look of the daylight post-WW2.oh as i have been reading your post on eurobricks and on flickr about the number board position, i would like to say that the number boards were moved to mid-boiler after WW2 from the front position which was the original position for all daylights except the GS-6s who had them midboiler from the factory.
Really lovely! 5/5. Although your model is extremely exact (fantastic use of colours), I wonder if using some very thin white lines -like 1mm (or even less) cut from white adhesive sheets- would add to the overall impression...
This is a beautiful looking loco! I have to say that I'm glad you did some re-designing because that overhang would freak any passengers out. Stunning work! Looking forward to seeing the updates :) ~Thoy