BM&R #425 . My version of the Blue Mountain & Reading #425 Pacific class 4-6-2 steam engine, using Big Ben Bricks custom train wheels. . This is my LEGO version of the Blue Mountain & Reading #425 Pacific class 4-6-2 steam engine. The #425 is currently owned by Reading & Northern rail company, a still very active railroad hauling goods and freight, which uses the #425 as an excursion train. She only recently was put back into service after a very lengthy overhaul, much to the delight of rail fans.
I've built her as a 7-wide, which, while hard to build, works very nicely to scale steam engines to minifigs, at least at this size of engine. I never would have been able to complete her had it not been for Big Ben Bricks' new blue custom large steam engine drivers and small train wheels.
Due to the death of steam as a mainline workhorse, facilities and fuel capable of supporting an operational steam engine are few and far between. Because of this, the #425 is run with a secondary tender, which is used as a canteen. I decided to go ahead and build it as well.
I've never been good at the cab details in my steam engines, but I've done what I can. I added a nice 2x2 tile with a decal I recently discovered, as well as the generic driver's chair. You can also see how I've had to do some interesting construction to float the floor and walls of the cab so that the white pin stripe would not be effected by the black plate that would have been underneath it otherwise.
This is the first tender I've yet built with a semi-accurate coal bunker. All of my previous coal tenders have used the "coal" as a roof, hiding a hollow interior. But this tender (and the auxilliary tender) have a sloped bunker, with the coal sitting inside.
This shot illustrates that the #425 is fully track-ready, capable of negotiating the tight radius of the LEGO track. It is able to accomplish this due to the ingenius design suggested to me by Ben Fleskes, whereby the pony (lead) truck is split in two, fixing the rear pair of wheels to the frame attached to the drivers. This essencially functionally transforms this locomotive to a 2-8-2 configuration.
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