|Project by hunter71||posted 01-10-2010 02:20 PM||6296 views||7 times favorited||23 comments|
About 4 months in the making [part time of course] I finally have my 1860’s Locomotive somewhat complete. I decided to move to another type of “big Boy Toy” and do a train this time. Research was done mostly on the internet where I found that no 2 steam locomotives were ever made the same. Each was ordered for a purpose for the company’s specific needs This allowed me to make the Alabama 710, my personal steam locomotive [my DOB is 7/10/49].
Northern Black Walnut and Western Red Cedar were my choices of wood, the bell is cherry. I know, strange combination, but I feel the contrast came out well. Without any formal plans I had a lot of printed material to download and copy and a couple trips to get a good look at a real steam locomotive. I gained a healthy respect for the people who designed, worked on, and drove these monsters of our past. I had to build a work station to build it on to keep things straight and flat. I used a pine 6×10x40” with temporary tracks. This was screwed to a pipe that was welded to a tractor wheel weight. This was in the middle of my shop so I could work all sides of it. I am glad to have it gone now. The final base is White Oak. Ballast rock covers the hand cut ties. I do have 1 piece of metal in this project. A bolt through the base keeps the locomotive and another the tender held to the track. Every piece was hand formed and the little pipes and drives were tough on the fingers. Finish is sand & seal, 2 coats sprayed on semi gloss poly. Thinking about an acrylic cover for it. Now back to trucks and tractors I think.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.