Pittsburgh, Wilmerding and Homstead Locomotive Model

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Project by CarvinTom posted 09-29-2013 11:48 PM 1311 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of three model locomotives that I have “carved”, really I carved, turned and fashioned dozen of little pieces and glued them together. The first two were done to honor the 20th year of service of my two bosses. This one is for ME!

The PH&W (Pittsburgh, Wilmerding and Homestead) RR is a fictitious railroad that would, if it were real, run right past where I work in East Pittsburgh, PA. The irony is this Locomotive is actually the Empire State Express the first vehicle of any sort to exceed 100 mph and did so in about 1893. That would hardly be needed on a short line that is perhaps 20 miles long:-). More info on the history of the piece see my blog (

It is all of basswood. There is one shot of the wheel turning process. If anyone is interested in how I turned them, see my blog (

Hope you like the locomotive and tender.

-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 01:03 AM

beautiful work and superb detail.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 03:31 PM

Great detail—very nicely crafted!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 07:39 PM

Wonderful item. Love it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 11:22 PM

I am very impressed with the job, I’m very UNimpressed that it is for you, not me. Guess I can’t win them all. I really like the coupler, and trucks on the tender, they look like real, and slightly rusted steel. Fantastic job, thanks for posting it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 03:26 PM

Excellent work on that miniature. Every detail looks amazing, very realistic from the colors to the parts. It’s a collectible piece.

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 12:59 PM

This is a wonderful steam locomotive. It displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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