One of my prototype love affairs is with ‘Skookum’, the Baldwin 2-4-4-2 that initially ran on the Little River Railroad. It was Baldwin’s first 2-4-4-2. The image at the top of the page is her builder’s photo.
Here is a drawing showing dimensions.
And a couple of in service photos.
She still exists in parts.
Maybe some day she’ll move again under her own power.
This engine doesn’t exist in HOn3 space. But what if I took:
- Two Roundhouse 2-8-0 inside frame kits.
- Detail parts. In addition to the extended parts set with the second kit along with parts I’ve acquired separately, I’d pick up brass parts as needed. Wiseman has just released a huge array of brass HOn3 detail parts.
Of course there is one major problem. Skookum is a standard gauge 2-4-4-2. Can I produce a convincing inside frame 2-4-4-2 in narrow gauge? We’ll see.
I had to ask myself, why is the Skookum so attractive to me?
- Is it the history? Not so much.
- Is it the fact it is articulated. Yes, I want an articulated locomotive.
- Is it the fact it was a logging locomotive. Yes, logging is a major industry on my model railroad.