Baldwin 2-4-4-2 Mallet


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.

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