If I want these engines to be a family, they should have a similar look. That gets down to paint and lettering. But it also applies to detail parts. Here are the detail parts selected for all four engines.
All will have the same stack with the following spark arrestor. I’ll pick the stack once the spark arrestor arrives.
All will be oil fueled. An appropriate oil bunker will be added to the tender and to the bunker on x-8-xT engines. A hatch will be located for oil and another for water. Here is the water hatch. The water hatch will be on the tender for engines with tenders and on the bunker for the x-8-xT locomotives.
This will serve as the oil hatch.
All will have the same headlight, mounted on the boiler. Attempts will be made to electrify the headlights with LEDs,
All will also have tail lights on the rear of the tender for this with tenders and on the back of the bunker for x-8-xT locos. These will also be electrified.
In some cases, headlights will be mounted on the pilot.
All will have generators mounted on the top of the boiler.
All will have air compressors mounted on the side of the boiler,
All will have air tanks mounted below steps on the boiler. Lines will need to be run from the compressor to the air tank, and from the tank to appropriate places on the locomotive sand tender.
All will have cylinder lubricators mounted on top of the cylinders.
All will have a brake cylinder mounted in a visible area below the tender. Lines will need to be run to the brake cylinder.
All will have air whistles mounted on the side of the steam dome.
All will have air ringer bells mounted on top of the boiler.
Here is the Pilot Beam for yard switchers.
Note: Other detail parts will be added as the project evolves including piping, back head details, tender details, etc.
Backhead Parts – Diagram shows back head for NPC No 21
The problem with back head parts is often, nobody sees them. But I’m going to list them and show examples. The following diagram was a collaboration between David Fletcher, Keith Christensen, and yours truly on what the back head might have looked like for North Pacific Coast No 21, my Holy Grail locomotive. Keith has since passed away and owned the last remaining Class A Climax. NPC No 21 was unique in that it was the first railroad engine with a marine boiler, and the first cab forward locomotive. It was also arguably the first locomotive designed from the beginning to be oil fired. What I’m saying is this back head illustrates parts placement for a very unusual locomotive.
Parts shown on the drawing (along with a few others) are:
- Johnson Bar
- Gauge Cluster
- Brake Stand
- Oil Firebox door
- Lube Tray
- Hydrostatic Lubricator – Oil
- Calledan Injector – Water
- Sight Glass
- Drip Funnel – Tri-cocks output through the floor
- Engineer/Fireman Seats
- Auxiliary water pump – Water or oil
- Feedwater Heater
- Turret – distributes steam to various devices
Mallet Specific Parts