This model features the fabulous Big Ben Bricks custom steam engine wheels.
Chesapeake & Ohio H8 Allegheny class (2-6-6-6) articulated steam locomotive, the tallest, widest, heaviest steam engine ever created.
By herself, the H8 weighed a staggering 724,500 lbs; with her fully loaded tender she topped out at earth shaking 1,066,100 lbs. She was capable of producing up to 8,000 horsepower, the highest ever calculated on an articulated steam locomotive, greater than even Challenger and Big Boy.
In fact, her massive boiler, the largest ever installed on a locomotive, was large enough for the boiler of the Big Boy to fit inside.
She was named after the mountains where she worked, pulling mile long trains of 150+ coal cars up and down the Allegheny mountains, but was also capable of pulling long troop trains at speeds up to 60 mph.
Built in 10-wide, she's probably still to scale with other 8-wide train MOCs. She's fully track compatible, capable of navigating turns and points, and is powered by three 9v train motors.
Two of the train motors are under the tender, with the third disguised as the 6 wheeled trailing truck. Her flex tubing is still a little misshapen, probably only internal wire supports will get them exactly how I want them, but I haven't found what I think will work, yet.
More photos are available, including in-progress photos, via FLICKR.
Due to the sheer awesomesauceness of this locomotive, I was inspired to build my own monster steam locomotive. If you are still somewhat active, I would like to know what you think of my steam locomotive "Big Blair", please. And thank you.
Amazing build! One question: How did you letter the engine and tender? I have been working on a Copper Range consolidation, and have not figured out how to make the lettering look right. I would like to use LEGO-style stickers, but can't think of how to make them.
My goodness! This is SOOOOO awesome! Maybe you can get some pneumatic parts and power it with actual air, and work like the real thing in ABS plastic...
I like it
July 25, 2009
Absolutely amazing. Incredible detail and life like proportions. It would be great if you could you check out my BR50 and let me know what you think. I am aiming to build the 3985 Challenger by the end of the year and I can only hope it will be anything like what you have made so far. Keep up the great work!
I saw on flickr the front coupler. i know its not a coupler but it is so small the engine is bigger than normal engines but the coupler is too small for regular lego trains. im just saying it looks kind of odd.
Man, what a beast of a steam engine! I love how you were able to get so many black round pieces for it - it makes it look amazing. I really have to build an 8-wide (diesel) engine... Oh well, maybe later - I canīt build right now, and have to do some other creations beforehand :(... Steffen