The J1 started life out as Union Pacific Big Boy #4025, which was slated for the Expirimental Steam Locomotive Department. The ESLD wnated to find if it was possible to make a passenger versin of the Big Boy, so they turned to Lima Locomotive Works for help as they were known for their Super Power line of locos. They rebuilt the 4025 and when it was returned to the ESLD, it had been completly changed. It was streamlined from front to back like the SP daylights. The boiler pressure was raised from 300 psi to 550 psi. It had a new tender. It had a expirimental matenance system anboard that mantenanced it as it drove wich accually was successfull. the loco preformed better than the ESLD thought it would. usually the esld took money from the budget and never balanced it until the J1 came along. the esld started to overblance the budget becuase of the highly effiecient J1 prototype. the J1 took over the lone star special and soon the train soon became the most popular train on the system. the J1's luck ran out when the esld shut down in 1969 and it was stored in a underground storage shed in dallas TX when the new Southern Pacific Lines built its HQ, the contractors found the underground storage shed while digging the basement. After the J1 was lifted out of the storage shed, it was given a once-over check and deemed to be able to run. After being repainted (the paint was very faded and was chipping) the J1 was steamed up and driven for the first time in 30 years by me as I was and still am the owner and ceo of Southern Pacific Railroad and the ressurected Lima Locomotive Works. after the run, I comissioned it to be my private engine and ordered streamlined passenger cars for it. To this day the J1 has never failed me or my railroad for it has been the most reliable and most powerful loco on the system including the Mammoth Boys.i will post another moc for the Lone Star Special's(my private train)cars and full consist. please tell me what you think and rate it
it is now five steps closer to being finished today in the mail I got the missing gears needed for the drive system and I got the nameplates and the front headlights from lifelites. awesome company, I highly suggest it for multiple projects
Quoting TF Twitch
That's craziness! I would love to see the completed version.
if i could i would. i dont have a camera but if you want to see something bigger than this engine that will probably never be built check out my Mammoth Boy, the Big Boy's oldest bother
that thing uses a little over 2 J1 boilers. Oh and the J1 in real life isn't completed yet it still needs the Pf elements to be completed (hint light up classification lamps) and the tender is as far as i can go with it until i order some more blue parts as well as parts for the pistons and the nose.
Right now in real life the J1 stands at 9 1/4 tracks long with a slightly smaller tender that is still being built. and yes this monster even though it is not finished in real life can make regular lego curves