This is the first version of a 4-8-8-4. After designing the 4-8-4 for the wifey , I wanted to create a "manly" locomotive for myself. Which means that it needed to be big, powerful, and look "muscular". I chose black as the main color since I also wanted it to be a Class 8MT, or "Mixed Traffic". Basically, it can pull both passenger and freight (bulk or otherwise) equally well. I wanted to build the ultimate steam locomotive. This is not that locomotive.
Here is the side view of the locomotive. As with the Briana, it has a mix of American and European influences. The boiler and cab are modified version of the Emerald Night, which is based on the LNER Gresley class. Being a much larger locomotive overall comes from the American side of the pond, especially since Mallet-styled compound locomotives were not that popular with the Europeans. Hey, us Uhmericuns like to over-compensate.
The front of the locomotive has some of the same features as the Emerald Night, including the ability to use Power Function lights.
The rear view of the locomotive. On the rear of the tender are the light and ladder. This view shows off the overall sleekness of the locomotive.
The front end of the boiler. The cowlings come from an American influence.
The leading truck is basically the same as the Emerald Night. I do not think anything changed there.
The middle and aft section of the boiler. Yep, it is rather plain.
The leading drive wheels are the same design that I used with the Briana. The only major difference is the piston design. A larger locomotive means larger pistons. Also, the front set of drive wheels are able to articulate. They would be rather useless if they did not, right?
The rear set of drive wheels. True to the Mallet design/designation, this set does not articulate. I have no clue how this would perform on real track, but "in theory" it should.
The trailing truck is a Power Functions motor. It is attached to the rear set of drive wheels and is able to swivel in the same manner as the leading truck.
The side and top of the cab. Once again, it is rather plain. Ish.
The inside of the cab. I made some modifications from the Emerald Night, such as a non-removable firebox and added the extra controls. The cable for the Power Functions light is able to run through the firebox.
The locomotive's tender. The overall shape is influenced by American tenders. Ooh, aah, pretty... Moving on.
As with my previous locomotive, this features the 3 axle trucks design by Mike Kollross . This brings the total number of motors to three. Given that this is a mostly lightweight design, it should have plenty of power.
The top of the tender is able to be removed in two separate sections. The interior houses the battery, IR Receiver, and switch if it is needed.
A side of the tender has been removed to reveal more of the tender's interior. Holes are in the bottom to allow the wires from the two tender motors to be routed inside. There is also room above the battery for the wire from the forward motor.
As I stated before, this is not my final version of my "personal" 4-8-8-4 locomotive. After I was finished, I compared it to the Big Boys of jd davis and realized that it was not big enough. I decided that I had to make the final version bigger. Versions 2 and 3/Final will be posted soon. Thank you for viewing!
Quoting Sir Seamus the 1st
oh ok. I still like your trains.(:
Thank you, so do I! Although I do not know when/if I will create another steam locomotive. Big Blair is tough to beat as far as a "plausible" giant locomotive is concerned. I could always make a triplex, but then I am just getting ridiculous and would only be adding extra drive wheel sets to the same basic design. Which is not that original.
Quoting Sir Seamus the 1st
Why you don't think you have the best? If you don't think that then don't you at least think you have very good trains?
My influences mainly came from Anthony Sava and jd davis. They have some insane and awesome steam locomotives. I looked to their designs to see how they did what they did. Plus, jd davis helped with my later Mallets in giving me ideas on how to design the articulation. I personally think that my Big Blair is a locomotive to contend with, and she will be built with real bricks some time later. After the Briana, though. So, go check out Anthony Sava, jd davis, and my Big Blair and you will see what I mean about this one being my least favorite.
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi
Gotta like those wheels! Another masterpieces!
For the battery, does it make the train move?
Thank you, but to be honest, this is my least favorite of all of my Mallets. Granted, it was my first, so things that I learned from this one got implemented into the others. The others are a LOT better. I do not know how familiar you are with the Power Functions from LEGO, but the train motors (represented by 9V train motors since they are practically the same size and shape) plug into the IR Receiver (the red thing), which then plugs into the battery box (the yellow thing). Considering that LDD does not have the newest Power Functions items in its "inventory," it is not the easiest to represent.
Quoting Florida Shoooter
Nice work! Thank you for sharing this. My son wants a train for his tanks and armored cars. This would be an excellent starting place for his project!
Not a problem, I am glad that you like it. This version is pretty much just an overgrown Emerald Night. Version 4 (not 3 anymore) is even bigger, but I am still working on that. I will upload Versions 2 and 3 within the next few days, and I would suggest using one of those instead. You will see why.