steam age switchers
- Can someone tell me about what US locomotives were used in the steam
age for switching and which if any are available in Z scale?
What is a good source to understand how switch yards work so I can
understand better what all those extra tracks are for.
Thanks for your patience with a newcomer.
- Hi Bruce,
The list of US locomotives used for switching is quite long and
outside the scope of the Z_Scale list. A good source of
information about locomotives during the steam era is the
Kalmbach Locomotive Cyclopedia Vol. 1, steam...probably pretty
hard to get your hands on...but drop by your local library and
check out the railroading books or check out the railroad
websites such as:
Another way to identify steam switchers is to look over the
pictures and descriptions of HO scale locomotives in the
advertisements in Model Railroader Magazine. The pictures will
show the various configurations that were popular during the
golden age of NA railroading.
What steam era locos are available in Z for switching? Note:
switchers need couplers at both ends!
For US style locos ($= $100 US retail)
1. $$$$ brass 2-6-0 Moguls produced by Micro-Trains Lines
(MTL) in Southern Pacific lettering.
2. $$$$ brass box cab diesel electric produced by FR Models in
3. $ kitbashing - using a Märklin 8800 chassis under an In
Service Miniatures tank loco white metal shell.
The switcher in the photo is an ISM kit (rare if at all possible to
find today, unfortunately).
4. $$ kitbashing - using a Märklin 8800 chassis under an Aspen
Models brass tank loco shell.
5. $ F7 diesel-electric produced by MTL and Märklin. These
freight locos were used for road switching duties on some roads
but this was not their principal use. They were rapidly replaced
with the General Purpose (GP designation) locos. We are still
waiting for this narrow hood loco in Z. My intuition tells me that
we might see them in the next 2 - 3 years but with a $$$ or $$$$
6. $ - $$ kitbashing - using a Märklin 2-6-0 or -4-6-0 chassis
such as in the next photo.
It is sometimes possible to approximate a US prototype switcher
with a little filing and detailing.
Learning about switch yards can be fun and enlightening when it
comes to planning a model railroad. One of the best sources of
yard operation from a model railroading perspective can be
found in the Layout Design Special Interest Group design
Section D. discusses yard design and workings.
The Primer is a terrific way to think about your future layout
design and to learn about railroad operations.
Enjoy your trainZ,
--- In z_scale@y..., blockb@m... wrote:
> Can someone tell me about what US locomotives were used
in the steam
> age for switching and which if any are available in Z scale?
> What is a good source to understand how switch yards work
so I can
> understand better what all those extra tracks are for.
> Thanks for your patience with a newcomer.
> Bruce Block
- Jeffery did a nice job outlining the available products, but failed to
mention the AspenModel 0-6-0 conversion kit www.aspenmodel.com which looks
stangely similar to the ISM white metal kit. Definately a common steam age
switcher in the U.S.
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- Hey, Roy, I'm afraid I did mention the Aspen models shell. See
message 4192 item #4. I even supplied a link to the image of the
shell on the Aspen web site. So I guess I covered them all.
I agree that the Aspen shell resembles the ISM casting. However, the
new one has a few differences such as the headlamp and the dome
positioning. Also, since the Aspen shell is brass, I would assume
that it fits the 8800 chassis without the 2 hours of reaming and
cursing that the ISM shell required in order to 'slip' into place.
Bravo to Aspen for a nice Alco tank locomotive shell. Now if it
really is available, that would be even better!
--- In z_scale@y..., "Roy Stevens" <riogrande5771@h...> wrote:
> Jeffery did a nice job outlining the available products, but failed
> mention the AspenModel 0-6-0 conversion kit www.aspenmodel.com
> stangely similar to the ISM white metal kit. Definately a common
> switcher in the U.S.