Greg’s been back in touch again, this time sharing pics of his Yellowstone steam locomotive:
“Hello again Al,
Wanted to share some more from the layout. Another great piece of “history” from the layout is a result of our anniversary trip last summer to Northern Minnesota area and my discovery of the DM&IR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone steam locomotive.
Our trip included several train trips over the few days we were there including one on the North shore scenic railroad and a visit to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth,MN.
It was here I learned about, and saw DM&IR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone steam locomotive #227. The museum has this giant on display and in beautiful condition. This sparked a huge need to bring this memory to our layout.
The project would a lot of work, but the end result, as you can see, was well worth the effort.
I was very lucky to even find one of these locomotives for sale. When I got it it needed a few minor repairs from shipping. Then began the process of bringing this plan black locomotive to life.
I painted it to match the real one we had seen and been in the cab of on our trip. The detail painting of hoses and valves brought out so much life.
Next step, it needed a long train of ore cars and a caboose to pull it, helping bring it all to life on our layout. This part involved repainting and redecal of 36 ore cars as well as custom painting a caboose to bring up the backside.
The end result is a beautiful train, and a living memory of our trip, and a piece of history that will live on (in HO scale) for many years to come.
Here are some pictures of this project as well as a link to a video of this train in action.
A huge big thanks to Greg for sharing his Yellowstone steam locomotive, it does look rather fun.
You can see Greg’s previous post on his HO scale diesel locomotives here.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you lose yourself in the fun of trains, the Beginner’s Guide is here.