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    Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Duplex (4-4-4-4) Steam Engine #5544, one of the Sharks of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

    The powerful PRR T1 steam engines were designed for one thing - speed. Their massive boilers and split driver design were capable of hauling 910-ton passenger trains at speeds in excess of 100 mph. In fact, they rank as some of the strongest, fastest steam engines ever produced.

    History has not been kind to the T1, as they has been labeled as locomotives with heavy and even uncontrollable wheel slippage, even at speed. However, a recent article published in the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Magazine has shed new light on the performance of the T1, and that they did not show any sort of excessive wheel slippage while being tested by the C&O. Read more about the PRR T1s HERE.

    The PRR T1s were designed with a rigid wheelbase, but unfortunately LEGO's tight turn radius forced me to articulate her. Still, I am very pleased with the results.

    I started working on this design in April of 2008 - it has taken me a year and a half to get this far. I have started and stopped and given up this design many times, I began to feel she was impossible to build. I wish to thank the many Flickr users who helped me along this long road with the T1, including but not limited to: gambort and nnenn who helped me chisel her nose, and bricktrix, Cale Leiphart, Brickapolis, Scotty, Jayhurst, and JamesOfJames for helping me tweak the rest.

    gambort, Mos Doomsday, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Jayhurst 55 months ago | reply

      Congrats on a job well done. She looks fantastic.

      So now that you've done it both ways, I have to ask you- is building a moc more satisfying and/or enjoyable for you when you have to wrestle with a design for a long time, constantly revising it, grinding out a solution for each problem area one at a time until you have finally tackled it and subdued the whole beast, OR is moc building more enjoyable to you when a moc just kind of falls perfectly into place in a zen-like fashion while you're 'in the zone'?

    2. wunztwice 55 months ago | reply

      Brilliant work Tony!!! I can't compliment you enough on this one! My Great grandfather was a coal train engineer, and his son a round-house worker for a while so the PRR is close to my heart. It's fantastic to see such a beautiful and respectful rendition. The T1 ranks as one of my top 3 most gorgeous steam locos (alongside the 4449 Daylight). If I ever get to come visit you, you can bet it'll be this engine I want to play with!!!

      That's a long-winded good job with no appropriate "you did this and that well" details, but I seriously think you've about nailed everything! But here are a couple:
      -The nose is particularly well-done considering the limitations of LEGO parts.
      -I love the idea of splitting the skirting on the tender to allow the trucks to navigate the geometry of LEGO track. It's a lot less of a sacrifice considering the alternative is visible trucks.

      Now, there will probably be a lot of other Train heads not to happy about what I'm about to say, but so be it.
      This steam loco has to be one of THE toughest, most impressive engines to MOC. I kinda don't see much point in trying to top it.

      That said, I'ma gonna have to try my hand at steam again soon!

    3. wardlws 55 months ago | reply

      Man, I'm glad you said that a steamer like this took you over a year. I've been getting frustrated with my Challenger taking as many hours as I've spent. Diesels tend to go quick for me, but its impossible to test moving parts on the computer.

      Really great work! It looks sleek and fast! I love the large piston design, and I know it was not so easy. The nose turned out fantastic!

    4. gambort 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Blogged by The Brothers Brick, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. Creme-de-la-creme 55 months ago | reply

      beautiful. That's all I can say.

    6. "MOOSE" 55 months ago | reply

      Job well done. your dad should be proud!

    7. The Grandpappy 55 months ago | reply

      I'm no train builder, but this is one hell of a good looking model. Fantastic work sir. You did a great job on the nose, as with the rest of it.

    8. bricktrix 55 months ago | reply

      Turned out lovely Tony.
      Nicely done :)

    9. SavaTheAggie 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks all, I appreciate it.

      I'm not sure I've ever had a project go so smoothly that it falls into place in a zen-like fashion. I say that because with the way I operate, I mentally build and work out a lot of the problems I can foresee before I ever put two bricks together, even before I go into LDraw, so most of the time when I have a project that might seem like I've gone and flown through the process without issue, it's because all that fighting and struggling with the design was done internally. That said - I much prefer the challenges, even as often as I've given up on the T1, finishing her has been a great achievement for me.

      Thank you for the kind words. Actually I've already found several flaws in the design, now that I've been able to step back and look at the photos I've taken, and I can only now see the design for the flaws, instead of the things I like. It's my anal retentive nature, obsessive compulsive nature... I've lost all sight of my accomplishment until tonight when I can go home and work on the flaws as I see them.

      Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and that usually means putting the time into it it deserves. Certainly this has taken me a very long time to build, but even my Allegheny, a steam engine that gave me much fewer basic design issues (2-wheeled pony truck), took 6 months from inception to completion.

    10. SavaTheAggie 55 months ago | reply

      Because I'm horribly anal retentive, please see this picture.

      Sharkednosed Greyhound Reshoot

    11. ted @ndes 55 months ago | reply

      Again, great job and awesome attention to details. The patience paid off in spades. A masterpiece.

    12. "MOOSE" 55 months ago | reply

      Congrats on the right up again in BRICK BROTHERS BLOG.

    13. Derfel Cadarn 55 months ago | reply

      Awesome build, time well worth spent!

    14. TheShubes 52 months ago | reply

      this is just beautiful. the T! is definetly one of the coolest looking trains ever and you did an amazing job on your version

    15. The Lego Man in the Hat 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best Lego Train EVER!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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