WBT&S #1

The Waco, Beaumont, Trinity, & Sabine Railway Company Prairie (2-6-2) type steam locomotive #1.

 

Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in 1920, this oil burning steam locomotive served the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity, & Sabine Railway Company until it's closure. At it's peak, the WBT&S had 6 locomotives and 56 cars, but don't let the name fool you.

 

The Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railway Company never made it to Waco.

 

Or Beaumont.

 

Or Sabine.

 

It seems the little railway company that could had big dreams that simply never manifested. Weaving through 115 miles of ballast-free and weed infested tracks through the Piney Woods of East Texas, the railway served the city of Trinity and the surrounding areas.

 

In 1930 the WBT&S was forced into receivership and stayed there till it was completely abandoned in 1961, the longest bankruptcy of a railroad in Texas history.

 

In its waning years, the railroad began using regular automobiles on rail wheels, pulling rickety and home built passenger wagons to try to boost service. It is little wonder the railway quickly earned the nickname "Wobbly Bobbly Turnover & Stop".

 

But little #1 trudged on.

 

In 1959, after years of faithful service, little locomotive #1, the last locomotive of the WBT&S fleet, failed its ICC inspection and the railway ceased all operations the same day. In 1961 the last remnants of the WBT&S was torn up and lost.

 

The #1 rusted away in the Trinity yard until 1981, when she was moved to the Galveston Railroad Museum, cleaned up, and put on display. She remains there to this day, proudly welcoming guests into the museum.

 

References:

grande.smittyshouse.net/wbts-history.html

donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr024.htm

 

This model is completely unpowered, and is one of the smallest steam engines I've ever built. Still, she was a very challenging build - it was very difficult to not only pack all the detail into a very small space, but it also had to hold together enough to run on the rails! I look forward to introducing the real thing to her LEGO doppelganger.

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  • fireglo450 3y

    She's a beautiful model...lovely shape, and the detail is exquisite.

    I see you took my suggestion on the Tender Decals... *smugface*
  • Ben Daniel 3y

    Very striking, the angle of the photo makes her look more powerful.
  • John Russell 3y

    Another great build go Tony!
  • Cale Leiphart 3y

    Such a cute little engine, I like it. It packs a lot of character in a small package.

    The WBT&S sounds a lot like a Texas sized version of Lancaster Oxford & Southern or more affectionately known as the Little Old & Slow. A little railroad with big dreams, never went anywhere except a few small communities, just barely scraped by for most of it's existence, and eventually faded into history. You can't help but love a little underdog RR like that.
  • brickwhiz 3y

    Such a neat little loco! I looks great! So much detail! I love the way you used the Minifigures stands!
  • Chris "wunztwice" 3y

    This is one fun little build. There is a lot of character packed into this! Great to see something a bit more manageable from you. ; )
  • Tony Sava 3y

    Thanks all! She was a lot of fun, and I didn't think she'd turn out near this well when I began. I was really getting frustrated.
  • Willis Reifsnyder 3y

    Wow, she's a beaut!
  • infrapinklizzard 3y

    Beautiful, and good descriptions are so rare. Thank you.
  • Scott 3y

    Very well done. A stark contrast to the Allegheny :P
  • I Scream Clone 3y

    She is a beauty indeed!
  • Modelrailroader46 3y

    It is nice to see a 2-6-2 in Lego. She is amazing.
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