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IT AIN'T PROTOTYPE - Ludlow & Southerns Shop Crew Created A Most Unusual 'Locomotive'
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 Posted: Mon Dec 26th, 2011 12:49 am
   
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In Nevada, the old Ludlow & Southern's shop crew created a most unusual "locomotive" which proves the point that there is a prototype for ANYTHING. Check this out:




The crew mounted a Holt tractor motor and transmission on the remains of old 4-6-0 #2. This photo is a little old & weathered but you can see what a shop crew can/could do with a little imagination. OK, who will build an operating model of this one? I dare you!!!

The photo was by Richard Berry from Myrick's "Railroads of Nevada Vol. 2". These books are full of cool and unusual locos and cars. Thought everyone would get a hoot about this one.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 26th, 2011 09:29 am
   
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Damn she's ugly!!!
Mad Max would be very proud. It's a fine example of backyard engineering at its best. I didn't think you'd need to be dared to build one of these... I'd have thought you'd already have one already half done :)
It will be one for the ideas pile...thanks Woodie!

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 Posted: Mon Dec 26th, 2011 03:02 pm
   
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Dan, you hit it on the head. I'm a fan of the weird and ugly. It is really a beast and would look right at home on some of the other layouts I've seen and that is meant as a compliment because there is no end to there creativity. It would be something to see it modeled and even better if it ran.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 26th, 2011 04:28 pm
   
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My only question might be-whar does the engineer sit???!!! I imagine the whirling gears and driveshaft would make an OHSA inspector cringe not to mention the crew. It does look to be a feasible project in On?? or larger. At least you wouldn't have to worry about valve gear and other pesky bits of "detail".
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I think the engineer best be walking along side the thing running the whole contraption by RC. You may be right though Woodie...those gears may have claimed a finger or two!

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is that the only picture? even it a junque yard that would be an eye catcher looks like something for Tillman's??? ???



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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2011 12:49 pm
   
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Charles-if it ain't a Model T part, Tillman don't want it! It would make a cool model, somebody just HAS to build one. And yes, there is only the one photo...as far as anyone knows.
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 Posted: Tue Dec 27th, 2011 04:32 pm
   
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sounds like my 2 brothers if it ain't t or a don't want it and i know they have more 1:1 t and a stuff than tillman as i was with one brother when he bought a 26 t and drove it home in the 1970's



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It is the cornsandest ugliest Rube Goldberg I ever saw!. I love it!!.



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Wow, that one tops them all! That even beats the 4-6-0 that had a Chevy V8 mounted in the smokebox. (You guys have seen that, haven't you?)

I definitely am adding this one to my long list of "someday" projects.



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