NEB&W Guide to Arbor Model Steam Locomotive Models

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Cast metal kits composed of "zinc-cadmium alloy" which was said to have been developed for its strength and that it was a soft metal that could be soldered. The drivers had metal rims but plastic centers.

  • 109 PRR A3a 0-4-0 Switcher - Saddletank version. Said to have been built in company shops between 1895 and 1905.

According to the review in the Jan. '82 Model Railroader, of the total of 84 A3's built, only a few were built as saddletank locos and production of this version didn't start until 1901. In 1929, there were only three left.

  • 110 PRR A3 0-4-0 Switcher - With separate tender. There were 84 locos of this class built between 1895 and 1905 (although a few of these had been built as saddletank versions, see above).

This prototype has also been produced in plastic by AHM and Model Power (probably the same maker imported by the two companies at different times).

  • 106 Brooks 2-6-0 Mogul - Prototype said to be build c. 1883, but no roadname was given. Think it was a standard design. The model included a basswood cab.


  • 101 C&O 2-6-6-6 Alleghany - Class H-8, lettered no. 1633, built first in 1941. This class of locos were very unique in that they had a firebox so big, it had a 6 wheel trailing truck. If dieselization hadn't come along just at this point, we probably would have seen all the popular wheel arrangements (such as Hudsons, Northerns, and Berkshires) being upgraded from a four wheel trailing truck to a 6 wheel one. But alas, only the C&O (and VGN) had locos of this wheel arrangement. (On the other hand, you could sort of freelance a version by replacing the trailing truck with a four wheel one and hoping nobody notices the firebox would be too big.)
    Lima built 45 for the C&O in '41, class H-8, nos. 1600-1644, and another 15 in '49, nos. 1645-1659. This model is numbered 1633, representing the class of '41.

Lima built 8 similar engines for the VGN in 1945, class AG, nos. 900-907. (Eight locos compared to 60 for the C&O.)

According to an article in the June '49 Railway Mechanical Engineer, one of these locos could accelerate 160 loaded cars (over 14,000 tons) from zero to 19 mph in just one mile and reach 29 mph in 11 minutes.

Rivarossi came out with a plastic ready-to-run model of the same prototype.



  • 103 C&O 2-8-4 Kanawha - The C&O's version of the NKP-type Berkshire. The C&O started getting their Berkshires in '43 from Alco, nos. 2700-2739. In '46, they got 10 more from Lima, nos. 2740-2749, another 10 from Lima the next year ('47), nos. 2750-2759, class K-4, and 20 from Alco the same year of 1947, nos. 2760-2789.



  • 107 NKP 2-8-4 Berkshire - NKP 779 was the last steam locomotive built by Lima, in 1948, one of 10 engines, S-3, nos. 770-779, and one of 65 Berkshires total for the NKP. The first 15 date back to 1934.



  • 112 PRR 2-10-4 Texas - During WWII, the PRR got 125 engines built to the C&O plans (as the government War Production Board limited the number of different designs). This class (J-1) was very unlike other Pennsy designs. (On the other hand, the C&O engines had been built 12 years earlier and there were probably some cosmetic changes between the two road's locos.)

Actually, there were 65 J1's built 1942-'44, and another 60 very similar J1a's in '43.

  • 105 C&O 2-10-4 Texas - Class T-1. According to North American Steam Locomotive Information page, the first 2-10-4's had too small drivers. The C&O basically stretched their Berkshire by adding another set of drivers and got Lima to build 40 in 1930, nos 3000-3039. The use of 69 inch drivers to the 2-10-4 wheel arrangement made a big difference and allowed the locos to pull heavy freights at speed. (And by the way, the 2-8-4 design itself made use of a new type of two wheel lead truck that allowed better tracking, so it was used instead of making a 4-8-4 arrangement.)



  • 102 Sierra 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler - Based on the same "Hooterville Cannonball" as the Mantua Ten-wheeler, but I suspect this version was much closer to scale. (The Mantua one is oversized.) Sierra's No. 3 was a loco used by Hollywood in many films and the TV show, Petticoat Junction. The loco was originally built by Rogers in 1891. In 1929, it was seen in Gary Cooper's The Virginian, but then put into storage until after WWII. In the '50's, when mainline steam was gone, it was brought back out for the camera for High Noon, The Great Race, Lassie, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, and Little House on the Prairie. Currently (2006), the prototype is in pieces and needs funding to be restored.

The last driver is spaced quite far back from the other two, which on the prototype was a common practice for ten-wheelers in order to fit the firebox in between. On this prototype, it was spaced much further apart than other examples.

  • 104 Sylvania Central 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler - Based on a Baldwin prototype built in 1905. Similar to the Sierra engine above with the distinctively wide spacing between the second and third drivers. The prototype was said to be one of the most loved Ten-wheelers below the Mason-Dixon Line. It was originally built for the Stillmore Air Line, then went to the Wadley Southern, the Sylvania Central, and finally the Central of Georgia. On the SC, it was their only loco. At one point it was used to haul peanuts and at the time the kit was produced, Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer, was President.
    The loco had a wood cab akin to the MDC "old time" cab. Drivers were only 56 inches in diameter.