Chesapeake and Ohio No. 490 In N Scale?

Bigfoot21075 Nov 16, 2022

  1. Bigfoot21075

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    Is it correct that no one has made the BEAUTIFUL Chesapeake and Ohio No. 490 in N scale? I know you can get in in HO.....
     
  2. BigJake

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    Don't know about availability in N scale, but good Gawd, dem's sure 'nuf purdy!
     
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  3. DeaconKC

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    Was looking at pics of the loco, when one of the g'kids said "It looks like a Minion!" Crud, I nearly sprayed coffee all over.
     
  4. mtntrainman

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    Now that you mention it.....:eek::rolleyes::whistle::LOL:
     
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  5. Hardcoaler

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    I suppose this discussion might take a diverging route into steam streamlining. The DL&W's attempt on this 4-6-2 was appropriately nicknamed the "Fly Wing". :LOL:

    C&O 490 has an interesting story, having been restyled with steamlining for a new passenger train called the Chessie which never came to be.

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  6. BigJake

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    You know, I actually prefer this one. It seems like some streamliners maybe hid too much of what made them what they were. This one celebrates it's function in high style!

    BTW, I never noticed a steam engine with a (steam powered?) air horn before; were they common?
     
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  7. John Moore

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    The C&O 490 turned out the be the 1 to 1 equivalent of a shelf queen and lasted around 3 years before heading for the scrap heap. Looked good but ran like crap. If you model one put it in the engine house because that was where it spent the most time.
     
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  8. Hardcoaler

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    It's true that the steamlined designs that covered the running gear were despised by mechanical forces. N&W 611 and SP 4449 have practical, open designs as well.

    SP 4449 has had an air horn since birth, but I'm not sure of other locomotives with this feature. You can hear it in this video. The horn is at the upper right of the smoke box.

     
  9. handley

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    There were actually 4 streamlined C & O steam engines, originally that were 4-6-2 pacifics that were shopped into 4-6-4s. These actually re very good engines. You may be mistaken with the steam turbines that were a dude. No one makes a ready to run L1 shrouded hudson in N scale, there were at one time a photo etched stainless kit to retro fit a Con Cor hudson.
     
  10. acptulsa

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    Easier to take seriously than its older cousin.

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    Um, she never went to scrap. I've seen her with my own eyes in Baltimore.

    Though, strangely, she used the exact same firebox that was supported by two wheels when she was a Pacific, and boiler pressure was only raised to 210 psi, various features like Franklin valves made her very powerful, and she was smooth. She and her sisters weren't retired until 1953-1955, nearly a decade later.

    Are you sure you aren't thinking of these lemons, built for the same stillborn train?

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  11. John Moore

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    The article I just read indicated that all 4 were duds when I researched the loco. But articles can be in error.
     
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  13. Bigfoot21075

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    Not quite. This was never scrapped, I just saw it at the B&O museum. It had a long life and was built in 1927 them remodeled later...

    https://locomotive.fandom.com/wiki/Chesapeake_&_Ohio_490
     
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  14. Kisatchie

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    Hmm... I thought C&O
    490 was a caboose...
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  15. BigJake

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    Nah, the train was just backing up...
     
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  16. BigJake

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    Was the air horn powered by steam or compressed air?
     
  17. Bigfoot21075

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    hmmmm Chesapeake_&_Ohio_490.jpg CO-Class-L.jpg
     
  18. BigJake

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  19. acptulsa

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    I got nothing. How about you, Bigfoot? Do you have a nice way to say it? :cautious: ;)
     
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  20. Rasputen

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    I have one of the PE sets to convert a Con-Cor Hudson, but it really only includes the sides. There is a single template for the profile of the smokebox cover, but there are no other details provided on how to complete it. Nothing is provided for the cast pilot.
     
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