August 12, 2010

McCallum Photos

I got the McCallum set up and test run. I had to the drill out the coupler box to clean some flash to allow my pins to fit and she was ready to go.




The loco ran well in the quick test I did, but then a problem developed. The electrical pick-up wiper on the front truck caught on something when the loco rans forward. It bent out of place and got caught on a turnout frog. It will take some fiddling to get it bent back in position. While I am at it, I may try to add a set of wipers on the other side of the truck too. Here are two shots at Falmouth.

Here is a shot of the prototype tender taken in 1864.

5 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty engine. Mason was a real trail blazer as he introduced or applied concepts that the other builders quickly copied. As a carrier for the artwork the Railroad service could not of done better. I often wondered how this engine was maintained after the General's removal from service and during his' campaign for the Presidency. Just a stunning combination. Good choice for a model.

    Bob

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  2. Bob,
    I think you are referring to Gen McCellan, the former commander of the Army of the Potomac. This loco is named after BG McCallum, the superintendent of the USMRR.

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  3. I am indeed revering to "Little Mac" McCellan and thought this engine was named for him.
    Thanks for correcting me.

    Bob

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  4. Wow! That's some loco. Did the engines look that fancy "in the day" or is this something more of a commemorative thing, from a more modern era?

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  5. It is a historically accurate engine. I believe it showed up on the USMRR sometime in late 1863. That's later than my time period, but it's close enough.

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