1941 San Joaquin Daylight by zephyr1934

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Builder: zephyr1934

About 1941 San Joaquin Daylight by zephyr1934

I'm happy to present my model of the 1941 San Joaquin Daylight. After the success of the 1937 Daylight on the coastal route the Southern Pacific added several more Daylights on other routes. Demand outpaced locomotive production so in 1941 SP streamlined three P-10 Pacifics from 1923 with skirts and skyline casings to look like the GS class locomotives (minus a few wheels) to pull the train. These Pacifics stand out among the other Daylight locomotives in the fact that they have the cylindrical Vanderbilt tenders. I collected bricks for this build over 2.5 years and went through over 50 digital versions and several physical mockups to make sure all the mechanicals work. The locomotive houses all the electronics (battery box, 2x PF L-motors, and IR receiver discretely tucked behind the stack). The cab is detailed, including sight glass, brake stand, Johnson bar and throttle, but perhaps the biggest feat is the fact that the long engine will take R40 curves (though I can't help it from looking silly when it does). But a locomotive is not a train. The engine pulls a 10 car consist. The early daylight cars were unusual, having lightweight cars (a new innovation at the time) with painted fluted sides (most lightweight cars in the US were either smooth side or stainless steel fluted). Naturally I turned to the classic profile brick for the cars. The cars are 6 wide and about 50 studs long. While it is hard to see it in the photos, some of the hardest features include the vestibule doors, inset by half a plate, while also accommodating snotted diaphragms and full vestibules- it was very tricky integrating these conflicting constructions in the limits of six wide. All of the cars have roller bearing trucks, which necessitated custom truck sides to cover the wheels while also fitting within 6 wide. From front to back, the consist is: combine, coach, 2x articulated paired coaches, tavern car, diner, parlor, and parlor-observation (each half of the articulated coaches are only 44 studs long). It is impossible to highlight all of these details in only 4 photos. So I have provided a representative sample. The video provides a view of both sides of the train.


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