Ozark Mountain Railroad #1 (Andrew) by Isaac B. Levi

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Builder: Isaac B. Levi

About Ozark Mountain Railroad #1 (Andrew) by Isaac B. Levi

Baldwin Locomotive Works #42300 was built in August 1915 for the Texas State Railroad and was delivered as TSRR #7. Several sales later, it had the distinction of being the lightest 2-6-0 Mogul type locomotive in use on the Cotton Belt railroad as their #12 and later #412. In 1946, the Cotton Belt retired all of its coal-burning locomotives, and #412 was sold to the Arkansas Railroad, where it remained until the locomotive was scrapped in 1957.

In the fictional Great Railroad Series, #412 was purchased by the Ozark Mountain Railroad in 1948 to help with construction, becoming their #1, and was named the Andrew after one of the railroad's initial investors. In 1954, the OMRR leased #1 back to the Arkansas RR as their #412, where the engine remained until 1957. It then returned to the OMRR, where it remains today, restored to its 1915 cosmetic appearance save for a set of removable ditch lights.

This rendition of OMRR #1 is built at a scale of 5/16"-1', or 10-wide, and includes a brick-built face to match the illustrations of the Great Railroad Series. The model matches prototype dimensions very well, coming within scale inches. As such, #1's wheelbase is too long to go through a standard Lego switch, but it can negotiate R40 curves with some friction. The engine is driven by a Power Functions train motor that powers the rear two drivers, with the IR receiver and AA battery box hidden under the coal load in the tender. The model can be configured with various cosmetic parts to match the real locomotive as it looked in various periods. The main image of this entry is modeled after a 1938 photograph, and shows what OMRR #1 would probably have looked like from 1948-1954. Other photos included show 1958 and present-day condition.
The only non-Lego parts are the Trained Bricks drive rods (can you spot the minfigure microphone in the valve gear?) No stickers were used on this model. The “OMRR” lettering is spelled with old Lego letter tiles, and the “1” was written using a sideways-building technique that I perfected on a previous model. The cab is large enough to accommodate 2 minifigures, and a Power Functions light cable illuminates both the headlight and the fire inside the firebox.
As they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so in that vein I hope you seeing this model inspires you to go and create a Lego steam locomotive of your own. It's an exiting challenge, but very worth it!

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