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Title: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: woodburner on May 30, 2008, 04:57:54 PM
Dear Bach Man,

Two new 4-4-0s arrived today and they are the most handsome brass beauties I've ever seen.  I ordered one of each, in lake and olive green with Russia iron, and the detail, finish, and the quality is outstanding. 

Every time I look at them I see more detail - even the bell stands are striped, and in two colors yet!   

The striping is excellent.  The olive green engine has fine white stripes around the gold chamfers of the cab, the lake engine has red diamonds on the domes, and both have amazing red, gold and white striping on the wheels.  Even the cylinder saddles are striped.  And the leather armrests, varnished wood and Russia iron look just like the originals.  They look like real, working engines. 

This is amazing.  You have done a sensational job.  You guys are the best!


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: CCSII on May 30, 2008, 10:49:02 PM

Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: woodburner on May 30, 2008, 11:52:50 PM
As in "brass era," when engines had lots of brass trim.   

Both engines have brass bands on the Russia iron boiler jacket, brass flag stanchions on the pilot deck and headlight bracket.   The Lake version has brass cylinders and steam dome wrappers, and brass nosing on the running boards as well as a walnut cab. 

One's opulent, one's elegant. 


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: the Bach-man on May 31, 2008, 12:15:55 AM
Dear Jim,
I agree: they are beautiful!
Have fun!
the Bach-man

Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: az2rail on May 31, 2008, 09:42:15 AM
I was questioning the word "brass" also. But now that it's usage has been  explained, I agree. It is a good looking engines, and the brass trim and parts only makes it look better.


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: Spule 4 on May 31, 2008, 06:58:29 PM
"Brass" was used for a few other items of the era.....look up Brass Automobiles if you like that sort of thing. :)

OK....I have been on the fence since I saw these in the 2008 catalogue, but I have a couple questions:

Minimum Radius?

How "big" are they?  If you could give me in inches or CM overall length, cab roof from rail height, and tender width.....

I am now looking for the bankcard and warming up the dialing finger. :o


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: woodburner on May 31, 2008, 09:41:49 PM
Those early brass era cars are great too, lots of character and great to look at. 

The catalog photos don't do these engines justice.  Not even close.  They are incredible to see in real life.  There are even touches like flat finish running boards and tender decks to contrast the glossy decorative paintwork. 

The overall length is 27" from tip to tail, the engine is overall 17" long from pilot to backof cab overhang, the rigid wheelbase is 4 1/2" and overall engine wheelbase 10 3/4"  and the tender is 3 3/4" wide, or 4 1/2" including the steps.  Tender overall length is 11" including coupler.  I'm not sure how to calculate radius.  They like a little room to look good on, but dont hog space.   

Mr. Bach Man, with these brassy babes and the great K-27 you guys are just turning out the best stuff ever.  Thanks! 


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: Spule 4 on May 31, 2008, 10:20:18 PM
Thanks for the reply Jim, gives me an idea as far as size.

Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: Mark Oles on June 13, 2008, 12:40:25 PM

Min radius is 4'.  I have one of the originals, painted but unlettered, and I think it is my new favorite locomotive.  She runs so smoothly!  I intend to paint her like the Olive and Russia Iron, but so far, I haven't had the nerve!!

I was thinking that I will eventually have to get one of the new Olive ones whether I paint this one or not!!


Title: Re: Beautiful 4-4-0s
Post by: jsmvmd on June 26, 2008, 04:29:59 PM
Dear "Woody,"

I am contemplating getting  one of these beauties to run outside with battery power and TE.  You would not think ill of me, would you?

All my stuff is used, and I don't usually buy museum stuff if it cannot be run.

Best Wishes,