Converted back into a Berkshire from a Texas, this train is ready to rock and roll!
About this creation
This engine began life as Anthony Sava's 2-8-4 Berkshire based on the real Pere Marquette 1225, from which I purchased instructions of. I then modified the model with a new boiler, longer wheelbase (two extra drivers making it into 2-10-4), reddish brown exterior paint scheme, new cow-catcher, smoke-box door, and pistons.
More recently, I reconfigured the engine back into a 2-8-4 Berkshire in order to add a better front pony truck, modeled after the one in the Emerald Night set. (10194)
The engine handles better than the Texas version, and is easier to roll thanks to the improved pistons.
The firebox door maybe a little large, but I like it better than the original 4 x 4 dish that was on the original Berkshire way back in 2012 when I first built it.
Quoting Scott Bourgeois
Nice Berkshire! Awesome coloration. So when are you going to model a Big Boy? ;) Excellent job!
Thank you, and the Big boy wouldn't work as it would be 1 and a half time longer than my boxes used to store the trains! Besides, I could never use it on my layout: too much overhang. But thanks for stopping by!