This train was originally pulled by a smaller 2-6-0 "Mogul" type steam loco for the last three years , and after that the duty has passed to more powerful a 4-8-2 "Mountain" class you see here.
About this creation
In my fictional universe, the train starts at Chicago (Illinois), with stops at Springfield (Illinois), St. Louis (Missouri), Memphis (Tennessee) before terminating at New Orleans (Louisiana). The Emerald Express started in 1917 with a 2-6-0 Mogul, which was quickly overworked with the heavy four-car train. To solve this problem, a 4-8-2 Mountain type was built in 1935 to take over the train as a third coach was being added and the little steamer couldn't handle the job anymore.
The loco you see here was cobbled together from my 2-6-0 and a lot of extra parts. This loco has a fictional backstory:
This 4-8-2 (4 leading, 8 drivers, and 2 trailing wheels) Mountain – type locomotive numbered 6437 was built in the mid 1930's by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The type 6437 belongs to was designed for both freight duty and passenger traffic and as such were not streamlined. This type are basically enlarged versions of the Mountain types of 1926, and are same mechanically though the heavier weight cuts the top speed down to about 95 MPH. The Emerald Express, pulled by a overworked 2-6-0 since 1917, was upgraded with 4-8-2 number 6437 in 1936 when another coach was added to the train, and was painted a dark green to match the heavy-weight rolling stock.
The detailed cab features many gauges and the firebox door.
The name of the railroad (Brick Railway Systems) is supposed to go on the tender walls, but the printed 1 x 1 tile parts haven't been ordered yet to do so.
Combination baggage and passenger car, which I call an "express baggage", though it is actually called a combine in real railroad slang.
Three identical coaches. Can you guess which one is the newer one?
The observation car of the Emerald Express. The letters BRS stand for Brick Railway Systems, the owner of the train.