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Texas State Railroad Engine #201

Postby SavaTheAggie » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:34 am

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Texas State Railroad Ten Wheeler (4-6-0) Engine #201.

From the TSRR Website:
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Engine number 201 is the oldest locomotive operated on the line. This engine was built in 1901 by the A.L. Cooke Locomotive Works for the Texas & Pacific Railway, and is the only operating T&P steam locomotive in existence. The engine was built for freight service and proudly wore the number 316 during its career with the Texas & Pacific.

Engine 201 is classified as a 4-6-0. This means that it has four wheels in the front, six drivers in the middle and no wheels in the rear of the engine. This type of locomotive is commonly referred to as a "ten wheeler."

In 1949, after years of hard service, the Texas & Pacific sold number 316 to the Paris & Mt. Pleasant Railroad, a T&P subsidiary. In 1951 the locomotive was saved from the scrapper's torch by a remarkable lady who wished to remain anonymous. She purchased the engine and, with the help from the T&P, donated it to the city of Abilene in honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary as a city.

The venerable ten wheeler remained on display in Abilene at the Oscar Rose Park for many years, wearing the number 75 to symbolize the seventy-fifth Jubilee Celebration of the City.

In 1974 the citizens of Abilene graciously donated the locomotive to the newly formed Texas State Railroad. After extensive repair and refurbishing, the engine was again rolling down the rails to thrill a new generation of train passengers.

The 201 was recently refurbished and unveiled during October 2006 and is currently used during steam excursions at the Texas State Railroad.
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This is the fifth of five steam engines of the Texas State Railroad I have constructed. She is currently powered by a single 9v motor, but eventually I will be upgrading her to power functions, with a single power functions train motor replacing the 9v motor.

I will be taking photos of all of the TSRR LEGO locomotives together, for the first time, sometime later this week.

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Re: Texas State Railroad Engine #201

Postby JoshWedin » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:10 pm

Oooh, pretty! That is one gorgeous locomotive, Tony. Can't wait to see all five together.

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PS. It's been blogged.
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Re: Texas State Railroad Engine #201

Postby Handar » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:49 pm

Tony,

All of your engines are stunning. I have enjoyed every one that you've posted, but I rarely comment on them. I just don't know what to say, but let me try to go with this. Each of your engines looks like a highly detailed cast model of the train it represents. In most cases one has to look really closely in order to figure out that each build is made with Lego, and in some it's hard to tell even that the picture is of a model and not the real thing.

(I once needed a picture of a train to illustrate a slide for a lecture, so I used one I had downloaded of one of your models. There were noticeable 'ohs' around the room when I pointed out that the picture was of a Lego train. You had most of them fooled.)

I know that you receive only a few comments on each train here, but my suspicion is that's because most people are like me; we just don't know what to say. Every model, however, is deeply appreciated.
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Re: Texas State Railroad Engine #201

Postby SavaTheAggie » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:20 am

JoshWedin wrote:Oooh, pretty! That is one gorgeous locomotive, Tony. Can't wait to see all five together.

Josh

PS. It's been blogged.

Thanks much! And thanks for the kind words on the blog. You won't have long to wait for pics of all of them together.

Handar wrote:Tony,

All of your engines are stunning. I have enjoyed every one that you've posted, but I rarely comment on them. I just don't know what to say, but let me try to go with this. Each of your engines looks like a highly detailed cast model of the train it represents. In most cases one has to look really closely in order to figure out that each build is made with Lego, and in some it's hard to tell even that the picture is of a model and not the real thing.

(I once needed a picture of a train to illustrate a slide for a lecture, so I used one I had downloaded of one of your models. There were noticeable 'ohs' around the room when I pointed out that the picture was of a Lego train. You had most of them fooled.)

I know that you receive only a few comments on each train here, but my suspicion is that's because most people are like me; we just don't know what to say. Every model, however, is deeply appreciated.

Thanks much! I've got quite a few reactions like that at train shows, it really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when people can't tell the difference.

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Re: Texas State Railroad Engine #201

Postby Elbadar » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:56 pm

Woah this brings back memories of the time before I switched from trains to castle, except your trains kick my memories strait down the line. I honestly cant think of any specific compliments, much less any criticisms, but suffice it to say that it's more detailed than all but the most meticulously detailed nonlego model trains.
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