Reply to "Westside Model Company B&O Q-4b"

rheil posted:
Nick B. posted:

While this isn't a question about 2 rail scale, it is a question about this model. Does anyone know anything about the prototype? The more people I talk to about this model, the more references to a very specific story I get about how Westside chose this locomotive to model for its unusual operating conditions with the "water bottle." 

What do you want to know? I saw a lot of Q-4b's and a few with water bottles running through Baltimore in the 1940's- '50's. They were pulled by electrics through Mt Royal headed northbound.

The biggest thing I need to know is 4625's specific territory. I found pictures of it on Northeast Railfan having both the appearance of a Q4b (1950) in Baltimore with the ladder and B&O herald and as the appearance as a Q7 (1940) in Philly with the single step to the boiler walkway (the way it's modeled by Westside). Was there a specific operating condition I can model that made the "water bottle" necessary?

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