GN Q-1 2-10-2 imported by Tenshodo in 1984.
I purchased the engine from a fellow railroader that I've known for about 45 years.
The old 'crumbling' yellow foam has been replaced.
Surprised how heavy the engine is.
Nice 'back head' detail and the 'number plate' that Tenshodo started around 1974.
Brasstrains says there were only 16 imported to the USA.
The 'scissors' draw bar that Tenshodo started using around 1974.
Appears to have never been, even, 'test' run.
This engine has the TPE equalizing suspension system modeling the 'prototype' where one driver may rise but the rest of the drivers keep contact with the 'rail'.
I have 3 Tenshodo GN Q-1's. The other two are from the 70's and I painted them Glacier Park.
This one has a TCS 1517 decoder with all the LED's installed.
The other engine still has the PFM sound system installed.
Back in the 80's I was fortunate to pick up two of the motor-gear mechanism's used on the 1984 model so these two engines have it.
I now have 4 engines with the 'equalized suspension' system.
I believe these are the only 4 engines that Tenshodo made with the 'equalized suspension' system.
Right to left:
GN C-1 0-8-0.
The 4th engine is the UP 4-6-6-4 challenger that I'm, currently, restoring.
UP 4-12-2 has some nice features.
Great looking cab detail.
Sprung trailing truck.
Scale 'open' frame.
The cam on the 2nd driver is for the functioning Greasley valve...
That moves to operate the 3rd cylinder.
Got a nice letter from one of the visiting railroaders on SWOOPS.