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I just acquired a Classic Models 1108 steam engine. It is a nicely proportioned 4-6-0 steam engine. It got me to wondering about other standard gauge steam engines wit 6 drive wheels. I know there was a 700E that was a 4-6-4 (I believe) that never really went into production. There are the modern Lionel Hiawatha and Commodore Vanderbilt. Were there other 6 wheel drive steamer in standard gauge. Did anyone do a Northern or Mountain with 8 drive wheels in Standard Gauge?


Also, does anyone have experience with the Classic Models standard gauge items. Are the y good operating engines, or do they have some quirks?



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McCoy built a Ten-Wheeler in Standard Gauge. There was also a 2-6-0 Mogul; that might have been a CMC/CMT product. 


The CMC/CMT locomotives seem to be fairly well made. Their weak point mechanically is the nylon drive gears. I don't have the Ten-Wheeler but I do have the 2-4-0 and the boxcab electric and they strike me as simple and rather crude in design, with the gears being the only obvious weakness. Note that some CMC/CMT locomotives were intended to be run on DC and did not have either a bridge rectifier or an e-unit. Since they all have can motors, a unit without a rectifier will not operate on your usual AC transformer. Fortunately it's easy and cheap to install a bridge rectifier and DPDT toggle, or an electronic e-unit if you feel the need for one. 

One mustn't forget that Voltamp / Boucher, offered in the '20s, the 2500 'Pacific' 4-6-2. When first introduced it was a two-rail 2-Gauge, when Boucher got in the act it became a three-rail wide gauge (2¼") beastie. There was also the 2222 4-6-0 in the same time period. Ca. 1922 prices: 2222 loco and tender - $40.00; 2500 loco and tender - $60.00.


Ron M

Originally Posted by Seafoid:

"....I know there was a 700E that was a 4-6-4 (I believe) that never really went into production...."


In mentioning "700E", are you intending to refer to Harlan Creswell's Liberty Lines "600E" Hudson locomotive?  If you are, it was a "limited production" locomotive and I'd guess around 25 were made.  Arno could probably give us more details including a more acurate number.




PS.  Arno, Its time like these when we really need you to publish your book.

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I was lazy and used 'ALT 0188' to produce the '¼' instead of typing out '-1/8', but remember Lionel stated "... TRACK 2¼ IN. WIDE" (1916 catalog).
Ron M
Originally Posted by Jim Kelly-Evans:
Originally Posted by ron m:

when Boucher got in the act it became a three-rail wide gauge (2¼") beastie.

Ron M

Boucher bought out the Voltamp toy train line and converted the gauge on what they produced including the 2222 and 2500 Pacifics to 2-1/8" (Standard or Wide) gauge, not 2-1/4".


Okay, where to begin.Let's just stick to production as there are plenty of 1-offs that used these drive units or made their own.


Production, there were a bunch of 6-wheel drive units most don't know about:


CMC had the 2-6-0 Mogul and the 4-6-0 10-wheeler


CMT had the 2-6-0 Mogul, 4-6-0 10-wheeler and the Camelback


Glenn Toy Trains had the 0-6-0 Switcher


Harmon had the 4-6-6-4 Challenger, 4-6-4 Hudson and the 4-6-2 Pacific


Kresse/Harmon had the 4-6-4 Dreyfuss Hudson


Lionel LLC had the 4-6-4 Hiawatha and the 4-6-4 Commodore Vanderbilt


Liberty Lines had the 4-6-4 600E and the 608E Switcher


McCoy had the 4-6-0 #6 Chief Cle Elum


MEW had the 7/16" scale 4-6-0 Colorado Midland


Randall Trains had the 4-6-4 Hudson (but they didn't sell it with running gear)


Thorley Hoople had the 4-6-0 #89 Dr. George Cody


Roberts Lines had 4-6-6-4 Challenger, 4-6-4 Hudson and the 4-6-2 Pacific (these were based off the Harmon patterns, but better detailed)


There were a few 8-wheel drive locomotives as well:


Kress/Harmon had the 4-8-4 GS-4 and the N&W 4-8-4 "J"


Lee Lines had the 4-8-4 GS4



Here are some pictures of some of these:




(top to bottom)

John Daniel's Railway Lines GG-1

Lee Lines GS-4

Kresse/Harmon Dreyfuss Hudson

Richart Cascade Bi-Polar




(top to bottom)

CMT Camelback

McCoy Chief Seattle

Thorley Hoople #89 Dr. George Cody

Liberty Lines #600E

McCoy #6 Chief Cle Elum




Glenn Toy Trains 0-6-0 Switcher




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Randall Hudson (top)

MEW Colorado Midland 4-6-0 (bottom)



JHM 4-6-2 Southern 01

Harmon Pacific


JHM 4-6-4 NYC 01

Harmon Hudson


JHM 4-6-6-4 UP 01

Harmon Challenger



This wraps up the most common (if that could be said) of the 6 & 8-wheeled drive locos. I can answer questions about these, but I will not discuss production numbers at this time.


Hope this helps (I can't see how it couldn't),




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For years I have been in awe of the Harmon and Roberts Line 4-6-6-4 Challengers I have seen in operation on SGMA layouts.  However, as a Milwaukee Road collector/operator I wanted a Milwaukee 2-6-6-2 Mallet since Milwaukee didn't have any Challengers.  


So a few years back I contacted Robert Thon about selling me a Challenger kit, which he had modified into a Mallet kit.  He informed me he could do this but like all his Challenger kits I would need to provide him with two Bild-A-Loco motors to which he would add the extensions seen in Arno's photo above.  That would have been OK but I wanted something more powerful and asked him if McCoy's 6-wheel super motors could be installed instead.  He said they could be used and that the resulting locomotive was super powerful.  In fact, he told me that he had just fabricated a custom Challenger kit using two of McCoy's 6-wheel super motors that he now had for sale as the customer had backed out of the deal after sending him the super motors. 


Wanting a Mallet kit, I passed on his offer and instead contacted McCoy about the availability of their 6-wheel super motors.  McCoy told me that they had none in stock but would inform me when they had fabricated another batch.  It's been two years and I am still waiting to hear back from McCoy.      




PS.  Southwest Hiawatha,  Bob Thon may still have for sale that super powerful Challenger kit with two McCoy 6-wheel super motors installed.

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Tim, the Classic Model Corp 4-6-0's and 2-6-0's come up on eBay quite frequently, that's where I've picked up all mine.  They usually run between $200 and $300.  The camel backs less frequently, but still occassionally; they generally go for double or more.  You just have to keep watching and be determined once one shows.  The best deals are the Bicentennial mogul, they seem to be the most available






In the CMC world (prior to CMT), the Moguls are out there. They came as the #200 Bicentennial Special and the #89 Strasburg Railway, both built starting in 1975 and sold until the company traded hands in early 1978. You can see a couple examples on my website (still a big work in progress). The ratio between the 2 locos is about 5:1, so the Bicentennial locos show up far more frequently. If you are repainting one of these, I would opt away from the Strasburg RR version as these are more scarce and command a higher price, usually in the $300-$400 range for a nice example. The Bicentennial version can be had in the $200-$300 range. They both are about $100-$150 more if it comes with the 3 cars.

The CMT era (1978-1998) had a few leftover locos that they sold when they took over from CMC. Other than that, the only Mogul they produced was the #600 B&O from 1990-1994 (pic attached). These are pretty scare as I have only seen 1 in my many years of looking... so I bought it!

Your best bet, other than the Bicentennial loco, is converting a #1108 4-6-0 into a Mogul (as Steve Eastman is doing). These show up all the time in all sorts of condition. They came in many road names thru the years and were virtually unchanged. When introduced in 1977, CMC offered them in Southern Railway (green) and Southern Pacific (black). CMT continued them both until 1982. In 1981, CMT released the #1108 Erie (black) and #1108 PRR (black) versions. The Erie only lasted 2 years in the catalog, but the PRR was cataloged until 1994. The only real difference between the black painted versions are the markings on the tender. Although, the SP & SR version had a silver boiler band up front. If you went with a black loco, you would only need to repaint the tender, you could of course do both.

The early CMC locos were offered as either kits or R-T-R models. You can still find unbuilt kits and the cost is about the same. The practice of selling kits ended around 1985.

As for cars, you can find the early #13, #14, #15 and #16 day coaches (maroon and black) all the time. They are simple looking 10-window cars and can be painted as desired. The latter cars had 6 pairs of arch-top windows.


Hope this helps.







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Understandable. I remember when I first became interested in MESG, my budget (or lack there of) allowed very little. So I took this time to research and learn more about this unknown genre. When the budget became a little bigger, I was able to make more educated purchases. 

Standard Gauge doesn't need to be expensive and any gauge can be excessive. I encourage you to look further El Classico. I enjoy your enthusiasm. 


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