Worlds most beautiful locomotive

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Railfanning PA, New Jersey, and Delaware since 2010.

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Moonson posted:

3rdRail scale TurbineIMG_0508IMG_1180_bbbIMG_1224IMG_1905IMG_2161mIMG_2172IMG_9525Such an enjoyable thread! I lost count of how many "Likes" I sent participants for the photos of beautiful locomotives presented for consideration.

However, and I cannot speak for "the world" and its choice for "most beautiful" locomotive, but I have a theory about that. When we plunk-down our hard-earned money to purchase a locomotive, haven't we cast our vote, by "putting our money where our mouth is" ? Maaaaaybeee. But probably not. Why?

I'll bet many, many , many of us have bought more than one locomotive (!)

So, what to do? I say, keep on suggesting the most beautiful, having our enjoyable conversation about the, alleged, best ONE, and enjoy the ride.

Selecting the world's best is a little bit like trying to say which flower is the most beautiful. Roses one day; Orchids the next. Violets? Iris? Tulips? You get the idea. They - the locomotives and the flowers - are all "most beautiful" and satisfying in their own special and particular way(s).

FranKM

P.S. Have I just said absolutely nothing here?

Frank, your prose is as magnificent as your trains, structures,  scenery and layout!

Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, obvious here. I think some the earliest E's, in their circa 1940 livery, such as the Rock Island's, were rolling art work.  For me, nothing tops steam, but some shrouded steam, like the streamlined autos of their era, are just plain ugly. That does not include the C&O Mikado and Pacific, not shrouded, which top my list, with Elescos, flying pumps, and Vanderbilts.  And this with my favorite roads far to the west.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Most of the shrouded steam that MR produced was attractive, but their first kick at the cat was a hands down winner in my books.  The combined expertise of designer and builder expanded on an ancient high speed configuration to produce the class A.  Throwing together just the right amounts of form following function in perfect time with simplicity and flash wasn't common place in shrouded steam.  Few examples were totally new loco s from the ground up like the Milwaukee Road class A Atlantic.

Bruce

brwebster posted:

Most of the shrouded steam that MR produced was attractive, but their first kick at the cat was a hands down winner in my books.  The combined expertise of designer and builder expanded on an ancient high speed configuration to produce the class A.  Throwing together just the right amounts of form following function in perfect time with simplicity and flash wasn't common place in shrouded steam.  Few examples were totally new loco s from the ground up like the Milwaukee Road class A Atlantic.

Bruce

.....and here all the time I was sure you were talking about the N&W Class A

rex desilets posted:
brwebster posted:

Most of the shrouded steam that MR produced was attractive, but their first kick at the cat was a hands down winner in my books.  The combined expertise of designer and builder expanded on an ancient high speed configuration to produce the class A.  Throwing together just the right amounts of form following function in perfect time with simplicity and flash wasn't common place in shrouded steam.  Few examples were totally new loco s from the ground up like the Milwaukee Road class A Atlantic.

Bruce

.....and here all the time I was sure you were talking about the N&W Class A

Nah!  Get back to me when we start talking Y3-Y6.  

Bruce

HI Mike Wyatt, I never actually saw photos of the real ones. In fact, I may have always thought, as a boy, that they were made up by Lionel just for fun. It is a real treat (pun intended) seeing them as they actually were. Thank You!

FrankM

P.S, The coolest boy in my neighborhood had an A-B-B-B-A of the Santa fe, and we thought it was the best locomotive ever.

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