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Building the Daylight

For the past several years, I spent the weekends in my garage building a replica of the Southern Pacific GS-4 Daylight in 1-1/2" scale.  During this time I have learned a lot about machining, locomotives and all the sub-systems required to have a properly running engine.  I have been taking pictures during construction and thought that I would share them with those interested.  I'm not going to go into detail about how I machined things or how I did this or that.  Instead, I thought that I would show some pictures and give a brief explanation of what was done.

My blogs are organized in chronological order and not by subject matter.  I may have a couple sections on the same thing due to modifications or something.  Enjoy...

Here's me doing research...   

 

Here's some pictures of the (almost) finished Daylight in 1.5" scale.

          

 

Here's my daughter Kelly and I taking it around the track.

   

 

 

#01 So It Began #2 Frame #3 Drivers #4 Quartering #5 Trucks #6 Frame & Wheels #7 Side Rods #8 Cylinder Boring #9 Cyl/Valve Liners #10 Cyl/Valve Cover #11 Pistons & Valves #12 Cyl Assembled #13 Boiler #14 Suspension #15 Crosshead #16 Brakes #17 Link Support #18 Bell #19 Crosshead (again) #20 Connecting Rod #21 Stationary Runner #22 Smokebox #23 Valve Gear #24 Running on Air #25 Piston Rings #26 Axle Pump #27 Plating #28 Lubrication #29 Blast Nozzle #30 Stack #31 Steam Turret #32 Burner Manifold #33 Mounting Brackets #34 Boiler Insulation #35 Jacketing #36 Cab #37 Throttle #38 Reverse Lever #39 Track Test #40 Smokebox Access #41 Electric Blower #42 Turbulators #43 Burner Test #44 Piping #45 Cab (part 2) #46 Inaugural Run #47 Post Steamup #48 Smokebox Lights #49 Running Boards #50 Pilot #51 Skirting #52 Paint #53 Lettering #54 Whistle #55 Skyline Casing #56 Fuel System Mods #57 Odds and Ends #58 Turbos

 

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