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WC'n'F Cab Forward by gunslinger87 WC'n'F Cab Forward by gunslinger87
Been a while since I posted a locomotive drawing.

Well here is another one of my oddball concepts. This is a narrow gauge "Cab Forward" style 4-4-0 heavily inspired by North Pacific Coast #21.

My version, however, has some alterations. I added a sand dome just behind the steam resevior, a stylish capped stack, saftey ("pop") valves, and a wooden cab with celestory. Due to the unusual arrangement of the locomotive she is designed to be an oil burner.

However the original design of NCP #21 didn't "breath" well, meaning it didn't have enough draft for the fire in the firebox. This was rectified by literally cutting and oval shaped hole right in the front of the locomotive's cab front wall. This fixed the issue, but now you had a HOLE in the front of your cab and the headlight was forced to be mounted higher and causing visual obstruction to the engine crew.

On my design I added an "air scoop" just under the cab. It's the shaded thing just before the steam chests on the cylinders. This allows better draft into the firebox and is don so the headlight didn't need relocating.

Again, the cab is constructed primarily of wood, however the lower portion is steel clad.

The tender I'm actually not all that satisfied by. I would like to revise it and make it more of a traditional tender like those used on either Cooke narrow gauge 2-6-0 or an early to intermediate period "C-16" style tender.

And yes, I know I forgot the bell cord...

Not sure what her road number is to be, yet. I'm leaning towards "26". but I won't decide on that until I can actually sit down and work out a detailed locomotive roster for the Wolf Creek & Flagstone RR. This unique little locomotive is really used as a test bed for experimental advancements in locomotive technology on the WC&F. And I think that's what give the locomotive its charm.

Anyways, I hope you all like her! PLEASE comment if you fave!! :)
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Hi there, I'm thinking of making NPC #21 as a model, and since this is very good reference pictures, may I use this?

gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Yes, as long as credit is given to who's drawings they are. ;p
I actually drew this engine using scale drawings of NPC #21 from an old issue of the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette. (Best model train magazine EVER!!) :iconfoxhahaplz:

I don't remember the issue off hand, but if you'd like I can look it up and give it to you later? :D
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The whole tender looks kina weird, but then again, you need to make extra sure that it can't be mistaken for another! It'd blend in too much!
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Eh', I like the idea of a "drop-in" oil conversion for a tender and use that. Either way. :)
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It won't be confused for other tenders!
GundamMech101 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
very interesting cab forward, never though about a 4-4-0 cab forwards but now that i think about it, its a great little engine, and yes i agree with you there on the tender, sense it looks like a couple of oil tanks mounted on a flatbed car
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Heh, neato, man. :meow:
Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
You could have introduced a fan blower just behind the crosshead for the firebox problem.
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
It's the 1890s. ^^;
Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I know that, the french had a blower attached to the tender of one of their early steam locomotives back in the 30s.
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