This beautiful O-Scale model represents something that really did exist - the Erie K-1 0-8-8-0 - the only Camelback articulated locomotives ever built. When they were constructed in 1907, the wide firebox needed to burn low-grade coal precluded the conventional cab arrangement, so the engineer was perched in a cab atop the boiler while the fireman (or in this case, perhaps two) slaved away in the time cab at the rear feeding the ravenous firebox.
Three of these locomotives were constructed in 1907 and they saw service as pushers on the Erie's biggest grades.
While the locomotives did in fact exist, it was unlikely if not impossible that, with their small drivers, poor steam production and lack of leading and trailing trucks, one of these locomotives would have been capable of the turn of speed that this model version appears to be achieving.
New York Society of Model Engineers, Carlstadt, NJ.
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