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4-8-8-2 Cab Forward Steam Locomotives

MTH Cab Forward

The Southern Pacific developed the Cab Forward type locomotives to deal with a problem unique to that railroad.  They had long tunnels and snow sheds in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and with a conventional locomotive, the exhaust fumes from the locomotive could well suffocate the train crew.  Using the Cab Forward design, the crew was protected from the fumes, as the exhaust was behind them.   MTH brought out this excellent scale model, one of the largest that I own.  The detail is excellent.  That's an MTH Burlington Northern husky stack on the next track over, with the operating water tower looming in the background.  Some slightly different versions of prototype Cab Forwards are shown below.

SP Cab Forward

SP Cab Forward

SP Cab Forward

SP Cab Forward

SP Cab Forward

Ten years after issuing the first model of the Cab Forward, in early 2008 MTH brought out a new model, greatly improved in detail and available with either the original, as-built cab front, or the more modern rounded cab front that was given to the locomotives as they were rebuilt.  It's the latter one that I got and as you can see from the following photos, it's a superb model!  The first photo shows the locomotive broadside.

cab forward

The next photo shows the tender (SP used oil burning steam locomotives).

cab forward

The third photo shows the rear of the locomotive -- on most steam locomotives, this would be the front!

cab forward

The next shows the detail around the rear drivers.  These are the ones that are articulated.

cab forward

Here's the detail around the front drivers.  Note the complex linkages!

cab forward

Here's the front end of the locomotive.

cab forward

Finally, here's the "face" of the locomotive.  You'll notice that it more closely resembles the prototype photos shown above.

cab forward



Last updated: 28 Nov 2014

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