|Web Site of ToyTrains1|
|4-8-8-2 Cab Forward Steam Locomotives|
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.
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.
The next photo shows the tender (SP used oil burning steam locomotives).
The third photo shows the rear of the locomotive -- on most steam locomotives, this would be the front!
The next shows the detail around the rear drivers. These are the ones that are articulated.
Here's the detail around the front drivers. Note the complex linkages!
Here's the front end of the locomotive.
Finally, here's the "face" of the locomotive. You'll notice that it more closely resembles the prototype photos shown above.
All of the text contained within this page and all of the photographs and videos taken by ToyTrains1 are copyright (c) 2000-2013 by ToyTrains1, and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written consent of ToyTrains1.
If you wish to use any of my content, please see my detailed copyright statement for terms and conditions of use.