American prototype Holds engines up to 125 scale feet long Includes stall add-on for engines up to 145 scale feet long Modular design - easily expanded to a full circle Compact 10-degree stall spacing
Though engines started getting bigger early in the 20th century, no one could foresee the monsters that were in regular service by the 1940s. These locos required equally large servicing areas, so some roads simply added and extended a few roundhouse stalls to handle them. This conversion kit adds three matching stalls to the Modern Roundhouse (933-2900, sold separately). With additional kits, you can expand the basic building to any size your railroad requires. Engines up to 125' fit easily inside, and parts to build a single 145' long stall are included - big enough to hold a Big Boy.
While most roads had one major backshop, making repairs at outlying terminals was soon shown to be faster and more cost-effective. As new engine terminals were built, most received a machine shop capable of handling just about any type of repair that might be needed. This kit matches the design of the Modern Roundhouse (933-2900, sold separately), and can be built as an attached or freestanding building. It also includes a boiler house, which would supply steam, electricity and compressed air to the entire facility. Large roll-up doors can be built open or closed, and the baseplate has slots that accept popular rail sizes.
No. 76 is running late today and its engineer, Floyd, is trying to make up time. Fireman Charley is working nonstop, heaving shovel after shovel of coal into the firebox to keep the 2-6-2 Prairie traveling at 60 mph over the Kansas plains. Just outside of Lawrence they roll to a stop to refill the nearly empty tender. As soon as Floyd jockeys the locomotive into position, Charley climbs up and grabs the dangling chain and a fresh load of coal tumbles down the chute into the tender. Echoing off the steel chamber, it sounds like a stampeding herd of the buffalo once common on the plains. When the tender is full, another yank on the chain sends the chute back up to its resting place, ready for the next hungry locomotive. Floyd releases a burst of steam and the engine chugs up the track to take on water and sand. The rest stop is short and soon No. 76 is back on track and back on time.
All of the prototype details are there, including the traditional two-level roof, with separate clerestory windows and smokejacks, plus 23 large windows for natural lighting. It holds engines up to 13" long, typical of the power found on most lines. Stalls are spaced on 10-degree angle, requiring less approach trackage. With its modular design, the basic 3-stall kit can be enlarged up to a full circle to meet the needs of your railroads. To finish the scene, install the 90' Motorized Turntable to serve your new Roundhouse.
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