Friday, November 25, 2016

The 4-6-2 in Green Livery

A most dramatic turn of events in N scale. A little technical, but as everyone should now know a 4-6-2 requires good wide radius curves otherwise there'll be gnashing of teeth, there'll be no pulling of more than three wagons and the world might come to end for some of us. The trouble is, nice wide curves eat up space and those of us who are land hungry are very reluctant to engage in them. The other more important area, a 4-6-2 Karoo Class is a locomotive so beautiful to behold it can stop the heart. And this is especially the case when a Karoo Class is permitted to display its agility, its magnificence and LED headlight in front of something like 0-6-0 Shunter. It's a well known fact that such an opportunity just has to be given to a 4-6-2 in railway green livery as often as possible, and not just on the off chance of a casual meeting with maybe 2-6-2 Prairie Class, otherwise what's the point of it all.

Until recently the Lord High Executioner in his role as chief engineer has been dogged by the problem of electric currents that will refuse to do as they are told, they just do as they will. Lopping off the odd head and declaring "well it could work" isn't the answer when the result of failure could result in a violent electric shock to the inner workings of a truly splendid locomotive which would then have to be followed by the expense of a State Funeral and burying even a more common or garden 4-6-2 does require a pretty big hole. Fortunately some Bolshevik, an over-educated minion, in the Signal Box did go to the effort of exploring the electric currents in diagram form. The solution apparently was really quite obvious. It requires cutting into a couple of small hills, a #6 Right Hand Point, a bridge and should result in the omnipresence of the Karoo Class hauling long passenger trains around and around to distant and fantastic places. Promotion, I don't think so, those Signal Box people wear sandals without socks.

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