Modelling the N&W M class
Handbuilt O scale Models (this page) HO
Norfolk and Western's little beauty.... the unique 4-8-0. Built in 1906, these
engines (with sister classes M1 and M2) were the mainstay of
N&W's coal hauling duties, often double headed. The mallet types, with two
driving engines, under one boiler, superceded them. Many M class did remain in
service until the late 1950's.
The 4-8-0 was not a particularly popular wheel arrangement on world railroads.
The 2-8-0 was far more ubiquitous. Along with the N&W, the Southern Pacific
had some, and Queensland
(Australia) widely used the 4-8-0.
The two models above, were scratchbuilt in O scale by Ed Reutling, with assistance
from Bill Ramey, and truly represent the look of these fine locomotives. One
of the class is still running today, at the Strasburg
Railroad in Pennsylvania.
When Ed sent me the photos, he explained: "You see two of a roster
of 7 that Bill Ramey and myself constructed. They are
from scratch. Masters are
turned for the boiler segments. We use drivers by Walsall Model, Walsall England
and NWSL motor and gearbox.... This is our attempt to model an M. It's in 2-rail
O, and is pretty fair in the attempt to capture the essence of the loco" I
Both of the above models have the front cow catcher replaced by steps for yard
duties, to which many of this class were assigned in later years. Here is a
picture of the other 5 locomotive
models, sold to interested buyers.
This site supplied by Kimball Thurlow, Brisbane, Australia.