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Yosemite Valley 4-4-0 #22

October 1, 2010

Yosemite Valley purchased #22 new from American Locomotive Co. to handle passenger service from Merced, California to El Portal, located in the heart of Yosemite National Park. As trains got more lengthy and heavier, she was used mostly in the winter to pull the shorter excursion trains up into the valley. Pictured below after abandonment in 1945, her driving rods removed for eventual movement to the scrap yard, she still sports her wartime headlight visor, which was supposed to prevent enemy aircraft from spotting her if the US was invaded.
Yosemite Valley Railroad #22 4-4-0

YVRR #22 was built by ALCo 1907, construction No. 43167, costing the railroad $13,589.42. Adjusted for inflation today, this locomotive would cost $308,904.72 new, if ALCo was still building steamers that is! She rode on 63 inch drivers and operated at 165 psi boiler pressure, which is pretty typical for her contemporaries. After living out a useful life on the YVRR, she was scrapped at Port Chicago, Ca and presumably turned into steel ingots at the Bethlehem Steel plant at Pittsburgh, California.

HO Scale Kitbash of Yosemite Valley #22 from Bachmann Spectrum 4-4-0

The model version was built using the new Bachmann Spectrum 4-4-0. The tender and solid pilot wheels came from their excellent 4-6-0 model. At the time, they didn’t offer the stock Baldwin “flared side” tender on the 4-4-0’s such as they are in the newest run. Various Cal-Scale detail parts and scratchbuilt sunshades and numberboards rounded out the details. The Decals are from Jack Burgess.

The numberboards were scratchbuilt from 0.060 styrene and thin florist wire. The Sunshades were formed from Aluminium flashing squares from Lowe’s and florist wire. The bare metal was painted with the excellent line of Citadel paints used by warhammer 40K modelers, which basically go on bare metal without primer and stick!

This project will be the least involved of the future Yosemite Valley roster. Up next is YV#23 which will feature a notably shorter (by an entire course) smokebox, with flying airpumps on the front. Then it’s onto some scratchbuilt cabeese. More photos to follow upon request, so leave a comment if you’d like to see more.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2010 11:21 pm

    I’d like to see more photos. I enjoy photos of detailing projects the likes of this. They’re a source of inspiration and useful techniques, especially your sunshade.

  2. January 1, 2011 3:09 am

    good looking engine

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