Little Engines Northern
Little Engines re-introduces the “original” 1-1/2” scale Northern.
After many years of work rebuilding and retooling patterns along with some
major design changes, Little Engines is proud to once again offer their
original 1-1/2” scale locomotive, the ALCO (formerly Old) Northern.
Designed by the team of Seymour Johnson (Goleta Valley Railroad) and Martin
Lewis (Little Engines) from a period of 1947 to 1951, the big Northern is a
representation of the early UP 800 class built by ALCO. The model lends
itself to many other versions that ALCO built. Some of the major changes
more prototypically correct drivers
1-piece link girders
individual driver axle boxes
a completely new swing link lead truck, which was designed
by Dennis Riches, patterned courtesy of Chuck Hackett (1-1/2” scale UP 844
built by Dennis)
digitally cleaned and enhanced drawings as well as some new
improvements will come over time such as patterns for parts made from bar
stock, i.e. valve gear rods. Changes and modifications also include the
ability to build this locomotive as a heavy ALCO Hudson and can be adapted
to build a heavy Pacific.
After near 4 years of work, Georgetown & Western 1690 (pictured here) built
by craftsman Paul Keiser of Round Rock, Texas is the first locomotive built
from all the new tooling and design changes and, to our knowledge, the first
ALCO Northern completed in more than 25 years.
For more information on this truly magnificent locomotive
visit Little Engines.
Little Engines Open House
Little Engines will be hosting an open house
Friday and Saturday night April 11 & 12 for those wishing to stop by after
Times are from 4PM to 8 PM both nights Come
visit the warehouse and browse the 100's of parts and accessories. Located
in Lancaster PA. Call 732-239-9960 for more info.
Friday night at 6PM there will be pizza and
ice cream no charge, first come first serve basis...if you plan to stop by
drop me a PM or email so I get an idea on food to order. Looking forward to
seeing you. Mike, Little Engines.