MODEL BUILDERS PAGE


| March/April 1953



Mr. Fred E. Wise

Mr. Earl Allred

THIS ISSUE WE ARE GIVING YOU A REAL MODEL INSTEAD OF THE DIMENTIONS OF THE BIG ENGINE. WE ARE GLAD TO FEATURE MODEL BUILDER, FRED E. WISE, THIS TIME. WE WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MODEL BUILDERS TO SUBMIT THEIR PRODUCT IN DETAIL. WE HAVE A DESIRE TO STIMULATE THIS CREATIVE WORK AMONG THE FANS

Mr. Fred E. Wise, Woodstock Road, Gates Mills, Ohio, is a Model builder of enviable reputation. Through the courtesy of Mr. Earl Allred of New Cumberland, Pa., we get the picture and Fred kindly gave us the information. He says 'The 3232 is an exact reproduction of the Atlantics built by The American Locomotive Co., in 1908 for the Boston and Maine R. R. My model is built to a scale of three-fourths inch to the foot, runs on track measuring three and seventeen thirty seconds inches between the rails and pulls a load of four adults easily. This narrow gauge track is elevated about 22' above the ground so the passengers may sit 'side saddle' thereby making it possible for them to maintain their balance and dignity at the same time. The engine and tender measure 49' long, 12' high and weighs, ready to go, about 150 pounds. Any kind of coal may be used to maintain a pressure of 85 pounds. The boiler is made entirely of copper, has 31 tubes, water legs, stay bolts and all, just like the big ones and it even smells the same.

'My coal burning traction engine was completed in 1942 and is an exact copy of the old Aultman-Taylor built in 1883. This model required about 4000 hours to complete over a period of 7 years. This entire model is built entirely of copper, brass and stainless steel sheet and bar stock. There is not a single casting in the whole works, all parts being built up by silver soldering. The machine weighs 35 pounds and is one-eighth full size.'