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The engine Chance should make by Atticus-W The engine Chance should make by Atticus-W
If you've ever ridden a miniature train at an amusement park or zoo, Chances are you've ridden this: Chance Rides' famous C.P. Huntington ([link]), a train based on a real locomotive with a 4-2-4 wheel arrangement. Of course, the Chance locomotive is powered by gas, not steam, and its drive system is radically different from its prototype's: whereas the real C.P. Huntington was powered by the 2 large wheels on the center axle (connected to the pistons), Chance built their locomotive powered by the wheels on the front and back trucks, leaving the center wheels in the design for decoration only. The powered trucks, connected to the motor via a spinning drive shaft under the boiler, make for an efficient drive system-- but one that is hopelessly unrealistic and ugly-looking for a supposedly rod-driven engine.
In fact, the Chance locomotive is driven in a manner much more closely resembling the real-life Heisler geared logging engines ([link])... And that's where I came in. The engine I drew above is what an amusement park engine might look like if it were based on a Heisler. It might not look exactly like a traditional locomotive, but its design is perfect for Chance's mechanical drive system-- it's functional and doesn't look half bad! The only "fake" elements are the cylinders below the running boards, as the drive shaft is actually driven by the gearbox under the firebox. The firebox houses the motor.

(I donít, of course, have any relation to Chance Rides. They are property of themselves.)
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Camden Park in WV has their own-design 4-4-0 in a D&RGW-ish yellow color cab, lamp, and cowcatcher. The motors are in the tender, however the grates are a little "fake" looking. The engine's whistle no longer works, so they use it's bell, which works A-OK for me! The coaches even look better because they have side doors instead of the open sides, and even fake handbrakes at the ends! That little loco looks amazing in the field area with the fence and from the mini golf as well as the sky-trams!
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I just found a few pictures of it-- what a bizarre, funky contraption. XD A clever construction job, to say the least.  I wouldn't mind seeing some better views of it.
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Atticus-W Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Righto. XD
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Shame the whistle doesn't work. Bell does though!
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Personally, I consider that 4-4-0 narrow gauge since the cab houses a person, the cars are close-sided, so it looks legit!
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good idea
Atticus-W Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Cheers. =)
RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh, so cool!
Angelcuti Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student
You're welcome.

BTW, I may have some
*in slow motion*
*resume speed again*
things I was gonna talk more about,


.....I'll be back in a while.
See you later!
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