The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society- Dean Collection, contains forty-seven pieces of brass. Fifteen of which are AT&SF steam locomotives in various wheel arrangements, the rest are freight and passenger cars from the Golden Era. All the brass steam locomotives and cars in the Dean Collection are unpainted. Recently the Society decided to start with the steam locomotives in the Collection and begin as systematic painting process to get the locomotives out of storage and into service on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad recently completed. This article will highlight the painting of AT&SF 2-6-2 Steam Locomotive Number 1050, manufactured by Sunset Models.
Santa Fe’s 1050 Class Steam Locomotives were originally built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as four-cylinder Vauclain compounds with the following dimensions;
17” and 28” cylinders with 28” stroke.
220 psi boiler pressure
34,000 pounds tractive effort.
Engine 1050 was built in 1902 and assigned Baldwin Builder’s Number 20132. After being simpled it had 25” x 28” cylinders, but all were later bushed down to 23 ½” x 28”. The engine was donated to Independence, Kansas for static display on July 1, 1955.
Every steam locomotive in the Dean Collection is evaluated thoroughly to verify its overall appearance, mechanical soundness and to determine if the model is a candidate for operation on the layout with DCC and sound, or if missing parts or other mechanical problems prevent it from going into service, it will be painted but only used as a static display.
Engine 1050 passed all mechanical inspections and evaluations and was scheduled for complete painting and decal installation. After painting it will be scheduled to receive DCC and sound.
This article is not intended to provide “How To” information, but merely let the reader know what projects the Society is working on in its history preservation activities.
The Society intends to place all the Dean Collection brass equipment in service on Santa Fe’s Raton Pass Model Railroad after painting. The brass equipment will be used to showcase Santa Fe rolling stock and steam locomotives in a historically accurate fashion. The brass engines will tell the story of Santa Fe Locomotive Development according to Larry E. Brasher’s book, Santa Fe Locomotive Development, published in 2006.