In the Roundhouse: Locomotives You Might See
|Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad’s flagship locomotive, #1. Built in 1990 by Bob and Melvin Reese of Tampa, it is a model of a Electro-Motive Division (General Motors) “F7″ Diesel-electric locomotive. The model is powered with a 5 hp Honda engine coupled to a hydraulic pump, which powers motors mounted between the wheels. #1 is owned by the members of the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad.|
|Also a model of an EMD “F7″ locomotive Baltimore & Ohio #815 was also built by Bob and Melvin Reese and has the same power system as #1. The real locomotives had 1,500 horsepower and were built from 1949 to 1953. Owned by the members of the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad in memory of Bud Goodwin and Phil Bruno.|
|#24 is a free-lance model having no particular prototype but it represents a “Camelback” locomotive, so-called because the engineer’s cab rode atop the boiler while the fireman stood at the back of the boiler as usual. This allowed the firebox to be much wider in order to burn poor-quality (cheap) coal. This is an 0-4-0 type locomotive. Owned by John Henry McDonnell.|
|#5740 is currently the largest locomotive at the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad. It was completed in 2007 and is powered by six electric motors between the wheels, fed by four large batteries inside the body. It was built entirely from scratch and weighs over 1/2 ton. 5740 is a model of EMD experimental model “SD45X”, which developed 4,200 hp from a twenty-cylinder Diesel engine. Built and owned by Jon Hollahan.|
|# 4900 is a “Doodlebug”. Really. It was used on the Tampa-Naples route to replace a steam locomotive. It has a cab for the engineer in front, a gas engine with mechanical transmission, space for mail and baggage, plus it could pull a coach or two. Built from scratch by Bob Anderson.|
|Kevin’s Railway #8 is a four-wheel switcher modeled after a General Electric “30-tonner”. The real locomotive had two gasoline truck engines with mechanical transmissions; the model has a 5 hp gas engine with a hydrostatic transmission and chain drive to the wheels. #8 is owned by by Kevin Hollahan.|
|New York, Ontario & Western #617 is a model of a 2-6-0 “Mogul” coal-burning locomotive that ran in New York and Pennsylvania. Built and owned by Norman Brand from raw parts supplied by Railroad Supply Co.|
|Tradewinds Trolley Co. #9 is a freelance design that evokes the spirit of the San Francisco cable cars. Built of plywood with a metal frame, it is powered by batteries. Built and owned by Kim Anderson.|
|The Fire Train is a whimsical freelance design with a 5 hp gas engine and hydrostatic drive. Owned by Larry Zauder.|
|Illinois Terminal RR Co. #73 is a model of an electric locomotive or “motor”. Powered by electricity from an overhead wire it had no engine inside it. The model is powered by batteries and has motors between the wheels. Built from scratch by Bob Anderson.|
|Illinois Terminal RR Co. #1575 is another model of an electric locomotive or “motor”. The unique thing about 1575 is that it is just a different body on the chassis of #73. A novel idea that allows the owner to have “two” locomotives for the price of one. Scratchbuilt by Bob Anderson.|
|OUR NEWEST LOCOMOTIVE
Kevin’s Railway #9, “MARS” is a model of a 4-4-0 or “American”-type locomotive. A model of the type of locomotive that conquered the Wild, Wild West, it burns propane to make it’s steam.
|Union Pacific Railroad #2006 is a model of an EMD GP60. It is powered by batteries and has electric motors between each pair of wheels. Built by Jon Hollahan and Norman Brand of Norm and Jon’s Shop, owned by Britt Harrington.|
#713 is currently the largest steam locomotive at the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad. It is a 4-6-0 “Ten-Wheeler” and burns propane to make it’s steam. Originally built twenty years ago by Allen Models, it is now owned by Jon Hollahan.