Britain's Gauge O Guild are the Go-To people for all things O Scale in the UK. (Over there, it's 1:43.5, over here it's 1:48, and yet we manage.)
This year, the Guild celebrates sixty years of bringing order to the messy world of model railroading.
This weekend comes their big annual show, Guildex at Telford (sampler here.)
The Stewards have called on modellers to bring their Pacific locomotives for a display on Sunday.
I'm not making the trip this year, but the Roundhouse Foreman has rolled out a few to show the flag, as it were.
Left to right: Boston and Maine 3710 Peter Cooper (Lima 1934); Boston and Maine 3630 (Schenectady 1911); State of Maine Northern 231 (Alco 1924).
On British metals, the Pacific was the top-link passenger locomotive, a duty that went to Hudsons, or some classes of Northerns, (or to diesels) in the States. The Pacific made a pretty good medium-duty passenger locomotive. Medium duty, however, was pretty stressful. Peter Cooper has more oomph than a Duchess or a Gresley Streak, although it might be unsporting for me to put a stoker- and booster-equipped locomotive up against a hand-bomber. And the British set those steam speed and endurance records with hand-fired locomotives.