13.6.18

THE PROTOTYPE MOVES.

An enterprising archivist has turned up Soviet Nauka i Tekhnika (science and technology, comrade) footage of the one and only 4-14-4.


That's a fair number of gondolas on the drawbar. If what we are looking at here is the locomotive's delivery trip to Moscow, it did a bit of work before being withdrawn to the Shcherbinka test plant.

My plan for the model is to make up a batch of six-axle battleship gons, to make the case that Comrade Nyetnyev invented the unit coal train.  I also have some work to do now, as this is evidence the real thing actually did some socialist labor!

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