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23 O G A U G E R A I L R O A D I N G J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 LionChief Plus Lackawanna 4-6-0 Camelback Review and Photos by George Brown Until recently, a type of locomotive that was not often mod- eled in 3-rail O gauge is the camelback, regardless of the wheel arrangement. e camelback's profile of its cab straddling the boiler is distinctive to say the least. At the back of the boiler, the abbreviated shelter for the fireman adds to the camelback's allure or rebuff, depending on your viewpoint. Either way, the LionChief Plus 4-6-0 camelback from Lionel captures the essence of the camelback as a type. Prototype Notes Personally, I've always regarded camelbacks, also colloquially called Mother Hubbards, as ugly machines, but ones that keep grabbing my interest. As to the LionChief Plus model, photos of 1:1 scale ten-wheeler camelbacks from several anthracite roads pointed to the Central Railroad of New Jersey T38 as the apparent prototype. e CNJ is one of the road names offered in the current Lionel release along with Erie, Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia and Reading. e predominant identifying features of the CNJ Class T38 were the single sand dome between the cab and stack and the arched cab windows. Built by Baldwin in 1914, the 113-ton T38s rode on 69˝ drivers and developed a tractive effort of over 38,300 pounds from a boiler pressure of 210 psi. e photos showed the CNJ and other road's camelback ten-wheelers in both passenger and freight service. e real Lackawanna #1035 was the road's Class H7. It was also a camelback 4-6-0 with specifications similar to the CNJ T38 but was built by Alco in 1910. However, the Lackawanna H7s had two domes between the cab and stack and straight top cab windows. Construction and Features As with preceding steam locomotives in the LionChief Plus line of products, the camelback's engine and tender are both predominantly die-cast with details that are either part of the indi- vidual casting or added during assembly. Cast-in details include

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