Early Berkshire Project Now In Production
“Berkshire Project Update”
The project is progressing well and Boo Rim Precision is working on the parts patterns. The current schedule shows delivery of the sample models
in March 2017.
Road names include Boston & Maine, Boston & Albany, ATSF, Southern Pacific & Illinois Central !
The Master Craftsmen at Boo Rim Precision in Seoul, Korea will create these unique locomotives. Models will feature 63” drivers, Maxon Swiss motors, a DCC wiring harness, and beautiful factory finishing. Nine different versions are planned featuring unique tenders and details including the Coffin and Elesco feedwater heaters as on the prototype.
In March 1925, Lima’s new 2-8-4 demonstrator A-1 went to the Boston & Albany for test service. Due to its exceptional performance, and similar test results at the Boston & Maine, these Lima built locomotives were ordered by the B&A and the B&M in 1925. Within months the B&A acquired 25 2-8-4’s that were numbered 1400-1424 and arrived with small 4 wheel tenders. In 1926 and 1927, 20 additional Berkshires numbered #1425-1444 arrived. In later years, the larger NYC tender was added to many of these locomotives. The new B&M Berkshires #6000-6019 arrived at Mechanicville in 1928 to serve the Fitchburg and Portland Divisions.
In 1945 due to the WWII traffic boom, the B&M sold 17 locomotives to the AT&SF and the SP. Ten arrived at the SP and were put in service hauling Rio Grande Division tonnage. They maintained their coal tenders until 1950 when they were all transferred to California and converted to burning oil. They then were assigned to Bakersfield and Roseville, California. Numbered 3500-3509, they eventually had the Coffin Feedwater removed. The Baker valve gear was also replaced with Walschaert style gear. The seven Berkshires that arrived on the AT&SF were numbered 4193-4199 and were assigned to the coal burning territory. Most served the AT&SF without any modifications. The exception was 4197 which was greatly modified.
Due to the success of the Boston & Albany #1433 tested on the Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo in 1928, the TH&B ordered two similar engines from the Montreal Locomotive Works, #201 and #202. These two locomotives were the only two Berkshires in Canada and primarily saw service between Aberdeen Yard in Hamilton and Montrose Yard on the Michigan Central at Niagara Falls.
Road names & numbers offered by River Raisin Models:
RRM-1500 - B&A Class A-1a 2-8-4 (Numbers 1406 & 1409) Elesco FWH, later Gothic lettering, black
boiler, short tender.
RRM-1501 - B&A Class A-1b 2-8-4 (Numbers 1425 & 1426) Elesco FWH, early RR Roman lettering,
Green boiler, short tender.
RRM-1502 - B&A Class A-1b 2-8-4 (Numbers 1437 & 1442) Elesco FWH, later Gothic lettering, black
boiler, long NYC J-1c tender.
RRM-1503 - Boston & Maine Class T-1a 2-8-4 (Numbers 4004 & 4012) Coffin FWH, pilot deck
headlight, block lettering, four axle tender.
RRM-1504 - Boston & Maine Class T-1a 2-8-4 (Numbers 4017 & 4018) Coffin FWH, pilot deck
headlight, block lettering, large six axle welded tender.
RRM-1505 - AT&SF 2-8-4 (Number 4196 & 4198) (ex B&M 4000 series) Coffin FWH, large six axle
RRM-1506 - Southern Pacific 2-8-4 (Numbers 3505 & 3506) (ex B&M 4000 series) Coffin FWH, boiler
tube pilot, four axle coal tender, early Southern Pacific Lines lettering.
RRM-1506.1 - Southern Pacific 2-8-4 (Numbers 3500 & 3501) (ex B&M 4000 series) Coffin FWH,
pressed steel pilot, I20-C-7 oil tender, late Southern Pacific lettering.
RRM-1510 - Illinois Central 2-8-4 circa 1940’s (Rebuilt 8000 series). Three Numbers.
River Raisin Models will execute the project with our builder, Boo Rim Precision of South Korea. The preliminary pricing for these models is $2299 and the colored boiler models are $100 additional. We are requesting a $400 deposit per model with each reservation. I want to thank the Division Point Inc. and Owner, Jack Vansworth for sharing their design data with us.
River Raisin Models and
Boo Rim Precision
discuss future plans.
Dan Navarre and SeHo Jang, the owner of Boo Rim Precision, behind the display table at the O/S West Train Show in California, February, 2012. Both proudly showing off the new USRA 0-6-0 production samples recently built by the Master Craftsmen at Boo Rim Precision.