GWR/SRC Decapod #90
Built to pull sugar beet trains for the Great Western Railway of Colorado, #90 was the only 2-10-0 decapod delivered to the railroad. Built in 1924, she was the largest and most powerful locomotive on the roster. She could routinely be found hauling 40-50 car trains, most of which were too heavy for the railroad’s fleet of 2-8-0’s. While on the GWR, #90 encountered a number of accidents, one of which severely damaged the engine after she was side swiped by a truck and tipped over on her side, killing the crew. She was also involved in an engine shed fire, in which she was used to tow the other locomotives from the burning engine shed.
After being retired in 1967, #90 was sold to the Strasburg Railroad and arrived on May 5th of that year. Aside from a few High Iron Company mainline excursions in 1968, #90 has not left the Strasburg’s 5 miles of trackage since. She has become the staple locomotive of the line, and is currently the largest and most powerful steam locomotive of the 4 operational engines there. When fired up, #90 is typically in charge of the day’s hourly trips, while one of the other locomotives handle the shorter half hourly trains. Super heated at 200psi boiler pressure, and with (10) 56″ drivers, #90 produces 48,960 lbs of tractive effort; enough power to handle up to a 10 car passenger train.
While on the Great Western, #90 received a 2nd sand dome, and a forward extension on her smokebox, giving extra arresting space, allowing her to burn very low quality coal. She retained these two modifications for a little over 20 years on the Strasburg Railroad, until they were removed in 1992, having been deemed unnecessary. #90 has also received many different paint schemes over the years, as well as different headlight and alternated black or red number plates. She was built with a Crosby 3 chime, eventually being replaced with a 5 chime in the 1950s, and once arriving at the Strasburg Railroad, she receive a Reading 6 Chime whistle, stamped with the serial number matching one of the Reading Line’s 4-6-2 streamlined Crusader locomotives, which she still retains to this day.
In the 1980’s, the hourly train ran with 8 or 9 cars, while the half hourly train ran with 5 or 6 cars. This GWR/SRC #90 Package includes the 1980’s hourly train. The PRR E7s #7002 package available HERE includes the 1980’s half hourly train. Both of which were commissioned by Mark Cole.
GWR/SRC 90 megapack includes: (11) Engines, (10) Tenders and (9) Passenger cars
Locomotive variations include:
GWR V1: 1950-1960s appearance
SRC V1: 1960-1970s appearance w/SRC Egg Logo
SRC V2: Early-Mid 1980’s appearance
SRC V3: Late 1980’s-1991 appearance
SRC V4: 1992 appearance
SRC V5: 1993-2005 appearance
GWR V2: 2006-2010 appearance
GWR V3: 2011-2012 appearance
GWR V4: 2013 appearance
SRC V6: 2014-2015 appearance
SRC V7: 2017-Present appearance
1980’s Hourly Train Passenger cars include:
07: “Marian” B&M Parlor
08: “London Run” WMR Coach
09: “Walnut Hollow” P&R Coach
10: “Lee E. Brenner” B&M Coach
11: “Gobbler’s Knob” B&M Coach
12: “Cherry Crest” B&M Coach
13: “Mill Creek” B&M Coach
14: “Daffodil Spring” B&M Open Air
15: “Hello Dolly” B&M Open Air
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