PRR K4s Streamlined #3768
In the mid-1930’s, during the Great Depression, passenger traffic on America’s railroads plummeted to an all-time low. Many US railroads experimented with streamlining steam engines and creating matching train sets to regain public ridership and steer them away from automotive travel. In 1936, Raymond Loewy designed a full body shroud for PRR K4s #3768. The bulk of the locomotives functionality was covered, so it acquired the nickname “Torpedo.” It incorporated a center headlight bullet nose, full length sky-lining, an enclosed cab, silver and multiple gold pin striping, and full shrouding across the wheels, pilot & cylinders. Oddly, #3768 was painted Dark Bronze. Shortly after, it was repainted to the railroad’s standard locomotive enamel. The shrouding was removed around the wheels to provide easier access for servicing the drivers and rods. For a time, #3768 was the preferred engine for the PRR’s Broadway Limited.
Unfortunately, #3768 was retired in 1953 and sold for scrap.
PRR K4s Streamlined #3768 set includes: (1) Engine and Tender in Bronze and (1) Engine and Tender in PRR DGLE
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