Axle code: 2-8-8-2 (2-DD-2), locomotive number 1586
This is by far the biggest locomotive I ever owned. The locomotive alone must have been about 80 cm, or almost 3 feet! Added to that was the Vanderbilt tender, making the total far more than a meter, probably about 4 feet.|
The American Aristocraft company was one of few companies (apart from LGB) who commercially makes locomotives bigger than 1-Scale. And this in fact is the biggest one they produced. And; it is heavy; despite having a plastic body of both the locomotive and tender, the metal chassis, motors, and it's sheer size makes it difficult to handle!
Aristocraft, produced several different models, including and not limited to diesel and steam locomotives, track and turnouts, they choose to work in 1:29 scale, also commonly called gauge 1, the advantage of this scale is that they could make prototypically large locomotives that would run on what is commonly called G gauge track. allowing their trains, the ability to run on the classic code 330 rails spaced at 45mm, it also made their track and turnouts interchangeable with LGB.
The USRA 2-8-8-2 was one of the USRA standard classes of steam locomotive. A total of 106 locomotives were built to this plan for the USRA; postwar, it became a de facto standard design.