Mantua Mallet locomotive of the Weyerhaeuser Timber company

HO-Scale - 1980's

Axle code: 2-6-6-2 (1-CC-1). Locomotive number: 127

Starting in the early 1980s, Mantua Metal Products began producing an HO scale 2-6-6-2 that they dubbed the "articulated logger." Since then, many of these articulateds have been sold in a variety of road names and in kit form, making it probably the most common logging Mallet related item produced. The model itself is based on the narrow gauge Uintah #50. Mantua solved the gauge problem by scaling up the locomotive to standard gauge proportions. While this makes what should be a small tank engine into a behemoth comparable to Sierra #38, the result is still quite presentable. The models look right at home on a logging layout, and they run better (and cost a lot less) than any of the brass logging Mallets.


However, the locomotive, though it looks quite OK, looks and feels rather plasticy...

The 2-6-6-2 Mallet, exemplified by Weyerhauser No. 9, was perhaps the ultimate development of the logging locomotive. Compact, powerful, and flexible, the type was ideally suited to pulling heavy loads over rough, sharply curved track. Geared locomotives like the Shay also possessed these traits, but could not make the speed of a rod engine. Baldwin Locomotive Works photo.

The miniature is not exactly the same as the Mallet in this photograph, but of course the details will have changed over the series of locomotives produced.

The Weyerhaeuser Company still exists, and is an American timberland company which owns nearly 12,400,000 acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manages an additional 14,000,000 acres timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. The company also manufactures wood products.

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