Model Y-class locomotives

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Sat Aug 31 16:14:09 EDT 2019

Now if someone just made them Y6 or Y3 in scale, Oh Well.

Joe Grzelak

On 8/31/2019 12:36 PM, NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List wrote:
> Phil,
> While I tend to agree with you, the fact is manufacturers mostly 
> produce models based on either prototypes still around or the most 
> popular/biggest/fastest/noteworthy ones. The Y-6b was the last of it's 
> kind and probably the one that gets the most attention due to that 
> fact. The N&W was justly proud of it and the A and J and publicized 
> them more than other engines.  There were variations of those engines 
> as well that don't receive much if any attention. Take the first 
> series of the A...........boiler tube pilots, Laird crossheads, 
> different tenders or the original J's with Lairds, round top tenders 
> and some other minor differences. If you want those bring your 
> checkbook as they are available in brass.
> The Y-3 was done by Life Like P2K and admirably in a couple 
> variations. They are no longer made but frequently show up on ebay. 
> Walthers owns Life Like but I don't think the Y-3 has been a re-run yet.
> I think all versions of the Y class have been produced in brass with 
> KEY being the leader in variations there. Like you said they are very 
> expensive.
> I wish the modeling scene would change and we could get these engines 
> in model form but I doubt if it will happen. Maybe someone will do a 
> Someways boiler conversion for some of them someday to fit the 
> Rivarossi or BLI models. We can only hope that might happen in our 
> lifetime.
> Personally I'd rather see a lower priced, quality M, M-2 or E-2.
> Roger Huber
> Deer Creek Locomotive Works
> On Saturday, August 31, 2019, 07:04:55 AM CDT, NW Modeling List via 
> NW-Modeling-List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
> Good morning,
> Forgive me if this is a repeat of something covered in the past.
> At least in HO-scale, and maybe others, it seems like the vast 
> majority of Y-class locomotives produced are Y6b’s. The exceptions to 
> that are mostly very old brass, if you can even find them. One company 
> produced some Y3’s in the 1980’s, but you don’t see those for sale. 
> The only newer Y6a was one produced a few years ago that’s priced out 
> of most folks’ league. While the Y6b’s represent the zenith of the 
> design of those engines, and they’re excellent engines and models, 
> none of the real ones exist today. We do have one example each of Y3a 
> (Union, Illinois) and Y6a (Roanoke/St. Louis) engines. Since I presume 
> the drive mechanism for such models would be nearly the same, why 
> don’t we see any of those engines produced in HO-scale?  N-scale of 
> the A-class and Y-class would be nice too.
> For modeling, I tend to focus more on what exists today or existed at 
> the time I’ve been taking photos and modeling trains in recent 
> decades. Except for pieces of a Y6b in the Roanoke area, none exist 
> today. It would be nice if the manufacturers who are cranking out 
> endless great examples of Y6b locomotives would also produce Y6a and 
> Y3a engines. While some might also like to see other variations of 
> Y-class engines, we do have real touchable examples of Y6a and Y3a in 
> museums. I bet those museums might even consider selling them in their 
> shops too.
> Any takers? Just my 2 cents.
> Thanks,
> Phil Miller
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