I am a retired Amtrak worker, where I was a radio maintainer. I also worked for the Cape May Seashore Lines, where I held many titles; some of which were locomotive engineer and conductor, along with movable bridge operator and station master.
I have experience in commercial 2-way radio and railroading.
Art consists mainly of 3D CGI; created with Poser, Bryce, DAZ Studio, Vue, and AutoCad 2000.
Current Residence: Malaga, NJ
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock
Operating System: Windows
Shell of choice: Clam?
Personal Quote: If it's a tie at a grade crossing, YOU lose!
Well, the U.S. sort of came up with a "flying tank". Take your pick, either the AC130, aka "Angel of Death", or the A10 "Wart Hog".
I believe the A10 deserve the moniker more so than the AC130.
A few notes of trivia:
Mantua started out as Mantua Metal Products and was started in the town I grew up in, Mantua, New Jersey. They then moved to Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. I have been to their factory and, until they closed, still had parts for even their earliest models. A friend went there looking for the old hook and loop couplers they made. They asked him for his address and a few weeks later he received a dozen in the mail at no charge.
Mantua was the kit side of the company while TYCO, initially, was the ready to run side. They were of the same quality as the Mantua products, until Consolidated Foods bought Mantua/TYCO from the Tyler family,. CF then degraded the TYCO line into importerd not quite junk and drastically cut back on the offerings of the Mantua line of kits. Up until then everything was made in Woodbury Heights. The Tylers were eventually able to buy back the Mantua name, but the damage had been done to the brand name.
TYCO is a shortening of TYlers' COmpany. As noted above, the Tyler family owned MANTUA/TYCO.
Nice work on the model.
Looking at the running gear I can tell it's a Mantua/TYCO model. Some of the engines made by Mantua/TYCO will last for decades. I have a few of them in my collection.
Interesting side note: Lurch was supposed to be mute, but when Ted Cassidy auditioned for the part he ad-libbed "You rang." They thought it was perfect and the rest, as they say, is history. BTW, Ted was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Philippi, West Virginia. :=3
I'm sorry, but I have to correct you: That's not the Big Boy #4014, but UP's 4-8-4 #844, a Northern type locomotive, which the UP classed as a "FEF" for Four Eight Four, its wheel arrangement.
The 844 is a rigid frame locomotive and the Big boy is an articulated locomotive with a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement.
A side note is that the 844 was never removed from the roster; it has always been an active locomotive, the only such main-line steam locomotive in the U.S.