This is my most recent project. . . . .
This engine originally started as a Gauge One Rich Art Bi Polar. If you are not aware of these engines, they are really a beautiful piece, in their original form. I have found, after years of searching for a Rich Art Bi Polar engine in good working condition, they are VERY hard to find. Apparently they were made in Gauge one, but the versions I have witnessed in the past were in standard gauge. This engine is very long and hinged in the middle. In their purest form, these engines have two eight wheel drive trucks, one under each section of the main cab. Its wheel configuration is 4-8-8-4.
I have also converted the drive train from gauge one, which runs on DC to standard gauge, which runs on AC with the use of two McCoy trolley motors, which have been placed in Roberts' lines 100 series trucks. To add length to the drive trucks, I have attached two Roberts lines trucks, bot relying upon the middle axles, making these trucks a 6 wheels drive train. I hope these photos further explain this conversion . . . .