Well. I'd like to think that it will go to a home where it will be run, and not stuck in an 'aquarium' forever.
I know that if it were mine I'd be running it right now just to see all the wiggly bits moving in a concerto of motion.
Fujii-san and his team were immensely proud of the Big boy, and rightly so - apart from the wondrous but fragile Fine-Arts model, it still represents the standard of craftsmanship that all others strive for. An acquaintance in Japan has five of them - all the preserved numbers - all live-steam. WE ALL get to enjoy the days he brings them along to a session.
I did not realize that the Aster was that valuable. I can see where it would be a beautiful engine considering what the live steam version of the engine looks like. You probably know we are fortunate
to have two of the Big Boy's that run at Steve's from time to time. Like you said.Hope it will be running on some track soon and maybe shared with us here on MLS.
This are 8 foot radius, period.
7' 11" and they're on the ground.
I did a full-on radio battery sound conversion on one many years ago.
Then found out the main drive gears shXt themselves out the bottom.
Seems there was this recall.
They "fixed" all but one, as the original owner never bothered to send for parts as he never ran it.
I remember a few years ago, there were 2 Aster big boys(electric) on sale on Ebay, one for $7500 usd and the other one for I belive $8,000 usd. One did sell, the other one I believe it did not. A few months ago, a live steam BB went for $17,000 usd. I wonder that if know they are willing to pay $12,000 for an electric one, then the live steam version is in what number? Also, have anyone notice that Southern steam trains have on the inventory AD-60 on kits and on RTR? I remember I was told that all were gone and they were suppose to be only in KIT form. Well anyway, what
is next after S2, AD-60?
There was a converted Commodore on ebay a few months ago with the comment that it could only just haul itself around the track. This one looks to be doing fine with the almost obligatory set of PFE reefers so I guess at least two were converted. I really like the streamliners from this era and just wish Aster would do one in steam as opposed to the big, brutal machines that Hans clearly favors!
This is the same loco that was on eBay. The owner (Andy) now says he is glad that it didn't sell and wants to make the necessary modifications to make enough steam for this wonderful engine. The boiler was built with cross tubes in the flue, and therefore limited the length of the poker burner. A change to a ceramic burner should make the difference. Andy was going to contact David Baily for suggestions but got a new job and moved from the state before I had a chance to see any changes. I hope once he gets settled in the new home he will keep us updated on any progress made.