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A Review of Broadway 2-10-2

Background History:

The 3800 Class (nos. 3800-3940) were the latest Santa Fe 2-10-2 design. Built by Baldwin between 1919 and 1927, the were the prime freight hauling locomotive in Southern California, giving up their domain only when the big Santa Fe FT freights outnumbered them in the 1950’s. Their exhausts echoed off Cajon Pass for the last time in the summer of 1952. The last 2-10-2 was 3833 when it helped an eastward freight train to Summit and returned “light to San Bernardino on June 28, 1952. Sadly not one of the 3800 were saved all meet the torch by 1956.

The 2-10-2 can be seen as an extension of the 2-8-2 "Mikado" type with a bit more tractive effort, sharing many of the advantages and disadvantages of the type. Like all ten-coupled designs, the long rigid wheelbase of the driving wheels presented a problem on curves, requiring blind drivers, lateral motion devices and much play on the outer axles. To limit this problem, the driving wheels were generally small (up to 64 in (1.63 m)), but such small wheels meant sufficient counterweight for the heavy side and main rods could not be provided.

The 2-10-2 ruled Cajon as one of the main engines pulling or helping the rear of trains pushing up heavy trains up the 2.2% grade. During the Spud rush Santa Fe utilized the 2-10-2 to haul freights when no diesels were available.

A good example of a prototypical consist was in October 5, 1947 GFX train originating from San Bernardino to Summit which had 3155 (2-8-2), 3899 (2-10-2) and on the back end pushing 3885 and 3857 and waycar 2191. At Summit the two helpers would decouple, push the waycar up a spur track and move back on to the main. The waycar then would roll on to the back of the train, if it didn’t make it the helpers would push the waycar to the last car. The two 2-10-2 the would reverse themselves using the way at Summit and run light down to San Bernardino.


Opening the box both engine and tender where nicely rapped in foam, unlike the 4-8-4 these needed no extra parts added. It does come with an extra driver. The engine comes with two figures ready to go all that is needed to attach the tender. The number and ATSF lettering are crisp and clear.



With typical prototypical Broadway limited/QSI sound these run and sound great. On of the first thing I do is program CV3 &4 to 2, this allows for more smooth startup and slow down. The chuffs and puffs match the driver wheels much better than the 4-8-4. Otherwise it looks very good on any layout.


The sound is QSI sound and typical:
On a rating from 1-10
F1 - Bell - Excellent. 10
F2 - Whistle - Excellent. 10
F3 - Uncouple.- Excellent 9
F4 - Air let off - Excellent 9
F5 – Engine hiss - Excellent
F6 - Doppler Effect Excellent 9
F7 - Brake squeal – 8 a bit quite
F8 - Mute. Excellent 10
F9 - Short Air Let-off 10
F10 - ID when idle, when running speed in MPH. Excellent 10

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY: Overall this very high quality made train, there will be alternations needed for different time periods but great job.

Overall rating (1-10) 9

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