Advertising, Art and Models of the R-1
|This advertisement from the
International Nickel Company features an R-1
as well as several other contemporary steam
Nickel steel was popular just prior to WWII for use in constructing boilers as it was significantly stronger than the steels that had been previously used, allowing the use of thinner material for the boiler and a subsequent weight saving.
Unfortunately after these boilers had been in service for some years, it was found that many of them developed extensive microscopic cracks. This was determined to be caused by fabrication techniques in some cases, and water treatment in others. This was a very expensive problem at the worst possible time for steam as diesel-electric locmotives were begining to make inroads.
Some locomotives built during WWII were inadvertantly lucky, as nickel was in short supply due to the war effort necessitating the use of conventional boiler steel. As a result "war baby" locomotives generally avoided the issues mentioned above.
|This advertisement from
Baldwin's subsidiary Standard Steel Works
notes many of the specialized parts used in
the R-1's were produced by Standard.
|This advertisment from Sunbeam
ran in the December 24, 1938 issue of Railway
Age magazine and shows the turbo-generators and
headlights they provided for the R-1's.
Art featuring the R-1.
The artist's rendering below was purchased at an estate sale in New Jersey in the summer of 2016; the image was forwarded to me by Mrs. Joanne Harvey for use on the website. Mrs. Harvey believes it was a concept drawing done at the Baldwin Locomotive Works prior to the construction of the locomotive to present to the railroad for review. Note that the locomotive in the drawing appears to have conventional bearings on an outside bearing lead truck.
A brass HO scale model of the R-1 was imported by Overland Models in the mid-1970's:
The Smithsonian Institution owns a large (1/2 inch = 1 foot) scale model of an R-1. This model is currently (February 2022) on loan to another organization.
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