Fifty years after Lester Friend's 1962 death, the opportunity to visit, and examine, his original 3/4" inch scale live steam 4-6-6-4 "Union Pacific Challenger" articulated engine (built during World War II), is sought.
Here is the YANKEE SHOP CHALLENGER outside the "Yankee Shop" at Danvers, Mass. about 1949. The bronze casting that forms the bottom of the tender can be seen in the below photo.
The "Caterpillar Water Bottom" for the 3/4" scale Yankee Shop Challenger. The original can be seen beneath the tender in the above photo.
The 3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge YANKEE SHOP "Challenger" by Lester Friend, seen here in the 1950s at the Danvers track of the New England Live Steamers. Do you know where this locomotive is today? I'd like to see the locomotive "in person" so that its design details can be documented. Please see below.
Friends would like the opportunity to see, measure, sketch, and photograph the 3/4" scale Yankee Shop 4-6-6-4 Union Pacific "Challenger" which was built by Lester Friend in Yankee Shop of Danvers, Mass. during World War II. During construction, the locomotive was nicknamed "Judy" by Lester Friend. A series of construction articles about this locomotive was published in The Model Craftsmanmagazine during the World War 2 years of the1940s.
This is NOT a request to buy an engine that is not for sale. I would like the opportunity to photograph, measure, and sketch certain of its design details, so that I can properly document Lester Friend's original work; complete the blueprints; and make a full set of castings available again.
Design details never drawn by Lester Friend, and now sought:
Reverse quadrant and reach rod
Reverse shaft's connection between front and rear chasses
If you own Lester Friend's 3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge live steam Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 articulated Challenger, and are amenable to a visit, please contact me. If you know its location, please tell the owner of my interest in seeing the locomotive, and please contact the owner on my behalf.
If you own the locomotive and permit me to visit, I will cheerfully provide compensation for your time and inconvenience.
If you are a live steamer who knows where Lester Friend's challenger is located, you will receive a very special gift from Friends if you assist me in arranging a visit with the locomotive.
Not sure if you own it? It has 4 cylinders, 2 on each side; it has an approximately 6" diameter copper boiler; it has 12 wheels (6 on each side); a riveted cab and tender; a "centipede" style tender with 14 wheels (7 each side); it was coal-fired, and possibly has a small amount of leftover coal in the tender; and is 3-1/2" inches between the rails (tracks).
If you THINK you might own a locomotive of this description but are not sure of its identity, please contact me.