Was there a
prototype for the Basic Project Engine?
images below can be found on pages 18 and 19 of "Logging Railroads of
the West" by Kramer Adams. Obviously, the Basic Project Engine is
not a scale model of either of these engines. However,
the Basic Project Engine is faithful to the engineering intent of its full
size predecessors. In other words, it is a flatcar converted to a
locomotive utilizing blacksmith skills and any available power source
(typically a vertical boiler and stationary engine). I like to
think that this makes the Basic Project Engine at least somewhat
prototypical. Others may argue that it is toy-like. I
believe it's a little bit of both. Nonetheless, it is a truly
interesting and fun locomotive that happens to turn heads wherever it
images are shown with their original captions.