3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge 4-6-4 "Hudson", New York Central Railroad
The original Laverne Langworthy/Yankee Shop Hudson, from the 1930s.
The 3/4" scale "Yankee Shop Hudson", with optional Walschaert valve gear. Photo courtesy of Keith Taylor.
The 3/4" Scale, 3-1/2" Gauge "Yankee Shop Hudson", Baker valve gear version. Photo courtesy of Steve Bratina.
3/4" scale 3-1/2" gauge Coal Fired 5-1/2" diameter copper boiler, silver soldered (can be rolled from flat sheet, or seamless copper tube can purchased from Reeves in the United Kingdom)
Combustion Chamber 3-1/2 inches long with 6 water tube (circulation) stays Two thermic siphons Superheater Shaking grates
Steam powered water pump below the cab Dummy "Franklin type", power reverse Baker or Walshaert valve gear
Cylinders 1-7/16 inch bore by 1-3/4 inch stroke Piston valves, 7/8 inch diameter by 9/16 inch stroke All steam and exhaust ports cored into the cylinder casting
Drive Wheels, 4-15/16 diameter on tread Engine truck, front trailer, and tender wheels: 2-1/4 inches diameter Rear trailer truck wheels, 3-3/16 inches diameter
Firebox 5-5/8 inches by 8-1/4 inches
Steam Brakes on the engine and tender Hand pump in the tender Injector and axle pump optional (to be fitted by the builder, but a Friends Models 2 ram axle pump drawing, and casting, can be supplied)
Solid Cast Bronze "Tender Water Bottom"
Length of engine and tender, 72 inches Height, top of rail to top of stack: 11-5/16 inches Width of tender and cab, 7-1/2 inches Wheelbase, engine: 30-1/4 inches. Tender: 23-1/16 inches. Engine & tender: 62-7/16 inches. Rigid wheelbase, drivers only: 10-1/2 inches. Weight of locomotive (approx.) 220 lbs.
The famous "Yankee Shop Hudson" in 3/4" scale was designed by Laverne Langworthy of Westerly, Rhode Island. Mr. Langworthy was born in 1877. He was a high school machine shop teacher in Westerly.
In the 1930s, he began designing, drawing, and making patterns for what was to become one of the finest models of a 3/4" scale New York Central "Hudson" ever designed. Beginning in the mid-1930s, he advertised castings for this Hudson in The Modelmaker magazine. Around World War II, Lester Friend of "Yankee Shop" bought the design rights and the patterns for the "Langworthy Hudson", and thereafter it became unofficially (but popularly) known as the Yankee Shop Hudson.Laverne Langworthy died in 1944.
Please click the Paypal link at left to have your complete set of "Langworthy Hudson" drawings shipped to the USA. For other countries, please inquire.
Section 1: FRAME
Pilot Beam and Front Deck Pilot ("cowcatcher") Front Coupler ("drop" type) Coupler Counterbalance Main Frame Center Brace Main Frame Front Brace Cradle
Section 2: TRUCKS
Pilot Truck Frame Pilot Truck Frame Bolster Pilot Truck Center Plate Pilot Truck Wheels (4) Trailer Truck Side Frames Trailer Truck Rear Beam Trailer Truck Front Beam Trailer Truck Rear Axle Box Trailer Truck Front Axle Box Trailer Truck Front Wheels (2) Trailer Truck Rear Wheels (2)
Section 3: Drive Wheels
Main Axle Boxes (6) Drive Wheels, light (4) Drive Wheels, heavy (2)
Section 4: Steam Brakes
Brake Ring for Drive Wheels Brake Ring for Pilot Wheels & Trailer Truck Front Wheels Brake Ring for Trailer Truck Rear Wheels Brake and Spring Hanger Brackets Engine Brake Cylinder Engine Brake Cylinder Head
Grate Frame Grate Bars Steam Dome Inner Steam Dome Inner Cover Steam Dome Outer Sand Dome Throttle, poppet type Throttle Mount Plate Throttle Shaft Outer Bearing Super Heater Head Smokebox Front Smokestack Petticoat Turrett Globe Valve Bodies Angle Valve Bodies Water glass casting Water Glass Steam Gauge Power Reverse Cylinder (dummy) Headlight Headlight Bracket Bell, Bell Hanger, and Bow Air Pumps (dummy) Air Pump Brackets, L & R
All Castings to be traditional "sand castings" EXACTLY as were available for this locomotive from the 1930s until 1980
Section 7: Tender
Tender Truck Frames Tender Truck Sides Tender Truck End Beams Tender Truck Bolsters Tender Truck Center Plates Tender Truck Axle Boxes Tender Truck Wheels Tender Water Bottom Tender Steps Tender Draw Bar Pocket Tender Rear Bumper Coupler and Knuckle Tender Brake Cylinder Brake Cylinder Front Head Brake Cylinder Rear Head Hand Pump Hand Pump Gland
Classic Live Steam of Yesteryear: All castings to be produced in New England, USA, in the tradition of the "old days".
Section 1, the Frame Group
Available January 2013 for the first time in roughly 35 years. All other sections in development.
Pilot Beam and Front Deck. Click the photo, to enlarge.
The Pilot (cowcatcher). Please click the photo to enlarge.
The drop coupler, knuckle, and counterbalance. Click photo to enlarge.
Main frame center brace. Click the photo to enlarge, please.
Main frame front brace. Please click the photo to enlarge.
The Cradle. Please click on photo, to enlarge.
Section One pricing: $795 plus $30 shipping to the USA, or plus $70 shipping to Canada. Payable with the "Paypal" buttons below. To pay by check, or for other countries, please inquire.
Please click the "Buy" button at left, for your "Laverne Langworthy" Section One (frame castings) to be shipped to the USA.
Please click the "Buy" button at right, for your "Laverne Langworthy" Section One (frame castings) to be shipped to Canada.
Section 2: TRUCKS
Section 3: Drive Wheels
June, 2014: The Drive Wheel Section is ready. Patterns for the correct 17-spoke drive wheels as designed by Mr. Langworthy, were used. This is the first time the 17-spoke drivers have been available in more than 70 years!Yankee Shop Machinists and later Friends Models, always provided an 18-spoke type. You now have available to you what Mr. Langworthy designed, drew, and intended.
The Drive Wheel Section ("Section 3") is comprised of 2 heavy and 4 light wheels, with 17 spokes each; also 6 main bearings. All cast in New England, USA.
Price for Section 3 is $750.00 plus shipping. You may click the Paypal link below to place your order for Section 3.
The Drive Wheels. Click the photo to enlarge.
(Photo of main bearings in cast iron, coming soon!)
Please click the "Buy" button at left, for your "Laverne Langworthy" Section 3 (drive wheel castings) to be shipped to the USA.
Section 7: The Tender
All tender components are in development. The tender water bottom has already been produced and is available. Other components to be ready 2014.
This is the underside of the Tender Waterbottom for the 3/4" scale "Laverne Langworthy Hudson". Bronze, sand cast in New England USA. It may be purchased below.
The 3/4" scale Hudson Water Bottom is available for $750.00. It is made in the USA of bronze. Shipping is not included in the purchase price. It will be calculated based on your address and may be paid in a separate transaction. The rest of the tender section, "Section 7", such as: trucks, wheels, water pump, coupler, etc. is not included in the $750 purchase price. The $750 includes the tender water bottom ONLY.
Laverne Langworthy at Danvers, MA in 1938.
This is 21 Grove Avenue, Westerly Rhode Island.......the former home of Laverne and Grace Langworthy. Taken July 22nd, 2010. This home is just one block from the Westerly Station on the New Haven Railroad's famous "Shore Line" between Boston and New York (now Amtrak), and is the location from which Mr. Langworthy sold his Hudson castings in the 1930s. He died in 1944.
The late J. Drennan "Doc" Lowell at the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers' track at Southwick, Massachusetts in the 1970s, on a 3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge "Yankee Shop Hudson".
A "Yankee Shop Hudson" at the New Jersey Live Steamers. 3/4" scale, 3-1/2 gauge, another excellent example of this classic by Laverne Langworthy.
Harry Hansen runs his 3/4" scale "Laverne Langworthy" Hudson