Well, brothers, what do you think of our little "Annie," now she has been over the pond and got naturalised ? Isn't she just a peach - eight-wheel tender with booster and all complete, and all the rest of the latest American fashions ! Personally, I'm tickled to death with the appearance of our own little lady in this rig-out; I'm not responsible for the drawing, though, and you'll hardly believe it, but I haven't the foggiest notion who on earth is! A few days ago I was clearing out an accumulation of correspondence, books, papers, drawings and what-have-you, when I came across a big envelope with some drawings in it. The envelope was sent by post, direct to me, many moons ago, and it contained no indication as to whence it came. A few words relating to one of the drawings, that of a Midland single wheeler, were pencilled in one of the corners, and I compared these with some of my correspondence. There were five or six brothers whose calligraphy was very similar to the words, and I wrote to each of them in turn to thank them for the drawings; but every one disclaimed all knowledge of them. I therefore put the envelope away, in the hopes that "Brother Nobody" would in course of time reveal himself, and promptly forgot all about the drawings in the eternal struggle for a daily crust, until they came to light again as mentioned above. Well, Bro. Nobody, old pony, I'm not going to try to seek you out, if you have no wish to reveal your identity; but I'm going to thank you for the drawings, compliment you on your skill, and endeavour to make use of the clever way in which you have dolled up little "Annie" into a N.P. "frail," by describing briefly how she can be built to your idea. Some Difference !
Bro. Nobody has kept to the original British dimensions as far as works are concerned, by all appearances. The sizes of the leading truck wheels, coupled wheels, and lengths of bogie and coupled wheel-base are the same as on the original "Annie," but the bogie wheels are of the solid disc type. Cylinders and valve gear are also the same ; but after that he has to break away. Bar frames replace British "Annie's" plates; and the little L.M.S. boiler is quite a small affair beside American "Annie's" massive wagon-top generator. A typical American cab is shown, also the high running boards bracketed to the boiler. All the transatlantic blobs and gadgets are well in evidence, including pilot, central couplers, bell and headlight, sand dome, working brakes, and a duplex donkey pump of a type described in the Live Steam notes on donkey pumps in general. This particular one has the cylinders back to back, with the valves in a common steam chest, the trip rods being operated by a finger attached to the piston rod of the opposite cylinder. The pump delivers through a feed water heater which can easily be made to work.
British "Annie's" L.M.S. tender has been completely superseded by a regular U.S.A. eight-wheeler, the leading truck of which is arranged for booster operation, the wheels being coupled. The trucks are a cross between those used on "Fayette," and the Toonerville R.R. trucks; they are easy to make. Solid disc wheels are used. No brake gear is shown on the tender. Although the engine is just a simple 4-4-0, she would be far larger and more powerful than any engine of similar type in this country, and here are a few details of how to build a sister.
If anybody is especially interested in American "Annie," and wants further details, just sing out and I'll do my best to oblige, and maybe arrange for detailed blue prints.
The article on Hollywood Annie appeared in the 2nd January, 1936, edition of The Model Engineer.
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