Reviewed October 2013
by Timothy Dike
Alliance ModelWorks has been adding to their line of accessories. This new one will appeal to the Railroad lover and diorama fan you all of us. It's a USRA 2-8-8-2 Steam Locomotive typical of those in service leading up to WW2. While Diesels were starting to take over in the 40's, the war effort put slowed things down as the same engines were used to power submarines and small escorts and landing craft. So Steam engines were given a little more time. Most likely you would see this type of locomotive on the mainline, so I wouldn't plan on switching your dockyard diorama with one, however many mainlines ran next to the dockyards and these giant steam engines would look at home pulling war supplies into the yards. Most railroads handled the passengers with the newer (cleaner) diesels, so let your E-9 locomotive pull the troop train, and this one drag the freights. 

 Railroad that used this type of locomotive include:

  • Baltimore and Ohio
  • Clinchfield
  • Norfolk and Western
  • Virginian
  • Denver and Rio Grande Western
  • Northern Pacific 
The boiler is cast in resin with steam domes and the basic components in one piece. The lower frame with the cylinders provides a base for the photo etch sides. The tender body is plain as it is mostly a base for the photo etch to attach to. 
click to enlarge
Click to enlarge images below
click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge
A nice relief photo etched sheet provides the wheels and drivers, piping, cab, tender sides and other parts to add the finer fittings. 
The instructions are a single page showing the basic construction. They give the basic assembly but don't show the couplers or rear doors. 
Here are a few views of the completed kit. 
This is really cool set that will allow you to combine your love of ships and trains! Now if I could just find a way to motorize them! A whole line of freight cars and other RR accessories is available to choose from. 

This is set number # NW70022 2-8-8-2 Steam Loco & Coal Tender. Harry@Battlefleet Models has them for $13 as of October 2013. Check out the entire line and many others on the website.