One advantage of creating fictional vehicles as models, rather than sprites, is that you don’t have to decide on a prototype to base your drawing on; you can just build a steam engine, and let form follow function. That’s what I did with my first steam locomotive for Pineapple Trains, the Stanley Major.
750hp, 112km/hWhile at first blush this locomotive might look quite American, it was largely based on British prototypes. Indeed, the original working name for this locomotive was the “Horsell Crab”, and the primary design inspiration was supposed to be the LMS Horwich Mogul:
One aspect of this design which survived in the finished model is the raised section of the (very Un-American) running plate, which ended up housing the air cylinders.
The name Stanley for this manufacturer was chosen for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a rather old fashioned, solid-sounding names. Secondly, I’m afraid, a couple of puns. Baldwin was the world’s largest manufacturer of steam engines, and Stanley Baldwin was a British prime minister. The first two vehicles from this manufacturer are the General and the Major, and “Major General Stanley” is a character from the Pirates of Penzance (you know his song, even if you don’t know the opera).
There were a couple of reasons why I made this locomotive black, rather than company coloured. Firstly, black locomotives look nice and industrial, and provide a nice visual indication of locomotives which are “supposed” to be used for freight rather than passengers. Secondly, it saves on sprites, which is important for the file size! The Major, along with the other Stanley steam engines, has 9 animation frames (the wheel size actually runs at 4.5 frames per rotation – perhaps I should have made the wheels a little larger and made it 5 frames), so even just one livery has 9*8 = 72 sprites.
500hp, 72km/h(Currently) the first vehicle in the set, the General is a small, light, and cheap workhorse. The primary design inspiration was the Fowler 4F, as seen above, and it was created simply by removing the pony truck from the Major and shortening the boiler. The joys of 3D!
This powerhouse 2-8-0 was added in the 1.1 update, to bridge the considerable speed and power gap between the existing steam locomotives and the AMF Chief. It has a very large boiler diameter, necessitating shorter domes and chimney, and a flared wide firebox; the end result being rather Gresley-esque, in my opinion.Shark
Like all right-thinking people, I love the look of the Baldwin RF-16 “shark-nose” locomotives. Updating the North American Railway Set in April inspired me to create a version of this locomotive for Pineapple trains, and – given that the original was created by Baldwin – ascribing it to Stanley seemed like the obvious thing to do. It is, currently, the only Stanley locomotive with company colours.
Tractor / Cart / Cart / Oilcan
The first generation of heavy road vehicles (flatbed, tipper, hopper, and tanker), which will be steam powered, will be Stanley vehicles. There’ll be more information on these… eventually.
As a final thought, it struck me a few weeks ago, while I was at the Ipswich train museum taking some photos for a university assignment, that the Stanley Major somewhat resembles the original “Pineapple” from 10 years ago; the QR PB15 class.