This is semi-amazing for a prototype...
that never existed!
Below are thumbnails of The Whitby's offspring...
(that we KNOW of:),
click on any image to enlarge.
Santos Brothers in Central California, Jack & Robert, are
building two Whitby Locos in approximately 2.5" scale...
with the Whitby, its always approximately:). They will both be
electric steam outline locos. That is, they will look like steamers,
but run on battery power electric motors. When they told us what
they were planning, we sent them every illustration we had. They
even visited (to meet Whitby in person), and spent hours photographing
the little loco from every angle. Bless their hearts, they made
full size (2.5" scale) mechanical drawings, and delivered
them to us in Santa Clara at the National Narrow Gauge Convention.
The Phoebe, No.2
The next member of the extended Whitby family is Grandpa
Whitby. This loco is a true Grandpa in every sense, it is the
creation of Grandpa Dan Sawatzky (who also created much of the
wonderful artwork for our little business and website). The Phoebe
is also an electric steam outline design, and runs on 15"
gauge trackwork. Phoebe stands some six feet tall and is a 'ride
in' loco for Dan's 'grandpa railroad' (Dan plans on running this
livery with his grandkids:).
. . .
Number Nine, The Mary
(or click on the photo below) to see Jack Bodenmann's incredible
live steam coal burning
'distant cousin' of The
Whitby, No. 9!
Jack helped me in so many ways when I was originally
designing the Whitby. He spent hours patiently teaching me the
inner workings of a real live steamer, and the backhead design
(a Whitby hallmark) is entirely Jacks doing! When I asked him
about backhead designs, he started talking and scribbling a cartoon
caricature with all the essential elements laid out... I wound
up translating his scribbles almost verbatim into the original
Whistle and bell notwithstanding, here's an offspring
with all the whistles and bells. Rowan has incorporated elements
of almost every Whitby ever, including a few 'relations' that
many do not know about! Look closely and you will see influences
from Bruce Bate's Birdwater & Raspberry, Roland Emmit's cartoons,
Disney's Casey Jones Jr., Dan Sawatzky's cariacture, A.W.N.U.T.S.,
and even a tie to the Whitby's original concept... as a Christmas
train. In true Rowan style, this is a truly unique adaptation,
yet it captures the spirit of the Whitby as well as any. Rowan
pretty much builds as he imagines, his building style allows
him to create models almost as soon as he thinks of them!
We're not exactly sure where to hang this little tea
kettle on the family tree (likely Rowan's plan from the start:)...
but the resemblance is unmistakable, and we couldn't possibly
be more proud. Below please find 'wallet size' photos of The
Grandbaby of all Whitbys, from birth through his first Christmas...
And here are a some 'not too distant'