Ok, as a Blender beginner I probably bit off more than I can chew so this will be one of those long-term-WIPs.
I have no affinity with trains but thought this one looked cool so started modelling. Little did I know this is a famous engine (with quite a history) - for I’m not American (I’m betting a lot more Americans know about the history of this train).
I also underestimated how many parts are on locs to look at (so to be modelled!). When I’m done with this I’ll probably know more about steam engines than I’ve ever known!
Anyway ; your critique is welcomed. Just keep in mind this is far from finished.
Edit : Latest render :
Render from first post :