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My favorite passenger steam engine of Northern America as of Sep 12, 2019:
1. PRR S1 6-4-4-6
Pros - Aesthetically pleasing, unchallengeable top speed and beauty, the peak of Art Deco Streamliner.
Cons - Unrealistic size, unfavorable weight distribution, short service life.
2. Southern Pacific GS-3
Pros - "Cadillacs" of Steam Power, good looking, delightfully streamlined, outstanding performance, perfect safety record, long service life, successful smoke lifting design.
Cons - Mediocre tender design, slightly underpowered for the assigned train service.
3. PRR S2 6-8-6 with small smoke deflector
Pros - Best looking non-streamlined steam engine, handsome "Pennsy face" front end, powerful with favorable top speed
Cons - Unsuccessful, short service life.
4. MILW F7
Pros - Legendary of express steam engine, timeless livery design, best driving cap design.
Cons - Doubtful mechanical reliability.
5. NYC Dreyfuss Hudson *As-Built (The 20th Century and E.S.E)
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing, reliable machinery, capable of long-distance travel, driving wheels lighting
Cons: Mediocre top speed and driving cap window design.
6. Southern Pacific P-14 Sunbeam Engine and PRR Streamlined K4s 1940s version
Pros: Cute baby Daylight train, baby S1, just cute!
Cons: Not much.
7. PRR Q1 (dual service, as-built and de-skirted)
Pros: PRR and Raymond Loewy's secret project, sexy 77 inches drivers, unique duplex design, one of the best driving cap exterior design, capable of hauling superlong passenger train, supposed to be the successor of 4-8-4s.
Cons: Wheel slip, design flaws, short service life.
8. Southern Pacific SP-1/2/3 4-10-2
Pros: Charming Russia Iron boiler coating, 10X sexy 63.5 inches whitewall tire driving wheels, versatile dual service engine, capable of handling steep gradient routes. Remarkable top speed regarding the driver's size (at least 70mph), very long service life.
Cons: Minor troublesome of the 3-cylinder design, boiler explosion record.
9. Santa Fe 3765 Class 4-8-4s
Pros: A versatile 4-8-4s, powerful and solemnly good looking, breathtaking T.E, beautiful Baldwin disc driver.
10. NYC Mercury 4-6-2
Pros: Plentiful body, looked elegantly funny, charming driving wheels with lights, a great example of betterment cars (and engine as well), leading power of a successful all-coach train.
Cons: Lack of decoration on the engine's body, unfavorable headlight location.
11. CPR 4-4-4 Jubilee
Pros: Handsome front end, unique streamlining, decent livery, aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: Not much
12. C&O L-2-a Heavy Hudson