I have long been intrigued by the fact that Gilbert included the bracket for hanging an eccentric rod on the Reading Atlantics with the four-piece die-cast boiler. To the best of my knowledge Gilbert never included full valve gear for this locomotive (even on the pre-war O-gauge version). Wondering what the locomotive would look with an eccentric rod I finished cutting out the casting and drilled and tapped a hole for a Gilbert screw. I modified a reproduction eccentric rod from an 0-8-0 switcher and installed it on the Atlantic. Although it worked it looked a bit strange all by itself so I bought some reproduction drive rods and modified the valve gear rods so the locomotive would have a full set of Gilbert-style rods with valve gear. The overall effect turned out very nice. I painted and numbered the locomotive to match the Reading's locomotive this engine was modeled after.
Joe's custom Reading 4-4-2 pulls the train of beer reefers on the ACSG Tidewater division layout during the Trains and Planes show at the Military Aviation Museum on November 25, 2011. (3:02)
Here is the Reading Atlantic pulling Glen's Rio Grande streamlined passenger train on the ACSG Tidewater Division S Gauge layout at the NMRA show in Virginia Beach, September 15-16, 2012. (46 sec.)