This is one of several locomotives built by Rudy Kouhoupt at 3/8”:1’ scale. This model has a tender with a fuel bin, which can be configured to look like it runs on either oil or coal. (The boiler is actually fired by alcohol.) The Camelback locomotive pulls a train of nine scratch-built freight and work cars, plus a “Bobber” caboose.

One of the first large donations to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was the collection of famed model engine builder Rudy Kouhoupt. Rudy’s niece, Susan Alvaro, was kind enough to donate his entire lifetime engine collection for display at the grand opening of the museum in 2006. After retiring as a chemist, Rudy had a second career building engines and writing magazine articles documenting the process. Many people have built his models, but we have the honor of displaying all of his original prototypes. Rudy’s collection includes scale model engines, locomotives, tractors and more. Additionally, thirteen of Rudy’s model steam engines are hooked up to run on compressed air to demonstrate their function. 

Exhibit added: May 20, 2006 - Last modified: June 4, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship