Locomotive of the Day

thetramp Apr 7, 2013

  1. thetramp

    thetramp TrainBoard Member

    160
    22
    12
    I have been having this Athearn SW7 for upteen years. I didn't remember I had it until I opened up a shoe box and found it. Can not remember where or when I got it, just know it is old. I cleaned the wheel and oiled & greased it up and it runs very good. It has fly wheels in it and it can creep along on the track. 2 Athearn SW7.jpg
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    63,514
    10,535
    652
    Always nice to find buried treasures!
     
  3. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    10,472
    396
    126
    I have a couple of Athearn switcher chassis that I can use to fit on either the Baldwin or EMD shells. Rock-solid, run like champs. May not be the latest Asian drive switchers (and I have a feww of those in my roster), but they'll be around as long as I'm around.
     
  4. thetramp

    thetramp TrainBoard Member

    160
    22
    12
    GP9.jpg Here is my Athearn GP9 that I wrote in about remotoring. A friend of mine gave me a motor and it was put in. There was a noise when backing up and we all thought it was in the shafts or the gears but I picked the motor up a little and the noise stopped. It could be the motor mounts or the gears or the shafts - not sure but it runs good. Anyway, if I recall, I bought this at a hobby store in about 1967.
     
  5. JNXT 7707

    JNXT 7707 TrainBoard Member

    904
    1
    14
    I love the natural 'weathering'. Very cool piece. I treasure all my old survivors. Your GP9 looks to be in great shape too.
     
  6. thetramp

    thetramp TrainBoard Member

    160
    22
    12
    Thanks Jerry, I appreciate all the comments. 99% of all my trains are old having gotten some in the 60's & 70's. I picked up some from the salvation army thrift store in the 80's. The have been up in the attic since the mid 80's. I started pulling them out about 4 months ago. I have a Casey Jones steamer that was in the attic I will have to post and honestly I don't know where that came from. I have the front grab railing for the GP9 that I want to paint before I put them on. And I also have the railings for the SW7.
     
  7. tankcarsrule

    tankcarsrule TrainBoard Member

    140
    75
    14
  8. GN.2-8-8-0

    GN.2-8-8-0 TrainBoard Member

    69
    0
    13
    my eldest locomotive a Rivarossi GN. Mike No.3207 bought back in the early 1980s when i joined the hobby....and i've never looked back :cute:


    [​IMG]
     
  9. scopewime

    scopewime TrainBoard Member

    69
    0
    7
    My actual favorite loco is my self bashed roundhouse 2-8-0, which I altered to get the impression of a N&W Class W2.
    The biggest changes where
    - lowering the boiler hight for about scale 1'5" (which is approx 5mm)
    - soldering a complete brass cabin
    - exchange the whole tender with a Keystone N&W 9000gal tender
    - equippment with a nice sound decoder

    Here a phot of the intermediate stage of building...

    IMG_6864.jpg

    and here is my favorite photo of the black mule from the west virginian coal fields ready to rumble

    168-6888_IMG.JPG

    If you want to compare just look here to get a glimpse of the original

    http://nwhs.org/archivesdb/thumbs/photos/NW04373.jpg
    http://nwhs.org/archivesdb/thumbs/photos/NW06590.jpg

    The loco is realy heavy and it is a great fun to run

    scopewime
     
  10. montanan

    montanan TrainBoard Member

    1,153
    2,009
    39
    Prairie

    This little locomotive came out of an out of state friends junk box years ago. It had no tender, headlight or pilot with it. After I got it home it sat in my junk box for a while until I came up with a tender for it. With that, I started digging into my detail parts and came up with a pilot NP headlight and a few other parts. It then had a cannon motor put in to replace the original. I have no idea who made this locomotive. Constant lighting was installed and it was put into service. It has been an extremely smooth little engine. Someone elses trash can become my little treasure.

    IMAG0105_BURST002.jpg IMAG0107_BURST002.jpg
     
  11. StickyMonk

    StickyMonk Staff Member

    1,941
    104
    36
    Rather than one locomotive here is a pair.

    The F7A is former GN #364A the F7B is former NP #6016B.

    These are both Stewart Hobbies locos.

    Sent from my HTC Desire HD A9191
     
  12. StickyMonk

    StickyMonk Staff Member

    1,941
    104
    36
    Oops forgot photos! uploadfromtaptalk1365955429601.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1365955449923.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1365955467174.jpg

    Sent from my HTC Desire HD A9191
     
  13. Jerry Potter

    Jerry Potter TrainBoard Member

    12
    0
    5
    got one just like it, was looking at it just today and wondering how to get the shell off for oil and lube. Probably can figure it out but any pointers would be appreciated.
    BTW, think I bought mine in the early 80's
     
  14. thetramp

    thetramp TrainBoard Member

    160
    22
    12
    That shell just pops off. I put a small screw driver on the sides of the tanks in the middle and work it very gently.
     
  15. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    10,472
    396
    126
    All you need to do is swap out the horn-hooks for Kadees and you're set. :)
     
  16. Southern Oregonian

    Southern Oregonian TrainBoard Member

    704
    3
    18
    This is probably my all time favorite locomotive. This is the mostly accurate Sunset model in brass.
    DSC_0798.jpg DSC_0799.jpg DSC_0800.jpg
     

    Attached Files:

    oregon trunk likes this.
  17. GP30

    GP30 TrainBoard Member

    3,314
    1,183
    64
    Pennsylvania Railroad GP30 #2203 (Proto 2000)
    [​IMG]
     
    gjslsffan likes this.
  18. montanan

    montanan TrainBoard Member

    1,153
    2,009
    39
    gjslsffan likes this.
  19. Southern Oregonian

    Southern Oregonian TrainBoard Member

    704
    3
    18
    I probably won't do that. It's in the rail fan/last steam run black and silver and it looks good all cleaned up. The real one looks like its 60 years old and I'm close enough to it I can see it whenever I want. :) My Bachmann "War Baby" is another story. Be really nice if their GS-4 masquerading as a GS-5 DIDN'T have stream line panels.
     
    oregon trunk likes this.
  20. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    953
    5,799
    49
    [​IMG]

    This is an old Hobbytown Multi-Drive Chassis under a set of Cary Metal Bodies. I built these back in the late 70's or early 80's but have never finished with the detailing or painting of these units. These will pull all the cars on the layout and then some, I think we had over 180 cars one time and all the caboose was right in front of the engine.

    Rick J
     

Share This Page