Locomotive of the Day

thetramp Apr 7, 2013

  1. HOexplorer

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    Here's a new Climax for my road. Seems to be a problem with it however. Jim

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  2. StickyMonk

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    Teething troubles?

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  3. StickyMonk

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    Nope the TEBU is unpowered, this was made from spare parts from another project.

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  4. montanan

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    IMAG0469.jpg This is about a 20 year ago build. It started off as an undecorated Athearn unit. The cast grill was replaced with louvers and a new grill. Spark arrestors and the old wagon wheel antenna was put on. The pilot was changed and other details were added. It was also remotored with a can motor and constant/directional lighting was added. It is still one sweet running unit. I don't want Boxcab to have a heart attack about the number. This was done from a photograph prior to being renumbered into the 500 series.
     
  5. StickyMonk

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    Very nice looking unit, I still believe that the old Athearn locos make the best starting point for a detailing project.

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  6. JNXT 7707

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    Wow. Very nice. I would put a re-motored Athearn against anything as a base to start from, as Matthew said.
     
  7. gjslsffan

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    A very nice looking switch engine. I agree these old Athearns are some of my favorites to start with as well, you can just do soo much with them.
    That 20 year ago build still stands up very well indeed.
    Thanks for showing us,
     
  8. gjslsffan

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    I think it looks great too, you gave me an idea.

     
  9. gjslsffan

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    Speaking of 20 year ago builds. Here is a SD60MAC while maybe not 20 years ago but 17 or so. This started as a RPP SD60M that I heavily modified by stretching the hood by 3 ft, 1 ft just behind the cab and 2ft just behind the rad section, it has been so long ago that I cant remember all the mods but it ended up 3 ft longer, which matched the prototype. Many Cannon, DW, DA and other parts as well as handmade stuff. also had to stretch the frame 3 ft behind the fuel tank. I always wanted to redo using P2K shell to start with but it just will have to do.
    I built this while working for BN in Alliance NE, used a tape measure to get things located, I am sure those guys mostly thought I was nuts crawling all over this thing measuring and taking pics but I had a good time doing it. This was a starting point for a few other builds.
    Thanks for looking

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  10. Alan

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    Super job on the 60 MAC! I also crawled over several locos (steam) when I was professionally building #1 gauge brass models. Every nut and rivet got measured and photographed! :)

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  11. StickyMonk

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    My oldest loco is this, I got it for Christmas back in 1986 I think. It started out life as a Model Power RS11. It runs poorly but I will never get rid of it. I will one day repower it.

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  12. StickyMonk

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    Back when I used to model modern BN o built 3 SD60's from RPP shells, one oakway SD60 and 2 SD60M's in white face, one of each cab. I seem to remember I had issues with tracking on the SD60 but not the M's for some reason. I don't seem to have photos of them anymore :(

    That is a nice looking 60MAC.

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  13. Alan

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    I remember doing the conversion and painting of that CN RS18. Had forgotten all about it! Still one of my favourite paint schemes.

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  14. gjslsffan

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    Thanks Alan and Mathew for the comments, I really enjoy seeing you guy's efforts as well, You guys do great work.
     
  15. StickyMonk

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    The sister unit to the other RS18, this is in very poor condition and is a non runner.

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    I am not sure which livery I prefer.

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  16. BoxcabE50

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    My preference is this scheme. I never cared much for that white striped style.
     
  17. Alan

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    I just have to insert something a little different amongst all these American locomotives!
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    This is my pride and joy. Virtually scratchbuilt. SŽ 362 "Bellows". The real ones now sadly retired.
     
  18. gjslsffan

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    Built this way before Athearn came out with the SD45 TM's its a RRP/Athearn kit-bash I can remember leaving Grand Junction headed to Minturn with a gaggle of these things, bells a ringing restarting them all the way, if they restarted at all. Just try and get paint to peel when you want it to.


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  19. gjslsffan

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    This is kind of a locomotive slug of the day here.
    Built the TEBC6 using P2K/ Athearn BB parts and bunch of styrene and Cannon parts hand bent all the handrails run8 windows and Richmond Controls light kit, this is one of the more difficult kit-bash/scratch projects I have ever attempted. I milled the frame out where the motor sits so it would be powered as this thing is expected to pull 50-60 car trains out of the receiving tracks to be sent over the hump for switching. Chassis is Athearn BB and is re geared with a balanced motor for better performance at slow speeds.

    The SD38P is from a RRP GP35 shell that was stretched and Cannon parts, end steps and platforms from a damaged SD40 were installed. The dynamic brake blister was a modified Athearn part and detail associates exhaust stacks doubled up to get them long enough. Put the horn on a stand and bent the piping to it as well as installed the fans after filling in where the 36" fan used to be. Used a SD45 Athearn BB frame that I shortened and epoxied back together to it could be re geared and work with the TEBC6. While the SD38P was not as challenging as the TEBC6, it was a challenge on its own. Both of these are using the P2K side frames adapted to the Athearn truck for a more realistic appearing truck. I could go on and on about the parts used on these projects, if you have questions please ask.
    I started this long before Atlas came out with their re-tooled RTR SD35's so the modelers curse is alive and well in my world.
    Thanks for looking,

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  20. Alan

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    Wow! Excellent work. Judging by the end result, well worth the effort. :thumbup:

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