Find your prototype!

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by AndyWS, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. AndyWS

    AndyWS Member

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    Fun thing to do...

    Funny yet kind of frustrating how many RTR locomotives are not exact matches of a particular prototype; problem is worse for steam engines but it's there for diesels as well. Guess it's a boon for those who like to do a lot of extra painting and detailing, but I don't.

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    Looks like #6935 wasn't an OL engine, at least not when this picture was taken. Either it was repainted at another time or Athearn needs to put more time into prototype research.

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    Oops what happened to the C&NW logo on the nose?

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    Couldn't find #1212, found #1210 and #1214. Even more significant error by Walters, unless C&NW stuck a different model of switcher into the numbering sequence. The model is an SW1, #1210 and #1214 were SW1200s.

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    Once again the closest I could find.

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    Was pleasantly surprised to find an exact match for this one. :)

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    As close as I could get for this one.
  2. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    Nice! I do that all the time with my SP stuff, to make sure the locomotive was ordered before my era cut-off point. Researching the exact match can be difficult, espically when trying to find a picture of a 50 year old locomotive! sign1
  3. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Andy, this is EXACTLY what i love to do:thumb:. i find GREAT enjoyment in doing the model up just as the prototype is:D . :D -Deano
  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    I've just started doing that too. It's easier finding examples of more "current" diesels...but for those other slightly older pictures, I'm glad many rail enthusiasts decided to snap a kodak or poloriod years ago and post them online. Here's a good source for pictures... www.rrpicturearchives.com
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    So hard to do for steamers... While CNR and CPR rostered over 3,000 (three THOUSAND) steam locomotives each, only a handful survive - and most of those are display only... :(

    Another very good source is www.rr-fallenflags.org

    Andrew