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Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Scott Teague, Dec 10, 2003.
Here is some of mine to start off.
Man you got a yard full! :thumb: I can't post but one image at a time so here's one
That class A Climax was a scratchbuild. The rear Alco is a model power shell on a atlas B23-7 chassis, the front is a Kato. Both custom painted and weathered and decaled.
Stock atlas just weathered em'
Another stock atlas just weathered it is all.
Here is a steam engine that i did for a friend.
And just for fun! The loco and boxcar are N-Scale but everything else of course is 1:1
Nice steamer Scott! The Climax of mine would scale out to about a 50 tonner. Don't think they really made one any bigger than 22 tons but I used a Life-Like SW9/1200 chassis and didn't want to shave off any more lead as I wanted it to be a good runner (and it is), static locos don't cut it for me.
Santa Fe Zebra Stripe GP7s
It's 1956 on Tehachapi Pass, and ATSF Geep #726 leads a lashup of Zebra Stripe
GP7s as they pass a set of Southern Pacific helpers in the siding at Woodford:
From another angle, the GP9/GP7 lashup is passing under the
California Highway 58 bridge near Woodford as they head downhill towards
Bakersfield. The Tehachapi Loop is about 3 miles behind them:
The MicroScale decal cab numbers (60-1161, formerly 60-247-1) are slightly too
big to allow a proper set of four numbers to fit in the (1996) #48032 Atlas GP7
Zebra Stripe unnumbered space. There is enough space for 3 numbers, so
I picked a valid ATSF GP9 number for that era and used it, even though the shell
is clearly a GP7.
Here's some blue/yellow Santa Fe GP7s:
In January 1961, the Santa Fe's 'Peavine Line' branch
to Phoenix, Arizona, still left the transcontinental Santa Fe main at
Ash Fork. Phoenix (denoted on ATSF timetable as the Salt River
Valley) was a large vegetable farming area, and Santa Fe
during season ran lots of of reefer trains to carry the
goods to Eastern markets.
The power on these trains at that time was varied; F7s, GP9s,
and occasionally even the new SD24s. Here we see three Santa
Fe Geeps in the brand new blue and yellow Santa Fe paint scheme
introduced in 1960, bringing a load of empty reefers through
the rugged mountains above Prescott, down towards Glendale and Phoenix:
The Peavine Line south of Prescott and north of Skull Valley
was a twisting, turning, 3% grade - which made for great train
watching as the Santa Fe reefer trains snaked over bridges and
through the desert mountains.
The Santa Fe's GP9s were actually numbered 700-751; this painted
and lettered 1996 Atlas GP7 is acting as one of those engines.
The MicroScale decal sheet had '779' as one block and so I
took modeling license to save myself time and to use that number,
even though ATSF never actually had a GP9 number 779.
(I wanted to make sure the numbers all lined up neatly!)
The Prieta 3% grade line depicted here (freelance scene) between
Prescott and Skull Valley had a very short time left; in March 1961,
Santa Fe started building the Abra cutoff, which bypassed Prieta grade and
the city of Prescott with a much easier 1.5% grade. However,
I model that magical window of time in which charming little
Prescott was still on the Peavine mainline, so here, it's
I am in the process of integrating the painted Kato Unitrack into the
scenery (the blue/yellow GP7 photos keep pointing out to me it's time!) The Zebra Stripe pictures show the basic integration in, but before adding scenic ground foam, etc.
Enjoy and thanks to all of you for sharing.
'Best of' my photos:
Here are a couple of my engines running on my office layout (West Hill RR):
2-8-0 Consolidation from the Copper Ridge Railway
Nickel Plate SW-9 (my son calls this one Mavis, after the character in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories)
GREAT JOB GUYS!!
Here you go Scott, a few of my locomotives in what will be a locomotive shop one day!
Here are some more...
Here are 2 SD45's on a train in the lower staging yard.
And the last 2 on the layout right now, 2 SD90's in the upper staging yard.
Here's mine. The only loco I have -> it's a V160 from DB built by Minitrix.
Have a look!
TigerMAC! *stock, custom-painted Kato SD80MAC*
Detail shot of Kato Alaska RR SD70MAC:
WhiteMAC set: *custom SD9043MAC, Katos, with MT modified fuel tender tank car. Superdetailed, freestanding grabs*
Kitbashed SD40-2 mid-production phase: *chopped Kato Snoot, detailed, freestanding grabs*
Nice locos every1! :thumb:
Aged MDC 2-8-0