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A brute of an engine. The headlight location is interesting. The low mounting probably didn’t give much of a field of view to see at night…

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How appropriate!

The UP had two version, the C&O and the “shopped“ version. Take a look at page 70 for differences, mine compared to Pete’s at bottom of page.

Lionel did a great job with this one. It‘s a beauty.


Tom,

The freight cars look great, more masterpieces for your inventory.

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I finally got the parts box GS4 done. I won the PS2 shells from last year's NYE Cabin Fever MTH warehouse auction for $65. The rest of the locomotive literally came out of my parts box, and is a combination of PS1/PS2/PS3 parts. Locomotive chassis is PS1 with blackened drivers, rods are satin PS2, lead truck is PS1, trailing truck PS2. Motor is a rare earth magnet, 6mm ball bearing 9234 Pittman. Tender chassis is PS3 with a drawbar stud added, trucks are PS3 with tender chains. Wire harness is from a PS3 Reading T1. I re-pinned it for the proper GS4 lighting outputs and converted it from wireless drawbar to a wire tether. Speaker is a 4ohm 50mm Visaton, boards are factory PS3 EMI boiler/tender boards.

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Finished locomotive.
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Thanks Aaron. I am gradually doing deeper mods and will eventually end up building kits for the time period I am modeling now.

Lou, your extensive labor has really produced a beautiful locomotive. The mechanical and technical improvements are impressive to read about. Thanks for sharing!

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Lou,

You can do it all, electronics, mechanical, and paint!

I’ve said this before, you & Pete are so impressive with electronics. I really enjoy watching the projects and stuff you build.
Some mechanical. If I can use a drill, drill press, or Dremel to fix something I'm good. If I have to machine something I contact someone like Pete who knows what he's doing.
 

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I completed the ATSF Texas I picked up from the same Cabin Fever MTH warehouse auction that I got the CNW E4 Hudson and SP GS4 from. This came unpainted with no motor, driveline, and missing detail parts. I painted/decaled it over the summer, added the missing detail parts, and added whistle and bell cords. There is no PS3 ATSF Texas sound file so I took a PS3 PRR Texas sound file and modified it with ATSF specific sounds and an ATSF 6 chime whistle. I put the wire harness together from my parts bin. All the lighting is LEDs. Tender sports twin 50mm Visaton speakers. Locomotive has my usual motor choice, a 12V 9234 Pittman with rare earth magnets and 6mm ball bearings.

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Great job. That is the Santa Fe engine I always wanted in O scale. You must have quite a stable of engines that you have built!

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Great job. That is the Santa Fe engine I always wanted in O scale. You must have quite a stable of engines that you have built!

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Thanks. It's my 3rd Premier ATSF Texas. I keep buying multiples of ATSF steam because I really like the locomotives and I can get stuff on the cheap if I refinish/rebuild/upgrade them. Otherwise I couldn't afford to buy them all new. I've built or upgraded half of the locomotives in my fleet. But to say I have a fondness for ATSF steam is an understatement. I've got:

Four Premier ATSF 3460 class Hudsons: 3460 (Blue Goose with PS3 electronics installed by me), 3463 (PS2 3V), 3464 (PS3 electronics installed by me), 3465 (came to me missing boards and a motor, installed factory PS3 boiler/tender boards).

Three ATSF Northerns. Two 2900 class (MTH Premier 2903 and 2921,with PS3 installed in both by me) and a Legacy 3751 class (3759).

Three Premier ATSF Texans: A 5001 (5009) class I built and installed PS3 in, 5025 (PS2 3V), and 5012 which I painted and just installed PS3 in.

I've also got a problem with SP GS class Northerns. I've got 3, all Premier. GS4s 4449 is a PS1 upgraded to PS2 3V, 4432 I just did a full factory PS3 upgrade on, and GS6 4460 I put a PS3 steam kit in.
 

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Thanks guys.

There are a number of Vallejo “washes” they sell for various colored vehicles. I used a wash designed for yellow vehicles. It is actually greenish. The wash seems to be a medium with pigment particles that settle into cracks and crevices.

It is a specific item. I works much better than the thinned paint washes I have used before. Here is a link where you can look at the various washes and their application uses.


I bought a few different ones, for dark colors, yellow and greasy dirt. I applied them with a larger soft brush. Then I ring out the brush and use it to “mop up” the puddles that get left behind…

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A couple more paint/detail projects just finished. Both MTH cars that were stripped and repainted. Decaled with K4 decals.

A MTH Premier 40” steel boxcar. This is an early steel car paint scheme for the NYCL. I have yet to install friction bearing trucks…

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Next is a MTH Railking 19th Century reefer. It started life as a MTH club car, stripped and a few details added. Another NYCL car of an earlier vintage.

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Finally, the MTH 19th Century cars lack a detail that pretty much every real freight car of the era had. That detail is polling pockets. Polling pockets were located on each corner of the car frame and provided a point to insert a wood pole (usually carried on the engine) for the purpose of pushing cars on an adjacent track. The practice was eventually outlawed in the later 20th Century.

I scratch built a bunch of polling pockets…

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Installed and filed them to clean them up a bit…

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Here they are, painted to match the car.

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Interestingly, MTH did include the detail on their 19th century reefers, but none of the other 19th Century cars they produced, had them…

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Started work on the electronics install for my Yellowbelly. Mounted the smoke unit and Cruise Commander. This will be a build with an IR tether, no wires.

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Wired up the shell lighting and such, nineteen LED's provide all the lighting features. I just have to terminate the wires in a connector and I'm ready to wire up the chassis, probably a quicker process!
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All the lighting is tested and I hope ready. Here's what the shell wiring looks like.
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