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"B&O Class A-3a74"
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Topics: 63   Replies: 92
posted on Jul 29, 2017:

OK, so its not a train. But there is a line in the movie about driving that rig as if it was a train!
The New Moon trailer was scratch built in styrene. No '53 Merc Sun Valley was available so I had to use a '54. It carries the correct California tag number, as does the trailer. The rig has just crossed the Baltimore & New York main line on State Highway 5, rolling along to another adventure.

"Think of it as a train - 40' of train!"
Richard E
Topics: 67   Replies: 28
posted on Jul 7, 2017:

An Ontario & Western coal drag passes St Paul depot while passengers are waiting for the next train to the city
The FTs are custom painted Lionel units.

Let's see your photos
Richard E
Topics: 67   Replies: 28
posted on Jun 4, 2017:

As a fun project I kitbashed a Williams 44-ton locomotive to a near copy of a Niagara Junction, General Electric E-10. I added a pantograph, removed the exhaust stacks, changed the truck sideframes to AAR switcher type and made the decals.
The Niagara Junction Ry was an electrified switching railroad that serviced the chemical companies along the Niagara River in Niagara Falls NY. It was owned jointly by the Erie Lackawanna and Lehigh Valley, and became part of Conrail in 1976. It dieselized in 1978.
Electric Train
Topics: 63   Replies: 92
posted on Jun 1, 2017:

This odd class designation came in the 1920s, when B&O rebuilt its Class A-3 Atlantics built by Baldwin in 1910. They were given super-heaters and smaller, 74" diameter drivers. This enabled them to better handle new, all steel and much heavier passenger cars.
This model was built from an All Nation kit in the 1970s, modeling the prototype look of the late 1930s.
It has a synchronized sound system and a constant brightness headlight.
B&O Class A-3a74
Jack Hess
Topics: 6   Replies: 1
posted on May 30, 2017:

I wanted to find a way to combine sci-fi and railroads. #340876 was my first effort. The giant stick-on decal was made at Kinkos for a whopping $16!. I then bought a refurbished color laser printer and made the lettering for the other two. All cars are painted gloss white with silver as a secondary color.

Star Trek Covered Hoppers
Jack Hess
Topics: 6   Replies: 1
posted on May 28, 2017:

I bought this 3-rail Atlas SW9 on ebay and it was in bad shape. Looks like it had been ran until it wouldn't move. Traction tires were missing and the entire mechanism had a coating of oil. I cleaned it and converted it to DC. I wanted something unusual for the body so I built a boxcab body from two MTH bay window caboose shells. For the prime mover I wanted something science-fiction so I created the ZRE (Zizzor Rotator Engine), thus all the greeble on the top and side. Instead of my normal purple paint, this unit got the blue/yellow scheme used on T&H water service equipment. Decals made by rail graphics.

A Strange Boxcab
Topics: 63   Replies: 92
posted on May 24, 2017:

Kit building may not be as popular now as it was 50 years ago. They often were made up of wood and some cast metal parts, with some brass wire thrown in for grab irons, etc.

Trucks and couplers were not included. One bought them separately. Ditto for paint and decals, unless the kit came with pre-painted and pre-lettered sides.

This model of a B&O snow flanger as made from a kit-built Train Craft tool and supply car from 1953. A new end was made for the front. Smaller caboose-size windows replaced the larger ones on the tool car. New siding was also put on. The plow on the front truck was made from brass, following B&O drawings.

Kit and Kit-bash Model Work.

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