Oct 282012
 

Probably the only Conrail unit I’ll ever do.   Not because I didn’t like it, but because my MR plans don’t include much eastern run-through power.

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Oct 282012
 

More stuff from my shop.   This time on my Sioux Junction model railroad.

Home » BN Green and Black SD70MAC » BN Green and Black SD70MAC
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Oct 282012
 

Here are my photos, gentlemen.  Enjoy the yellow and black.

Home » D&I Railroad 3801 - an HO Scale 'Proto-Lanced' GP38 » DAIR 3801 - A Proto-Lanced GP38
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Oct 282012
 

Since taking down my old site, I’ve had nowhere to post by build and paint pictures of my model trains.  As is rather obvious from the header photos, I am a dyed in the wool Burlington Northern fan and modeler. After getting back into the hobby in around 2000, I soon got bored with the commercial offerings for BN.  So I started to build and paint my own.   I can hold my own as a painter, but I still have a thing or two to learn as a builder.

Anyhow, the story on this engine is that BN was doing a lot of expirimenting in the 1980s and 1990s with alternative fuel sources and prime movers.  So the BN 6330 was an example of that.  It basically was a Caterpillar powered 4000 HP SD40-2.  The increased horsepower called for larger cooling capacity, so a radiator section from a retiring or wrecked SD45 was used.   Other external spotting features were added also, including the snow shields behind the cab. The engine was the highest HP unit on BN’s roster for quite some time.   It held the title until the SD70MACs began arriving in 1994.  BN’s big green cat made it to BNSF, but for only a few months.   It is now working on the IHB as an SD38-2, having been shorn of its Caterpillar prime mover and SD45 radiator.

For my build, I used a Kato SD45 shell and complete SD40-2.  There are some obvious deficiencies with my model, but I think it came out pretty good for me being a complete novice at builds like this.  Enjoy the photos.

Home » HO Scale BN 6330 SDCAT » BN 6330 BN's Big Green Cat
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Oct 192012
 

Junior is just starting to walk. The Boy 14.75 mo. is taking a couple of steps at a time every other day or so.

I’m still cutting my teeth in WordPress customization and branding. I uploaded a handful of new header images, mostly shot with my old point and shoot camera. All of these models have some level of customization to them.

I was just telling someone the other day about how much of a blast the 2012 Mickelson Trail Trek was.   Yes, it is in the books.   I didn’t end up being cat food.   Some photos here.

Home » Late Fall 2012 » Mickelson Trail Trek 2012
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Starting to look forward to spring marathon season.  Not sure if I’ll have time to do one, but I’m riding a wave of enthusiasm from the ride on the Big Mick.   I’m sure that could easily translate to a good showing on the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon.   June 2013.   If you gave me a long run this weekend and three weeks of taper, I’m pretty sure I could do it if it were in November.

Right now, I’m just very thankful for my trusted Landice treadmill.

Thats it for now.   Maybe some modeling pics later.