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.