Jan 192014
 
I've removed the cab and short hood section in preparation for attaching the blank hood and high nose.

I’ve removed the cab and short hood section in preparation for attaching the blank hood and high nose.

So, this is going to be my first attempt at a B30-7A.  It has been a long time since I’ve worked on any GE power in my shop.  But GE power was still relevant in the era of BN which I model.    I’m going to do an early B30-7A, the easy version.

The later one requires building a doghouse for the dynamic brakes on the roof of the long hood.

I have started with an Atlas Silver Series B23-7 I got off ebay, which someone so kindly undecorated for me.

Here’s my start.

Apr 032013
 

I have people ask me quite a bit about how I did the decals for the D&I engines that grace the header of this blog and the one in this post.   These are Vita-Cal decals with white backing, custom printed by me a while back on a printer which I no longer have.   I did a write-up for the NMRA Thousand Lakes Region newspaper The Fusee which can be found here.

Now the news has hit that D&I has purchased another SD40-2, the Ex-BN 7285 will become DAIR 3026, according to the railroad’s operations manager.  This locomotive is going to be a tempting project for me because I have everything on hand to do it, as well as an interest in the particular engine from its Burlington Northern coal hauling days and of course in its Dakota and Iowa future.