Apr 232013
 

Here are a few snapshots of the TCWR 409 on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  I plan to weather this unit later on this week.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

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TCWR 409 rounds a bend on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 rounds a bend on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad.  The GP7 engine is by Atlas.  I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

TCWR 409 on the Willow Creek trestle on my Sioux Junction HO Scale Model Railroad. The GP7 engine is by Atlas. I cut the shell down to make a low nose geep 7 and applied paint and decals to make it look like the units in use on the real Twin Cities and Western Railroad.

 

Apr 212013
 

Work continues on my Atlas GP7 chop-nose project.  I’ve painted the nose and cab front of engine Polly-S Railbox yellow.   Then I masked that color off and painted the cab sides and rear and the long hood and handrails Polly-S Rock Island Maroon.

The maroon airbrushes on quite flat, so before beginning decals, I applied Micro-Gloss to the entire model before applying any decals.   This is to help prevent the decal film from being visible in places where it is not wanted.    I also painted the air horn and Details Associates all-weather window before applying them to the model.

Mar 272013
 

DSC_4265Now that I am free of one big Progressive Rail project, I am free to pursue other interests in the hobby.  Tonight, I installed eye bolts (Details Associates) in the holes I drilled in the top of the long hood.   Places to drill were previously denoted by “bumps” that represented the eyebolts molded on the shell.   The older Japan-made Atlas/Kato GP7 had molded on grabs.  This is an example of such, so I shaved them off and drilled holes for Details Associates wire grab irons.

Stay tuned for a future post when I remove the 3M blue painters tape and reveal what colors this unit will be.

Mar 212013
 

So I’m into the model railroad sub-intetrest of operations. One of my favorite places to operate in the area besides my own Sioux Junction HO scale layout is Alan’s Twin Cities & Western layout.

His TCWR stretches west from a Twin Cities staging yard through various Minnesota towns to Appleton, with a branch to Redwood Falls, which is operated by subsidiary Minnesota Prairie Line.

Alan has a couple of friends working on TCWR and accessory railroad locomotives. Tim S. is working on the GP20C and GP30C types. I’m kind of glad I don’t have that assignment. Will post more of Tim’s work as it goes into service on Alan’s layout. Some PGR power will also be deployed on the layout also. I’m in charge of that. SD38-2 #42 has already been put into service and is pictured below.

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More about Alan’s TCWR in Prairie Ponderings in the January and October issues, available here.