This post is LocoEvery model railroad needs a locomotive. Over the next month or two I'm going to do a four part blog series on creating my railroads first locomotive. Here's a look at how I'm going to outline the next four blogs.
1. PART I – Acquiring the Loco
a. Picking a Loco/Prototype
b. Getting Pictures
c. Creating a Bill of Material
2. PART II – Assembling the Loco
a. Paint Shop/Decals
b. Adding Super Detail Parts
c. Shell assembly
3. PART III – Doing Decoder Install
a. Choosing the right decoder
b. Things to watch out for on a non-dcc loco
c. Final Install – include lighting
4. PART IV – Weathering the Loco
c. Specific places to weather
PART I – Acquiring the LocoThe first part of this whole process is determining what level of detail you want to go into. Do you want to buy a model locomotive off the shelf that is ready to put on your layout and run? Do you want to build a project? Customize a model? There is no wrong answer here. I'm choosing to buy an older locomotive, paint it up myself and do an Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder install.
Next I have to determine if I want to follow a prototype locomotive that my railroad has "acquired" or something that is a little more free style. I'm going full crazy. Modeling an actual prototype from pictures I found on the Internet.
Picking a PrototypeI wanted a locomotive that fit my railroad. Factors I considered was what actually was around central and northern Wisconsin in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Did my locomotive get bought from another railroad or 3rd party supplier? New Locomotive or Used? Since the Mascoutin Valley connected to the Chicago and Northwestern and bought some of its trackage from them, I thought it would be logical to buy an EMD GP7 from them. Side note: The CNW had an expansive GP7 roster and actually sold some aging units to local short lines in the 1980's. I chose CNW GP7 4133.
Finding Pictures of CNW 4133.When in doubt google. I performed a simple google search and came up with quite a few pictures of CNW 4133. While looking for pictures of CNW 4133, I found that it had an interesting history. This locomotive in "real life" was built as for Chicago Rock Island and Pacific (Rock Island) in 1951. Then it was purchased by the Chicago & Northwestern in 1981 as a GP7R (the R stands for Rebuild). Sold to the Fox River Valley Railroad (FRVR) in 1988. Wisconsin Central absorbed the FRVR it also acquired 4133. 4133 lived the rest of its days with the WC before it succumbed to the scrappers torch.
That being said, the Mascoutin Valley bought this engine before the FRVR could get its grimy paws on it and changed history.
I like to use the images that I find on google. It often redirects me to an archive site or someones personal photo stache that they post online. **Note: When referencing pictures or documentation that isn't your be sure to make sure you site or give credit to the site/author!** So with out further ado lets look at some pictures of the ol' gal.
|Author: Alan Gaines via http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locopicture.aspx?id=37214|
|Author: Marc Malnekoff http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1036601|
Bill of Material
|Mascoutin Valley GP7 Project|
|Life Like P2K||HO Scale GP7 Ph. II Kit||1|
|Details West||RB-126||Rotary Beacon Western Cullen Type||1|
|Details West||J-288||Diesel Loco Truck Journal Square||5|
|Cannon & Company||TD-2156||EMD Fuel Tank Details||1|
|Details West||SA-124||Spark Arrestor "Super" Non-Lifting Non Turbo C&NW||1 pr.|
|Kadee||158||#158 Couplers||1 pr.|
|Details West||PL-155||Snow Plow C&NW||1|
So I'd say we have a pretty good start here on developing a locomotive project. The Bill of material is not totally finished. We'll add some finer details like speed recorders and other things as we get into this project but I think we're headed in the right direction.
The next post we'll look at painting the model and some preliminary assembly. As always thank you for reading. Check out my Facebook page for more frequent updates!
Till next time, keep 'er in notch 8!