In the not too distant future, Comstock Road will have some rails that a locomotive can run on. I have an Atlas SW-8 converted to Proto:48 with drop-in NWSL wheelsets. This unit will be the only loco for the near future although I will probably acquire at least one more of a different class that CN might have plausibly run in Scarborough in the ’70’s.
The before photo reveals a few minor tweaks needed.
I am neither an experience locomotive detailer nor an expert on CN locomotives so I expect this project to be a learning experience in many ways. I have begun making a list the things that will need to done to produce a plausible CN SW-8. I am looking at photos on sites such as CNR Photos to get an idea of what needs to be done.
- DCC decoder and sound.
- Paint (duh) – the yellow paint looks very thick to my inexpert eye. The louvers and hinges may be decently molded under all that paint.
- Decals – fortunately, the simple paint scheme does not require a special decal set. If I can find CN “wet noodles” in the appropriate size, I am class labels, GS-8a, and unit numbers, 7100 series, away from done.
- Maybe louvers and hinges depending
- Spark arrestor – this is probably the most distinctive feature on CN switchers.
- Headlight/number boards
- Side handrails – outer ones on stanchions, not ones on the hood. Some holes are going to need to be plugged.
- Remove MU drop steps
- Air hose but no MU hoses.
- Sinclair antenna on the cab roof
- Horn – seems to vary from unit to unit, will have to pick a specific one. None match the current model one, of course
- Those bay windows – extended view?
- Flush windows – the Atlas ones are highly inset – there is/was a kit for these
- Replace all the grabs and handrails with scale sized wire.
- Windshield wipers
- The roof and cab wall are massively thick compared to the prototype. A replacement cab out of sheet brass would look much better if I can pull it off.
- Cab interior.
Phew, this might take a while. I will either need to resort to an initial quicky re-paint and do the detailing incrementally, get a second loco to use while this one is all over the shop floor in pieces or be resigned to having an unpainted, partially detailed shop escapee handling the switching chores.