A couple of oldies...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by doctorwayne, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    from an even older oldie!! :wave: Here are a few pictures of some older locomotives, although the first two are old only in the sense that they were first released many years ago. I did the first two conversions quite a few years back for my son, who's no longer much interested in trains. He liked the look of NYC-style front ends, and CPR-style all-weather cabs, along with CP's paint scheme.

    This first loco is a Tyco: it's been remotored and regeared, and runs smoothly and pulls great. Most of the detail parts are from Cal-Scale. The all-weather cab is scratchbuilt from styrene.


    This Pacific is from Bowser. It's also been regeared and remotored with a can motor. Again, most details from Cal-Scale, with a scratchbuilt cab. We settled on the Tyco tender as the company standard.

    This final loco is indeed an oldie: my Dad bought it for me in about 1957, and it was a used loco then. Originally, it was a NYC-style loco, made by John English. Many, many years ago, I altered it to represent an oil-burning CPR loco (which resulted in the original tender having its cast coal load filed flat - I still have it, although it's not much use in its present condition). In the mid-to-late-70's, I modified it again, to the form shown here.
    The detail parts are mostly Cal-Scale again, although the cab is from Kemtron. The tender is scratchbuilt.

    Once a few other loco rebuilds have been taken care of, this one will be going back in the shops for yet another reworking, which will include removal of the Elesco system, an all-new front end, the return of the steam dome to its proper location, and, probably, replacement of the cab. I have a new Bachmann USRA-style tender on hand, so the old one will be scrapped. (Those Central Valley trucks will end up under an as-yet-to-be-built wooden express car.) This is one of my few locos with a working headlight, which will be removed during the rebuild. Those class lights also work.

    This side view better shows the recently installed, and as-yet-unpainted, pickup shoes between the drivers. The old girl still has her original open frame motor, and runs as smoothly as a pair of silk stockings. :thumb:

    I hope that you've enjoyed this glimpse of some old standards from the earlier days of our hobby.

  2. oleirish

    oleirish Member

    I think they are outstanding,and look great for there age!NICE!
  3. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Yeah, I enjoyed this glimpse :) . All three are very beautiful engines. Hard to believe that to want to rework the third one – it looks sooo good.
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    nothing wrong with the oldies. I like the way there use to be kits where you could add whatever details you want. Does bowser still make kits?

  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Yes, they do!
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Love those steamers Wayne!


    PS - Anything your son is no longer interested in, you could just send my way...! ;) :D
  7. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Really good looking engines Wayne, and the third one is awsome! That tender is most impressive. I have to agree with the others, don't know why you would want to rework something that looks that good.
    And by the way, there are a number of members that are just starting, or are in the early stages of their layout, that would appreciate at least a few current photos of operations on your layout. There, was that subtle enough!
    Nice work Wayne --------John
  8. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    nice engines wayne!i cant beleive you actually want to CHANGE that last engine.but anytime you dont need some old engines or are scrappin um..uh maybe...you oculd do a guy a favor LOL--josh
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Thanks for the kind words, guys. Part of the reason for wanting to rebuild the 206 is that the Grand Valley needs some heavier passenger power than the two Moguls that are now in service.

    It'll likely be done-up to represent a loco transferred from parent company Elora Gorge & Eastern, so I may or may not keep the all-weather cab. The new tender will reflect current practice on the EG&E.


    If I can locate another Tyco Mikado chassis in good condition, I'd like to make it and the 914 into a pair of USRA Heavy Mikes, using the Cary boilers. I'm undecided as to the fate of the 918.

  10. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Sorry Wayne...I just happen to have a Mike chassis....and a boiler & cab & drivers...

    It's a kit I picked up on eBay that's been waiting for me to get around to it. Got a can motor & detailing parts for it. One of these days...

    Oh!, by the way...Fabulous engines you got there...:thumb:
  11. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great set of locos Wayne!:thumb: :thumb:
  12. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    #4807 Rules!!!

    TRULY OUTSTANDING WAYNE!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: you have done a FANTASTIC JOB on those steamers!:thumb: after seeing those pics, my NEW FAVORITE steamer you have is #4807;) , that engine is SLAP AWESOME WAYNE!!!:D GREAT SHOTS!!!, THANKS!:D EDIT: BTW, Wayne, REALLY LOOKING FORWARD to seeing #4807 in some upcoming photo shoots!...HINT....HINT...HINT...;)tooth1:D.
    :D -Deano
  13. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Nice work Wayne.
    Love them oldies.:thumb:
    I have a Mantua Mikado I am building and looking for another also.
    Looking forward to seeing the rebuilds.
  14. berraf

    berraf Member

    I sure would be happy if I had one of those excellent locos and you have plenty :)
    Splendid pictures that looks like the real thing.
    It would be fare to say that they have kept there youth quite well :wave:
  15. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Wayne, they all look great to me. Re-built or not. I must say, you really did a wonderful job re-building those steamers though
  16. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Once again, thanks to all for taking the time to view these old girls.
    Dean, I'm working on rebuilding a bunch of boxcars and reefers right now: the 4807 may get the call for the first run-by.;)

  17. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Wayne:wave:, that would be AWESOME!!!:thumb::D I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting your next run-by:D. THANKS WAYNE!:D -Deano

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