Charlie and anybody else interested in Alco's and the L&N

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Tyson Rayles, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    :( Is it just me? There seems to be next to no L&N factory paint jobs out there in N-Scale, the same applies to Alco's (other than RS's). Don't seem to be many Sou, Atlantic, Seaboard, Cotton Belt etc. either. Why do the manufactures ignore the Alco C series (both 4- axle and 6) and most of the south and mid-atlantic roadnames. Below is an RS-3 and C-400 but I had to paint em' myself and the C-400 is a model power shell on a Atlas B23-7 mech. Com'on Alas and Kato get with it!:mad: ( yes I know there are some PA's out there but I'm talking freight).
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Whoops

    Would help if I included the picture.

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  3. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Tyson,

    I's gots one of them in HO. Was gonna paint her up real pretty for the RI but then got into N-scale.

    I deffinatly can share your pain on manufacturers ignoring certain road names. The RI was just about unheard of for engines when I first started the line 7 years ago. Now the manufacturers are finaly comming around.

    I have seen and might have some L&N cars in the junk box, oh wait I do have two L&N cars ones a 33' hopper from micro-trains #89010 and the other is a box car but I dont know the number, The only reason I know is these are regular cars on my layout.

    As for engines I don't know. I've been looking for a Shamut Lines SW12 but will settle on almost any thing that looks good.
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Shane there is a lot of rolling stock for those lines (I got more than I need, truth be known) just not locos.
  5. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Tyson,
    good luck in your search. You might have to take brush in hand for awhile.
    I didn't know how much rolling stock there was I've been collecting every RI peice I could find and am just recently stepping out to get some other roads on the lay-out. I just remembered the hopper cause in just seem to fit in on the lay-out.
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Well as long as one of those two doesn't die on me am all set for the L&N.
  7. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Tyson,what's involved in that Alco /B23 mech swap?
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Catt, first get 2 body shells as things like the steps tend to break easy. There are a few knobs on the inside of the roof of the body shell that need to be removed. The oiler line(I'm guessing at that's what they are) on the trucks on one end had to be removed to clear the steps on tight curves. Then a fair amount of grinding on the metal frame of the mech. on each end so the body would slip over it. All in all it's not that bad(can't be if I can do it :D ), just ticks me off these loco's are completely ignored by Atlas and Kato. When you get done the biggest thing that is noticeable is the Model Power shell has oversized steps and handrails.
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Tyson,
    It looks like you've done some really fine work with those engines!
    I, at one time, not too long ago, had this pipe dream of building an N scale version of the L&N's Cumberland Valley Div.
    I wanted it to be in the early 60's, so I could use as many as 5 paint schemes on the engines, & have both the newer bay window cabeese, & the old "woodies".
    But alas, one more big scheme of mine that never got off the ground. (yet...;) )
    That is one thing that I love about the early 60's L&N, was that wonderful hodge podge of 1st, & 2nd generation diesels that you would see lashed together, sometimes 6 or 8 to a consist, & always plenty of Alco's, belching that black smoke...
    Ahhhhh...just the thought of all those diesel fumes brings a tear to my eye, & a lump in my throat...:D

    BTW - The weathering on those Alco's is really fine!
    They look like the real McCoy!
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Thanks Charlie. You forgot the mellow sound of those Alco's (if you call the sound of souped up meatgrinders mellow)! :D
  11. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    You know, that is a shame, because I really like the L&N scheme. I've only got one boxcar (because I model the Pacific Northwest), but it's still one of my faves, even though it was just a toss-in part of an ebay lot I got.
  12. WM-N-fan

    WM-N-fan Member

    Tyson, you have a remarkable layout. I wish we could see more. Can you post a thread with all the layout's parts, kinda like a fly-by tour?
  13. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Are you ready for that kind of disapointment? Half the layoout is still the Styrofoam, Spackling Compound, Plywood & Great Stuff Midland. Half the remaining is the previous painted flat green. In other words only about 25% is anything near finished scenery. I'll try to take a few pics of the other areas and post a overview soon. Ought to give everyone a good laugh.:D
  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    C'mon, Tyson...
    You know we're all kindred spirits here...I would never think of building anything again without sharing it with my buddies on The Gauge! I value the critisism as much as the praise!

    We LOVE looking at layouts, pink styrofoam, spackling, warts, & all! :D:D:D

    BTW - Thanks for sharing...you really do have a great layout!

    Oh, & I'm working on some scetches for K&I expansion that I'll try to get on the Track Planning forum as soon as I can.
  15. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Boy you guys are desperate for a good laugh aren't you? :p And for the record it's blue styrofoam, pink is for the ladies layouts :D :D :p :D :D Looking forward to those track plans Charlie!
  16. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Tyson,

    I was going through some older MR mags and found a L&N lay-out in the April 1996 issue. Thought you might be interested in.
  17. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Gary Siegel's Ashlan subdivision, very nice indeed!! Photo is his also.

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