Conrail Snow plows?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by green_elite_cab, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Has anyone seen the kind of Snow plow used on many conrail engines like these?

    these are the units i'm working on, and i cannot find the snow plow for these locomotives. None of them i find have that notch like the GP38 ( wich seems to be on almost all Conrail locomotives), and i can't find a match.

    also, there seem to be pilot foot board or something on my locomotives. Do i need to remove these, or is the plow supposed to install over them?
  2. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    The extra little "lip" should be removed for smoother install. If you have the full footboards then, defently yes.

    As for the type of plow, I can't be sure... I'd suggest getting a copy of the details west catalog. You could go to their website but the online catalog is down, and they're out of stock!

    Try searching plow on
  3. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    I ordered the closest i could find on walthers last week, and its still a dissappointment. I have an overland models detail part that is a brass snow plow. I might be able to file it down. that snow plow itself doesn't seem to belong to any locomotive either!
  4. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Heya Green,

    The plow on CR GP38 #7868 was actually the same one used on Amtrak SDP40Fs back in the 1970s:

    Details West used to make one, but they discontinued it. They also discontinued the plow that goes on the F40PHs, which is bigger but has the same notches on the sides. :( I wonder if they got something against Amtrak or what. :D

    Anyway, you can actually modify a DW #155 plow to look like the Amtrak plow-- Just carefully file the notches into the plow. I'll be starting a CR GP38-2 project soon and that's what I'm going to do.

    The plow on CR SD40 #6345 looks almost identical to the DW #155 as well. You just have to file the sides a bit to get the right contour. :thumb:

    And to mount the plows, you need to file smooth the pilot face. No footboards under the plows.

    Hope this helps!
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    that or they dislike government! (conrail not going private until the mid 80s right?)

    Yeah i might be able to modify the 155 ( I have a plow i can modify for that already though) for the GP38, but on that SD40, for some reason its fully flat and square at the bottom, with no notches.

    thanks for the advice guys, i'll see what i can do!
  6. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Well, thats odd. I'm glad I model BNSF now.
  7. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

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