Grandt Line Boxcab Diesels

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by Glen Haasdyk, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I'm looking into some inexpensive HOn3 motive power and was wondering if anyone has the Grandt Line Boxcab diesels? What do you think of them?
  2. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I have one of the kits but haven't built it yet--if you can get the powered version you're in luck, otherwise fabricating a powering kit could be a chore. It's a nice little kit, though, with lots of detail.
  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Grandt Line Boxcabs...

    Hey, Glen - After Malcolm Furlow's San Juan Central articles in MR, and subsequent book, I just HAD to have a pair of these guys. I picked up a powered and dummy unit...and still have them, unbuilt in their original boxes. I intend to get on them someday for a small coffee-table layout.

    The nice thing that I remember about these kits is that they can be built as HOn3 or standard HO...or even HOn30, as the wheelsets are adjustable...or at least the ones in my kits are.
  4. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    I understand the grandt line locomotives to be an excellant choice for maintenace also.Several comments have been made around yahoo regarding the ease of maintenance on thier entire line.A definite plus once ya'll get them built.
    I couldnt stand having a locomotive kit in a box.It would drive me flippin nuts until i got it built LOL ;)
  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Heh heh. Get this, Todd...I also have a few boxes of uninstalled tile for the front entryway still in the boxes too. Nyah nyah. :p
  6. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Hehe, must be one of the funniest kits around!
    In know two of my club members who own this kit. Both say that the kit looks terrific - but neither of them has built one. :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Is there a jinx on this kit? (Wish I had one of these...! :( )


    PS: On the other side I know that Grandt Line stuff IS top quality. Glen: Why not buy one of them Boxcabs and be the first man on Earth to really build that kit? :D :D :D
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Anyone got a picture of this kit (assembled or not...)? CN had a few box cabs in the late 1920s, but the available MDC/Roundhouse one is not really that close...

  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    One of the customers here at Destination Hobby Center, is building one of these kits, powered, and is having fun doing it. I believe he is using a NWSL powering kit for it.
  9. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Maybe I will. I first have to rebuild the MDC shay that I picked up.

    Now that I can do:
  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Here you go, Andrew.

  11. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Opps, my misunderstanding!
  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Steve, Glen,

    Thanks for the pics!

    Glen yours looks like the Roundhouse model, but shorter?

    Steve - if that is the Grantline, then it is even "less close" than the Roundhouse. I may have to bash something if I am really intent on having one...

  13. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    It is the MDC boxcab, just part of it was cut out of the picture.
    Here's another picture of it:

    I left some of the kit roof details off and added my own scratch-built spark arrestors (like CN's gp-7's and 9's)
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for that additional pic Glen.

    I am looking for something that looks like CN 9000 / 9001 which were a pair of "boxcabs" but they looked a bit more like oil-electrics (gas-electrics/doodlebugs) in their length at least. The MDC kit seems "stubby"....

    I'll try to find some pics of the original CN units. They had them as early as 1928 - far ahead of the competition. But I guess they were so far ahead that they didn't think of them as advantageous. Lucky for us - CN ran steam for some 30+ years more... ;)

  15. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Is this it?

    Definitely bigger than the Grandt Line boxcab--that's the little dinky 25-tonner above. From the photo it looks like a B-B-B-B configuration?

    That's definitely going to be a kitbash or scratchbuild might actually use two of the Roundhouse kits back to back, but I'm not sure how it would do around curves...
  16. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    On second thought, never's another photo:

    You could always start out with an Athearn diesel frame/motor and stick a heavily-modified boxcab body (or maybe a heavyweight passenger car body) and hack the heck out of it...
  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Those are them... beautiful, eh? (Well, for an internal combustion beastie...) :D

    Your second pic did not show up... just a little red "X".


  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If you go to the Canadian Science & Technology Museum's Railway Images Gallery and search photos, you will also find some pics of when it was armoured/disguised for use during WWII.

    For example:


  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    It went through a number of changes over the years. Jetrock's pix show the earilest version, the armour was for WWII, and this pic shows it in Feb 1945 towards the end of the war (and 9000's service life), looking a little more "refined".



    PS - Sorry to take over your narrow gauge thread...! :oops:
  20. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Thanks for posting these pics, guys!

    As I'm working on a boxcab kitbash, these will be a great reference for me! :thumb:

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