MRL Locomotive power?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by trainsteve2435, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Hello everyone, does anyone know a MFG. that sales Montana Rail Link locomotives? I thought Atlas did at one time, but the new Walthers catalog doesnt list any. Im intrested in Kato, Proto or Atlas, not the Athearn line. Thanks!:thumb:
  2. Hey everyone, never mind, i looked on the Atlas web site and found just what i was looking for. Now to see if my local hobby store can order them!:D Thanks!
  3. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Kato has the IMRL SD40 available in HO. Nice engine.

    The IMRL paint scheme is also very easy to paint... So if a particular engine you want isn't available in that paint scheme, it should be easy for you to grab an undec and shoot it up yourself. :thumb:

    If you want to model one of the IMRL's F45s, be advised you are going to have to get an Athearn, cus nobody else has an F45 in HO. :D
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    There used to be someone in Spokane, Washington that did custom painting of MRL locomotives. You might try contacting a LHS there.
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Not regarding models, but the real thing:

    MRL's predominant mainline power was SD45s, like WC. Now, they have SD70ACes which do a lot of the work.
  6. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Athearn has a few, but the Walthers website won't list them, you'll have to see Horizion or Athearn's own site for that.

    Tower 55 should have the SD70ACe out mid-2007...
  7. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    If one models the MRL, one SIMPLY has to have one of these! :D
  8. Geez, thanks everyone for the great information and pictures, its a lot to think about. Tom, that picture is great, is that an FP unit? Thanks again!
  9. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Heya Trainsteve,

    That's an F45. It's basically an SD45 with a cowl body. All of MRL's F45s were former BN units I think.

    The F45 is a freight unit... The FP45 is the passenger version, and it's longer because there is a body stretch in the back behind the radiator section to accomodate a steam generator to supply heating to passenger cars. ATSF had a few FP45s I think.

    Right now only Athearn has an F45 in HO scale available... But you can always take the Athearn F45 shell and mount it on a Kato SD45 mechanism. :thumb:

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