New power on the Ballantyne branch

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Herc Driver, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Just rolled out of Davidson's Repair...looks like a Maryland Midland GP38-2 but they're keeping it under wraps for these pictures before they took it back into the facility. Several LPP saw me snap the pictures and were clearly not pleased. The official word is the public unveiling is tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some better pictures and post them.

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  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Herc:wave:, NICE GP38-2!:thumb: THANKS for posting the pre-unveiling shots!;) i cant wait to see the "official" shots when they come out:thumb:. :D -Deano
  3. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Neat little teasers!
  4. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Very nice..:thumb: ya got me hooked .. can't wait till tomorrow.
  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Sweet engine! :thumb:

    COMBAT Member

    Thats cool. I like the tease! Great Idea!!! :)
  7. zachary

    zachary Member

    hey herc driver awsome loco i really like your layout i went to the little choo choo shop in spencer and also the musem i thougt the hobby shop was the best trains only hobby shop ive ever been to by for now zachary
  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Don't let them scare you! Tell 'em if they get outa line, you'll glue 'em to the layout; permanently!! ;)

    Neat photos, I'm looking forward to the official unveiling. :thumb:

  9. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Glad that you could take these shots. Makes me really looking forward to the official announcement and photos. (Herc, nice idea and very, very good shots :thumb: :thumb: ).
  10. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Finally...some good pictures

    Drank about a pot of coffee sitting in the truck waiting for this Geep to roll out, but just before sun up, it slowly growled to life and moved out. Coming out of Davidson's Repair, you could see they paid extra attention to this one. It a GP-38AC with one very memorable paint job of Maryland Midland. I'm hoping this one stays around here while crews run it through the pre-buy. I followed it around perimiter road, behind the old factory, then to the church where the road ends. It stopped just short of Coverall's crossing and the engineer waved me onto the tracks so I could snap a few pictures. He was smiling ear to ear - I think they were pretty pleased with the way this one turned out. It looked like the others in the cab gave him a hard time for letting me get nose to nose with his Geep, but he won't have to worry, I had already asked the morning shift LPP foreman for permission to follow its route and take pictures. Fortunately, the morning 1st shift guy was easier to deal with than the 3rd shift LPP last night. All in all it was a pretty good shoot.

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  11. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member


    Outstanding thread. That is one nice geep. I love the paint, incredible work. A big ATTABOY for you!!

  12. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Nice paint job, Herc, and great photos, too.:thumb: :thumb: What's the significance of the "1" below the cab number?

  13. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That "1" is actually a lightning bolt and the words, "Radio Equipped" at each and of the bolt. The overall detailing on this Atlas product is really well done. The paint color is right on the money when compared to pictures of the actual units. The only shortfall are the MU hoses, levers, grab irons, which are all modeled into the body shell. I plan on removing the existing hoses and adding BLMA hoses as soon as possible and routing them through the snow plow openings like MM's 302 runs everyday. I'll add grab irons and other details as I'm able. It will be slightly weathered since my prototypical picture is of this unit with a few others fresh out of the paint shop and gleaming.

    Thanks to all for taking a look at my latest roster addition. I love the big RR's of today, but am growing more and more interested in the regionals, shortlines and specialty roads that get far less attention from the model manufacturers. It's interesting to run something that most of us don't see everyday. This Maryland Midland was a special production run requested by M.B.Klein out of Baltimore. I don't know how many were produced by Atlas, but there's only three left...(and I'm thinking #302 might need #300 to help pull the loads around the layout).
  14. SeriousSam

    SeriousSam Member

    Hey, I got one just like it. I love the paint on those. I have to get my hands on the other two.
  15. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hey Herc...!!

    Though not a big diesel fan, them trains is still trains, and that's one gorgeous engine you unveiled...!!! :thumb:
  16. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    OUTSTANDING SHOTS HERC!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: thats one GREAT looking engine;):D. NICE story to go with it to Herc:thumb:. :D -Deano
  17. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Herc: That was great! Excellent story line and pics ..Well Done:thumb: :thumb:
  18. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Loved the way you presented your engine to us, quite a catchy livery.
  19. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Awesome Herc.... I like everything, right down to the ballast!
  20. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    beautiful work herc---i can't believe this is n-scale---nutbar

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