The Blackwater division's latest power

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Glen Haasdyk, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Here they are, The Blackwater division's latest motive power 2 athearn GP-7s I removed the steam generators and added the CN spark arrestors, grab irons, high-hood bells and MU lines. I repainted them and added microscale decals (decaling the ends was murder!)
    here's a close-up of #4818
    I realize that the proto 2000 models are better detailed but while I was working on these the Blackwater division was in a budget crunch!
    I also added a CP shorty caboose
  2. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    They are all nice, I particularly like the caboose!

    It looks like an MDC job. Am I correct? It is very sweet
  3. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great job Glen!

    Everything looks great!
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Good Glen :thumb: :thumb:
  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Thanks It is an MDC with a section cut out of the middle. There is a prototype though. The CPR in Trail BC found they could add one more ore car on the smelter switchback if they shortened the cabbose. They modified two for just that purpose.
  6. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Very cool Glen!!! I like the shorty caboose too and the story that goes with it.

  7. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member


    Do you happen to know when CP would have stopped using these short cabooses (cabeese?) in Trail. I worked in the smelter from '74-77 and I have a vague memory of seeing these while there.
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Excellent Glen!
  9. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I'm not sure when they were scrapped. You might try to track down one of the very first issues of Canadian railway Modeler. It has a cover story of how to shorten the caboose and some background infromation on the prototype.
    Anyway the two were originaly built in the 1930's and shortened in 1944. In their truncated form they measured a mere 24'10"
    here's mine under construction (the gap in the roof was covered by homemade tarpaper roofing.)
  10. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Very nice Glen, I've been waiting to see these since you mentioned them awhile back, nice job. I just keep my Athearn away from the scale hood ones or run them with F units and it isn't as noticeable on the wide hoods.

    Great job on the others, too!
  11. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Way to go Glen! Very nicely done

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