another U Boat in the works

So yet again, a fellow N Scale modeler has supplied my with rare Southern Pacific detail parts. SP Wolf from the Trainboard.com mailed me a GE nose light, a Southern Pacific GE roof Gyrolight and an EMD nose light package! U25B 6704  (early model, like the Atlas N Scale model, with the same number of battery boxes) is coming along nicely. I need some MV lenses and a #80 drill bit to complete the model. Here are a pair of progress pictures.

 

 

ugh, 1 step forward, 2 steps back.

So I have started a build-up of an N Scale model of Southern Pacific GP35E #6300. I have a nused Kato built Atlas model (fits in well with my U30C), and I have been studying all photos that I can find of her (Thanks again Tom Fassett). I had a N Scale of Nevada rear light package and bell, got some Micro-Trains couplers, BLMA cab shades and MU cables (man those things are tiny), and Detail Associates lights.

I took the body off of the GP35, and I used an emery board to file off the foot boards, swapped out the couplers, got to the lights, and DA 8218 duel  Pyle lights look like a great fit. Too bad the single light, DA 8219 is too small. It is now time for a quick change of plans. Perhaps Intermountain has a stash of nose lights that they use for their tunnel motors laying around…..

odd power on the local today…AND A GREAT SUPRIZE!

I followed the local south of Main St (east end) between Grant and V.I.P. Blvd. Normally a pair of GP40-2’s are handling this turn, but today we had a Ex SSW 7272 in Borg Yellow and a GP38-2, ex Conrail 7735, now GMTX 2861. I really wish that they were still in original paint 🙁

As the local passed, I really could not believe my own eyes, there it was, a Southern Pacific C-50-9, the last class of new Southern Pacific Cabeese built in 1980. This caboose is showing her age, and the numbers are long gone, but still, there she is, a real caboose, here in Casa Grande

*update*

I was able to see the other side today, the caboose is C-50-9 4728

The times, they are a changing….

After I dropped my youngest off at school, I figured that since it was only 92 degrees, I should go down to see what was happening on the old Sunset Route. Uncle Pete Has been busy,  the track is now double tracked east of Hermosilla St (Arizona Grain), and they are just finishing up the ballast.  Uncle Pete is also doing a few things that will make an Espee fan sad, they have pulled out the old signals, and are replacing them with new, 3 light signals.

East of Thornton, it is now triple tracked, and the old cotton gin on Thornton that I wanted to shoot today, well the foundation remains.

Playing with a new track plan….

I have been thinking that I need to design a new plan of Casa Grande. In the plans are Arizona Grain, the oil distribution company, and a cotton mill. I am going  to use the Walthers ADM grain elevator for Arizona Grain, New Jersy Intl. has a oil company, add in a few more tanks of random size, and the cotton mill is going to have to be scratch built. Fortunatly, they look pretty straight forward, with few windows and corigated metal exterior walls. I have yet to see a photo of one while they were served by the SP, but there is one on Thorton between 9th and Main and another in Maricopa.

Now I can get close-enough’s or easy scratchbuilds, but the 1939 art deco station is going to be difficult to scratch build. The prototype burnt down 2 years ago, and while there are a few good photos, the Borg even tore out the foundation. One option would be to use the Model Railroad Way-Back Machine. in 1939, the orrigional Southern Pacific depot that was built arround 1880, was simular to the SP Type 22, and American Model Builders has one in N Scale…oh the choices…