My first loco for msts Penn Central SW1500
Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:56 PM
When I was young, between 10-12 years old, my father worked as a switchman for New York Central. He also drove a truck for them and would place the trailers on a flexivan. He used to take me to work with him and I used to see what he did. I got to ride in his truck and watch him switch and watch the box cars go to their designated tracks. I also got a chance to ride in the loco and work the controls. That was one of the highlights of my childhood. At that time, the railroad was Penn Central and the loco was a Penn Central loco. So recently, I search around to find out what loco that might have been that I rode on and found that it was either an SW1500 or another SW?. I found more SW1500 photos than any others in PC colors so I decided on doing this loco for MSTS or OpenRails. I haven't decided on which train number I'm using yet. I want to do some more research before I do but wanted to get started on the loco itself. So I went and bought a book at the loco train shop, The Golden Spike, named The Model Railroad Cyclopedia - Vol 2, and scanned the page with the drawing of this loco to use to build my loco. I've worked on it a couple hours yesterday and all day today and this is what I have so far. I would have had more but the top and side view of the drawing is a little off so I was hunting images of this loco to get a better idea of how it should be to get it closer to WHAT it should be. I hope you all like it. Please let me know what ya think.
P.S. Can someone please tell me what would the thickness of the handrails be? I'm thinking either inch or 1-1/4 but am not sure. I went 1-1/4 for now. Thanks again.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:23 AM
Thanks flamex. I don't see why not.
Thanks ILuvSantaFe. I don't know how familiar you are with Chicago but the yard I went to to see him do that was Lumber st. We took Canal from 22nd past Lawrences fisherie over the canal bridge to 14th, took a right and drove around to the yard. It was a long drive after we turned onto 14th. I remember seeing passenger trains there as well. That was when they were turning into Conrail. I looked for it on Google maps and found it. It looks like it's just south of Union Station. I can't remember where the yard was that he was switching at and where I rode in the loco tho. I can see it in my mind but can't find it on the map and I don't remember where we drove to get there. That was one of the first things I did with him. I looked many times and am just not sure. I know about where it's at and got it narrowed down to a few but that's as far as I can figure. There was an old passenger car off the rails and without trucks they had for storage or whatever I used to play around in but I don't see it on the map. They probably moved it by now.
Are you from Chicago?
I also just found some pictures of the inside of the cab of an SW1500 and it doesn't look like what I was in so this probably not the loco I rode in. I wasn't sure but it looks close so I'm thinking it's another sw?. I have to do some more research to find out. Hopefully I can find what I need. I'd like to go to the yards I know of and see what I can find out but I don't drive any more so it might not be possible.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:05 AM
PC had a lot of older SW units as well. A good source for diesel rosters (while we're at it):
Look for PC under: By-Gone Banners (fallen flags)
If you remember the road number, you'll be able to identify the model from the roster
Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:23 PM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:08 PM
Here's what I have done today. I didn't get a lot done today. I did a lot of searching today but got the headlights done. That took a while. And I made the smashed end of the handrail with the bolt that holds them on. Oh yeah, I did the bell too. Here's a render of it. Of course a render of it makes it look a lot smoother than it is. That's why the other pics where a viewport image.