While I model the transition era and most of my equipment is steam era stuff, I have long admired Amtrak's Downeaster which runs between Portland (ME) and Boston. Most of the equipment is available in N scale and in spite of thinking it would be nice to try and model the train, I have resisted because it just wouldn't "fit" the layout. Then, a few weeks ago, m wife and I took the train to Boston to see the Sox play the Bluejays and my interest was rekindled. So, I gathered up the equipment I needed: a P42, two Amtube coaches, a cafe car, and an F40 to convert to a cabbage. The P42 and Amtubes I left stock. I might add that the newer Bachmann Amfleet cars are much nicer than the first issue and while they still have a lot of "drag", removing the wheel contacts from one truck on each car helped greatly while maintaining the lighting. The cabbage conversion was fairly straight-forward. Using a Life Like F40, I removed the "prime mover" (how prototypical can you get???), cut out the roof fans and some vents, filled in the holes with green putty to make a smooth roof, covered the side vents with thin strip styrene, moved the horns, added grabs on the nose, and repainted. Correct Phase V decals specifically for the Downeaster are available in HO but not in N. So, I decided to do the train in Ph. IV, using Micro Scale's decal set for Ph. IV Amfleet cars. It worked out OK but, the train doesn't carry the "Downeaster" logo. It was a fun project and the Downeaster does look a little out of place standing beside a Mogul and a string of wood-side coaches at the station but.... it's MY railroad and Rule #1 applies! LOL I will need to add one more coach sometime to make it more prototypical although my not-always-reliable memory says I saw the train in its early days in this configuration.