CBQ Late Model SD9

gjslsffan Aug 12, 2019

  1. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

    Hi everyone.
    I have an older Rail Power Products SD9 I been working on off and on for the last 15 years.
    Yea I know, cant you ever finish anything?
    Anyways, a lot of detailing has been installed, and will be, on this old war horse. Basically no original details left. I decides a long time ago, that I would model a late version of the SD9's, with the high short hood about 9 inches higher than the long hood, 48" cooling fans, as well as the later model cab sub base, and a lot of other details. I will get some images uploaded.
    My great friend always had a "Q" locomotive model in the works, he was a master modeler. Anyways I was gonna surprise him with this model.
    Well he got sick and passed in 2008, I just put it all in a box and and moved on. Since then I have put together a 1955-68ish train, that stays together, and will go in and out of staging, as all the other rolling stock is 1980+.
    Today we brought that train out of staging after a few months and all I had was 2 "Q" SD7/9's built by my friend, and 2 BN SD9's by me, now we are talking about 57 cars on a 1.5% grade for a couple hundred feet, so I was hoping these old SD's would pull it, but everyone said "no way". We were so surprised, that those old SD7/9's just dug in pulled that train and owned it. Now I think we can add about 10 cars to that train and still fit in the staging yard, and that will put this loco I am inspired to finish to work.
    So my question is. Were these late model Q SD9's delivered in that great Black and Grey scheme? Or is it the Red and Grey? Were they actually C&S?
    Thanks for suggestions and corrections.
  2. vince p

    vince p TrainBoard Member

    The Q & the C&S both had late phase SD9's and Chinese red was the norm from the sd24's on so may have included the late sd9's.

    Every pic i've seen their either in Chinese red or BN green.

    Several pics over at


    Under CB&Q or C&S
  3. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member


    I can’t answer your question but I’m sure it will be correct and a sight to behold when you finish. A good tribute to a friend that has gone ahead of us. Please share your progress when you can.

    All the best!
  4. Burlington Bob

    Burlington Bob TrainBoard Member

    Just read this and according to issue 47 of The Burlington Bulletin, published by the Burlington Route Historical Society, the first road switcher on the "Q" in Chinese Red was SD9 #828. It was a Colorado & Southern unit that was rebuilt after being wrecked on 9/16/1958 in Wyoming.

    The next units in red were new SD9's for the C&S, numbered 831 to 842. They were "Phase IV" SD9's, which had the high short hood, which earned them the nickname of "hammerheads". The high short hood meant the Mars lights were mounted even with the top of the hood rather than being higher like the earlier units. They also had the Mars lights mounted on the short hood only and only had one control stand.

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