Jan 6, 2011
I always wanted one of those GG1's. Just thought they were the coolest thing.
After all these years, I've finally added a GG1 to my roster. It's not the Arnold or Rivarossi model, it's the Kato model in the Conrail Bicentenal paint scheme. The neat thing is this is a model of "Old Rivets" GG1 number 4800, the first GG1.
It's a beauty AND patriotic!
Dang. I have been putting a dash in GG1 (GG-1) and that's wrong.
I put a dash with GG-1 and make a similar error with SD-40-2, U-25-B and most others. However, the Baldwin DT-6-6-20 and RF-16 are correct with dashes. I don't worry with it. My GG-1 is a Lionel 2340, with twin motors and a weight that nears the prototype's. My model is not the one pictured below.
Haha, Lionel, masters at selective compression!
Anyway, here's three early Arnold cars during the transition from the 200 series to Rapido (around 1965):
I don't know if the green/yellow EJ&E car was earlier or the yellow/red car or if they were concurrent.
And here's one of the first two "American" prototype steamers Arnold released, adapted from a German prototype, the 223 S:
It runs very smoothly and quietly.
And finally, the two page brochure from 5/20/65 With the 223 S pictured on the second page. Note "Marcet" which Arnold corrected early on:
VERY cool photos and document Doug! Every time I see one of those Arnold EJ&E boxcars, I wonder why I somehow never got one of these when the real EJ&E ran by our house with a great view from my bedroom window. I got my first N Scale set in 1968 with the Arnold CN&W Baldwin, caboose and two cars, yet I never knew of the EJ&E cars at the time. I should buy one just to do it after 50+ years.
The 050 NH Yard Bird was my first N scale set.
The 057 B&O Royal Blue followed a year later.
I remember most of old Arnold models from the 1970s... which were probably initially around in the mid 1960s. I got rid of most of my Arnold and Arnold-Rapido stuff when better looking alternatives came out. Other than the S2s (because they are DRGW) I don't have other locomotives from them. I may still have some structures and rolling stock somewhere in the depths of my collection... forgotten for decades...
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Speaking of Arnold, I recall having an undecorated brown 40' steel boxcar that came with Frisco dry transfers. Does anyone remember something like this? My memory of it is hazy after 50 years. Even as a kid, I was able to get the unforgiving dry transfers on pretty straight.
I have a photo of the boxcar you are talking about. On frisco.org I have photos of Frisco locomotives, passenger and freight cars that have been released, around 350 in total. Also have a Excel spreadsheet with all of the Frisco manufactured N scale releases.
Edit: The photos are in my albums page.
Oh man -- that's it Joe! How cool to see it as it was. I'd forgotten that the same dry transfer sheet had WP and Buffalo Creek on it too. Thank you, thank you.
That IS cool. I wish other manufacturers would have released undec. cars with dry transfers. Once you get used to dry transfers, they are easy to apply. I used them on test equipment I once designed/built.