Show Us Your Favorite or Most Sought After Switch Engine

Jerry Tarvid Oct 19, 2015

  1. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    Actually, according to the photo caption (omitted above), they're still in service - just lined up waiting for crews to go on duty switching at Taylor yard. http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=62545
     
  2. JMaurer1

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    They may have BEEN waiting, but they are not waiting any more. They were sent to City of Industry because the yard was flat and it was a short run back to LA when they broke down and they broke down...alot. They had bad vibration problems from the 251 8 cylinder engine and the LOOOOOONNG drive shaft that went from the short hood all the way to the back of the long hood. Also while they advertised really good tractive effort, the unbalanced weight distribution cause severe wheel slip problems (they couldn't pull themselves out of their own way).

    Doesn't mean that I don't like them. Other than being too new for my railroad, I would have to fight hard to keep myself from getting one or two.
     
  3. bremner

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    Or the transfer run, they used everything but the kitchen sink. I have seen them use SD9's, SW1500's and tunnels pulling the yard transfer from Taylor to Delores
     
  4. Bill Denton

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    Wish some manufacturer would make a ready to run FM H 10-44 or H12-44. Here is a Shapeways 3D printed model from South Boulder ModelWorks on an Atlas VO-1000 mechanism. It requires a lot of sanding to remove the print lines but it can be done. Wire railings are soldered .008 wire and Gold Medal Models stanchions. It has a Loksound decoder and "sugar cube" speaker under the hood and in the cab. Still need to do some weathering and connect the wiring for the lights.

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  5. BoxcabE50

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    I'd sure be interested in hearing the sound of an N scale FM!
     
  6. bremner

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    Me too
     
  7. Calzephyr

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    The Shapeways FM H-10-44/H-12-44 are really nice models. I also like the VO 660 from MMyers, also from Shapeways.
    They are a bit rough and require a good amount of sanding to clear-up the rough spots.
    I haven't built up mine yet... but... they are D&RGW prototype models which will go well with the other D&RGW switchers
    made by some other manufacturers (Atlas FM H-15-44, Atlas & Arnold S2, Atlas RS-3 & Bachmann GE 44 tonner).
    D&RGW pretty much experimented with several locomotive manufacturers for their switch engines from 1940 until 1964.
    They finally settled on using EMD products exclusively (SW-1200 & SW-1000). The LifeLike SW9/1200 can be used for the
    SW-1200.
     
  8. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    The little known and rarely photographed GE 176-tonner:

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  9. dualgauge

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    I had to think about the 176 tonner. Was able to figure it out looking at the picture.
     
  10. cfquinlan

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    This is my favorite switcher in real life too. I just finished kitbashing, painting, and decaling this Arnold SW-1.
     

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  11. BoxcabE50

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    Ha ha. 4 x 44.....
     
  12. rrunty

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    Nice work, did you strip it before painting?

    Bob
     
  13. rrunty

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    Fantastic work, Bill. I've shied away from anything Shapeways so far because I couldn't get past the print lines but the newer FXD looks real good. Of course if I go to the trouble of modeling one, some mfg is sure to announce one.
    On another note, it seems like only yesterday my buddy and I were photographing these things switching the yard at Savanna. Definitely a distinctive sound.
    Bob
     
  14. cfquinlan

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    Bob,

    Thanks! Usually I do, but this time all the Penn Central lettering and numbering was under the stripe, so I just painted and decaled over.

    Chris
     
  15. thomas

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    Hard to beat this EJ&E VO1000 :) 12239581_10206826835166864_5176531741935286442_n.jpg
     
  16. jdcolombo

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    Wow, that looks terrific, Bill.

    Putting the LokSound in the VO1000 was one of my more challenging projects; now that ESU has a sound file for an FM 38D prime mover, I might have to do a couple of these in NKP.

    Of course, it would be a LOT easier of Atlas would just make one based on the VO1000 chassis.

    John C.
     
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  17. Bill Denton

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    Thanks John, there is a lot of room under the FM hood compared to the VO-1000. I even added two keep alive capacitors!
     
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  18. J Starbuck

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    I just finished this SW1 that's been on my "most wanted" list for quite a while.
    The Arnold mechanism runs very well too.

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  19. mtntrainman

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    Didnt realize until I click to make the pic bigger that that is a rolled up winter radiator cover on the front.

    Nice detail (y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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  20. tehachapifan

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    Lots of great looking models!!

    I also have a thing for switchers and my all-time favorite in both the real world and model form is the SP SW1500. Here's my kitbash from a while back...

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