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CBCNSfan

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Hi , well just to get it started here's a few Loco's I have under construction. The first is my rendition of a MLW RS18, the shell is from an old Life Like RS-11 and the frame and power from an Athearn GP7. The second is again an Athearn GP7, destined to be a GP18 ( ex GTW 4700 ). Both only require prototype horns and antenna, paint decals, and grabs for the GP rails stanchions ect. are ready but installed after painting a decals :eek:
 
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CBCNSfan

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Here are the second set, MLW C630M's The first will be CB&CNS 2038 ex CN and the second will be CB&CNS 2003 ex CN. The MLW's were built in Montreal Can. under license from Alco.

Oh! Oh! :rolleyes: Forgot, the body shells are from Tyco's, Cabs from C430's and the long hoods from C630's. The frame and power from Athearn U33C's. I know the wheel spacing is incorrect but I have many other things to look after before tackling that, so it's close enough for now.
 
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CBCNSfan

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Completed C630's

These are the first three of four completed MLW C630's. To begin operation I require six of these with the two four axel units RS18 and the GP18, with a bit of scenery to adda bit of realism :D
 

RCH

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You might want to try using the Athearn SD40-2 chassis instead of the U33C chassis. I think the wheel spacing is closer to what you're looking for. I built a C636 many years ago from Tyco body shells and an SD40-2 mechanism. Never got those hi-ad trucks built and my skill level improved enough so that a few years later I thought my work looked pretty sorry. So, it ended up in the scrapyard...
 

CBCNSfan

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Thanks guys, I'm no expert at trains or at modeling. Here in the East MLW's ( Alco's) used to reign supreme, Geeps were few and far between with GE's even scarcer if at all. When I retired in 91 I wanted to do a model layout based on the local shortline, however I gave the idea up for lack of any loco models available that even faintly resembeled local RR motive power. The bug hit again when I read a Mag. article on building an acceptable version of a CB&CNS C630 using Tyco shells and an Athearn SD40-2. The loco in the article was not nearly detailed as the author's or my models. I contacted the author to ask some questions and he advised me to use the U33C because the U33C trucks looked better, and also advised me of what to do, and the parts to get for building a much more accurate model. We've become good friends since, and share modeling experiences. His latest C630, with accurate trucks and wheel spacing is from a Stewart C630. He will be using Stewarts to build the rest of his fleet. In order to get the correct spacing, only 4 of the 6 sets of wheels are powered, and to do this he had to build a new gearbox, now folks that's somthing I don't want to even try. I plan 4 more 630's after this and one 636 also a few more 4 axel units. While doing some bidding on eBay and Yahoo I came across a deal on 10 new U33C's that I couldn't pass up and a bunch of Tyco's on eBay so the pattern is set for me.
If anyone is interested in doing a C630 project, both the author of the article(Steve), and myself will be willing to share what knowledge we have learned. To do an RS18 my advice is to buy an Atlas RS11 and go from there.
Here is a photo of Steve's Stewart under construction
 

CBCNSfan

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Hmmm! have no idea of where the photo went :confused: so I'll try again.
Ah! OK the file was too big, so I reduced it by 50% :D
 

CBCNSfan

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I WANT pictures of the 636 conversion!!!!!!!!
Ok but it's a long way off yet. Just did the fuel tanks tonight, for the two 630's under construction with 4 more 630's planned for after that, then the 636 of which the CB&CNS had one. It never hauled a payload under the CB&CNS roadname, it was scrapped after a broken crankshaft. Don't know but maybe I'll get tired of doing 630's and do the 636, but first I have to get the layout operating and a bit of scenery completed.
Cheers Willis
 
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Willis,
I think you did an excellent job on your C630's. Those GE trucks look good enough and being Athearn will give a long life of operation. If you get a chance, shot some close up pictures of the cabs and front truck.

Cheers,
Greg
 

CBCNSfan

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Cab and Truck 630's

Ok Greg, I'm not a great photographer, I've taken 40 plus shots and setteled on these two, let me know if they fill the bill. The sun shades are folded down because they are stored for the time being. Correct truck side frames can be gotten from Tiger Valley Models, however one set of wheels will become unpowered for the correct spacing. I'm told this has little if any effect on the operation.

Cheers Willis
 
#14
Thank you Willis. Those shots do fill the bill and are very good. To my untrained eye, those trucks fine. I do know what you mean about the Tiger Valley Models trucks having a shorter wheel base. As it is, I like how the engine hangs over the trucks, and the steps on the pilot have the virtical climb to them. All very Alcoish looking. Thank you again for the close ups.

Cheers,
Greg
 

CBCNSfan

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Hi Greg, the diffference in the trucks on the prototype is the distance between the center axel and inside axel which is a bit longer to give clearance for the traction motor ( O--O---O ). There's also a bit of pneumatics for the brake gear that could be added. I may look into that when I have less to do ( if ever).
The camera I leave on an auto setting, what I found out this time is to turn off the flouresent lights and leave the incandescent lights on to get a better photo.

Cheers Willis
 

CBCNSfan

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Well the MLW RS18 is about done, hoses and headlight lenses to put on, some black paint and some rust for the wheels and trucks, maybe tommorow.

Cheers Willis
 

SDP45

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#17
CB&CNSfan,

Never mind that Craghead character. He is still crying over the fact that BN sent the last SP&S C636 to Australia. :D :D :D

Also, don't tell him that one of the former SP&S C415s is now out of service too.
 

CBCNSfan

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Hi Greg, and thanks. I believe all the Alco's except 630's 2028 and 2029 were cut up for scrap, I believe last fall. there were only a few RS18's left before then, mostly caniblized for parts. the same was true of the 630's. The C636 never hauled a payload while it was owned by CBCNS, plagued with troubles it was one of the first group to go. Heres a link to before the cutting torch http://www.tamr.org/Andy_Inserra/cbcns-sale.htm and one to the two that are left http://www.tamr.org/Andy_Inserra/indiana_boxcar.htm
I do believe that just lately the CB&CNS made an application to abandon the trackage from Port Hawksbury to Sydney, just not enough traffic to justify the cost, however it hasn't happened yet. The rest of the line from Port Hawksbury to Truro is profitable.

Cheers Willis
 
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