Trains are about to leave.....
1996 to be precise, a friend and I went to Supertrain with our kids.
My son was 2 yrs old at the time and he was thrilled with what he saw.
After the show Barry made me an offer on some extra trains stuff he had.
Out of it I got a cheap Bachmann F-7a in Via colours, 2 blue Con-Cor Via
Cars, other freight cars, and track with power supply. From this
meager start I have expanded to a present inventory of over 35 Locomotives
and rolling stock in excess of 50 cars.
I am collecting
5 different Railroads. CP, UP, SP, CN, and Pennsylvania. Complete
rosters can be reached through the links on the left. The main reason
I am collecting Pennsy loco's is for the CG-1 and the Sharknose.
I also have an IHC C-Liner in Pennsy colours. Pennsylvania RR ran
some interesting locomotives that no other RR ran.
The primary road
name for my collection is Canadian Pacific. Living in Calgary Ab
I see CP all the time. There are two yards here that do Loco repair
and upkeep. The new EMD SD9043MAC's were assembled here at the Ogden
Shops. I started with an Athearn AC4400 in the twin flag scheme.
I found that it was having problems pulling anything more then 13 cars
up the grade on the local club layout so I decided I needed to invest in
a second locomotive to alleviate this problem. While visiting PMS
Hobbycraft I saw an Atlas SD-26 in UP colours. My wife thought it
was ugly, but I was able to envision it behind my 4400 pulling a nice long
consist up the grade. I was able to pick up a used one at Trains
& Such that already had the Kadee couplers installed.
Thus began the
UP collection. My biggest draw to UP is the fact that they ran some
of the largest, biggest horsepower locomotives ever. Everything from
the Big Boys and Challengers, to the Big Blow Turbines. The only
large diesels to get outside of brass are the DD40's. Athearn has
a psuedo DD40 available but it is very inaccurate. Bachmann does
the proper DD-40 in the Spectrum Line. I was able to get a good deal
on one at a train show. I have unit 6922. This I find ironic
as my birthday is July 22/1969. This unit comes with two motors in
it and a working beacon on the roof. I did some minor rearranging
to the horn, firecracker antenna on the cab roof to match the pictures
I have of the unit.
Here is another shot of a DD40 on
a turntable. I believe that this was taken in Cheyenne Wy.
UP is also well
known for their large steam Locomotives, the Big Boys, and Challengers.
The Challengers weighed in at 1.07 million pounds and was built by Alco.
UP took delivery of this particular unit in 1943. Intended to supplement
the Bog Boys in hauling fruit from California to Florida they also saw
duty pulling passenger trains. The later Challengers were able to
easily reach speed of 75 to 80 Mph and were well suited to the passenger
service. UP has restored Challenger 3985 to running condition and
it has been featured on TLC's Extreme Machines. There is nothing
in the world more impressive than a steam locomotive running with a full
head of steam. When there are two sets of cylinders pumping the drive
wheels it is doubly impressive.
last update; 0005.22
of Locomotives and accessories on my layout.
a CPR 4400;
I went about super-detailing my Athearn CPR AC4400.
and painting a Rail Power Product's SD-9043MAC.
Adding a Comfort
Cab to a C44-9
the factory cab with an H&D's Own comfort cab.
Under construction. Some back ground on what is happening and how.
Rail Photo collection;
Rail Photo collection;
Stewart's Canadian Railroads Page;
An amazing collection
of Photographs of Canadian Railroads.
listing with images of the diesel Locomotives that the CPR has used.
listing of the CPR Loco's in my collection, with images.
listing of the UPR / Southern Pacific Loco's in my collection, with images
National, Pennsylvania Railway and other Loco's with images.