Front-End-Friday

It’s a day late, I know, but here’s a couple photos of my newest engine:

This GP-38 will be used for light duty freight: a few box cars, a reefer, an open hopper, a couple tankers, log+lumber etc.  I bought this Atlas engine on e-bay.  It came with DCC+Sound and cost me $94, including shipping from Alaska.

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Box Car

Picked up box car # 8019.  Like with the refer, it got new wheels.  Almost every car I buy needs a wheel upgrade.  The factory flanges are tall and ride on the railroad ties.  Such was the case with this car. #code55problems

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Refer Gets an Upgrade

I upgraded the trucks on my reefer.  I removed the stock trucks and installed Micro-Trains Bettendorf trucks with short extension couplers. (PN# Micro-Trains N 00302021).  I also replaced the plastic wheels, which come stock on the trucks, with BLMA N PN# 9810 33″ precision metal wheels.

Plastic wheels replaced with metal wheels
New Truck with Knuckle Couplers Installed

Trinity RD-4 Hoppers!!!

I’m very excited!  Look what arrived in the mail today…

 

Track Conversion

The layout I inherited from my grandfather was done with Kato Unitrack.  I knew I would eventually convert it to something more realistic.  I’ve liked working with Atlas brand track, and its easy to get a hold of, so it was my natural first choice.  That and I had a box of Atlas flex-track and cord roadbed in storage.

I could not convert the entire layout in one fell swoop, buying all the switches would exceed by budget.  I would need to do it in sections.  I planned on converting the loop first, followed by the various sidings.  In order to accomplish this, I created two sections of conversion track.  They would be placed at the beginning of the conversion and one would “move” with the end of the converted track as I converted different sections.

Custom built transition track

I built two pieces, each a different length.  I have one that is a combined 3″ long and a second one that is a combined 9″ long.

I’ll upload another picture in the future, when the pieces are not in use. =p

New Passenger Car Set – Kato Smoothside in N-Scale

Picked up a 6 piece passenger car set on ebay.

 

RPO: Railway Post-Office
Baggage Car
Coach
Diner
Sleeper
Observation

I  can’t wait for these new cars to come in!  Of course….I have nothing to pull them, but still, nice find at $20 under original retail price.  (I paid $155 for the set)

From https://katousa.com/N/Smoothside/