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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 12:18 am
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I agree, the loco is extremely neat..can't wait to see some paint on her now (although it might be a sin to paint over this fine work). I now have the "want" for an IC loco on my layout, it won't be a big un like yours but it ain't gonna be a little punk critter either. Thanks for the inspiration.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 6th, 2011 08:16 am
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Thank guys, she's in the paint shop as we speak!

Woody, can't wait to see what you come up with, glad I won't be the only guy running "modern" power. I think my next loco will be one of the GE's that the Alcos replaced on the USG.

The first section of the shelf layout is cut down and ready for track, it's been tentatively laid out and should be glued down by the end of the week. I'll post pics as soon as I have something running. I've added some "non-prototypical" ideas in order to enhance operating interest, I'm working on a small container flat to carry explosives for the quarry, and a transfer crane to unload the flats.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 18th, 2011 11:12 am
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Ok, she's done. These locomotives are pretty well maintained, so I kept the weathering to reflect normal use. I tried to give it a hot and dusty look. In the sandy desert, windows get a nice dusty coating so I tried to simulate this.

Here she is!













I only included an engineer, since my layout is a switching shelf, odds are the brakeman will be out and about.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 18th, 2011 11:14 am
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I forgot to mention, I installed a Loksound Select Alco decoder with two speakers in parallel: a "tweeter" and a high bass "woofer". She runs and sounds amazing... love that ALCO chug and turbo whine!



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 Posted: Sat Jun 18th, 2011 02:07 pm
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:thumb::thumb::thumb:Sure looks good and I imagine it sounds the same. Kudos to you.

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Impressive!!!


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Another gypsum company closed, and with it the last company town:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20110611/ts_csm/388321



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 Posted: Tue Jun 21st, 2011 03:43 am
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Wow, that's rough. Another sign of the times we live in. I'm surprised they held on that long, no one is buying building products anymore, especially in Nevada. I'm fairly certain the plaster city plant will remain open, albeit at reduced capacity. It's the only wallboard plant in SoCal.

Plus someone has to replace all that Chinese "drywall" made from waste paper and God knows what else that emits noxious sulfur gas.



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Beautiful work, Sledhead! I would love to her hear Alco chug. Any chance you could post a few photos from a 3/4 perspective so we can see those huge trucks? For a desert diesel, I would think she would look a bit more dusty, but maybe they ran her through the wash rack recently?

I was fantasizing for a minute about a modern reincarnation of my little copper mining railroad with a set of these hauling ore. Cool.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 21st, 2011 03:17 pm
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Yeah, I'll try to get a side shot of her.

I was kind of thinking the same thing about the weathering, I was too afraid to overdo it, I think I went a bit too light. It does look a little dustier/dirtier in person, light weathering tends to not photograph well. I use weathering powders, and a light mist of gray on horizontal surfaces, but after I airbrushed the flat clear-coat, most of the weathering disappeared. :doh:



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