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What did it for you?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:32 pm
by Gloriousnse
If you have a favourite fallen flag (I have far too many, unfortunately) - what is it about your favourite that makes it your favourite?

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:09 pm
by torikoos
Mine is the SP, for it's variety of motive power, the tunnel motors, the dirty looks on some of the diesels, the unique cab forwards, and the bloody nose colour scheme (although I appreciate a blackwidow too, it's just not my era (yet :-) ).
I also like the PRR, but I don't model it at the moment. Lastly, for my the Santa Fe warbonnets are iconic too, and at some point one might find it's way onto my model railroad as 'lease power'... ;-)

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:43 pm
by tunnelmotor
Koos,

I am the same - SP. For the reasons you name plus it was also my first USA HO diesel loco, by pure chance I guess.

If you like the black widow and the modern scene, how about a Willamette & Pacific GP9 in those colours? #1801....a real beauty but beware yoiu get the right phase to do it accurately. I have photos if you are really interested.

Mike Arnold

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:00 pm
by torikoos
Hi Mike,

It would be nice to have pictures regardless, but I have two P2K Geeps (a phase 2 and a phase 3) that I first need to repaint and detail in bloody nose scheme (they're currently a pensy and UP loco), one of them will be detailed as having a steam generator, to complement the two SP bilevel commuter cars I have on order. So a 3rd Geep project will be far in the future at the moment.

Koos

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:26 pm
by warbonnetuk
My screen name gives the game away - Santa Fe (All the Way). Initially it was the combo of the resurrected Warbonnet paint scheme on the Superfleet Dash 8 & 9 and fast GP's with long streams of TOFC across the desert then later the classic era of F units and the classic transcontinental passenger trains.

Dan Spalding

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:24 pm
by calaf01
For me it was B&O because they were the first and I find the old time stuff fascinating. Unfortunately I'm a ready-to-run guy in N gauge and there isn't any really old stuff that runs well. I make do with the Athearn old-time consolidations and moguls, especially the blue #1 and the Overland coaches that nearly match the colour, and they run really well. It looks fantastic in the depot on Three Bridges, the layout I "acquired". I love being able to back the locomotive up to a train and couple, and the train doesn't move a whisker. Operations is my real passion, so that was important.

Alan Crooks

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:37 pm
by Gloriousnse
Pretty similar to my own core interests Chris, late 1970s Chicago is probably my core at the moment (although I started out with circa 1973 BN in the Pacific NW!) - currently there's Santa Fe, BN, ICG, RI and N&W represented.

I keep getting distracted (modelling-wise) by modern railroading though including some great modern midwest regionals as they fit the ops on our layout & modules really well...

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:41 pm
by geofftiller
I started off following Conrail, along with a few New England lines (following purchase of my first US outline video) and still have the Conrail stuff although I am also looking to the huge range of Chicago/mid west regionals.

I love some of the weird and wonderful loco rebuilding projects of the late 70s and 80s so If I was actually any good at modelling (I'm much more into the technicals) I'd model that earlier period rather than current railroads.

Geoff

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:12 pm
by geofftiller
Hi Chris

If the finances allow (which, sadly, they probably won't) I might see if I can fins room for a GP10 or two, perhaps there are some still out there with a little known shortline:-) The rebuilds I particularly like are the UP SW10s, I'm not a UP fan but do like those locos.

Cheers

Geoff

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:45 am
by Gloriousnse
(Whistles) ;)
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 26&nseq=21

Going back not that many years then the Iowa Interstate had loads of these, as did the Chicago Central...

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:43 pm
by santafe1958
I think my screen name also gives it away, though it wasn't always that way.....
My interest in US railroads started way back at the end of the 1960's, when I saw photos of the SP Cab Forwards, and some D&RGW steam, can't remember what type now, and I thought when I got into modelling US trains at the end of the 1990's that I would see what was available.
A visit to Victors....... and I came out with Santa Fe, as the only quality stuff I could afford in stock was Atlas, and it's been that way ever since,
though with some dabbling in the Rock Island and Frisco!

Brian

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:21 pm
by antonyjq
SP&S - dirty, noisy Alcos with a slightly drab livery in wonderful scenery and the story of the Hill / Harriman battle of the barons.
One day, I must get round to modelling it (when it was the SP&S)!
All my models seem to represent it either as BN (Ho scale) or BNSF (N scale).
I guess it will have to go on the list of planned layouts - probably now at about No. 4.
ant

Re: What did it for you?

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:51 pm
by geofftiller
HI All

I've been looking for photos of GP10s and see that there are quite a few still active. I was reading Lance Mindheim's blog a few days ago and see a link he recommended (as part of his December 2nd entry "Picking a theme for your layout") of some pictures of the Arkansas Midland. Have a look here for a cool shortline street running with old GP10s

http://www.trainweather.com/arkansas-mi ... dband.html

They've gone up the "got to have them" list!!

Cheers
Geoff