GP-9 and RS-3 Models (was: Durham District in the '50s?)

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Wed Mar 30 18:28:39 EST 2005

What would it take to make a GP20 into a GP7/GP9? I have a GP20 that runs great, lettered for Burlington.. would not fit in age-wise to a mid-50's N&W-themed layout.....

Bob Welsh

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  Subject: GP-9 and RS-3 Models (was: Durham District in the '50s?)

  On 3/29/2005, Bill Smith wrote:

    I would like to have an HO model of the initial - 1955 version before 
    renumbering - diesels custom painted - both an RS-3 and the GP-9...

  The original run of P2K GP-9 diesels were painted in the as-delivered paint scheme.  Life-Like offered locomotive numbers 710 and 713 in that run.  Doesn't take much work to make them into very good models of N&W GP-9 locomotives.  

  On the other hand, no one makes a credible RS-3 for the N&W.  The reason is the dynamic brakes that they came equipped with.  If you get some decent measurements and photos of the RS-3 at the museum in Roanoke, you can probably scratchbuild your hood with the dynamic brakes.  However, the first thing you will have to do is find a good RS-3 locomotive to start with.  Maybe Athearn's re-tooled MDC RS-3 will answer that problem, but you will still need to scratchbuild the dynamic brakes.

  Kert Peterson
  Fircrest, WA

  Modeling the Norfolk and Western Ry in 1951, when Precision Transportation was still steam powered! 


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