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    The Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling has closed. The Sundance Central Fn3 Modular Railroad is being packed up for shipment to CA to its new home so there’s nothing much left to do these days. With most of my rolling stock sold off and no place to run anything. I thought I’d build one more critter for old time sake.

    I’ve had this Bachmann Christmas Trolley sitting around forever it seems. So, let’s get to work.


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    With these fine locomotives to inspire me what could go wrong.

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    Disassembly and cutting are the first things to get out of the way. Stripping of the Christmas paint was harder than I though but it’s gone.

    A few windows covered up, roof cut down, front and rear platforms cut off it’s looking much better already. Bye Santa.

    The pilots have been added along with the gigantic radiator. I made a large compartment inside, where the McKeen loco had its machinery, to house the AirWire, Phoenix Sound and battery.


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    The windows have been framed out and look more finished. The muffler is a squished brass tube. Humm, I wonder what a cow catcher pilot would look like?


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    Moving right along Ozark Miniatures air tanks and ladder are in place. Along with some handmade grab irons. I trimmed the wood pilot down to half the thickness, extended the coupler and added the cow catcher.

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    That’s it for now. A tarpaper roof, roof walks and paint are next.
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    Frank

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    Nice work Frank, my type of modeling. Looking forward to your progress.
    There are Locomotives out there we could never imagine. That's why I say, (never say never) because it has been built.


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #3
      WOW!! Frank, you blind-sided me!! The page opened to the "Motley County" photo, and having just read Lou's discussion on the photography car, where he was talking about building another "creature," I thought he had started this thread! Had to look twice when I saw the "Suncoast" discussion....

      Awesome build! Keep plugging and please keep the images coming!

      Pete
      in Michigan

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      • #4
        Well we're off and running! So glad you have come back with a real awesome build!
        Jerry



        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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        • #5
          This is an interesting transformation. Looking good.

          George
          Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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          • #6
            Frank, you're off to a flying start.
            Another one of your interesting builds to follow along with.
            I'm in.

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            • #7
              WOW, another great project gets underway, and we've not even hit "cold weather modeling season" yet. I've got a seat reserved in the front row.

              Bernd
              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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              • #8
                Looking good Frank! Have you considered building a layout or dioramas at home ?

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                • #9
                  Thanks Louis, there are locomotives that make you wonder what evil imagination someone had. It's a 4-6-OMG.

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                  Pete, cheesh no where is safe when I’m around.

                  Jerry, one for the road.

                  Thanks George.

                  Hey Rick, thanks.

                  Bernd I knew you’d like this one.

                  Mike, I have the HO Wrecker’s Reef. But Fn3 would take up my back yard.
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                  • #10
                    Frank, that locomotive has to be a Jed Clampett special from the Beverly Hillbillies, if I ever saw anything. Now hands down, that's different for sure.



                    Louis L&R Western Railroad
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • #11
                      Oh what to heck ! I guess I'll pull up a chair too. Yes, I'm still around...

                      Rich

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                      • #12
                        OK, the competition begins? Who will bring the elegant 4-6-OMG to the masses first??? Only The Shadow knows for sure, and he ain't talking....

                        This is gonna be fun....

                        Pete
                        in Michigan
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                        • #13
                          Frank,
                          I just stumbled upon this build, excellent transformation! I just love critters, and this is a fine one.

                          Scott

                          PS, I thought came across a thread in the past, about someone building that 4-6-OMG.

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                          • #14
                            Louis, it's a winner.

                            Rich, nice to hear from you again.

                            Pete, I think it should stay in the shadow.

                            Scott, hum that would be an interesting build.

                            More progress:

                            After painting it looks more like an inner-city locomotive than a trolley.


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                            A little more each day. I’ve added windows, a wire screen over the middle window, roof walks, whistle, corner grab irons, LEDs in the headlights, rear stirrup steps and installed the speaker which you can’t see.

                            It’s going to be a real tin horn loco.


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                            • #15
                              Now that is a sharp looking loco. IMO


                              Louis L&R Western Railroad
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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