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  • Lou’s NP Shop Loco #6 Critter

    Thanks to crew member Bernd, while building my last critter seen here; https://railroad-line.com/node/1001464 Bernd posted on Page #8 this picture of a shop built Northern Pacific Shop Loco #6 that he thought he would build.
    This unique and very different Locomotive was built at the South Tacoma Shops in Washington State, and can be found at Pasco, Washington.


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    As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to build this locomotive. It was right up my alley of interest. After talking with Bernd, he said for me to go for it. Doing the research for my build, I found there was very little information out there of this critter.
    I did find however, that it was built from a retired Northern Pacific 1924 Doodlebug #3 in 1956 at South Tacoma, rebuilt as Shop Locomotive No.6, Using the doodlebug nose section, but nothing can be found as to what was used for the rear body section. I looked for maybe that a Northern Pacific Slug was used, or a Switcher of some sort/type locomotive body, but came up with nothing.


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    [EDIT] These are two additional pictures I received from Bernd. They help with what the opposite end of the cab looked like.They help with what was at the other end of the cab. Otherwise, I'd be kitbashing in the blind. I don't know if this Loco ran this side forward, or the Doodlebug cab side forward.

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    During the research I also found that Shapeways makes this On30 shell for an HO Bachmann 70 Ton locomotive. Witch I found very interesting. They know about this Shop Locomotive evidentially.
    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION from Shapeways; “This is a shell designed for the Bachmann 70T chassis and models the Northern Pacific Railway switching engine. The body and chassis are two separate components to allow for easy painting and kitbashing”. Shell 4.99 x 1.75 x 2.48 inches.

    I’ll be posting back with the items, and locomotive parts that I will be using for this project as time permits.


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    Last edited by desertdrover; 6 days ago.


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

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    Go, Lou, go!
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

    Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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    • #3
      I knew I passed this idea along to the right person. You found more info on this engine than I did. In my PM I added two more pics that you can post. Shows the front (?) of the locomotive. Got my seat ready right here in the front row. Go to it.

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

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      • #4
        That is a neat looking loco and a great project, Lou.
        Bruce

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        • #5
          Neat project!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by k9wrangler View Post
            Go, Lou, go!
            Thank you Karl, first one to come along. And glad to have you here.


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

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bernd View Post
              I knew I passed this idea along to the right person. You found more info on this engine than I did. In my PM I added two more pics that you can post. Shows the front (?) of the locomotive. Got my seat ready right here in the front row. Go to it.

              Bernd
              Thank you Bernd. Those two pictures are what I was trying to find on the internet of the opposite end of the Loco. They help with what was at the other end of the cab. Otherwise, I'd be kitbashing in the blind. Thanks for the Idea, and the additional pictures.


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

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                That is a neat looking loco and a great project, Lou.
                Thanks Bruce, yes it it a great little Loco, and a fun project from the looks of it. It is my style of things to model anyway.
                My idea is, anything that On30 modelers can build, and enjoy, I'm going to try to build it in HO scale.


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

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                • #9
                  Thank you Mike, I think also it is pretty neat. It is a shame to chop up two nice models to make up this Loco, but, that's what kitbashing is all about I guess.
                  More extra leftover parts into my parts box.


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

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                  • #10
                    Looking Good Louis! Keep plugging! Which end is the "front" on this beast? I cannot find the little "F" in the proto-photos....

                    Pete
                    in Michigan

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                    • #11
                      Another one to follow.

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

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Orionvp17 View Post
                        Looking Good Louis! Keep plugging! Which end is the "front" on this beast? I cannot find the little "F" in the proto-photos....

                        Pete
                        in Michigan
                        As to what is forward, I too looked for the (F) designation, and of course there is none. I first thought the Doodlebug cab was forward, but now I'm not so sure. Looks like the long body is the forward direction.
                        Just a bit of history information; A hood unit, in North Americanrailroad terminology, is a body style for diesel and electriclocomotiveswhere the body is less than full-width for most of its length and walkways are on the outside.
                        Locomotives out west usually ran long hood forward, because it gave better protection to the crew in case of a collision. So being Northern Pacific, I would have to guess the long hood is forward.


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

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                        • #13
                          Thank you George for following along once again.


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

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                          • #14
                            Here are the items that will be used for my project critter. A Proto 2000 S1 Locomotive and a Bachmann Doodlebug. Where I could not find any information on the body used for the Prototype NP Shop Loco, I’m using my modelers license to come-up with a difficult solution. It is really my version anyway. So, Rule #1, I guess applies here.

                            {NOTE} I have to admit, I hate cutting up this great looking Boston and Maine shell. I’ll give it a few days before surgery begins, and if anyone out there has a shell for this same S1 chassis, and want’s this Boston and Maine shell I’ll switch with you.


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

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                            • #15
                              Louis, interesting critter. Looking forward to the build. ~mike

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