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  • Lou’s ALCO 1000 MOW Crane Critter

    I wanted to build a Logging back shop MOW crane critter for my L&R Railroad, so for this build I’ll be using an AHM ALCO 1000. Backstory on this HO locomotive; AHM first released this ALCO 1000 in 1971 with five road names: Chesapeake & Ohio; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Pennsylvania Railroad; Santa Fe; and Union Pacific with wide radiator and blunt trucks around $8.00 at the time.
    Checking The Second Diesel Spotter’s Guide(1973, Kalmbach Books) by Jerry A. Pinkepank, Alco’s 1000-hp diesel switchers included S-2 and S-4 offerings. AHM’s model features blunt trucks, which would make it an S-2 example.
    In addition to AHM, this model has also been included in Model Power’s product line and IHC-Hobby. Mehano made the model in Yugoslavia, now Slovenia, beginning in the early 1970s. Handrails were molded as part of the frame section, the most obvious spotting trait putting this ALCO switcher in the same family as the Varney/Life-Like/Model Power/IHC Locomotives of the time.
    The following Items will be used for this MOW Critter build. An HO AHM ALCO 1000 #5010 C&O Locomotive, and a Petes3DScaleModels Pillar Crane Kit HO Scale 1/87 mounted onto Critter.
    Followed by a Tyco MOW Boom Car.


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    The HO AHM ALCO 1000 #5010 C&O Locomotive I bought many years ago and never used it, the Tyco MOW Boom Car, I had on the shelf for many years bought at a train show. The Petes3DScaleModels Loading Dock Crane Kit, HO Scale 1/87, I ordered online.

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    The below drawings are what I plan on making-up for my Crane Critter. Starting with slicing and dicing the locomotive shell mid-section, removing, and bringing the cab closer to the front grill section and re-attaching. This will give me a shorter cab, and a flatbed for the crane and load platform.

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

  • #2
    Louis,
    Cool build! I have a cup of Joe and a banana and I'll have a seat.
    When I first read the title I thought of this type of configuration, but it's steam.

    Scott

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    • #3
      Louis this looks like another one of your different but awesome builds. I'll pull up a chair
      next to Scott and watch the magic happen.
      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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      • #4
        Looks very interesting Lou. What will be powering it?

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BurleyJim View Post
          Looks very interesting Lou. What will be powering it?

          Jim
          Thanks Scott, Larry and Jim for following along.

          Jim, at the moment I going to use the original AHM vertical motor that comes in the Locomotive. There are ways to changeout the motor for can motor use. But that is another change down the road after this build.

          Scott, I like that version. I wish I had known about it. Looks like I may tackle something along that line in the future.


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

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          • #6
            Scott if you have any other pictures, drawings, or information on the steam version I'd like to see them. Thanks in advance!


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

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            • CNE1899
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              Louis,
              I'll see what I have. Do you want me to post them here, or PM you?

              Scott
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          • #7
            Another cool project, Lou!
            Bruce

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            • #8
              I'm watching Louis!
              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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              • #9
                Man , I love the stuff you come up with!

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                • #10
                  Very interesting...........

                  GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                  • #11
                    Ahaa! I've got the AlCO VO-1000 by Bowser, and wasn't thinking about the AHM vertical shaft drive. Doink!

                    Jim
                    Take the red pill

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                    • #12
                      I got my seat to watch.

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

                      Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

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                      • #13
                        This looks like something interesting to follow. Why are you removing a center section rather than and end piece?

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

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                        • #14
                          Bruce, Jerry, Mike, John, Jim, Bernd, and George, thanks much guys for your interest in this build, and following along.

                          George, Hi, the reason for cutting out the middle section, I want the front radiator grill and one access door on each side, along with the cab as my Locomotive compartment. The original shell is one continuous piece. So I'm cutting the cab off, and the nose section.

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

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                          • #15
                            I'm standing by Louis waiting for your next installment'... Another fabulous build coming up from the professor...


                            Ted

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