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  • Lou’s Firefighting Apparatus

    This time I’m building a Logging back shop Firefighting Apparatus critter for my L&R Railroad, so for this build I’ll be using an AHM RS-2.
    The following Items will be used for this Firefighting Apparatus critter build:
    An HO AHM ALCO RS-2 #5131M Central of New Jersey Locomotive.
    Vintage Athearn DEEP ROCK 40' 3 Dome Tank Car # 207 ITEM # 355/2502.
    I'll return in another post with my vision of the Firefighting Apparatus.

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    The HO AHM ALCO RS-2 Central of New Jersey I bought many years ago at a show somewhere, and it sat on a parts shelf. The same with the vintage Athearn Deep Rock 40' 3 Dome Tank Car #207, I got who knows where, it is well used and beat-up.
    This RS-2 Locomotive has the usual AHM vertical motor arrangement, it will be inside the short cab section of this Firefighting Critter.

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

  • #2
    Here we go....
    I'm with you Louis!


    • #3
      Hi Louis. Looks like another interesting build. I assume you will post a prototype picture.
      I do like the Deep rock graphics on that tank car. Will they be staying ?
      Will be following along
      Regards Rob

      Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

      My current build.


      • #4
        Sounds interesting and intriguing. (I think I write that with every new project of yours, Louis.) I'm always amazed that however unusual your project, something similar was built in the real world.


        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


        • #5
          It's going to be interesting to see what your imaginative mind comes up with.

          The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.


          • #6
            I've seen images of these sorts of rigs, and am watching to see what you do with this project.

            in Michigan


            • #7
              It sounds like another great project, Lou.


              • #8
                I'm ready for more chopping & slicing!


                • #9
                  Dave, Thanks for your post.

                  Rob, as far as posting a prototype picture, I have not seen one, but that doesn't mean there isn't one out there somewhere. The Deep Rock lettering will be painted over.

                  Mike, thanks for always following along and posting your comments.

                  George, Thanks and keep posting and following along.

                  Pete, I'd love to see any pictures if you come across any. Thanks for following along.

                  Bruce, Thanks and we'll see how this one turns out.

                  Carl, sometime I think I could have been a Surgeon.

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


                  • #10
                    The below drawing is my vision at this time of what I want to make, and what I plan on making-up for my Firefighting Apparatus.
                    Starting with cutting away, and removing the locomotive shell long end-section. This will give me a shorter cab, and a flatbed area for the firefighting tank to set on to the locomotive platform. Install a rear ladder up to the tank top, and side ladders to the water cannon area. I'll start some slicing and dicing and return with the results.

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


                    • #11
                      And here we go.......

                      Louis, looks like a very interesting concept, looking forward to watching this build.
                      Ron Newby

                      General Manager

                      Clearwater Valley Railway Co.



                      • #12
                        Great illustrations, Lou, in my earliest yrs in the hobby I built the Roundhouse 3 in 1 fire train. Love anything fire fighting related.

                        That chassis would be a good start to a log car. Waste not want not….
                        Last edited by k9wrangler; 2 weeks ago. Reason: After thoughts
                        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                        Cedar Swamp
                        SW of Manistique, MI

                        AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail


                        • #13
                          Ron and Karl thanks for posting your thoughts and comments.

                          Karl I built that same kit back in 2021, as you know. You were there along with me. I had fun doing that one as well;

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


                          • #14
                            Looking good so far, Louis! What's the plan for running the pump?

                            in Michigan


                            • #15
                              Well this should be an interesting chop!! Looking forward to the build Louis.

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