Oh great: ANOTHER diesel!

My friend Andy Malette has an interesting collection of S scale goodies. At the recent S Scale Social Andy mentioned he had a number of surplus S scale models of CNR RS-18 diesels – and at lunch on Friday he brought one for me:
CNR RS-18 photo RS18-Brass.jpg

This beautiful model is a product of the Ajin shops in Korea and was imported by Overland, back in the days when Overland served the S scale market (specifically, 1989 – according to a date stamp on the bottom of the fuel tank).

Now, I need an RS-18 for the Port Rowan branch like I need another head-hole. I already have a model of CNR 1 – a GE 44 Tonner – and it has been a work in progress for more than a year now. But how could I refuse? So, next time I see Andy I’ll give him a cheque. Sigh…

Here’s a finished model, captured while switching cars on the S Scale Workshop modular layout:
SSW-RS18 at Port Dover photo SSW_JimMartin_zps450ea518.jpg

I’m looking forward to seeing this model in the CNR’s classic green and yellow, as on this prototype unit at the Canadian Rail Museum. And installing one of the Soundtraxx Tsunami units in my model, which features a number of see-thru (and hear-thru?) grilles along the long hood that are perfect for letting out the sound, will really bring the engine to life.

One correction that must be made on the model: the cab interior is installed for short-hood forward operation. With the bell on the end of the long hood (and the “FL” on the frame of the preserved CNR 3684), it should be set up for long-hood forward operation. I hope it’s as simple as unscrewing the cab interior and flipping it 180 degrees. We’ll see…

(Thanks Andy!)

5 thoughts on “Oh great: ANOTHER diesel!

  1. An update:

    Well, I’ve now had a chance to undo some screws and take a look inside the RS-18. And here’s what I found.

    First, I was surprised to see that the drivetrain consists of two motors, mounted back to back, each driving a single truck. Most unusual. I guess somebody was concerned about pulling power more than current draw.

    Second, the cab interior is soldered to the floor, so I will have to unsolder the seats and controls, drill new holes, and reposition everything so that the cab is set up for long-hood-forward operation.

    Third, there’s plenty of room for sound – and I’m going to have to install a lot of lights. In fact, I may be adding an accessory decoder to handle lights (which could include truck lights under the cab and a cab light to show off the rearranged interior).

    This is going to be a fun project.

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