E times 3 (Thanks Simon!)

Sometimes, it’s great to just do something crazy, like visit another city – in another province – for just five hours.

And that’s exactly what I did yesterday. But I had a good reason…

Three good reasons, actually. I met up with my friend and fellow S scale enthusiast Simon Parent for a long lunch, during which I collected the three CNR E-10 2-6-0s that he’s been building for me:
E times 3 photo Moguls-01_zps20dd9132.jpg

To be perfectly accurate, I collected two locomotives, but three models: While you see three in the above photo, 86 and 908 are actually the same locomotive in two different eras. (I’ll be able to model an even earlier era on the layout now, if I so desire.) Simon designed these locomotives and fabricated the parts – and if I recall, 86 was the prototype engine from which he worked. Number 80 sports different details specific to that locomotive – most notably a different tender and headlight.

Like the 10-wheelers he has also built for me, these moguls feature 14-wheel pick-up and a sound decoder driving two speakers. They run really well – no problem on my grassy track – and they sound great.

What’s immediately apparent is just how small the moguls are compared to the 10-wheelers. As the photos below show, the boiler is much smaller and the whole locomotive is lower to the ground – at least until you get back to 86’s cab, which is about the same size as that found on 1532. But when I look at the two styles of locomotive, there’s definitely a family resemblance – from pilot style and the triangular number boards, to the tenders.
CNR 86 and 1532 photo Moguls-07_zpsc5a6c097.jpg

Mogul and 10-Wheeler photo Moguls-06_zpsec8754a1.jpg

Cousins photo Moguls-05_zps2afbeb4e.jpg

I unpacked the models this morning and did some final tweaking to the Tsunami decoders, then enjoyed running them back and forth on the layout. A 40-foot boxcar positively dwarfs a mogul:
Mogul and MILW photo Moguls-02_zps1a3b0b97.jpg

I’ve set Number 80 on the head of a Work Extra. During my next operating session, I will use it to switch hopper cars on company service in Port Rowan.

CNR 80 photo Moguls-03_zps07bf2aba.jpg

Mogul on Work Extra photo Moguls-04_zps8b031e8e.jpg

What a treat! Thank you, Simon – they’re exquisite!

12 thoughts on “E times 3 (Thanks Simon!)

  1. Hi Trevor,
    Nice looking work extra! Could I suggest white extra flags on the front to be authentic and set off the mogul?
    Regards,
    Monte Reeves

    • Hi Monte:

      Great idea and actually something I’ve been thinking about doing. But I want to make the white extra flags* removable so I don’t limit any locomotive to being used only in extra service.

      I’ve done this before. In the 1990s I modelled the Boston and Maine Railroad’s Claremont Branch in HO scale, and I equipped my BM 2-6-0s with removable extra flags, as seen in this photo of a passenger extra at Warner NH. These were relatively easy to do as the flags were mounted next to the class lamps. It was a simple procedure to drill a small hole in the class lamp bracket. Flags were cut and bent from thin brass, soldered to fine wire, and painted. They could be mounted with tweezers.

      The challenge for the CNR locomotives is the flags were mounted in holders on the handrails next to the smokebox. Simon Parent has included these holders on the Moguls and on the 10-Wheelers – but they’re too small to actually drill out and use. However, I gave your comment some thought and I think I’ve come up with a solution that involves what could be the smallest eyebolt details available in the hobby today.

      Stay tuned…

      (*And green section flags – although I doubt I’ll ever be running trains on the Port Rowan branch in sections. Let’s be reasonable here…)

  2. As to the moguls, all of GTR’s moguls were nice engines and found a home on my favourite subdivision up Lindsay way!

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