Equipment Portraits :: 3

Here’s the third in a series of posts featuring portraits of the equipment that runs on my S scale model railway, with notes about each model. This instalment focuses on the 2-6-0s that are the backbone of my locomotive roster. Click on each image for a larger view…

CNR 86
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This locomotive is the result of a brilliant collaboration between fellow S scale enthusiast Simon Parent and Fred Rouse from The S Scale Locomotive and Supply Company. Simon wanted accurate steam locomotives and in the best tradition of those working in 1:64, he created them. He then worked with Fred to offer these as limited edition kits, so others could enjoy them too. The mogul was Simon’s first locomotive project and it’s beautiful, as I hope these pictures attest.

I commissioned Simon to build this example (and my other 2-6-0s) – it’s something he occasionally does for members and friends of the S Scale Workshop. Simon added 14-wheel pick-up (six drivers + eight wheels on the tender), so it never stalls. He also installed DCC+sound, with two speakers: One in the tender, and the other in the smokebox.

Number 86 – the prototype for this kit – is on display in London, Ontario. And if you haven’t seen the real thing in operation, here’s a video of sister locomotive – CNR Mogul 89 – working at Strasburg.

CNR 80
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I ordered two moguls from Simon. This is the other one. It’s built from the same kit, but includes several modifications specific to the prototype. Note the different headlight, backup light and coal bunker.

I added brackets to all of my CNR steam locomotives to hold removable classification flags. Mogul 80’s white flags denote it’s running as an extra, and this locomotive tends to get a lot of running on the layout.

CNR 908
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This is actually the same locomotive as CNR 86 – just in an earlier numbering scheme. When Simon started work on my two moguls (and a third for a friend), he realized he had enough parts to do a fourth. He asked if I would be interested in it. I decided I’d regret not having the third at some point so of course I said yes.

Eventually, I hope to document all of my S scale equipment in this fashion. We’ll see how that goes. Meantime, see the Portraits category to find all posts in this series. If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with it. I hope you enjoyed these equipment portraits and notes.

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