Here’s the fifth in a series of posts featuring portraits of the equipment that runs on my S scale model railway, with notes about each model. The equipment is presented in no particular order. Click on each image for a larger view…
This model, and CNR 1560 (below) are the two models that encouraged me to try S scale – and, eventually, to model the Port Rowan branch. These two CNR 10-wheelers were designed and built by my friend Simon Parent, in collaboration with Fred Rouse at The S Scale Locomotive and Supply Company. Simon and Fred offered these as kits, and Simon built some of his kits for his friends. As I noted earlier this week, I would not be modelling the Port Rowan branch – or, indeed, in S scale – without Simon’s locomotives. They were my introduction to S scale and what could be done with it.
Since these two 10-wheelers (and Simon’s moguls, previously profiled in this series) started as kits, Simon was able to modify the models as he built them to represent specific prototypes. We worked together to find adequate photos of real locomotives from which he could work, and picked 1532 and 1560 for two reasons. First, they’re both well documented in photographs. Second, they have different details – notably (but not limited to) a different coal bunker on the tender and a different location for the rear light. It’s a testament to Simon’s abilities that these steam locomotives run better than many diesels I’ve owned – in several scales.
At one time, the CNR had an extensive fleet of self-propelled equipment – so many, that there’s an excellent book dedicated to the subject by Anthony Clegg. I really enjoyed creating this model, even though it’s not prototypically correct for the CNR. It started as a brass import of a Northern Pacific prototype, produced by Samhongsa in 1989 for “S”cenery Unlimited. I acquired my model in October, 2014 from the estate of Oliver Clubine – one of the great gentlemen in S scale, and in the hobby. I’ve written extensively about this model on this blog – including notes on adding DCC, sound and an LED headlight, as well as painting and finishing it. Those wishing to know more should review the Gas Electric category for the full story.
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.