Over the past couple of days, I’ve put the finishing touches on CNR 44 tonner Number 1 – and the locomotive is now in service:
To finish the model, I used custom decals created for me by Bill Brillinger at Precision Design Company. (Thanks, Bill – they worked beautifully!)
I glazed the windows with microscope slide covers and added MV Lenses to the class/marker lamps at all four corners. I did some brush-painting with CNR Yellow number 11 to pick out the handrails, cut levers, and step edges as shown in my prototype photo.
Weathering is a mix of airbrushed paint plus weathering powders, and I found that a very light spray of CNR warm black over the decals helped tone down the lettering and stripe, giving the One Spot an appropriately worked-in appearance.
I’m pleased to report the locomotive also runs very well. The current-keeper I installed recently has delivered on its promise of interruption-free running, even through the grassiest parts of my track work. And while doing that work, I removed the double-sided foam tape that I had been using to hold the TSU-750 in place, and replaced it with a strip of 1/4″ Kapton Tape – a change that improves how the decoder sheds heat. (Previously, it had suffered from overheating on occasion, and would shut down about halfway through an operating session. That’s now been fixed.)
This was a fun project and while it won’t see a lot of work on the Port Rowan branch, it will add variety on occasion. Plus, it’ll join my CNR Doodlebug as a great addition to the S Scale Workshop exhibition layout.
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Time for another project – and I already have one in mind. But I’ll write about that in a future post…