SP B30-7s Shopped at BradleyDCC
LED Headlight and Ditch Light Upgrade
Recently my Atlas models of SP B30-7s 7788, 7823, and 7850 were sent to Arthur Bradley of BradleyDCC to have LED ditch lights installed as well as an LED headlight upgrade. T&GN C40-8 3149 was also sent to have keep-alive equipment added. The above image of the SP trio was received from Arthur Bradley today with an update that the work was completed and the units have been shipped back home.
Damn that looks good! It is always a pleasure doing business with BradleyDCC.
Athearn RTR SD40M-2 Arrives Today - 5-3-2017
Athearn released four numbers of the SP SD40M-2s in their Ready-to-Run series. All four versions represents locomotives rebuilt from SD45 cores. I was actively railfanning the EsPee when these locomotives were "new" in the 1990's and have fond memories of them. The prototype SP 8650 was rebuilt from CNW SD45 907. The below image of the SP 8650 taken by Andrew Koenigsberg typifies how these units were worked on the SP!
This model is the second SP SD40M-2 in the fleet, joining Athearn Genesis SD40M-2 8691 which represents a locomotive rebuilt from an Erie Lackawanna SDP45. Despite one being RTR and the other being a highly detailed Genesis locomotive, the two look great together!
The above detail shot shows the differences in the SDP45 carbody and the SD45 carbody as well as the differences in the Genesis vs. RTR Athearn details.
The Proto-Freelanced Mississippi Central Takes Shape
Concurrent with the development of my Yazoo and Misssissippi Valley concept was that for a similar railroad, my proto-freelanced Mississippi Central.