Fox Valley Models GP60 - SP 9607 Added to Fleet
Yesterday - 3-17-2016 - Fox Valley Models SP GP60 9607 arrived. This is the latest addition to my EsPee fleet intended to operate over my Meridian Speedway. This unit is factory Equipped with LokSound DCC.
I remember the SP and SSW GP60's when they were brand new. They were some of my favorite locomotives to photograph because they were just about the only Southern Pacific locomotives that looked good. In fact I have a photograph of the SP 9607 that I took in New Orleans in 1994. That image is below and is linked to a larger file on rrpicturearchives.net.
For my standards, this Fox Valley Models GP60 is just fine. It looks and feels "EsPee" and brings back fond memories for me. The "Rivet Counters" out there will point out that grey is too dark, the yellow roof light is too big, the anti-glare nose should be black, the lettering and numbers should be white instead of off-white, the cab window panel should be welded (not riveted), wrong profile Q-fans, wrong anti-climber, etc, etc...
Below are similar angle photos of the Fox Valley model of SP 9607 and the image I took of the prototype SP 9607 in New Orleans over 20 years ago. No longer being a "rivet counter" myself, I really like this model and would consider adding more to the fleet in the future.
More images of this model are posed in the slideshow blow. I am looking forward to many years of service from this machine!