So I decided on one side of my layout, among other things, I would model an ADM grain elevator, and a corn transload like that of Andy Sperandeo. When researching ADM, I ran across photos of this hilarious GP9.
Having a CP GP9 sitting in a box doing nothing, I think I'm going to try modeling this rather odd looking loco as a switcher, even though it's out of my preferred era.
But what's going on here? I see a ladder, and what appear to be some building lights bolted on to the top in a rainbow of colors, and a snow plow?
I've never seen the rounded roof used to so comical an effect. It looks like a distressed porcupine.
It appears to still live in Clinton, IA. Can anyone explain how it got to look like that?
Modeling Pre-WP merger UP (1974-81)
It seems as though this locomotive is set up for remote-control operation. The engine was a former Grand Trunk, then C-V loco with the same number.
Judging by the two boxes, they are using this system:
It looks like there is additional air lines there which may be used for air-operated car unloading systems. Electrically, this system seems to wire into the AAR M-U system. Pretty clever and economical.
Here's a shot of the pair from the other end with the "engineer" on the ground with the control box.
The electricians probably left the step ladder there for convenience. We could never get the electricians to return step ladders where I worked, either
We've seen that end before in here. One of young members was going to build it.
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Layout tour. From right to left.
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I am thinking that the various lights on the cab roof would let the operator on the ground know the status of the loco such as "forward/reverse" etc
another pic... http://www.railpictures.net/photo/523506/
gmpullmanHere's a shot of the pair from the other end with the "engineer" on the ground with the control box. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=706710
I love the 'picture window' on the second unit! Question is, why? What purpose was served by putting such a large window into the cab?
Great picture! I noticed that the step ladder is still there. It is lying on the top of the nose.
I belive there other unit is even more funney looking. has what looks like a sw1500 cab or something like that on the frount. And i see the link for it on second post now lol.
I see them all the time in Clinton Iowa. When i drive by there.
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