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Discovered an engine prototype by accident, something for IH fans

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Discovered an engine prototype by accident, something for IH fans
Posted by emdmike on Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:11 PM

In a recent purchase of several HO scale brass switchers, was an Alco S1.  I went on a hunt for shortlines and industries that use this old girl and stumbled on the fact that the huge International Harvester Hamilton Works in Canada used one for in plant switching.  She still exhists, retrucked with AAR trucks now but in the same paint scheme sans the IH logos on the NY&LE shortline.  So, my model will be off the custom painter next week and I am thinking of a small switching layout to take to shows, something for table top use(ie no legs).  The Hamilton works would be like modeling a small steel mill, it was huge from the few photos that show the complex from the air.  So it would be a small glimpse of the plant.  Maybe a loading dock scene with the plant being a low relief/false front as several tracks went inside for loading during the severe Canadian winters.   Looking for ideas and suggestions.  Looking for something no longer than a typical 6' show table.  I do have some unbuilt N scale T track modules that might be usable for this to keep it lightweight.  Here is a pic of the Alco S1 IH plant switcher. 

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Posted by doctorwayne on Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:41 PM

There's a history of International Harvester in Hamilton to be found HERE

I worked next door to Harvester, at Stelco, and that locomotive always looked pristine.

The International Harvester plant in Hamilton later became J.I. Case.

Wayne

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:41 AM

An International Harvester locomotive should be red!

It is only right.

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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