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    • April 13, 2019 11:11 AM EDT
    • Matt, is that South Fork?





    • April 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT
    • By incredibly good dumb luck, the last surviving Grande example of one of this class of switchers is rusting away on a siding about an hour and a half away. I made a visit for pics and measurements.

      More to follow.




    • April 13, 2019 9:59 AM EDT
    • Hi Rooster,

      Not exactly. Mostly I wanted to remove the stripes and lettering - I wasn't too worried about the yellow. Later pics will show the extent of paint removal.




    • April 12, 2019 8:09 PM EDT
    • You have pics of the stripped paint?


    • April 12, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
    • Hi guys,

      Over the past few weeks I have been turning one of these:

      into one of these:

      So far I have dismantled everything and stripped the paint:

      I got the donor model off of eBay pretty cheap - even came with a radio and Phoenix sound! Ultimately this will have dual gauge couplers as it appeared in Alamosa in the 1940's and 50's.


      More on that later.




    • April 10, 2019 9:39 PM EDT
    • Impressive work gents. John, that is really neat. and somewhat tempting as I do have a mogul drive laying around :)


    • April 10, 2019 6:41 PM EDT
    • Here's mine. I haven't got around to painting it yet.


    • April 10, 2019 9:10 AM EDT
    • A few years ago I took a Doodlebug and turned it into a Pennsy MP-54 Combine. I did shorten it.

    • April 10, 2019 5:21 AM EDT
    • Various prototypes for inspiration can be seen here

    • April 9, 2019 10:15 PM EDT
    • Vic Smith said:


      I've always been keen on this one


      Jim Carter built one a few years back.

    • April 9, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

      I've always been keen on this one

    • April 9, 2019 5:36 PM EDT
    • Thats cool. probably won't go bigger as it is already a bit big for me to run at some layouts, but it does give me some ideas. nice work

    • April 9, 2019 5:33 PM EDT
    • Chris Kieffer said:

      Steam powered.



      Oh man that is gorgeous! 


      How about turning your Doodle Bug into a Doodle BIGGER!  Have you seen the one I built this year for Mik's Challenge?  I had a bit of fun with it but maybe it will give you some ideas.


    • April 9, 2019 5:32 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

      Live steam powered!

      Whoa, live steam would be cool. Do you have any more photos of it?

    • April 9, 2019 5:32 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:
      Chris Kieffer said:

      Steam powered.


      this would be a hard one to beat



       Dang thats impressive, wonder what drive he used? now I may have to buy those coach sides and build one hahaha


    • April 9, 2019 12:24 PM EDT
    • Chris Kieffer said:

      Steam powered.


      this would be a hard one to beat




    • April 9, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
    • Live steam powered!

    • April 9, 2019 12:24 PM EDT
    • These are great ideas and pointers Dan and Bill. Thanks!

    • April 9, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
    • store front

      Jim, here are a few ideas, these are from my produce but a lot of this could be in yours being it is more of a general store. Believe the large crate veggs came from Al Kramer, the bananas for Larry, the small crates I made from styrene strips, oranges I made from lava beads pained 3 different colors and the cucumbers I made from dyed rice, Larry has got bags of goods like flour and stuff, good luck great looking store, Billloading dock  cucumbers