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    • March 28, 2017 8:30 PM EDT
    • Great song Rooster, I listened to the whole thing. Lot of meat on that bone.

      And great site, Devon. By different paths, we both discovered it. So let us know what things you unearth there!

    • March 28, 2017 10:52 AM EDT
    • Geez and i loved your post cliff and did not put two and two together about the source. I thought the page looked familiar. Duh.

    • March 27, 2017 8:08 PM EDT
    • Yep, they're a great resource. That's where I found most of those old catalogs.



    • March 27, 2017 10:27 AM EDT


      So just came across these guys today while searching for online copies of the Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice. These are great references for scratch builders of early era cars. These guys have a very good collection available online. But they have tons more. Stuff on everything railroading from back in the day. 

    • January 25, 2017 12:01 AM EST
    • Thanks Fred.

    • January 24, 2017 3:44 PM EST
    • Glad you now have the picture you were looking for...


    • January 23, 2017 10:17 PM EST
    • That'll work! Already printed at, I believe 24 x 18 inch or thereabouts. Had a friend print it on his large printer, now we have to frame it in a few days.
      I thought the original locomotive was a wide cab but this is actually better.
      Thanks Joe!
      Nice photos! Ken

    • January 23, 2017 8:08 PM EST




    • January 23, 2017 8:01 PM EST
    • it just occurred to me what you are interested in. The Aristo dash9 had that paint job. The real engine should be like the MTH narrow nose. I will get a pic for you from the internet.

      looks like 2100 series c40-8 CN.

    • January 23, 2017 6:08 PM EST
    • I'll ask around....



    • January 23, 2017 5:58 PM EST
    • I think pretty much this site is fairly easy to use except when photos are involved but it think it may be because we are over our alloted free data space, nor sure. We sure are thankful for the use of it.
      One thing though;
      I would like to find a good up close, high quality photo of a specific CN dash 9, preferably new and clean (the one with the the locomotive on the side/heritage maybe?) to blow up into a standard photo that can be displayed at our public events for kids, since we don't own a G scale model of one.
      If you happen to see one somewhere.

      Thanks, Ken

    • January 23, 2017 5:41 PM EST
    • Thank you, Ken......from Montana......a bit away from me, but if I can find some information for you, please let me know.  If you are having problems posting pictures; try dropping into the Chat, where you can find people who can help you. I don't do pictures, so, I'm sorry that I can't help you.


         Fred Mills

    • January 23, 2017 5:25 PM EST
    • Fred,
      Our information is ALL over the internet, You Tube and on 2,700 railroad related websites in the U.S. and even in Europe, Australia, UK, Canada and many other places so we just thought everyone already knew. I did however update the information as you requested and put a description of our program there as well. We quite frankly didn't pay attention to the other information blocks because we never considered it that important and since we simply chose this site to bring people closer to the hobby, we thought the exploration of the hobby and this site were more valuable than our personal information. We are based out of Montana and will be here a few more years before moving the program to Nevada.
      Incidentally, sorry about the posts here with no photos as our alloted space is full and somehow it isn't letting us put photos on regular posts either. Photos were added but failed to come up. Smartphones sometimes have problems with some sites but not sure if that's our issue here.
      Feel free to ask if you need anything else!
      Thanks, and all the best! Ken

    • January 23, 2017 3:59 PM EST
    • Ken(Whoever you are) It would be rather nice to know your full name, and where you are located.  This is a friendly, trusting group, of railroad modellers and operators, and knowing where in general you live can influence and improve communications. Knowing your full name is only fair, and adds to the friendly atmosphere of the forum. It also helps to maintain good email etiquette.

      I'm a Canadian, and have lots of contacts who can willingly answer many questions about Canadian National motive power. Who knows, Ken, you may be living quite close by......if you could PLEASE show your location......maybe you are even close to others on this forum.

      Please feel welcome here; it is a rather good web page, with a great number of informative people who willingly share, and are VERY trustworthy.

      Fred Mills, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    • January 23, 2017 7:16 AM EST
    • I do have this unit!

      Along with some CN freight cars!

    • January 22, 2017 9:48 PM EST
    • Thank you Shane! That makes all the difference getting started.

    • January 22, 2017 8:32 PM EST
    • Joe,


      I'm going to send you all of my full size measurements, data sheet, and G scale drawings that I currently have completed. I'll then start a thread showing how I'm creating this unit, and then you can decide what works best for you.


      My measurements are not complete, but I think there is enough to make a fairly accurate plan. If you want any detail photos, let me know and I can supply them.



    • January 22, 2017 7:02 PM EST
    • I could be greedy and say just send it to me. If you wanted to post, then that would be great also.

      jwpcfv (at)

      thank you

    • January 22, 2017 5:57 PM EST
    • I'm slow too. I won't tell you when I started my Dash 9 project which is still incomplete. Maybe sharing my progress on something would force me to keep at it.


      Do you want me to start a thread that follows the build, or do you just want me to send you my research?