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    Are any of our model makers interested in odd-ball locomotives?

    I just thought I'd throw this out there...I have always liked seeing the less common "oddball" locomotives and rolling stock modeled, especially things that just kept kicking and stuck around seemingly forever. It's rare in the real world, it's different, and sometimes you can even appreciate why it was a horrible idea to begin with and fell out of favor.

    For example...Some things I've always searched the file library for without ever really finding are the odd leftover BN B-Units that BNSF had on their roster.

    BNSF 1700 was a GP9B that survived well into the 2000's painted up in new BNSF paint, after a career with Burlington Northern. This one I actually have, in the original green BN paint, but would love to see re-done in the new paint scheme.

    Somewhere out there, there is a photo of this old GP9B sandwiched between a brand new pair of AC4400s or something similar hauling freight on the main line.

    Similarly, BNSF 2249 started out life, once again, in green BN paint, as a GP38-2 numbered 2601. It was involved in some kind of crash and got rebuilt as a cabless GP38-2B, I think the only one of it's kind. Way, way back in the day once upon a time, I had an HO scale model of this in it's green BN paint, I think kitbashed by my dad from some old Aeathern trains.
    BNSF 2249 got repainted into the new BNSF paint and I think still survives to this day.


    Like I said before, it's interesting to see how long some of those engines have survived. BN and the successor BNSF had some GP9s and SD9s running in fresh new paint and apparently good condition well into the 2000's, some with the original high noses and some rebuilt, one even became an SD9-3 with a completely new cab and some serious upgrades.


    I want to say, I realize what a pain and a challenge it can be to build models like these for ORTS or MSTS. If it were easy, anyone could do it. Sadly, I don't have the skills. If anyone here feels up to it, I'd love to see any of those oddballs modeled for us, but I also understand if it simply isn't "worth the squeeze" so to say.

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    I did MASH-up together with a CNW Baldwin switcher and a GP9 hood refit way back.
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      #3
      As oddballs go, I still hold out hope for an AB6 and a CNW Crandall...

      The cabless units do stand out when you seem them. SLI had done a "cabless" GE B30 in one of their BN locomotive packs, and
      BLW has GP9B #600 in their BN Freight Engines pack, and also a UP GP9B in their GP West 1 pack.

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        #4
        the SD40-2B in here F/L,Dekosoft BN superset and the GB BN SD40-2

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          #5
          Originally posted by pwillard View Post
          I did MASH-up together with a CNW Baldwin switcher and a GP9 hood refit way back.
          Is this the locomotive known as the "Beep"?


          Originally posted by eric View Post
          As oddballs go, I still hold out hope for an AB6 and a CNW Crandall...

          The cabless units do stand out when you seem them. SLI had done a "cabless" GE B30 in one of their BN locomotive packs, and
          BLW has GP9B #600 in their BN Freight Engines pack, and also a UP GP9B in their GP West 1 pack.

          http://www.valleypass.com/Sales/BN.htm
          I was familiar with the Crandall Cabs off hand, but had to google the AB6 (although I realize I've seen it before). I think there is a VERRRY OLLLD Crandall Cab locomotive in the files library.

          BLW/Valleypass I actually own quite a few products from. A quick dig through the TSRE consist builder shows that I've got various GP7/9/20/30 and SD24 B-Units from them in my collection already from ATSF, BN, UP, and Conrail, and F7A/B sets from BN and Conrail.

          Originally posted by Lonewolf2777 View Post
          the SD40-2B in here F/L,Dekosoft BN superset and the GB BN SD40-2
          I seem to have some SLI repaints for a BNSF SD40-2B and an ATSF painted SD45-2B. I used to have some other 40-2B units in my collection in Canadian Pacific red and BN green, but they were OLLLLD low poly models, probably repaints of the original MSTS locomotives or slight shape file modifications, that I replaced a year or two back with some nicer sets from Streamlines.

          I'm not sure who you mean by "GB" though?

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            #6
            GB is Geatan Belanger, aka BLW
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              #7
              I was referring to CNW-AS415 in the file library or available here: http://www.railsimstuff.com/msts.html
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                #8
                Originally posted by pwillard View Post
                I was referring to CNW-AS415 in the file library or available here: http://www.railsimstuff.com/msts.html
                Ahh interesting, I'll have to see what I can google up about it's history.

                ...After I'm done downloading everything Conrail from that page.

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                  #9
                  When all else fails... get hold of someone else's model and kitbash.

                  My crude attempt at a Crandall.

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                    #10
                    An updated version of the BQ23-7 would be fun to have.

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                      #11
                      I know of two railroads - Utah Railway and IC&E - that used Morrison-Knutsen rebuilds with oddball noses.

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                        #12
                        Speaking of Morrison-Knudsen, an oddball locomotive worth seeing as an OR model is the TE70-4S. On the outside, it looks likes a U25B trying to imitate a GP30. The SP had four U25B's rebuilt in 1978 with a Sulzer V12 engine. They weren't around that long unfortunately. They did have a pretty cool paint job.
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                          #13
                          I just wish for GE super 7s and EMD SDP45s. The former I don't think has ever been in the sim before.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Orbita View Post
                            Speaking of Morrison-Knudsen, an oddball locomotive worth seeing as an OR model is the TE70-4S. On the outside, it looks likes a U25B trying to imitate a GP30. The SP had four U25B's rebuilt in 1978 with a Sulzer V12 engine. They weren't around that long unfortunately. They did have a pretty cool paint job.
                            I remember seeing those units in the Eugene Yard in the early 80's I thought they were very cool and desperately wanted an HO scale version of them as I am also a model railroad enthusiast and have been since I was 10 years old.

                            Also Unoriginal before Diesels west became a members only club they did offer a set of SDP45's which I was lucky enough to get along with the other SP sets and the DRGW Geep 30's and Tunnelmotors.
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                              #15
                              Yeah I know those exist, I just don’t really count them since they’re unobtainable for most. At least you still have it to enjoy.

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