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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve worked on this. My modeling generally jumps between various projects and the time I put in, is inconsistent to say the least.
The work featured in this post was done 2 years ago, last fall I painted, decaled and weathered the shell, so it’s progressing. Let’s see if I took enough photos to remember how I constructed this model. This part will focus on building the Canon & Co cab.
Part 1 https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30210
Part 2 https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/32707
I rebuilt this Athearn switcher over 25 years ago, but did not use the Atheran motor, it was replaced with a NWSL can motor. Did similar work to the trucks, adding thrust washers available from Athearn and replaced the sintered iron wheels with NWSL sickle silver wheels. What a transformation in performance.Talk about slow speed control.
The shell was undecorated and it was detailed for the Milwaukee Road. A number of detail parts were added such as the front grill, pilots and other details that Milwaukee Road switchers had. I also installed constant/directional lighting which was big back then.
After 25 years, it still performs like a jewel. With a bit of work, these Atheran switchers can be tuned up and run as well as anything new on the market.
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