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We often hear of the "transition era" referring to the final years of steam running alongside early diesels in the mid- to late-1950s. As someone born post-steam and who prefers to model what I've actually seen, I've never had an interest in basing a layout on that period. However, there have been many more transition eras since then, and I've found that the opportunity they afford to model the juxtaposition of old against new can add a lot of interest to our modeling.
In my chosen era of May 2005, the Iowa Interstate was undergoing it's own evolution - a movement toward greater standardization and reliability. Most of the first-generation Geep rebuilds that had been with the railroad since its 1984 inception, along with the last of the Alcos/MLWs and its sole remaining high-hood Geep, were on their way out, making way for 22 newly-rebuilt ex-PC/CR GP38-2s and 4 ex-Reserve Mining SD38-2s.
I chose this era specifically to allow me to model that variety, and an important part of capturing the feel of that period is to represent the actual departure of the older power. This post describes how I'm doing so, with more photos and details in the first reply below.
Here are a few prototype glimpses of the scene around the IAIS's Council Bluffs enginehouse in May 2005.
IAIS 413 and 431, patched and restenciled for new owner Power Source Supply (PWSX), May 15, 2005.
IAIS 401 just hours after receiving its own rebranding, May 15, 2005:
IAIS 401, 483, 413, and 431 all lined up and ready to depart the railroad they'd faithfully served for 21 years, May 26, 2005.
IAIS 401 and 413. These are Intermountain GP10s with the drives and gearing removed so they can roll freely for their interchange move to the UP. Weathering was done with Pan Pastels and oils, with road name and reporting mark patches done with Future floor finish and Microscale decals. Since the prototypes were wiped clean prior to patching, I left the Future area shiny around the patch.
Old meets new. IAIS GP10 402 meets its replacement, GP38-2 717.
Next up for patching and departure: IAIS GP7Ms 408 and 405, along with GP8 466, which will go on to become IAIS slug 650:
I didn't have room for all those on the layout, so they're represented on my layout by GP7M 405, kitbashed from P2K components by my friend Ole Pade in Sweden. I weathered the 405 with PanPastels.
Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
This article first appeared on model-railroad-hobbyist.com
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