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Iowa Interstate SW1200 250 (ex-Texas & Pacific 1299) holds a special place in my heart since it was born just a month after me and was the only switcher owned by the railroad. While it started out working in Blue Island (Chicago), it later moved to Rock Island and then, in 2003, to Council Bluffs, where it lived out its final years with the IAIS before being sold in 2007.
Since it was such a fixture in CB working Bluffs Yard, I tried to give the model a little extra love when I built it back in 2009. I snapped a few pics of it today, so I thought I'd share some here.
More to come in my first reply.
I built the 250 in 2009 from a Walthers P2K SW1200 shell on an early SW900 drive with sound, but the decoder has since been upgraded to a Loksound with PowerPack keep-alive. The motor has been removed since it was a bit more noisy than I'd like and the prototype was always MU'd with GP8 481 in the month I model anyway.
As with all the older IAIS power from my era, the 250 had its share of battle scars, but that just made it that much more fun to model.
The torn radiator tarp was modeled with tissue wrap that I painted Floquil Concrete, then soaked in diluted white glue and rolled around two pieces of scale lumber (as was the prototype) I cut from stock. The radiator fan is a Cannon #1853 dynamic brake fan, while the shutters are styrene. The front and top radiator grills are from Detail Associates #2709 and #2727.
I really liked how the T&P/MP blue was showing through on the fuel tank and just inboard from the step wells.
The cab is a Cannon #1504 kit, and the fuel tank details are from their #2156 set. Extended-range fuel tank sides are from Custom Finishing #290, and the roller-bearing sideframes are from Train Station Products.
Interior detailing in the Cannon cab included a fire extinguisher, control stand bracing, a Cannon electrical box, brakestand and wheel, and horn cord. However, due to the glare on the windows, the latter two items are about the only ones still visible after final assembly. The horn cord is just in front of the engineer's face in this view. Unfortunately, the rear headlight wires are the most visible items in the cab.
Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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