GM&O #1900 in 1/29 - the sole Ingalls 4S

Waiting on parts for the other projects I decided to start another project of a unique diesel:
GM&O #1900, built by Ingalls in 1946 as a demonstrator for the intended line of diesel-electrics.
Eventually sold to GM&O it served until 1962.

GM&O #1900

I was able to get an Aristo-Craft FA unit for good price - it will provide the trucks and most parts of the shell, the frame and the pilot. How it starts:

For the HW-passenger car like monitor roof an old Bachmann coach was cannibalized. The rear steps are from an already depleted USA-Trains NW2-frame


Peoria & Pekin Union RR #200

After a long time an update on PPU's #200 of 1939

I ran out of the small decorative screws and have to wait for my order.
Still not sure about the shell's color - later diesels were plain black. So far I've no info on #200's color. From the b&w phottos it seems that the shell has a lighter color than the frame - however this could be also an effect of light incidence or color's fading.


UP M-23's trailer

Some progress to show on the trailer of M-23


#9006 with its cars

#9006 with appropiate baggage & coach


TA shell modified (1)

Lowered by 4mm (5/32") the TA now has the correct height compared to a streamliner or the HW baggage

The lower side of the shell will be shortened slightly to get some clearance for rotation of the trucks


RI TA -news

Some further progress

The height of the shell maybe lowered again by 1-1.5mm in combination with a slight reduction of the truck's sideframes' height


Further progress on RI's late TA

Most of the basic design finished - now application of the triple stripes and more details are to do


RI (commuter) coach

Painted, missing some underbody details & treatment

Rock Island TA w/o skirts in 1/29

Adding to my RI-roster in 1/29 I started to build an EMC TA. As a starting point I used an Aristo-Craft FA (sold for parts).
Stretching the body, adding the rear chamfer and designing a completely new nose area has been finished as well as lowering the whole body ('countersunk' the high-heeled FA-trucks)

Rock Island's ACF baggage mail express car finished


RI cars so far....

 Basic assembly of a 75' (commuter-) coach

 Set up with baggage-RPO

Baggae-RPO with express-baggage

RI baggage express #4385 to #4399 in 1/29

Another head-end car for my growing RI-fleet: baggage-express car #4385 to #4399, built in1956 by ACF.

The car was built by joining two smaller USA-Trains box cars and using modified LGB's streamliner trucks

Current status


Some Baggage & RPO-cars in 1/29

RI #9006 with a RI baggage-RPO car

Using an Aristo-craft baggage-RPO the car got an arch-roof and modified baggage doors and trucks were shifted toward the car's ends; additionally kinpins were relocated toward the trucks' centers.

Santa Fe baggage and baggage-RPO car

Relocated trucks, new doors, Santa Fe's typical lower side sills and modified monitor roofs were main modifications of Aristo's HW cars