I meant to include this photo. Looks messy but the shell covers it up
real nice. This is a Digitrax DZ125 decoder in a two motor HO scale
Spectrum 44 ton diesel. Had to isolate the motors from the truck
Thanks, though this does not help me much. I am converting the 44 tonnner
to the state it was in when exported to Europe, end of WWII. With buffers
and a much lower profile. I never found photos of these engines, except
on the cover of a magazine, which obviously was 'photoshopped' to give it
an European look. I found pictures of Portuguese and Italian 44 tonners,
but none of the USA army ones. They seem to have vanished soon after the
end of the war through the port of Hamburg. What was to be found later
were imported after the war.
Model Railroader magazine, Jan. 2001 has a two page article on
installing a Digitrax decoder in a HO two motor 44 ton loco.
I used a Digitrax DZ125 decoder in my two motor diesel.
Railroad Model Crafstman, Jan 2008 has an article on installing a
LokSound MIcro decoder in a Bachmann 70 ton single motor loco.
I am installing a LokSound decoder in a Bachmann HO 44 ton single
Go to the below link and look in the DCC & Electronics forum and you
will see a little on the single and two motor 44 ton installs.
It has links to all of the WWII Railway Operating Battalions of the US Army.
Some of the photos I've seen show American built railcars with buffers, so
there may be a 44 Ton GE in there somewhere.
I thought you might look though the various links. The below link
shows a GE 44 ton with low cab. Some of those were sent to Europe to
be used in rebuilding railroads.
From another link.
During the Second World War GE produced a "Drop Cab" variant of the 44-
ton locomotives for the US Armed Forces. These appeared similar to the
standard 44-ton but had a lower cab for European clearances, and large
boxes next to the cab, on the front right, and back left running
boards, housing the air compressors (housed under the cab on standard
versions). Most of these military variants were ballasted to an actual
weight of 45 tons. A total of 91 Military 45-Ton Drop Cabs were
built with 31 of those sold to the Indian Government. Additional
narrow gauge drop cabs were built to a 47 ton rating for the military
Twelve Drop Cab 45-Ton locomotives were bought by the Portuguese
Railway (CP - Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses) in 1949, with the Iberian
broad gauge of 1668mm. Numbered 1101 to 1112, after some initial use
as light road engines, they spent most of their lives as switchers at
the southern region main stations. The series is withdrawn but one
example is preserved at the National Railroad Museum (Funda=E7=E3o Museu
Nacional Ferrovi=E1rio Armando Ginestal Machado) at Entroncamento.
The above should provide material for more searching.