A quick history of our model RR decisions/pursuits, and then some
related questions ...
A while back, we shifted our modeling preference from the upper east
coast to the west, southwest, and mid west region(s). The terrain for
modeling [10 years of residence in Santa Barbara], the engine paint
schemes, and the available model offerings were simply too tempting.
We decided to forgo concerns of era and railroad viability so we could
create a fictitious, model, railroad [still in the paper stage] that
allowed the ATSF, the BN, the Burlington, and the UP to interact
[exchange commodities via interchnages]. However, upon further exposure
to the many [HO Scale] steam engines available, we are also enamored
with the steam engine offerings of the SOUTHERN PACIFIC: specifically
the Cab Forward. Therefore, we'd like to add that steam engine to our
If I could purchase a BLI version w/o sound, I would do so. I am a
little surprised that BLI does not offer a version w/o sound much like
Atlas offers engines w/ or w/o DCC. It seems that our only choice is to
buy the Rivarossi model which has received favorable comments from owners.
*** 2-8-8-2 conclusion:
I am going to remove the lettering from our 2-8-8-2 and our 0-6-0 to
create unlettered possessions of both the ATSF and UP. They can share
the 2-8-8-2 as a coal hauler and/or a low priority freight hauler. It
can disappear and re-appear from hidden staging thus allowing it to
assume a new identity upon each showing. The 0-6-0 will assume a
switching assignment for the UP.
*** Union Pacific Fruit Train Express [PFE]:
Could we actually use a Southern Pacific CAB FORWARD for this role [era
not being a concern]? I ask because the most recent MR [1/04] has a Cab
Forward hauling a PFE in their large foldout.
*** The 0-6-0 steam engine:
Did either the UP or the ATSF have these in their inventory for yard
18 years ago