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Atlantic Coast Line Steam Locomotive 1504

In 1906, the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was empowered by congress to set maximum shipping rates, in an effort to curb what the public (or rather, the shippers) considered price gouging. The reality is this was a period of economic inflation, and, hamstrung,¬†railroads had a tough time meeting rising costs. By late 1915, 1/6th of […]

AC4400CW Detail Parts Arrive

Look what the postman brought today from Toy Train Heaven! Detail parts for my AC4400CW! I mostly followed the recommendations on the Details West web site: 1 Detail Associates HO Grille Set Dash 9 Athearn, LIST PRICE $7.5¬† PN:229-2724 @ $7.50 each (Note 1) 1 Details West HO Detail Kit -9 SP CSX CP, LIST […]

SP AC4400CW Redux

Radiators: Well, cutting in the Kato radiators into the Athearn shell isn’t so simple. Front to back length of the Athearn radiator section is just shy of 2″ – 1.9995″ by my calipers. That’s painted. Kato’s radiators are 2.037″ long. I measure the Athearn radiator at 1.365″ wide vs. Kato at 1.364″ wide, so that’s […]

SP AC4400CW Radiators

The real deal: Southern Pacific #340 courtesy John Mosbarger. Click on image to enlarge. Special thanks to John Mosbarger for allowing me to use his photo showing the radiator details for SP 340. To recap, let’s compare this to the Athearn and Kato HO models: Athearn’s AC4400CW radiator grills. Kato AC4400CW radiator grills. I think […]

The Southern Pacific AC4400CW

Southern Pacific’s final and largest order for diesel locomotives was for it’s fleet of AC4400CWs from General Electric. 279 locomotives, numbered #100 to #378, were purchased for delivery in 1995. There was a follow on order for 3 AC6000CWs, but the merger with Union Pacific intervened. Some say UP took the order, but according to […]