Here is my 2nd attempt at posting pics - now as attachments... Apparently PdF files will not convert for this website and cant be posted as Attachments, while large JPG pics can't be inserted in messages ! Please note the FM H16-44 Trucks I have are B-B an not ALCO Tri-Mount nor Baldwin Trucks. The slight problem I have is the Front Retainer Bar has to be soldered or attached by screws to backside of each Truck's sideframe shown in pic1. I will try to use WIX solder if this is the best way...
i believe your kit is a locomotive workshop rather than a central locomotive kit. Bob Smith (CLW) always used brass castings while Jan Lorenzen (LWS) used Britannia castings as he called his white metal castings. His etching were a lighter brass than CLW. It looks like a nice kit and should build a neat loco.
Do the following. After programming the engines to the TMCC ID you want. Do the restore feature setting. That is engine # then AUX-1 then the number 8. This is done in the program mode. After entering number 8, slide your program switch back to run. I have worked on a good number of these engines in the past years. They are good runners. Many get sold (dumped) because of erratic running. I found the Achille's heel that causes that. Near the bottom of the smoke unit is a board that has plugs...
I have 2- railed five of them, and I really have no love at all for plastic trains. These things are stunningly detailed and easy to convert. Flanges on all axles, just like God intended. Two of them were shortened to become CNW "baby" Train Masters.
I was less than thrilled with my K-line Virginian Trainmaster. The first one they sent me all the screwpost were broken. I asked them to replace it. They sent me one with the paint scraped off. "That's all we have." I sold it. Scott Smith
I just tried running my K-Line Train Master on my layout. It fouls on two places where my Lionel does not. Not by much but enough to limit running it to the outside loop. I suspect the slight difference in pivot points combined with the blind wheel location makes the body swing ever so slightly more than it's Lionel cousin.
I know CLW did the sd40-2, at least one tunnel motor, and the sd45-2. I dont believe they did anything after the sd45-2, meaning the sd50 and onward. I also dont know if they did the the sd38-2. It would have made sense, given the number of parts that are shared with the sd40-2. Jim
I have never heard of CLW putting kits together for other companies. I also don't think they bought/acquired the Kemtron line. P&D Hobbies ended up with the RS3 kit and parts from Kemtron. I have heard of lots of drive kits and/or parts. They were a primary source for building up a nice drive for a diesel for years along with All Nation. the GPs I have seen are the GP35 and GP40. I think they also did the SD-40. Not sure about the GP38 but it makes sense. I have never personally seen a...
I understand CLW's last diesel kit was to be of a Baldwin 2000 HP DT-6-6-2000 center cab transfer unit like the ones owned by the EJ&E. A pilot model was built by Bernie Gallagher for Bob Smith but I believe Bob passed away before the kit went into full production. Has anyone seen a CLW transfer diesel - kit or built-up? Bernie was the chief mechanical officer on the restored Dover Harbor Pullman owned by the DC Chapter of the NRHS as well as a talented DC area O scaler. He had a close...
Hello Bob...hope this bottom shot helps identify the drive .... Bob Smith made this engine as a non powered display piece initially for FM as a promotional piece to drum up business from railroads ?????
Weren't they delivered with two axle power? Thanks Corey - that is the latest CLW power iteration. No wonder it runs so well. Except for the Delrin chain and U joints, I regard that setup as the best of the commercially available Diesel power. By "commercially available" I am excluding the excellent work done by Jay C, MMW, Kleinschmidt, Jerry Snow, Henry Bultmann - you get the idea.
Well here's my entry. I don't know much about the unit besides it runs well, it has a Pittman motor, it was made by CLW, and it's a GP20 which is what I have been looking for. I'm not sure if it originally came as a kit or not. The paint job looks to be custom but I will be changing that to reflect the one of the road names I run. Dave
That’s an interesting model you have there! Although it’s for a private road, the current color scheme is rather attractive, IMO. I always liked the GP-20 and you don’t see models of them very often in O Scale. A good find, for sure. BTW, I assume you mean the motor is a “Pittman” rather than a “Pullman”.
Hey Frank, Thanks for the correction on the type of motor, I did mean Pittman. I do like the paint scheme as well and am in no rush to change it. Eventually I will, simply because I don't want to wait until I "find" the exact road name I am looking for. As you have stated it was a rare find and am not sure when I will come across another. Dave
You are right, Dave. I suspect they are as rare as hen’s teeth, so it’s good you got this one. Considering how many locomotives the Rockford O Scalers have on our layout, we only have one GP-20 and it is a Milwaukee Road kitbash job based on a Red Caboose GP-9.
Hello all ... Bob Smith / Central Locomotive Works .... involved with many many locomotive projects ... here are a few The EMD E7 The cast PA's ... the later ones are all different ...( not as nice in my opinion) The Berkshire ...which was a Lenoir / Hines piece...which Hines failed to pay Adam and Son for ...so it went to Bob Smith ... You like the GMC GM switcher ??? that was Bob's also ..a few of the cast brass versions are out there ..not many before the project went to GMC As Bob...
Attached are two pictures of the center cabs that Bruce Morrall built and now owned by Frank McCabe as mentioned by Dan Dawdy. Unfortunately Bruce passed away on October 22. Frank also has a CLW Pennsy center cab that has a lot of extra detail added to it but I'm not sure where it is at the moment.
Thanks for posting the EJ&E photos John. The word "rare" is at times misapplied to O scale 2 rail models (especially on eBay) - it is apropos for a CLW Baldwin transfer diesel. I believe the only other commercially made transfer diesel in O scale were the Lima-Hamilton ones done by MTH.
Hi All, Here are some photos of our other CLW Center Cab which is a Pennsylvania unit. We are not sure who the builder was but it is finished with a high degree of detail for a CLW kit. And, of course the CLW mechanism is bulletproof and it runs well. So, The Rockford O Scalers are very pleased to have three of these CLW Center Cab models on the layout.
Regarding the Center Cabs, the EJ&E mainline ran behind my grade school in Park Forest, IL and I was fascinated by these locomotives which I saw every day. When I heard CLW was going to make a kit, I knew I had to have one. As mentioned above, Bruce Morrall built the kit and I had it custom painted in the orange and green “football” scheme. We also had an EJ&E caboose custom built by Malcolm Byrd to run with the Center Cab. So, now I am reliving my youth!
BTW, EMD re-engined some of the EJ&E Center Cabs and as a result the new locomotive hoods sloped up toward the cab and overhung the walkways. The CLW model is a stock Baldwin unit as delivered which has the original straight hood. Here is a prototype photo of an EJ&E unit in its original configuration.
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