3rd Rail PRR Brill Doodlebug

I got this finished up tonight. I was pleasantly surprised to find it had ERR Cruise and an early version of their sound board. Someday I may swap them out for something better if it comes along. I have it hauling a baggage car around like I’ve seen in photos.

I built up the Kadee adapters/false frame out of styrene.

Heres a YouTube: https://youtu.be/KBZDMe-lW5U

And some bench and layout shots:




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sinclair posted:

Nicely done.  Any idea what sound set is in that?  Doesn't quite sound like the gas engine.  Was it custom for 3rd Rail?

Norm's 3rd Rail Brill 660 #4666 was delivered in 1930 with a gas Brill-WH 660 415hp engine.  In 1942 it was dieselized with a Hamilton 425hp engine.  In Norm's video it sounds like the diesel engine.





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The PRR dieselized their gas electric doodlebugs following a wreck in which  43 of 46 people riding doodlebug 4648 died in a gasoline fueled fire.  For more on the incident see  PRR Doodlebug wreck

Nice job Norm - I need to weather my 2 rail model - just doesn't look right in my 1950's era looking pristine.   Masking all those individual windows must have been a P.I.T.A. Do you have any tips to speed the job that you are willing to share 

Ed Rappe           PRRT&HS 421

Aw man that doodlebug disaster was gnarly! 

Thx Ed, I just masked it off with blue tape. I cut strips with a straightedge to match the height of the windows, laid them in and trimmed the other edge with an X Acto. Notice I didn't do a perfect job. A couple PBRs seemed to help speed things up a bit.

Weathering was a light coat of MM flat clear acrylic, followed by an acrylic black wash. I then puffed a bit of Grimy Black onto it with a bit of RR Tie Brown on the running gear and some Rust on the couplers. It is sitting here with flat clear/wash treatment in this pic:



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