A little history first.
These locomotives were originally designed to work the heavy graded mountain divisions between Calgary Alberta and Revelstoke British Columbia, pulling mainly the Dominion, The Mountaineer and even freight across these divisions on the transcontinental mainline
The T1c class, 5930-5935 were the last standard gauge locos built for domestic service by MLW in 1949
Dieselization displaced these beasts from their mountain home to the Prairies, running east of Calgary as far as Swift Current Saskatchewan and North to Edmonton Alberta
As they were due for heavy shopping at Ogden Shops in Calgary, they lost the Tuscan coloured panels and were painted all black but retained their graceful pin stripping for freight service. Booster engines on the trailing truck were also removed at this time
The T1c class were the last of the Selkirks and lasted in service until 1958, when all but two were scrapped
I added more weight to the loco for additional pulling power on my main grade on my layout and will be receiving Kadee couplers once my order arrives
Here are some vids and pics of the results
What do you think? Ugly Duckling or Black Beauty?