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Elsewhere, folks are discussing small steeple cabs.  I figured that things are slow here today, so I will show you mine, and maybe a few other electric locomotives if this gets any response.  These are among the best IMP models - I know that is not saying much, but they are satisfactory for my purposes, and darn near free.

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interesting. What are the drives?  Are they one of those early 50s food mixer-type things?

Stock IMP ones are as you colorfully describe - early 50s food mixer-type.  The trucks one the one are not stock IMP; probably an improvement. The white metal bearing blocks tend to not be in very good condition on these and prone to fragmenting....

Here are the Y1/FF2 Electrics.  I admit I am using the designations from memory . . .

The one on the left is Sunset - they did a superb job, except for only powering four axles.  Takes two of them to haul six of my Empire Builder cars.  The one on the right was cobbled together using castings from Stevenson Preservation Models.  How he finds the time to produce small production runs of such varied models baffles me - but it is a great thing for that part of the hobby that likes to build stuff.



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Here's one of my prizes from the Strasburg show several years ago; scratchbuilt from produce or lubricant can brass; remains of the label are on the inside.  After cleaning, tidying up the wiring, and straightening the poles, it runs nicely.

Warrior River Railway,eh? I have two boxcars lettered for the Rat River Railway; I can think of some interesting merger names!

Anyway, on to the real reason for this post. TBill Robbins built this box motor out of metal oil cans (remember them?) many years ago, the other side (no photos) is not painted and the brand of the oil (Esso? on this one) is visible:


Here are two more of his creations; he did build with an assembly-line method; the box motor is mine, a friend owns the combine and somewhere I have a matching coach:


One final comment; whatever brand of oil can that Bill used for the white box motor was what he used for all of his many builds.


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