O Gauge Union Pacific

Steims posted:

What's the story with UP 9026? It appears a 1943 was renumbered.  What is the significance of 9026?

1943 is the commemorative cab number.  9026 is that locomotive's original cab number.  So they're basically the same locomotive.  I don't think it ever had cab #9026 in the Spirit of Union Pacific theme.

Just the same, I think they're sharp looking diesels.



3rd Rail Union Pacific Early Challenger (Oil Burner) #3802, 2R

3rd Rail Early Challenger










A recent arrival.  Great looking model from 3rd Rail.  I've been late to the 3rd Rail game but I think the ones I have are wonderful models at a great value.  Aaron had already posted photos of his 3900 series. This is almost identical except for the oil tender.  This is a nice representation of the early challengers. 

Union Pacific converted the early challengers to oil burning and in 1944 renumbered the series to 3800s.  They stayed that way except for a brief stint back to coal for less than a year before going back to oil again.  I try to stay in the 1946-1954 range so #3802 is correct for the period I'm trying to model, however at this stage many of the first group of early challengers had large modified sand domes over the front engine driver set.  This particular model, as made, has original sand domes, modified cylinder articulated steam supply pipes, modified pilot that kept original "cow catcher" but added recessed front plate and side steps. Of the actual prototypes this model is a good candidate for renumbering to #3821. The actual prototype that kept this look to the end as far as I can see from dated photo research.


  I'm not sure I'll ever get around to doing it as I'm thrilled to have it, and happy as is.  Sorry if the color seems to be off in these photos, I tried different lighting.


Great job 3rd Rail.  (Still hoping you'll reconsider the UP 4-10-2 but as the simple 2-cylinder rebuilt late model 5090-5099 series.)

So I've checked one off the white whale list. 

Still looking for:

PSC 17003-1 UP 2-8-8-0 Bull Moose (Late)

OMI 0178 FEF-1 #815 with experimental skyline casing.


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Got around to hanging my shelves last night. Now I can finally get my UP cars out of their boxes. Have been a big fan of the Excursion set and the flag car from Lionel. The bottom 3 are MTH's versions of the flag cars with the one on the left being the latest "1943" variant. 


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Great pics guys. 1:48 and 1:1!

I'm on the fence about the Lionel 21" cars.  I've been considering a Challenger set, I like the improved dome cars, But holding out for another in service set.  Preferably a City of St. Louis with proper dome obs drumhead that I can run with my No.9 E7.  I may have to buy and modify.





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When I was a wee gazer I rode the City of Portland, the Challenger and No 5 but never the City of St Louis. They were great trains. Four or five E9s at the head end.


The UP was known for it's smooth starts and stops. We would stare at the ground outside and try to determine when movement began. You really couldn't. Those Engineers took a lot of pride in that.

Sorry for being AWOL so long, but a new baby arrived at our house.  The search for it and its delivery have consumed me for months. You know how new babies are.............  Hope to get back to modeling as soon as I settle down. 






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1962 has always been my favorite year for vettes. Last year for the C1's with the old front end with the new (C2) style rear end, first year for the 327, last year for the straight axle and the list goes one.  Lots of firsts and lasts in this year. A buddy who has one hit if on the head.  They are rude, crude, but beautiful. 



Me too, Butch, although mine would have to be a 1957.  Same body style.  Or I could go for the one just before the current ugliness - I think it was a C-6?  In between, they were just (opinion) ugly.

However, I can tell my agility isn't what it used to be - swinging into the front seat of a Piper Cub is no longer a graceful move causing the girls great palpitations.  I am afraid getting in and out of a C-6 might be viewed as geriatric maneuvering.

I thirst for more UP motive power photos.  You guys need to step up before I start subjecting you to Armour Yellow doorstops.

bob2 posted:

I thirst for more UP motive power photos.  You guys need to step up before I start subjecting you to Armour Yellow doorstops.

Here's an alignment check on the pilot while I wait for the longer micro screws I ordered to hold it in place. (Model is actually upside down in the cradle with track laid on top)


However in the time since I've taken this photo I've partially scraped off the nose decal when my hand slipped re installing the hand grabs.....grrr! Now I have to remove and replace decal for the third time!


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Taking care of some minor issues with the car 1st, 15" steering wheel swap, new wheels and tires, replacing some weatherstripping and getting it ready for summer, before I dive back into the loco projects.

I find all corvettes a pita for egress at my age. You have to develop your own way of getting in and out, but I have that problem with just about any vehicle, except an SUV or pick-up, which is why I drive them. The 62 is easy with the top down, but when up it makes you go through all kinds of gyrations and I think I know what a beached whale feels like.  



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