Back in December I acquired a incomplete MTH Premier Santa Fe Hudson, road number 3464: https://www.mthtrains.com/20-3144-1 This was one of two projects I got at the time (second one can be found here https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...c/142482346278731840 )
The locomotive consisted of just the locomotive. No tender, no boards or wiring. Just the boiler, chassis, and motor.
Here it is next to my other MTH Premier Santa Fe Hudson, 3463. The locomotive ended up being a combination of parts from a couple Premier Santa Fe Hudsons, a bit of a Frankenstein's monster. So I went to work putting it back into working order. First thing was getting rid of the white walls on the front truck.
After that I set about adding lighting. I knew this was getting a PS3 steam kit so I used 3mm LEDs to light everything up, so I could run all the lighting off headlamp circuit in the kit.
The locomotive was also missing the signature ATSF stack extension. About 3 weeks of back and forth with MTH resulted in me getting almost the correct part. The shade of gray paint was a bit off but eh close enough.
With the locomotive cosmetically done I turned my attention to the tender, or lack there of. I ended up having to cobble the tender together from a few sources. The shell is from a Lionel 3751 class Northern. The last rebuild of the 3751 class included 20K gallon tenders, which were identical to the ones used on the 3460 class Hudsons. The chassis and trucks are from a MTH Premier ATSF Blue Goose Hudson, which itself was also a 3460 class Hudson. Some black paint on the tender trucks and we're starting to get somewhere.
Next up was making the thing move under its own power. That was accomplished by installing a PS3 upgrade kit. I used the sound file from a Premier PS3 Santa Fe Hudson in the locomotive.
Finally the tender needed some decoration. I didn't want 3464 to match 3463 so I had some custom decals made up to match the scheme that 3461 wore in 1941. 3464 never had this scheme but another 3460 class Hudson did, so close enough. This scheme has never been offered by MTH so this is a 1 of 1 design.
Here it is all done. With PS3, quillable whistle and all.
This was about a 4 month project in my spare time, stretching from late December 2019 when i got the locomotive till today. Came out pretty neat in the end.