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Thanks Santiago!  I ordered one!  I can't wait for the second component with the brushes to ship.  I think I will buy the version with two pairs of brushes.  Like I posted in the other thread, I am going to wait for you to post pics of how you set yours up before I install mine.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all!

SANTIAGOP23 posted:




That would be an informative thread. I've seen images where they are using brushes ("Brooms" my nephew says) to scrub the sides.

Will Ebbert posted:

That looks awesome! Of course, you could always do what the Southern did and just paint the roofs black instead of washing them. 

And hide all that gleaming stainless steel??   Just glad the Sante Fe never did that.

Looking forward to seeing all the pieces and then it installed as we don't have the room/place for it.




Every time I run across these wash rack items in my watched folder, it rekindles my interest in having such an area on the layout. Got me thinking that to show the wash rack is really doing its job, I should have one diesel or one zephyr car that is half weathered. That way it can be dirty going in and clean coming out. I don't think I've ever seen a half-weathered model train car!

@lionel1946 posted:

Santiago: does everything pictured in your wash facility come in the 2 wash rack sets from American Scale Models? Or did you add some details?

Santiago and T4TT: do you think that one set each of brushes and high pressure nozzles is enough to model what you've seen prototypically? Or would you do more if you had the funds and real estate?

Thanks guys.

Jay, what you see in my picture is:

1x wash rack

1X diesel brush set

1x additional brush

@SANTIAGOP23 posted:

I'm flattered! The E5 is a 3rd Rail from last year. I did the research for Scott, these were Phase II E5s.

Wow beautiful Santiago sunset did a very great job, do you have more pictures of this fine model. Have you also the key version? The E5 is one of my favorites. There was offered two years ago one set (Key models) to me but I didn’t buy it, I’ve always been sorry since that time.

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Santiago - You note this as a "diesel wash rack". Quite true. But, in my younger days, I used to ride into downtown Chicago with my mother on the Burlington......always sat on the north side of the "double decker car" as that would provide a glimpse of the Baltimore & Ohio wash rack adjacent to the Robey Street roundhouse. AND a glimpse of a B&O Chicago Terminal 0-8-0 shoving B&O streamlined passenger cars through the wash rack!  Steam lasted there until Spring 1958 (some say later - can't confirm). So steam would not be out of place switching your wash rack. Suspect one of Burlington's  "unusual" 0-6-0's (rebuilt from 2-6-2's) pushed Zephyr cars through the Denver car wash, too.

Santiago:   I know you aren't an enthusiast of the O1a, but Denver had a number of them assigned through 1955 and presume switching was one of or the primary tasks they performed. Those O1a's were retired after 1955. That certainly overlaps the Zephyr era, and certainly the Aristocrat's period of operation.

Then in Sept 1958, due to two catastrophic wrecks on the Colorado & Southern which destroyed about 5 diesel locomotives, the C&S asked Burlington's Chicago headquarters for help - they sent out 5 O1a's, which worked from Oct 1958 to about Feb 1959. O1a's were long lived and versatile locomotives for the Burlington. Those O1a's did not work Burlington trains but were visible switching the C&S yard adjacent to Denver Union Station. One of those O1a's has been preserved in Mendota, IL (#4978, with Elesco feed water heater. That specific locomotive was done by Sunset 3rd Rail).


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@mark s posted:

Santiago:    ...snip... One of those O1a's has been preserved in Mendota, IL (#4978, with Elesco feed water heater. That specific locomotive was done by Sunset 3rd Rail).


This one?

CB&Q 2-8-2, Mendota, IL-05CB&Q 2-8-2, Mendota, IL-01CB&Q 2-8-2, Mendota, IL-02

I took these on a 2015 visit to Mendota when attending an event at Sandwich, IL. That little museum is quite an interesting place. When I was there, they offered rides on a track car and trailer; not to bad for (at that time) around $1.50.

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Way back in the 60's my family was visiting relatives in Boston. One of my late uncle's father worked in the Boston & Maine shops (possibly in North Station).  Uncle Bill took us one day to tour the maintenance shops, seeing various equipment being serviced.  But the highlight of the day for us young kids was getting to ride in a B&M RDC and traveling through the wash rack!  


Mark, I didn’t find much other than the following.

Another angle of the Morgan Street rack in Chicago. Photo by Russell Lee.


The Burlington used the Denver 23rd street tracks which had a rack through the C&S. 

Photo by Walter Shimel. 9D7CD6A8-63DD-4137-A648-07AA33A33709

C&S 0-6-0 #580 eases into Union Station in 1951. Photo by Richard Steinheimer.

American Scale Models had these up in the brushes page... don’t know if identifiable...



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Good sluething, Santiago!    Think the picture of the Chinese Red GP30 was taken in Galesburg.  There's a church steeple in the background which, if memory serves, is/was located in Galesburg.  The 0-6-0 photo is of one of Burlington's odd-ball reconstructed 2-6-2 to 0-6-0 conversions.  Apparently they were pretty good engines, because the last 0-6-0 that worked on the Q was one of them (#565/renumbered 1565; worked in the 1957 Fall rush, in Lincoln).

Hopefully more information will be surfaced !

Yes, I would recommend it. Has a batch of ace-photographer Phil Weibler's excellent photos. He spent his teen-aged years in Quincy, took many photographs, and marveled at how clean and shiny were Burlington steam locomotives. This was opposed to the beat-up condition of Chicago & North Western steam locomotives encountered in his earlier, childhood residence of West Chicago, IL.  Author Linroth is a graduate of Western Illinois University and a career employee of the CB&Q, so the text is quite readable and he has first hand knowledge of the terrain.

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