KEY MODEL IMPORTS

SANTA FE E1 A-B SET

The original Knickerbocker

 

It makes me very happy to share this photo review with you guys. The prototype is a historic and beloved engine that Key has done great justice to. I can only praise and thank Gary Schrader for his research, in every aspect this model is soul satisfying. Also, I just want to say that seeing this engine in person makes me a proud O scaler, put this thing next to The Coach Yard's or BLI's  and O scale suddenly looks like heaven. I hope that you feel the same way, something tells me Cronkhite would. Enjoy the pictures!

 

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Great pictures, but a couple of paint questions.  And, please forgive me if my questions just "show off" my lack of knowledge about SF prototype.

1.  Engineer's ladder (or is it fireman's or both) turns from red to silver when it hits silver stripe, but handles for same ladder stay red all the way to connection in silver?

2  Ladders in middle stay completely silver instead of changing to red when they enter red stripe area?

Just curious.

Chuck

Columbus, OH Union Station
Columbus, OH Union Station

 

 

PRR1950 posted:

Great pictures, but a couple of paint questions.  And, please forgive me if my questions just "show off" my lack of knowledge about SF prototype.

1.  Engineer's ladder (or is it fireman's or both) turns from red to silver when it hits silver stripe, but handles for same ladder stay red all the way to connection in silver?

2  Ladders in middle stay completely silver instead of changing to red when they enter red stripe area?

Just curious.

Chuck

No prob bud, as long as we are in this hobby we'll always be learning.

These units went through several changes in their lifetime. This is not even the initial pilot! So modeling them is tricky. Most pictures show the front handles as stainless steel, but you also find them in red. The grills also changed, there are vertical and chicken wire, it's all relative. Pilot details, number boards etc...

Key managed to offer an amazing array of significant timeframes for the Santa Fe early E units, from this one all the way to the 50's. Amazing really. 

This was a great project! On the ATSF early E's Gary and Mangini and company really knocked it out of the park. Santiago's was from the 2nd run when we did the E1 close to delivery detailing.   

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...its-by-gary-schrader

Imagine the lucky fellow who got to hold down the assignment in the right hand cab seat on those back in the day.

Absolutely beautiful locomotives.

Rob M. ARHS # 3846 PRRT&HS # 8141 EPTC "Life Is Like A Mountain Railway, With An Engineer That's Brave..."

Rule292 posted:

Imagine the lucky fellow who got to hold down the assignment in the right hand cab seat on those back in the day.

Absolutely beautiful locomotives.

 a fellow shared these pics on a facebook group, he said his grandpa was one of the lucky ones... I share them here with his permission

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