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While many are familiar with the high-hood versions of the Alco C-420 (LIRR, Monon, and N&W), the C-628 (N&W, sold to C&NW), and the C-630 (five on ex-Train Master trucks), there was a fourth Alco Century locomotive built with a high short hood, that being the C-425.  Eleven were built for the Norfolk & Western (who else) in the mid 1960's.  At least one still exists, 1013 on the New York & Lake Erie.  These units were built with Phase 2 carbodies, the main difference from Phase 1 being the placement of the batteries under the walkways near the end of the long hood on the fireman's (except for N&W - engineer's side).  So at the cab there were just these little steps up into the cab.

Years ago I kitbashed one, wasn't totally happy with it, and so sold it off.  Well, with extra free time I decided to try again.  I acquired a phase 2 Alco C425 from Atlas, a high hood shell from a Stewart C628, and the assorted detail parts.  I removed the cab and low short hood from the C425, and grafted the high short hood and cab from the C628.  I painted it with Scalecoat II Detail Black paint (I love that color), applied Shell Scale Decals (except the number boards - Microscale), and overcoated with Scalecoat II flat finish.  Internally I added a ESU LokSound Select DCC decoder.

Now it is ready to join my fleet of HO scale N&W steam and diesels.

Stuart

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OMG! I just bought a Atlas O scale N&W C425. It is the low nose version. I bought it because it was the closest engine I could find to the real N&W 1013, a N&W high hood C425. The 1013 is the first locomotive I ever ran on my own as a young railroader some 40 years ago. It was and still is owned by the New York and Lake Erie. I don't believe it is being used any longer. 

I have been looking for ideas to kitbash an engine. Shells are hard to come by, it seems....

Thanks for posting this! 

Tom

@Krieglok posted:

OMG! I just bought a Atlas O scale N&W C425. It is the low nose version. I bought it because it was the closest engine I could find to the real N&W 1013, a N&W high hood C425. The 1013 is the first locomotive I ever ran on my own as a young railroader some 40 years ago. It was and still is owned by the New York and Lake Erie. I don't believe it is being used any longer. 

I have been looking for ideas to kitbash an engine. Shells are hard to come by, it seems....

Thanks for posting this! 

Tom

Tom,

N&W did have seven low hood C425's.  These were ordered by Wabash just before the merger, and lacked dynamic brakes. They were numbered 1000-1006.

Stuart

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