Saturday 22 August 2020

Seeing Red on the JSSX

The JSSX is happy to have been recently awarded the contract to carry out some light maintenance on a number of locomotives for the Brownville & Ashland Railroad, owned and operated by Luc Sabourin.

This maintenance mainly involved light paint touch-ups, particularly on delrin plastic handrails where the paint had flaked off, but also a few other small spots, such as the plows where paint had chipped.  Also, the JSSX shop forces (that's me) added DCC decoders (the plug-in kind) to 3 of the  B&A locomotives.

The red paint schemes of the Brownville and Ashland made for quite a vivid change of pace at the JSSX, where dull and dingy locomotives are the norm.

Here's a look at some of the B&A power fleet...

Four of Luc's Brownville and Ashland locomotives outside of the JSSX maintenance shop

A close view of the B&A's GP7 #102

235 is a GP35, and sports Brownville & Ashton's newer style of corporate style with the pine tree graphics.

B&A #405
All of the Brownville and Ashland locomotives are very nicely detailed 

B&A GP 40 #407 

And this next one is my favourite (of course) of the B&A locomotive fleet...

#406 on South Industrial Blvd.  A great looking model!

Great weathering.  Notice the replacement fans, and the peeling clear coat and anti-slip patches on top of the short hood.

Looks like JSSX will owe B&A a few power hours


  1. Fine looking power indeed!

  2. I would love to know how engine #406 was weathered. It looks disgusting... in a good way!

  3. Thanks for commenting. Yes, they really are very well done. As for the 406, I don't have the answer to the question of how it was done.


  4. I’m with you, the ex-Soo u it is great, and all are very well finished.

    Found your blog last week, it’s a great read.

  5. James H...thanks for looking in and commenting. I hope you'll check in here often. I try to post something once a week, going back not quite 3 years now.