Saturday, 26 September 2020

A Pair of Gondolas

Earlier this week, Brian Smith sent along this very nice picture of HBIX (H.Broer Equipment) 9159, an SW 1200, sitting in St.Thomas, Ontario. Thanks Brian.  This would make for a really nice model..

Not usually too crazy about orange painted locomotives, but I do like the way this one has faded down to a pastel tone.  I don't know what exactly that grey box on the side is for, but that handrail sure is distinctive!.

Brian advises that the locomotive is being sent to the Lambton Diesel Specialists shop here in Sarnia.  I'll be keeping an eye out for it, although I doubt if I'll be able to get very close to it.  The LDS shop is located on CN property, and to get there, you have to drive past the CN police office.

I thought I'd feature this pair of RailGon gondolas this week, weathered for Jamie Barron.

The 2 RailGons spotted together in the scrap metal recycler's yard.

Rusty and stained interior, anti-rust paint at the bottom of the ribs, and overall road grime on this gondola.

The original black on this gondola was flattened down by brushing on multiple layers of  thinned acrylic "Espresso" brown craft paint. The years-old graffiti are decals, applied and then weathered over top.  It took some effort to get the decals to settle properly over the vertical ribs. The graffiti covered over part of the reporting number, so new numbers in a different font and colour are applied.


  1. I wonder if the locomotive was set-up for radio control, and that gray box contained some of the electronics.

  2. Excellent work again, Jim. I also checked out the H. Broer website and that locomotive is listed for sale, with a Hotstart system installed. No mention of remote capabilities, so that explains the equipment on the walkway.

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