One of my favourite engines to run on the layout is my blue Grand Trunk Western SD38, which sees almost constant use. I once saw an identical engine for sale at a train show and didn't buy it. I've often thought that I really made a mistake that time, and should have picked that one up. The number was the same, but I could have changed that without too much trouble.
I like the GTW and the jumbo sized auto parts boxcars that used to be seen around my area. They had five SD38's, numbers 6250 - 6254, all were previously owned by the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton. My understanding is that when GT acquired their DT&I locomotives, GT simply added the number "6" prefix to the DT&I numbering system.
A couple of years ago, trouble began with this particular model of mine though, as the motor would sort of grind a bit and sometimes would just stop altogether. I opened it up, and found the motor pretty difficult to spin by hand.
My solution at that time was to pull the motor from another SD38 I have, which I didn't really use very much. This one is painted in the orange and black scheme of the Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton. I figured this would get my GTW engine up and running properly and then I'd worry about getting a replacement motor for the DT&I model.
So I called Athearn one January morning last year, and ordered a replacement motor right over the phone. The guy there told me that it might be 3 weeks or so until they'd ship it out. I was okay with that and told him so, he took my cc information and that was that. As I said that was over a year ago now.
I'm still waiting.
However, I rather recently happened to find the correct motor available on the Horizon Hobby website a few weeks ago, so I ordered it on line. It arrived in the mail about a week and a half later. Yay!
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