My model railroad HO scale motive power roster representing various modtly North American railroads and eras, some of them being used regularly.
Current Motive Power
This is the current motive power roster, a varied roster of powered DCC equipped, DC only, or dummy locos. The locos are listed as allocated to a particular layout, or as foreign road power.
ITC (Ruston) Ruston & Hornsby 48DS
This loco is a Hornby DCC Ready model, without a decoder installed. The plan is to leave it as DC only, although I might install a DCC decoder at some point in the future.
ITC GE70 Ton Switcher 58
This loco is an ex-Bethlehem Steel Bachmann DCC On-Board model. The plan is to remove the Bethlehem Steel name and add my own railroads lettering. The number will remain the same. It is a similar yellow to the GE 44, so I will leave it the same color. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_70-ton_switcher for more info on the GE 70 Ton switcher.
ITC GE70 Ton Switcher 59
This loco is a Bachmann DCC On-Board model, painted green with yellow trimming. It is 8 wheel drive, 8 wheel pickup. Like most of my locos it has had the deceleration and acceleration settings on the decoder tweaked so it runs more smoothly. Currently it has no number indicated on it, so I will add a number to it.
ITC (Pier 39) GE44 Tonner 03
This loco is a Bachmann DCC On-Board model, with no road name, and currently no number indicated on it. I will add a number to it eventually. As it is in a generic industrial / switching color scheme I will leave the basic colors as they are but might add the railroad reporting mark to show it belongs on a particular layout. For more info on the GE 44 Tonner, try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_44-ton_switcher or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_79_class_locomotive.
Other Road Power
MPAC NW2 1424
A Midland Pacific / Southern Pacific EMD NW2. This is a Broadway Limited DCC and Sound Equipped model. It is 8 wheel drive and 8 wheel pickup. The decoder was factory installed. This was the first sound equipped loco purchased by me.
Pennsylvania / Conrail S2 8432
An Alco S2. This is a Bachmann DCC and Sound On-Board model. It is 8 wheel drive, 8 wheel pickup. Decoder for DCC and Sound was factory installed. Represents an un-repainted Conrail switcher unit based in the Chicago area.
Chessie GP40 4137
A Chessie System EMD GP40. This is a Bachmann DCC Equipped model. It is 8 wheel drive and 8 wheel pickup. The decoder was factory installed. Since this photo was taken, the loco has been weathered considerably. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP40 for more info on the GP40 loco type.
Canadian Pacific GP35 8210
A Bachmann DCC Onboard loco, in an older CP color scheme. The color scheme of this loco was still in use in the 1970s and 80s, so I felt it was still a good representation of the era I model. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP35 for more information on the GP35 loco type.
BN/Frisco SW1500 319
Athearn, SW1500, DCC equipped. This loco will probably stay in Frisco colors. As the BN took over the Frisco in 1980, it represents a BN loco the C&SFT has leased, keeping the Frisco scheme but having some weathering added. This loco has a back-EMF capable decoder, and runs very smoothly even at extremely slow speeds. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SW1500 for more info on the SW1500 loco type.
IHB GP40 [un-numbered, will probably be numbered 3802]
An ex-Santa Fe EMD GP40, painted in the pre-1985 scheme of the Indiana Harbor Belt. Although the IHB never had any GP40s, it did have some GP40-2s, and some GP38-2s, so in my plausible universe a GP40 could have been purchase by the IHB at some point. In any case, a GP40 and a GP40-2 are not very different cosmetically! This is a Bachmann DCC Equipped model. It is 8 wheel drive and 8 wheel pickup. The decoder was factory installed.
CNW GP7 1519
A C&NW GP7. Proto2000. DCC equipped. The prototype of this loco was rebuilt and repainted in 1972, and renumbered as 4312. In the plausible but fictional universe for my C&SFT layout, this loco was leased to the C&SFT and has not been rebuilt / renumbered until the late 1980s. Most of the photos of it on this site make it look like it needs a rebuild! See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP7 for more info on the GP7 loco type.
EJ&E RS-11 252
EJ&E RS unit (RS-11 I think!). Kato/Atlas, from what I have been told. It was made by Kato for Atlas. The paint scheme of this loco is based on the EJ&E color scheme of an SW photographed at Joliet in 1979. This loco runs very smoothly, as KATO locos often do. The EJ&E never had an RS-11 (as far as I know), but it did have an RS2/3 at some stage in its history. I hard wired a decoder into this loco. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALCO_RS-11 for more info on the RS-11 loco type.
Western Maryland GP35 3576
This loco is a Bachmann DCC Onboard loco, and represents the Chessie system. I have seen photos of the Chessie System paint scheme and Western Maryland schemes in the same train, so having this loco as representing the Chessie is prototypical. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP35 for more info on the GP35 loco type.
MWSL FT-As 23 and 28
2 x MWSL FT-A locos. One is ex-Georgia Northern #14, the other is ex-EL #6014. These are both Bachmann DCC Equipped models. They are 8 wheel drive and 8 wheel pickup. The decoders was factory installed. These locos have been weathered so that they look really old, and I suspect they would have looked somewhat run down like this in the 1970s / 1980s. In my alternate history, these two locos were purchased by the MWSL in the mid to late 60s, and at some point between their purchase and 1975 they have been re-motored with more up to date engines and other components, bringing their power rating up to 1500hp each. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_FT for more information on the FT loco type.