DAWSON CREEK SUBDIVISION

RAILWAY PROTOTYPE MODELLING IN N SCALE

Timothy J. Horton

MOTIVE POWER

This page illustrates the various locomotive models I have built for use on the layout. All have been re-equipped with Northwest Shortline low profile wheels. The fleet was equipped initially with Train Control Systems decoders, independent front and rear lights, ditch lights where appropriate, and cab lights where possible.

Following a successful installation of ESU LokSound in the NAR GP-9 locomotive in 2014, work is underway to re-equip the fleet with ESU LokSound.

I wish to thank my friends Jeff Briggs of Briggs Models (www.briggsmodels.ca) who painted and weathered the locomotives, and Dave MacKinnon of Details N Scale who installed the decoders and lights. For further information on Dave's digital services, I invite you to visit his website at www.detailsnscale.com .

Additional locomotives are planned, and models or mechanisms, kits and parts have been acquired for their eventual construction.


MLW RS-3 570 573

In 1977 the British Columbia Railway's surviving RS-3 locomotives were used in branch line and yard service, and were a common sight on the Dawson Creek Subdivision. These models are very early Atlas/Kato issues from the early 1980s and were modified with carbody filters, bell and bracket, all-weather window, air horns, and other detail parts. They were finished with Floquil paints and Microscale decals. These models were completed twenty-five years ago when I was planning to model 1985, so they are not quite correct for 1977. They were retained in DC mode for testing new track with DC power prior to energizing with DCC power. These models will be retired and replaced with new Atlas/China models using replacement sides and detail parts not available years ago.


MLW RS-10 581 584

The railway's RS-10 locomotives were also to be found in branch line and yard service, and were commonly seen on the north end. By 1977 six of the eight units had been chop-nosed for improved visibility during switching, but remained oriented long hood forward. I have modelled 581, one of two units to retain the high short hood, and 584, one of the units to receive a low short hood. These models were converted from early production Atlas/Kato RS-11 models which required filling in the corner notches, closing up or removing the carbody filters, changing the fuel tank, and adding detail parts. They were finished in the BCR two-tone green dogwood logogram scheme with acrylic paints and Microscale decals. The models are fitted with TCS M4 decoders, independent front and rear main and auxiliary lights.


MLW RS-18 607 613

The RS-18s were the workhouses of the motive power fleet and could be seen in main line, branch line, work train and yard service. They were always present on the north end. I have modelled 607 in the PGE map scheme and 613 in the BCR dogwood scheme. These models were also converted from early production Atlas/Kato RS-11s which required filling in the rear corner notches, lowering the short hoods, building the cab fronts, changing the fuel tanks, and adding detail parts. They were finished with acrylic paints and Microscale decals. The models are fitted with TCS M4 decoders, independent front and rear main and auxiliary lights.


ALCO C-420 632

The British Columbia Railway purchased two C-420 locomotives from the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway in July 1972. They were often seen in branch line or yard service on the north end. My model of 632 is a ready-to-run model produced by Atlas in 2007. I added detail parts including airhorn, ditch lights, and MU hoses. The model depicts No. 632 as it appeared in 1977 prior to its rebuild in 1981. This model is fitted with a TCS AMD4 decoder, independent front and rear lights, ditch lights and cab light. It is currently away for conversion to ESU LokSound.


MLW C-630M 701

The railway purchased its first four 3000hp units in 1969 and they operated in man line freight service north of Prince George beginning in 1977. My model is an Atlas C-630 with many modifications including Dofasco trucks, new fuel tank, ditch lights, brake wheel, offset rear grab irons, spark arrestor plate on top, and other detail parts. It was finished with acrylic paints and Microscale decals. This model is fitted with an ESU LokSound Micro Select decoder programmed for the ALCO 251 16 cylinder engine (air start version) and K5H horn, independent front and rear ditch lights, and cab light.


MLW M-630 708 710 717

A total of 18 M-630 locomotives were purchased for mainline service in 1970. 1971, and 1973. My models depict No. 708 as repainted for the British Columbia Railway, No. 710 still in Pacific Great Eastern livery, and No. 717 in original BCR livery. My models are Atlas C-630 mechanisms riding on Briggs Models Dofasco trucks with Briggs Models M-630 replacement body shells and detail kits, and numerous detail parts. I elected to retain the Atlas short hoods and mated them to the Briggs Models long hoods. These models have been re-equipped with ESU LokSound Micro Select decoders programmed with the ALCO 251 16 cylinder engine (electric start version) and K5H horn. They have independent front and rear lights, ditch lights and cab lights.


ALCO C-425 804 810 812

Twelve ex-Erie Lackawanna ALCO C-425 locomotives were purchased in 1976. Due to a motive power shortage they were pressed into service still in their E-L paint. They could be seen in main line, branch line and work service and were employed regularly on the north end. I chose to model the first two units to be repainted in two-tone green (804 & 812), and one still in E-L paint (810). These models are Life-Like Canada mechanisms with a Briggs Models C-425 replacement body shell and detail kit. The conversion retains the Life-Like sill assembly and handrails, cab and radiator top. Numerous detail parts complete the units. The models were completed with acrylic paint and Microscale decals. They are fitted with TCS decoders, independent front and rear lights, ditch lights and cab lights. 810 is currently away for conversion to ESU LokSound.


BCR RCC CAR RCC 2

Not really a locomotive, but I wanted to build one. The British Columbia Railway employed remote control cars in main line freight service. They were equipped with Locotrol remote stations and were coupled to units in mid-train remote service. RCC 2 was converted from an ex-CN FB-2 in 1972 and my model is a Life-Like FB-2 with new fuel tank, side grilles and top radiator fan blanked out, and numerous detail parts. It was finished with acrylic paints and Microscale decals and depicts the car as repainted in British Columbia Railway colours.


GMD GP-9 203

During the 1970s, Northern Alberta Railways trains arrived at Dawson Creek behind a single GP-9. This model is a stock Atlas GP-9 special run for Prairie Shadows in the NAR scheme. I added an antenna, airhorn, bell and winterization hatch. The detail parts were painted to match the factory colours. This model served as a test bed for my first sound installation using a LokSound Micro Select decoder and a Star Micronics speaker. The decoder is programmed with the EMD 567 prime mover and the K3 airhorn.