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Here is a photo of the NWP geeps parked high and dry out in the mist. Photo taken last Friday morning. I still find it hard to believe you can find a high-nose NS unit out in the California vineyards.


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Gary, you get the best photo of the year award for 2016.  Oops wrong year but still excellent.  Didn't realize how much larger the 5041 is than 1922.  Horsepower numbers anyone?

Thank you!

Great picture,  thanks for sharing.  Has to be the first time a NS unit has ever been on this line.

:-)  Awesome shot Gary!

2000 hp for 5076 and 1750 hp  for 1922

I would say that this is among the most interesting non SP units to run out that way. The Seaboard slug (mother/mate) set that SP tested on the NWP might be the most interesting.


Excellent photo nd composition. Much praise to the shooter. Are engines stalled because they aree heading in opposite directions?   Looks like tug-of-war but in reverse each unit wanting to head in opposite direction.  

That is what it looks like at first,second and third glance.

In all reality, and despite appearances, both of these locomotives are pointed the same direction.  The orientation of the short and long hoods has no bearing on the operability of the locomotives.  Without going into too much detail, these are not direct drive machines like an automobile, these are diesel electric, meaning that the engine powers an alternator, the electricity produced by that powers traction motors mounted on each axle.  These motors run the same and have the same gearing and speed going either direction, they only spin whichever direction the electrical currents tell them to go.  Equipment requirements do force railroads to designate a "front" end of the unit, denoted by a small "F" painted on the end of the frame.  This in turn largely dictates the cab layout, which side the engineer seats and controls are mounted, etc.  Almost all of the first generation of road switcher units like these were built with the long hood designated as the Front, partly because of their otherwise similarity in layout to steam locomotives (imagine the boiler in place of the long hood on these and you'll see why).  It did not take a lot of railroads long to deduce crew visibility improved greatly if they reversed that orientation and made the short hood the "front", and that is how most locomotives have been built since, but there were a few holdouts- including Norfolk Southern's predecessor roads- that continued having their locomotives with the long hood designated the front well into the modern era.  If you blow up the image you can see the tiny "F" on the near side of the frame of the #5076, denoting that is indeed the "front" of the engine...   As to why they are here, NWP moved them to here so that they wouldn't flood with the rest of the Schellville yard a week or two back.  

Jeff Moore

Elko, NV 

I don't visit often but this is a fantastic shot.  Years ago when I was actively modeling NS was the prototype I modeled.

So Gary how would a modeller achieve the greyed out look of the Ghost Train 1922?

Trial and error.  Custom color.

Get a photo taken at 90* with the sun at your back.

Take a piece of 4"x12" styrene.  Mask off sections to create 4"x4" sections to try different paint mixes in each section.  Compare to photo until your close.  When you have four close paint chips on the styrene take them out to the actual locomotive and compare.  Then just paint your model those colors.  When I did see this locomotive the lettering did not look as faded so fresh decals would be close.

Suggest start with a Seaboard or CSX grey and then lighten up from there by adding very small percentages of white.  For the faded Scarlett would probably start with 50/50 Caboose Red and white.  MR had an article about Seaboard blue diesels in the late 1990s.  Sorry but since quitting modeling no longer have the correct mixture ratio.


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