Monday, September 10, 2012

ILSX 1338

ILSX SD40-2 1338 is out of the shop and is helping ILSX SD40-2 1344 on the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad while E&LS 400 is in the Bethel Shops for repairs.
This engine started as a Kato SD40-2. The real 1338 sits on a SD40 chassis, but I like the Kato -2s for ease of adding DCC and parts availability.  I added the usual details (BLMA, MbE, Atlas), MbE snow shields, Trainworx grills, moved the brake wheel out back, put rear MbE lights (note they are vertical, not horizontal).
I want to thank Jim Elbe for catching some great shots of the duo around Lena, WI on the E&LS. They were very helpful in making this project happen. One of Jim's shots:

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