CBQ's Silver Courier

Painted and lettered - missing final varnish & windows

And the start of the interior with the four diesel generators as head-end power


After rather slow progress the last weeks now some new pictures from NYC RP-210


Preparation of new projects - 3D printing in focus

After some time of consideration I bought a 3D-printer. Unfortunately my CAD-abilities are limited so currently I design rather 'simple' parts (skirts and tank for the RP210, ventilation hoods for the Zephyr baggage) which on the other hand would be quite difficult to manufacture w/o the printer.

I bought a 3D-printed 1/29 kit of a PRR BP20 A which I will modify in some areas (trucks will be donated by an USA-Trains PB). I'll try to build a B-unit, too.

A somewhat generic vintage cab-diesel is available on thingiverse for free - it resembles an Erie-built passenger unit and is designed in an unknown scale. With some scaling, re-arranging etc. I was able to 'extract' the cab-area and have it printed. It will need some modifications to get close to the FM-prototype but it is a good start - I'll use an USA-Trains PA for trucks and chassis. I already prepared the CAD-data for the rather spherical roof.
I hope - with some more experience in CAD-design (I use FreeCAD) - to be able to design some more unique (early) diesels. Also the passenger cars to the RP210 would be feasible - but this will require a quite steep learning curve.


DRGW's original 'Prospector'

Also out of the paint shop

CBQ EA/EB: 'Silver King' & 'Silver Queen'

Out of the paint shop missing most decals

EB has hostler controls & horns on rear


RP210 - current status of shell

CBQ's 'Silver Courier'

The first car in the original 'Denver Zephyr'  - following the 'Silver King' and 'Silver Queen' power untis - was 'Silver Courier', a aux. power/Baggage car. It has a fairing on the front to fit the raised roofline of the EA/EB-unit and housed four diesel-generators.
Based on the USA-Trains combine streamliner I added the fairing and changed windows and baggage doors. The roof was fitted with four exhaust stacks und several ventilation hoods (printed).
Progress so far:


Prospector's pilot

Baseline design of the rather complicated pilot is finished from brass sheets


RP-210 - update

After further study of the available pictures I remodeled the nose - the tilted sides were not straight but showed a compound curve towards the tip.
I used a splitted Aristo FA-pilot for the slightly inclined RP-pilot
The shell was shortened to the correct length.
Additionally I reworked the front truck - removing the center axle and fixed the former rotating front axle to the power block.
A quick set-up of the trucks and the shell


Baldwin RP-210 of NYC's 'X-plorer' - model in 1/29

Started with NYC's diesel power of the short-lived X-plorer
Baldwin RP-210 - a low-slung, diesel-hydraulic locomotive for the lightweight Talgo-train

NYC's RP-210

I use a USA-Trains PA as a starting point - lowering the shell, making a new nose & roof, re-arranging the trucks...fortunately I was able to buy a 'basket-case' for this with damages on shell and trucks - not really cheap but almost perfect for this project (not too much regrets when slaughtering the unit).

- Baseline for nose has been assembled
- The front truck will lose its center axle
- Shell still has to be shortened by 2"


And the news on CBQ EA/EB

I also achieved some progress on the CBQ-set

Additionally I have an appropiate aux.-power baggage under construction - the car has a fairing on its front end to match the higher roof height of the EA/EB-set

Further progress on the Prospector

Some new pictures of my Prospector-project


And the news on CBQ's EA/EB-set

DRGW M-1 'Prospector'

Some progress to show on the Prospector


New projects - basic bodies

CBQ's  'Silver King'

Cab-unit of DRGW's 'Prospector'