Thursday, October 8, 2009
RAILROAD TUG Part 1
The prototype meet last weekend got me thinking about railroad tugs. I have always intended on modeling one in my harbor, but I wasn't sure what model I was going to use or even maybe scratchbuild one. At the meet I was able to see a few of the Walther's tug close up and also hear some experts compare it to the prototype. I was surprised that it is very prototypical. The local train store had one on the shelves for the past few months - rereleased after a long spell dating to the late 90s. I also noticed that the 2010 Walthers catalog doesn't list it at all, so I figured I better get it just in case. Some things I like about the model that I hadn't realized about it - it is a waterline kit, so no crazy hacking away of half the hull - and it comes with an excellent sheet of decals covering pretty much every railroad that operated in New York harbor, along with a bunch from the midwest and west. I haven't decided on the railroad that I will paint and decal it for - probably Lehigh Valley but maybe CNJ or NYC. Started assembling it with the hull structure. It went together well, although I needed to file down the lower deck piece a bit to get the second hull side piece to fit well.