The incoming train is hauled by an Ashley Drew & Northern CF7 #1513, re-built by the Santa Fe from elderly F7’s in the early 1970’s. The locomotive is a regular visitor to Benson.
The model is an Athearn Ready to Roll model which comes fairly well detailed, if a little delicate. Of course it is more expensive than the old blue box models, but then you don‘t have to buy the extra details to add yourself.
The AD&N CF7’s train consists of an empty Rock Island bulkhead flat car, an empty Rio Grande covered hopper and an empty Longview Portland & Northern bulkhead flat car. I have glued some fine sawdust onto the decks on the bulkhead flats to represent the bark and other wood debris seen on these cars in real life.
The train runs into the main loop in the west yard and leaves the train there. The head end power then runs round its train and heads to the pulp wood loading siding.