By way of a change I have taken a few pictures of a couple of my smallest switchers going about their daily jobs in the yard at Benson.
The yellow switcher TVRR# 43, another 60 tonner is an ex Bethlehem Steel loco and is used mainly at a local feed mill where she spends her day switching car loads in and empties out.
She is seen here working in the yard at Benson following a major service.
Yes I can see what you mean Herb, it does look a bit droopy.
It works fine and probably looks worse in the photo than it is in real life.
It doesn't foul on the magnets between the tracks so I think I will leave it for now.
Just goes to show you guys are really paying attention.
The 60 tonner TVRR #53 was given to me on my 53rd birthday by my old friend Bill Gates. He did the conversion from two 44 ton bodies that he cut and shut and added some more details. This gives the little loco a backwoods look which I find rather appealing. She spends most of her time nowadays doing MOW work at weekends.
A few pictures of a recent operating session featuring a pair of SP F7's. I know they are not overly popular with everyone but I must admit I have a soft spot for them.
We see them arriving light engine from the SP interchange to pick up a load of pulp wood bulkhead flat cars.
The models are Athearn blue box examples with added details, #6352 in fact is a dummy. The powered one has a huge weight inside the body so runs very well indeed.
Here we have a few pictures of an SP Baldwin S12 #2143 she has extra lights at the front and rear to allow 24 hour a day working in the yard at San Francisco.
In reality the Baldwin's were traded in against more modern power.
On my model I have assumed that the SP kept this loco for interchange and light work in south west Arkansas.
The model has been modified with lots of added details, it has also been re-motored with a Mashima can. I like her because she looks a little different to all my EMD end cab switchers.