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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #120 on: June 03, 2020, 11:33:39 PM »
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It's summer,  and it is just about the time for my modeling to go on hiatus. As some of you know, I live in Central Arizona, and I have difficulty staying in my garage with this heat. Even as I write this at 8:15 at night, it is still 105°F. This time of year, I switch my free time to something that I can do in the cool, air conditioning.

Last month, my wife said that I could go out and buy a new loco for my birthday, and I knew that I wanted something that was tiger striped. I quickly found three candidates, an old brass Baldwin S12 like Wolf's, a BLI NW2, and an Atlas VO-1000. After mulling it over for a week, asking friends for advice, I came to the decision that the VO-1000 was the best option for me.

Friday I placed an order for a new, 2003 run of an Atlas  VO-1000 in SP tiger stripes. Talked to another friend and we are working on designing trolley pole stands, I still have Pacific Electric freight locomotive decals, and I am feeling  like a kid waiting for Christmas.

I had the USPS text me all of the tracking of the package from the East Coast,  and I got the text that my locomotive was sitting in the mailbox. As soon as I get home, I ran joyfully to the mailbox, came into the house, and started to open it up. At this point the antici....pation is killing me. Then my heart sunk, it was black and white, did the store send me the last run? Nope, it was a New York Central loco. My wife asked if I accidentally ordered the wrong loco, nope, the invoice clearly says Southern Pacific. So, I called the store, and they are sending me a call tag and they will be sending me the correct loco as soon as the NYC unit is returned.



I waited this long,  what's 2 more weeks?

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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #121 on: June 04, 2020, 12:20:59 AM »
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Why would you not keep he NYC loco? :?

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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #122 on: June 04, 2020, 05:53:29 AM »
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Why would you not keep he NYC loco? :?

Southern Pacific would be easier than NYC to re-letter to Pacific Electric, assuming one can get the factory lettering off without the paint.
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #123 on: June 04, 2020, 09:50:08 AM »
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Why would you not keep he NYC loco? :?
the Pacific Electric leased SP locos and they simply patched the lettering. Also, the Southern Pacific purchased their Baldwin switchers before WWII, they had the curved step gaurds. The NYC got theirs after WWII, and there were no step guards. I am going to be remembering it to match the second group of VO-1000's, 1320-1324 were 10" longer than 1325-1329, the second group matches the Atlas model.



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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #124 on: June 30, 2020, 02:14:08 PM »
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #125 on: July 03, 2020, 03:05:26 PM »
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A crappy cell phone video that was poorly edited...


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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #126 on: July 04, 2020, 03:46:53 PM »
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I am starting to learn how much flexibility that the new yard truly is, and I still need to add the staging track and replace a switch that will not hold gauge. It really has even more potential that I haven’t fully discovered.

The crossover in the yard and the one leading into the yard has proven a huge benefit for building up an outbound train. It also allows for additional storage during an ops session.

I have also learned that it is also easier to switch out Playa Desnuda Shell separately from the other four companies. Doing so made the ops run so much smoother. After I swap out the switch and wire the rest of it, the yard will really come alive.