My U23B is an Atlas model that came without a road number. I chose 2324 since it was even and I could not find a picture of it in Chessie colors. 2324 may have made it though the entire Chessie Era looking like this, I don't have any evidence to the contrary. The following were definetly painted in Chessie colors, 2300-2306, 2308-2311, 2313-2315, 2318-2323, and 2325-2329. That leaves 2307, 2312, 2316, 2317, and 2324 as the only ones that could have never seen Chessie paint. Since I use odd numbers for unpowered units and evens for powered units that really leaves me with 2312, 2316, and 2324 as possibilities. I chose 2324 since it has good weathering and would make a good model. Notice how the GE units paint peeled. The area right behind the big "C&O" on the side always looked horrible on these units regardless of Chessie or predecessor paint.
Below is a Dean Heacock pic of the
real #2324. This unit was sold to the Seaboard System and traded
in on an order of B36-7's in 1985. It has since been scrapped.
Below are pics of my #2324. Enjoy.
Here is a starting pic. This
is how it looks right out of the box.
Below is my finished #2324. To see how I finished
this locomotive click on the link above.