This is the "All American" diesel. In 1982 Trains
magazine picked the "average" railroad based on miles and revenue (The
B&O) and the "average" class of locomotive based on horsepower (the
GP38). They then picked at random one of the units in the class,
they chose #3802. #3802 is currently at the B&O Museum awaiting
painting from its current CSX pumpkin scheme to this Chessie Scheme.
Notice on the battery box there is a special "All American" diesel decal.
The model is an Athearn GP38-2 that Ed replaced the cab with a Cannon cab,
added mu hoses, mu steps, lift rings, uncoupling levers, winshield wipers,
cab sunshades, and air horn. Ed also modified this to be a constant
lighting unit, that means that the brightness of the light does not change
with the speed of the locomotive. Also Ed used a strip of black decal
for the slot in the battery box and made the "All American" diesel decal
Ed's SD50 is an SD60 Rail Power shell that has had new
Cannon doors and sides put on to be more prototypical. It also has
Cannon cab, sub-bases, anti climbers and long hood end. It has a
Details West plow and horn too. Ed even put see through "Q" type
fans on the top. The MU recepticals and rooftop exhaust hatch are
Details Associates parts. Ed bent his own hand rails from piano wire
and threaded them through Athearn stantions. He even replaced the
truck sideframes with Train Station products that he added air brake and
sanding lines too. The "elephant ears" were unique to #8570 and only
lasted a few months. Ed made them out of styrene. Overall an
incredibly detailed model of a one of a kind Chessie SD50.
Another view of #8570. Those blue "elephant ears"
on the back were an experiment Chessie did to solve the overheating problem
with SD50's. It did not work, and they were removed after only a
A slightly out of focus pic of a C&O GP39 slug mother
with a C&O slug. The GP39 is an Athearn GP38-2 that has been
modified with new dynamic brake hatches from a GP40-2. It has detail
MU hoses, recepticles, and steps added. Also see through steps, winshield
wipers, lift rings, air horn and uncoupling levers make this another highly
detailed unit. The slug is actually an old GP18 kit from AHM with
ends cut down from an Athearn shell. The sides were built with Cannon
doors and styrene. MU hoses, MU steps, and uncoupling levers round
out the details. It is actually powered and can turn some heads when
just a slug is running around a layout.