When I think of GM switchers, I think of CN, not Canadian Pacific. CP had a small fleet of GM switchers, and ten of them were SW-8s. SW-8s and SW-9s were normally found in Ontario, while the SW-900 fleet was assigned to Alberta. I lived in Saskatchewan most of my life and I never saw a CP GM switcher. So why did I paint one? Just for curiosity's sake. I find that the CP GM units look best in the script scheme, and I'm happy with the way this one turned out. I didn't paint this unit entirely myself. I thank Keith Brown for spraying on the initial coats of Tuscan Red and grey. I was a little leery about doing this paint scheme myself, but after getting a good look at the pattern I later did a couple other locos in script. The yellow stripes on the pilots were hand painted due to the fact that C-D-S decal sets don't come with pilot stripes. Any engines that have crooked pilot stripes get a good dose of grime overtop to hide the irregularity. The colours tend to vary on this loco because there is a combination of Testors, AccuPaint, and Badger Model Flex paint on it. What I find more interesting in this photo is the gondola the switcher is pulling. I bought some Testors rust paint and tried my hand at weathering an Athearn fifty foot gondola that I painted in CP. Now all I need is a scrap load.
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C-D-S Lettering HO-296 CP diesel switcher - script lettering, c. 1965