Discussion in '4-8-4 Northern' started by frisco1522, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I received the shipment of 4500s this afternoon and wanted to post some initial photos. The engines are beautiful! I can't comment on how they run since I haven't tried that yet.
    This will make some of you happy.

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  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
  3. U-3-b

    U-3-b Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Oh, I can't wait to get mine. Thanks for sharing!

  4. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Boy, they are gorgeous!!! Its a good thing that I model in large scale now! I am afraid the wife just would not understand!
    I really like that center photo. Wonder where I saw that before?? :0)
  5. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Now if only someone would do one of these in N-scale....

  6. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Here's another variation. Only 12 of these imported. It's going to OK.

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  7. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Wow, nice! Maybe I need to reconsider my "diesels only" policy.

  8. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Too late, they sold the whole run.
  9. HWB

    HWB FRISCO.org Supporter

    I'm not a steam fan but WOW!
  10. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    4503 even has the main rods off for shipment to St Louis.

  11. U-3-b

    U-3-b Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I finally picked up mine today after being on the road for a while and man are they ever beautiful. They now reside in my display case surrounded by my Grand Trunk Western engines, which of course are dwarfed by these monsters.

  12. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

  13. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Mine's in the shop having a Tsunami sound decoder installed.

  14. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I finally have Tsunami decoders installed in my three. Took me a long time and a long learning curve but I finally whipped them. I've dirtied up the 4524 and the other two are next.
    The single wire between engine and tender is for the backup light.
    The models have working headlight, backup light, classification lights and a light on the inside of the cab.
  15. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Sa.... lute....
  16. FRISCO4503

    FRISCO4503 FRISCO4503 Frisco.org Supporter

    I was supposed to get one of these beauties, but was never contacted that they were in. I just wonder how long it will take to see one on Ebay in pieces where someone tried to turn one of these works of art into something from another road. It breaks my heart to see FRISCO steamers painted for another railroad on ebay or anywhere. Hopefully someday I will get my GPM FRISCO 4500 Series. With everything going on for me right now, I am sure it wont be long. I just signed a 2 year contract with EVINRUDE Outboard Motors and 13 weeks from March 5th I will be in a commercial on every outdoor channel in the Nation, and on the same day my Magazine Ad for them will be in Every outdoor and sports magazine, IN THE WORLD! I am so excited....Now Monday, I will be doing the same with Chevy Trucks! So A few More Frisco Steamers are definitely on the to buy list for the near future!
  17. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I don't get why model manufacturers don't make a more "generic" 4-8-4?? A more "customizable" (Is that a word??) engine. Maybe as if there were a "USRA" 4-8-4?? One without the Santa Fe boxcar size tender; a "Daylight" shroud or a UP etc. Vanderbilt tender. Rock Island had a BUNCH of 4-8-4's. So did MP, Wabash and Burlington. Also larger model steam locomotives are usually more trouble free (Especially in N scale). I'd rather have an engine that looked "something" like a Frisco--Rather than "NOTHING" like a Frisco...

  18. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    There are 3 GPM 4500's on E-Bay right now- if you have DEEP pockets!:eek:
  19. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    The numbers that went with the FFF "wing" were slightly smaller and placed somewhat to the rear of center. The "Hungerford" era numbers were larger and centered. I believe the white running board stripes and white driver rims didn't last very long. Reviewing some photos, it looks like the white running board edges lasted lomger than the white wheel rims.


    Edit: The numbers on the eBay Glacier Park 4502 (Oil burner) should be yellow (Imitation gold) instead of white.
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  20. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year


    Are you wanting a pre-Hungerford unit? Since the Northerns came out so late I think the FFF logo wasn't on them very long, maybe 44/45 to maybe 47/48 (whenever Hungerford became president). Unless you specifically want a FFF unit, the Hungerford scheme (which is no scheme at all, really) is probably what these units wore most of their work lives.

    Tom, Don, Karl, feel free to fine tune my understanding above. I don't have my Frisco Power book with me at work.

    Boy those GP 4500s look amazing.

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