I was delighted to be able to purchase one of Tom Holley's surplus HO models - SLSF 553, an Alco RS2 repowered by EMD. Tom grafted a P2K GP18 long hood onto a P1K Alco RS2, and then detailed it up. It turned out to be a terrific model of the Frisco RS2m. It's in b/y livery.
The original Frisco Alco RS2's were set up to run long hood forward. During the powering project, the Frisco kept them long hood forward because of the huge cost of relocating the engineer's controls to the other side of the cab. Running long hood forward, the Frisco RS2m's really looked goofy with that small short RS2 hood behind the cab.
Tom correctly modeled his RS2m long hood forward. Like the real thing, it also really looks goofy running that way. I love it!
However, when looking at some Frisco RS2m pictures on eBay today, I noticed that later on, when in o/w colors, a pic of SLSF 553 indicated short hood forward! The "F" was on the short end. See eBay #280588553703 for the example.
Does anyone know what they did to turn these units around? Or, was it a mistake by the painter on 553? Another Frisco mystery!
ps - I suspect a painter mistake.