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    Default SLSF 553, Alco RS2, repowered by EMD

    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!

    Ken

    ps - I suspect a painter mistake.
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    Default Re: SLSF 553, Alco RS2, repowered by EMD

    Ken- That little detail bugged me for a while, until I noticed a caption in the Book Frisco in Color that indicated it was indeed a goof in the paint shop. At least thats what was in the book
    Tom

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    Default Re: SLSF 553, Alco RS2, repowered by EMD

    Tom - Aha!

    I missed that. I'll keep the 553 running goofy!

    Ken

    ps - Great model. Thanks again.

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    Maybe the same painter that mis-numbered the MOW Flat 105039 or 105309 from side to side whichever was correct!

    See these posts:
    http://www.frisco.org/vb/showpost.ph...2&postcount=10
    http://www.frisco.org/vb/showpost.ph...8&postcount=11
    http://www.frisco.org/vb/showpost.ph...6&postcount=14
    Keith Robinson
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    Ship It on the Frisco!

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    Tom Holley's very nice RS2m SLSF 553 is on its usual local assignment today, but is mated with a fresh newcomer - one of the EMD GP20 demonstrators.

    Yes, the GP20's did demonstrate on the Frisco, but I doubt if they were involved with a local! This is an important train, however - it has the usual two Sligo iron ore hoppers coupled in front of the caboose with another load of ore for more Rearden Metal production in the Knotwell furnaces at Alhambra Grotto.

    Even though it is on Kurt's old layout (quite basic), my imagination runs wild when I run the occasional train.

    Ken
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    Default Re: SLSF 553, Alco RS2, repowered by EMD

    It's awesome never the less. Those are both beautiful locomotives. Runnin' trains is runnin' trains.

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    Default Re: SLSF 553, Alco RS2, repowered by EMD

    Jim, Thanks. Here's a somewhat better view of the Frisco RS2m. Tom Holley did that one, not me!

    Ken
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    Thats Great Ken,
    Good to see it in revenue service That GP 20 is a fine looking engine too.
    Like Jim says "runnin trains is runnin trains"
    Please carry on
    Thank You,
    Tom Holley

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjslsffan View Post
    Thats Great Ken,
    Good to see it in revenue service That GP 20 is a fine looking engine too.
    Like Jim says "runnin trains is runnin trains"
    Please carry on
    Nice work. I see you got the handrails correct with the dropstep. What did you use?
    Gary

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    Thanks Gary,
    If memory serves it was just styrene for those drop steps. A person could almost use them for a surf board they were so long.
    Thank You,
    Tom Holley

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