Re: Atlas HO GE U30b's, Frisco
You are good at theorizing as that is exactly the fix that we came up with when making the decision on the nose casting. For historical reference, when working with Atlas I was told right up front that it was not cost feasible for them to produce a new nose casting for one locomotive for one road. They gave me a choice of what they offered, that being the more common dual-lens casting or the blank one similar to the B30-7. This came right after a similar discussion had occurred with Bowser about the handrail being wrong on their revamped U25b and their refusal to spend what they estimated to be $15.00 added to the retail of the model. To me the difference was the Bowser decision affected the accuracy of the entire production of the models in all roadnames where the Atlas one only effected one.
I may have mentioned this previously, but when decisions like this come up, I usually choose to consult other forum members as to what they feel would be the best solution. In this instance I consulted both Rick McClellan and Nick Molo and we all agreed that choosing the dual headlight version was the way to go. This was partially based on the fact that we felt that it would be a very easy fix by just carefully sanding down the molded on one and replacing it with the Utah Pacific casting. Hopefully no filling will be required. Also, as Ethan has also pointed out, we are going to get a pre-wired light to boot.
Bottom line is that I have learned that when working with Manufacturers that sometimes concessions have to be made. In the case of the
Atlas U30b I could tell right up front that the nose casting was a non-negotiable issue so I focused my attention on getting the "XR" version #846 which was my #1 priority all along.
Modeling a small segment of the Wichita Sub-Division, circa. 1980, in HO called the
"River City Railroad & Amusement Co."