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...stacks and the bell. With the recent release of N scale VO-1000's along with the HO versions, it's time to dedicate a Modeling Project piece to these locos in December.

9/03-2M: I model in the 1920-1942 period. Is it possible to identify the GN MOW paint schemes from the earliest time to the 1970 merger?

Reply: Very early (from 1900 to the early 20's) the MOW equipment was painted mineral red, boxcar red or Tuscan red (take your choice). In the 20's GN started painting MOW equipment with light gray and black lettering. In 1953 GN began painting MOW equipment with mineral red and white lettering. The 1953 transition date is supported by dated photos in my private collection. You can see a string of gray MOW cars on page 115 of Hickcox's book, GREAT NORTHERN STEAM & ELECTRIC IN COLOR. Note that the trucks, drop steps and underframes are painted with mineral red.

9/03-13D: What are the black reflectors(?) that we see on the nose of GN F units.

Reply: The black strips on the nose of the F units are actually "non-skid" material. It was applied as a safety feature for maintenance personnel washing the windshield, changing wiper blades, etc.. These strips are most often, erroneously, thought to be there for anti-glare purposes.

9/03-4F: Are the RED CABOOSE Wood Sheathed reefers accurate for a GN prototype?

Reply: I have an R/C reefer (#67189). It is not accurate for a GN (WFEX) prototype. It is actually a replica of a PFE R-30-12-9 type car. While the model is similar to the WFEX 67000-67894 series, built by FGE in 1928 and 1932, there are some differences. The most notable and obvious difference is the side sills.

9/03-14D: Were GP7's #608 and #610 used on the Cascade Division at Skykomish?

Reply: Yes, both units were assigned to the Cascade Division.

9/03-15D: Can I change a PROTO-2000 S-1 to a GN S-2?

Reply: My recommendation would be to acquire an ATLAS S-2 (#8718 or #8719) factory painted GN.

9/03-16D: Did GN's BALDWIN S-12's have the Empire Builder paint scheme? Reply: Yes, all of the #24-#28 series of S-12'swere delivered in the E/B scheme.

9-03-2C: Which caboose shall I get for the Cascade Division? Are any correctly made? Were the 4-wheel bobber cabooses used?

Reply: The 4 wheel bobbers would have been disposed of long before your modeling era. Looking at the GN caboose assignment records, any 30' wood or steel caboose would be appropriate for through traffic. The 25' wood cabooses assigned to the Cascade/Spokane Division are X334, 353, 359, 369, 373, 375, 379, 390, 393, 406, 428, 454, 488, 494, 513, 519, 521, 523, 549, 551, 552, 554, 555, 566, 571, 577, 578, 580,581,584,587, 589, 591, 602, 607, 611, 612. 613, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 628, 629, 630, 631, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 642, 642, 646, 657, 665, 666, 667, 669, 675, 679,683,684, 685, 686, 700, 701, 711, 712, 735, 736, 739, 745, 748, and 749. OVERLAND has imported brass models of 30' wood and steel cabooses. ORIENTAL LIMITED and CHALLENGER Imported brass models of the 25' wood cabooses. AMERICAN MODEL BUILDERS has just released a LASERKIT model of the GN 25' wood caboose.

9/03-17D: I would like to make or acquire an NW2 that was used on the Cascade Division. Which would be better, an OVERLAND or KATO model?

Reply: The OVERLAND model would be a good choice. However, due to limited availability and the price of the OMI model, the KATO model would be a more viable model. The KATO NW2 is a nice running model, but lacks the door louvers.

9/03-1E: Would it be possible to find a W-1 electric or should I try for an ORIENTAL Z-1?

Reply: There are a few W-1 models that become available even though these units have been out of production for a number of years. I have the CUSTOM Brass unit and find that it meets my needs. However, it is difficult to paint the C/B models (I know, I've painted seven of them). The OVERLAND W-1 model is nice, but the factory paint colors are atrocious. You might have better luck finding an ORIENTAL Z-1.