Welcome, follow along with George Dutka in his journal which documents the additions and future thoughts for the HO scale White River Division model railroad and to his continuing historical New England railroad research. The White River Division is now in its 17th modeler's season. The "modeler's season" runs from November to April each year. Inspiration comes from the Boston and Maine, Rutland and Central Vermont Railway during the 1950's with additional posts by Don Janes and Peter Mumby.
Wednesday 30 September 2020
Throwback Thursday - A Stelco Relic
Stelco 71 takes a breather at the CN yard in London, Ontario on February 02, 1995.
By Peter Mumby
industrial locomotives spend most of their days skulking around behind
high fences. For this reason, railfans don't often get the chance to
add photos of these types of units to their collections.
71 is an SW8 built by General Motors Diesel in December of 1951. Most
of its working life was spent at the main Stelco plant in Hamilton. It
was later transferred to the facility at Nanticoke, Ontario to be used
as a parts source. By the time this photo was made in February, 1995,
it had probably outlived even this function and was on the way to its
final resting place.
of the customized details on this unit might be of interest to
potential model builders. Close vertical clearances in the plant have
led to the lowering of the cab roof and the exhaust stack. Spot lights
have been added next to the cab door, and both body-mounted and
frame-mounted handrails are in evidence. Oh, and don't forget that
distinctive weathering job!