In praise of 1:29 diesels

chris m01

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Over 20 years ago it was the 1:29 scale USA diesels that persuaded me to build a garden railway. Somehow they don't seem so popular now but they are pretty good scale models albeit with a slightly dodgy track gauge. The track gauge is still closer to scale than the track gauge used by 00 locos. I still love these US diesels so here are a few photos. Please feel free to post more.

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This 44 tonner is in a genuine livery. The UP had just one of these and used it at a carriage works.

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USA Trains S4. This was never the most popular of the USA Trains fleet but I like them.

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Love this bad boy!
 
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chris m01

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USA Trains NW2 in early Boston & Maine livery. I think this livery looks like a copy of the streamlined Princess Coronation.

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This GP7 gets a lot of use; it has a few "battle scars".

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Another S4 in the later B&M blue livery. If I painted the ends yellow and lowered the cab it could almost be a class 20!
 
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chris m01

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Aristo GP40 running on USA Trains power trucks. The gears stripped on the Aristo bogies. I hear a number of other folks had the same problem with the GP40. The Rock Island livery was a limited edition.

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GP38-2 in the "baby blue" livery. For some reason USA Trains put the wrong name on this loco so I have corrected this. "Ivan the Terrible" is a great name for a loco.

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Limited edition Aristo RS3

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One of only two diesels to wear Quinton Line livery.
 
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chris m01

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USAT F3 A&B units. Quite old but going strong.

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This GP38-2 is probably my highest mileage loco. Again it has a few "battle scars". I knew the warbonnet livery was incorrect for this loco before I bought it but it just looks so right that I couldn't resist.

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My first USA Trains loco bought secondhand 22 years ago. She still runs as smooth as silk and pulls extremely well. The smoke unit no longer works but that's the only issue.

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Aristo SD45. I like this because of the events surrounding this "kodakchrome" livery. I'm not a fan of the Aristo 6 wheel power truck. I find them noisy and slow. And yes I have taken the power trucks apart and re-greased them but it made no difference. The only other loco I have with these power trucks is just the same.
 
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Rhinochugger

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Aristo GP40 running on USA Trains power trucks. The gears stripped on the Aristo bogies. I hear a number of other folks had the same problem with the GP40. The Rock Island livery was a limited edition.

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Down the rock island line is a might good road
Oh the rock island line is the road to ride
The rock island line is a mighty good road
Well if you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station of the rock island line
Well I may be right, I may be wrong
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
 
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Greg Elmassian

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Noisy 3 axle Aristo trucks can be quieted, it's misalignment between the motors and gearboxes.

(search for "growling" on the page)

Greg
 

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What a fine collection Chris. I have been sorely tempted on many occasions to get some US standard gauge heavy metal.
 

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An excellent lineup of US motive power. The CFR had a wide range of North American locomotives and rolling stock during the early years. They were all sold off, many to members of this forum.
 

PhilP

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Of course, if you try hard enough (and paint it green!) you can make it more 'English'...

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Though, in this case, it is a more 'Republican' locomotive, in one of the forty-shades..
 

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The only 1:29 diesel I have is this 44 tonner, repainted as Jamaica Railway Corporation no.70. I bought it as a doer-upper with missing handrails etc.. I notice that this photo is almost 6 years old but I still haven't got around to obtaining/fabricating the missing handrails...
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Of course, if you try hard enough (and paint it green!) you can make it more 'English'...

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Though, in this case, it is a more 'Republican' locomotive, in one of the forty-shades..
If you want a British look
Perhaps paint black
Silver lining and bogies
Add buffer beams etc
And number 10800 3B9CF928-7FA0-4786-8CF6-1864E775DE15.gif
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Neil Robinson

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If you want a British look
Perhaps paint black
Silver lining and bogies
Add buffer beams etc
And number 10800

I recall that loco parked up alongside Brush's research department. This, in turn, was adjacent to their apprentice centre where I started my career back in 1966!
 
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dunnyrail

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Flying15

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I had to look a few times to see that it was a US diesel repainted, still not sure I could tell the difference without a pic of the real U.K. one next to it. Great job.
I don’t want to mislead anyone
It’s a 4mm kit by Dave Alexander
Not mine but ....
Built by professional model maker Steve Johnson
 

dunnyrail

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I don’t want to mislead anyone
It’s a 4mm kit by Dave Alexander
Not mine but ....
Built by professional model maker Steve Johnson
Well you had me well fooled! No fool like an old fool eh?
 

Flying15

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Well you had me well fooled! No fool like an old fool eh?
There’s plenty of us who fall into the fool as well as old trap
However to make good I will be looking out for a cheap (ish) Alco RS 2 now to see if I can do a bit of cut and shut to recreate 10800
I admit to being a bit of a fan of the earliest British diesels
Particularly those as Mick and Keef would have gone for a “ Paint it Blsck” approach!