BNSF ES44DC Variances

Not all ES44DC are created equal!

This is a guide to help place the variances in BNSF's ES44DC fleet.  Note, this guide only applies to the DC version, not the AC version.

BNSF's ES44DC model fleet has just about as many changes as their Dash 9 fleet.

  • 7200-7339: New Image paint. "Mid-height" rear head light mounted horizontally, low sand filler, no grabs below sand filler on rear of long hood. Front low nose door has been moved to the engineer's side. No grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, however have two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line, cooling grid is raised.
  • 7395-7504: New Image paint. "Mid-height" rear head light mounted horizontally, low sand filler, no grabs below sand filler on rear of long hood. No grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, however have two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line, cooling grid is raised.
  • 7505-7527: New Image paint. "Low" rear hear light mounted vertically, high sand filler accessed from roof, or a trio of grab irons mounted to the rear of the long hood.  No grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, however have two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Raised fan box between exhaust & cooling grid.
  • 7528-7604: New Image paint. "High" rear headlight, mounted vertically, low sand filler, no grabs below sand filler on rear of long hood.  No grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, however have two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Raised fan box between exhaust & cooling grid, cooling grid is raised.
  • 7605-7649, 7701, 7744-7799: New Image paint. "Low" rear hear light mounted vertically, high sand filler accessed from roof, or a trio of grab irons mounted to the rear of the long hood.  Grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, and two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line.
  • 7650-7686, 7688-7694, 7696-7700, 7702-7743: Heritage II paint. "Low" rear hear light mounted vertically, high sand filler accessed from roof, or a trio of grab irons mounted to the rear of the long hood.  Grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, and two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line.
  • 7687: Experimental New Image paint (smaller nose logo). "Low" rear hear light mounted vertically, high sand filler accessed from roof, or a trio of grab irons mounted to the rear of the long hood.  Grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, and two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line.
  • 7695: Experimental New Image paint (yellow logo). "Low" rear hear light mounted vertically, high sand filler accessed from roof, or a trio of grab irons mounted to the rear of the long hood.  Grab irons on last engine compartment door on conductor's side of long hood, and two grabs for roof top access immediately behind conductor's side of the cab.  Fan box between exhaust & cooling grid is level with roof line.

Eastern Car Works G26 gondola Prototypes

Back in Volume 1 Issue's 2-4 (August, September, October 2010) of the Model Railroad Tips Newsletter, we explored the Eastern Car Works G26 gondola, with bulgy sides, in Conrail paint. Starting soon, we'll work on a set of Eastern Car Works 65' AAR 70 Ton mill gondola's, in Denver & Rio Grande Western paint.

We'll begin this series with a look at the railroads that rostered the 65' AAR 70 Ton mill gondola. This list is compiled from the instruction sheet for the kit.

ATSF 170850-170974
CBQ 197700-197798
CN 155000-155199
CNW 132001-132099
CS 21000-21009
DRGW 30000-30169
GN 79000-79049
LN 26000-26224
MILW 93500-93619
NYC 726000-726299
RDG 31200-31699
SOU 52000-52169

Union Pacific Excursion Cars

A roster of UP's current excursion car fleet

This roster was copied (with permission) from the UP Modelers group on yahoo, and was originally posted by David W.

Thanks for David W. we have a very nice, complete, current service roster of UP's excursion car fleet. The cars follow, listed by style.

 

Phases of Union Pacific AC4400/C44AC-CTEs.

 

 

A side by side guide to UP AC4400's and C44AC-CTE's.

 

 

Telling the difference between UP AC4400's (AC4400CW), from SP, CNW & UP, plus UP C44AC-CTE's (AC4400CW-CTE), in short.

 

 

Again, in the quest to find myself a UP unit to model, this time a AC4400CW, I've started mapping out the differences and "phases" of UP AC4400CW's and C44AC-CTE's. This list may be incomplete, please excuse me if something is missing or wrong. [Ed. Current to 2008] I hope to get some input to make the list way more specific.

I picked up an Athearn HO AC4400 with three dynamic brake vents so I now need to find one with 3 on UP's roster. I chose UP 6717
because I like the winged shield on it. I plan to model at least 2 more of these units, one of the 3 UP delivered, and one in C&NW paint.

PS 2600 ft3 Covered Hopper Roster

Compiled by Carl J. Marsico from Jim Eager post on MFCL.
Edited Dec 9th 2009 by Josh Baakko for ease of reading.