This is Eddie K, Your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
Some long overdue "Good News" for my fellow H.O Scale model railroaders and fans of the
former Illinois Central Railroad, will be coming next month to a hobby store near you.
Being released in February of 2014 in H.O Scale by the popular Intermountain Railway Company,
are several DCC and DCC Sound equipped H.O Scale models of the Illinois Central Railroad's
1970's era EMD GP 9 rebuilt locomotives known as GP 10 light roadswitchers.
When the Illinois Central Railroad's 1950's era EMD GP 9 hood unit diesel electric roadswitcher
locomotives were beginning to show their age physically and mechanically by the early 1970's,
the Illinois Central and 1972 successor company Illinois Central Gulf, rebuilt these locomotives at their Paducah Kentucky railroad shops, and re classified them as EMD GP 10 rebuild locomotives.
Just like the success that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe experienced with their 1970's era EMD F 3 and F 7 cab unit rebuilds in to utilitarian and inexpensive CF 7 light roadswitchers...the ICG GP 10's had served the railroad well for several more years, and could be seen all over the greater Chicagoland area.
After the re organized Illinois Central and successor Canadian National discontinued using them in recent years, several were sold to shortline railroads. One is preserved and operating at the Monticello Railroad Museum in downstate Illinois, and one is on display near the Homewood Illinois Metra / Amtrak railroad station with a caboose coupled on.
I lived approximately one mile north of the former Illinois Central Iowa Division Mainline back in my old near southwest side Chicago neighborhood, and I used to see these locomotives almost daily during the 1970's and 8o's era.
Heck! I just may go and order one of these.