Saturday, February 22, 2014

A 1940's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad Alco model R S 1 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive running light.

You never know when a good bargain at a local hobby store will come along during one of your visits.

I recently purchased this used Atlas model of a Gulf, Mobie & Ohio Railroad Alco model RS 1 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive at Chicagoland Hobby, 6017 Northwest Highway in Chicago Illinois for the bargain price of $ 40.00.

Aside from the fact that it isn't DCC equipped (Just yet), I need to replace those ancient and inefficient plastic "Horn Hook" couplers from decades ago with Kadees, and the locomotive itself runs great.

This engine is a good choice for Me, as I sometimes operate early 1972 merger era locomotives and equipment from the former Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

The ICG was created from the August 10th. 1972 merger of the former Illinois Central, and the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroads.

Former G,M & O locomotives like this one, were a common site on everyday ICG trains for the first 5 years of operation, until retired from the roster. They either rolled around in the original color scheme like my model shown here, or were eventually repainted in to the ICG's orange and white color scheme.

Eddie K.

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