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Trapped in someone else's frame? BREAK OUT!
I'm Randy Gordon-Gilmore, and ProtoTrains is a very part-time business to make kits of the 1930's streamliner passenger trains in N scale. The "Proto" in ProtoTrains denotes two things-- the prototype, or pioneering, nature of the trains, and my desire to be as prototypically accurate as possible ("fanatical" is a term that has been used ) in modeling the trains. The main focus of ProtoTrains will be the Burlington Route's shovelnose Zephyr trains.
January 2011 - ProtoTrains is up and running. Buy a poster!
|The Renascence poster, a longtime dream of mine to print, is produced and for sale! This poster is a full-size reproduction of the Burlington Route's 1935 calendar top painting of the Pioneer Zephyr.|
|ProtoTrains started with my collaboration with Dick Billings of Fine N-Scale Products to develop the very popular and successful Pioneer Zephyr kit, which we introduced at the 1996 Long Beach convention. With the release and popularity of the Con-Cor ready-to-run PZ, FNS has discontinued the PZ kit.|
|A long-term (and extremely delayed) project I'm working on is a similar kit of the Boston & Maine/ Maine Central Flying Yankee, a very similar train to the PZ which ran in New England from the mid-1930's to the 1950's. I'm really going to try to have the model ready by the time the prototype is back in operation!|
The General Pershing Zephyr, was a four-car non-articulated train pulled by the last
Burlington shovelnose, #9908 Silver Charger, which still exists in
the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis.
Kato ran the prewar corrugated Budd cars a few years ago, of which the coach and obs are based on the GPZ design. As of 2012 they are running the cars again as part of their E5 sets.
I have started 3D modeling 9908's body shell, to be "printed" in Frosted Ultra Detail material by Shapeways, to be mounted on a modified E-unit chassis.
OK, I couldn't help myself and started on the model for the A units Pegasus, Zephyrus (for the second Twin
Zephyrs), Silver King and Silver Knight (for the first Denver Zephyrs). The B units
Silver Queen and Silver Princess will be simple modifications. These models are in a very early stage also.
They will possibly have a custom split-frame chassis on which to mount Life-Like FA mechanicals.
I have rebooted the Aeolus project, starting with modeling the loco shell in 3D.
The shell (and upcoming tender shell) will likely need to be customized for a particular 4-6-4 mechanism.
This is a 300dpi, 7.5MB PDF containing Raleigh publications AD4935 (Instructions) and AD5031 (Spoke Chart). The booklet and chart are undated, but from the document numbers I surmise that they might be from 1949 and 1950, respectively. I cleaned up the pages somewhat after scanning, but kept a high resolution to maintain the "look and feel" of the booklet--and the wonderful cover illustration of Sturmey-Archer hubs being built into wheels!
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