MODELING: Eye Candy and New Things

I received some images of a recent model completed by Kelley Morris.  He is a commercial model maker who does projects for himself from time to time.  The photos are of NJ Custom Brass Alco S-1 switcher.  The model started out in Jay Criswell’s shop for conversion to P48 and a new super drive that includes Right O’Way ball bearing gear boxes and precision low current motor.

At that point Kelley did his magic.  The upgrades consisted of a removable cab roof, complete cab interior, completed underframe details and upgrades to the Blunt trucks.


The cab details included real wood floorboards, lighted control stand, brake stand, interior wall lining, door latches, and windshield wiper complete with motor.

Tacoma Belt is a real railroad that is city-owned to service local industry and the port area.  They did own an Alco S-1 that was acquired in 1968.

The paint scheme required three maskings to create the paint lines for the two-color scheme.

Speaking of the Pacific Northwest, the latest issue of the Model Railroader features a story about Mike O’Connell’s massive multi-level Proto48 railroad.


Right O’Way is working on new frogs for O scale and Proto48.   The are #10 for those who want the look of big time railroading.   The designs were done by Rick Leach using 3D CAD.  Terry Van Winkle processed the design files and printed them for casting at Valley Brass & Bronze.

This #10 frog is designed to look liike a spring frog.  It isn’t spring loaded like the prototype but has all the complexity of the real thing.

The second is convention rail-bound #10 frog this casting is for a conventional O scale flangeways.  I believe there is a P48 in the works.

As Bugs Bunny once said: “That’s All Folks”


5 thoughts on “MODELING: Eye Candy and New Things

  1. Wow! Lot’s of cool stuff. The S1 is incredible. Especially like those trucks.

    Thanks Jay for continuing to make cool stuff.

    I’ll point out that Mike O’Connell’s layout is also open next weekend (Sept 1-3) as part of the Northwest Narrow Gauge Convention layout tour.

  2. Wow. I could sure have used 3D printing when I introduced P48 track castings in the late 1980s when I owned High Sierra Models. It makes beautiful parts look easy.

    • Jim
      It would have been great to have the quality of today’s printers back then. It has taken twenty years to mature and perfect the technology.
      Jimmy Booth has printed #8 switch blocks complete with plates and dummy spike heads. It took about eight hours to do one on a CD $3000 printer.

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