Back in the day… way back… I modelled the CP Rail in HO scale, and I painted up a set of diesels in the railway’s eye-catching Action Red paint scheme. Here, they’re posed on the layout built by my friend Michel Boucher:
What’s significant about this is I believe these diesels were the subject of my first-ever article for the professional hobby press. They were the lead feature in the Paint Shop column in the August, 1998 issue of Model Railroader.
The units are a GP7 and GP9 – both Atlas models – bracketing an F7B built from a Highliner shell riding on a Stewart mechanism. I made various cosmetic changes and upgrades, then finished them with Accu-Paint CP Action Red and Microscale CP Rail decals.
In the time between painting these and when the article was released, I switched focus to the Boston & Maine Claremont Branch and sold this set of locomotives to Michel. He subsequently switched prototypes – from a freelanced railway in southern Ontario to the Delaware & Hudson’s Adirondack Branch – and sold these locomotives on to someone else…