Now we are five

The fleet is in! Clockwise from left: 8, 20, 21, 19, 15.

Today I finished up two more freight motors for my S scale version of the Niagara St. Catharines and Toronto Railway: GE steeple cab Number 20 and Number 21 – a Baldwin-Westinghouse clone. They join the three sisters – NS&T 8, 15, and 19 – in the car barn yard on Welland Avenue in St. Catharines.

Like the three sisters, Number 20 was built from brass photo etchings produced several years ago by William Flatt. I added parts from William, as well as Precision Scale Co, BTS, River Raisin, and other S scale sources.

Number 21 is the outlier in the above photo. It started as a built-up but unpainted Baldwin Westinghouse Class D brass kit from Model Railroad Warehouse for a Lake Erie & Northern (CP Electric Lines) freight motor. I bought this from a friend and after debating what to do with it, finally took the plunge and extensively re-detailed it, using many of the same sources of parts.

I’m very happy with how these turned out.


I still have two more motors that I would like to build. I have etchings and parts for NS&T Number 17 – an ex-Ontario Hydro steeple cab that was part of the fleet used to build the Queenston Power Canal. I also have all the parts to build NS&T Number 18 – a Baldwin Westinghouse Class B freight motor.

(That said, I don’t have the MRRW Class B kit: I have an unbuilt Class D. I would dearly love to find an S scale MRRW kit for the smaller Class B so I can model NS&T Number 18 correctly. If you have one that you don’t really need, let’s talk! I would be happy to purchase it – or trade the Class D kit, new in the bag.)

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

8 thoughts on “Now we are five

  1. I’m reluctant to part with my MRRW Redball Class B kit, with which I intend to model the Monongahela Valley Traction No. 3000. The prototype now lives in the PA Trolley Museum. Nearly all etched parts are folded and waiting for me to man-up.
    You give me food for thought, and I’ll consider the greater good.

    Meanwhile, I sold a second kit, still flat, last spring at the S Spree to someone I feel unlikely to build it. He may also be unlikely to sell it, being somewhat of a hoarder, if I were to guess. I’ll contact him and see what he says. I sold cheap, but have no idea what he’d want.

    Regards,
    Eric Hopkins
    Morgantown, WV
    USA

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    1. Thanks Eric! That would be awesome. As I note, I have all the parts – including power trucks. Just looking for the body. If your buyer is u likely to build it, maybe he’s like to put the money towards something he WILL build.
      I appreciate you checking for me.
      Cheers!

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  2. They look great, Trevor. Number 18 is close to my heart as after it’s days in Niagara with Hydro it spent some time as T&Y#2. After which it found its way back to the Peninsula. Jim’s right it is starting to look like a layout! I noticed something that I too have been contemplating, that would be the slide plates on your switches. Where did you source them? Any chance you could share a picture of a completed switch that shows how you handled the whole switch? Yup……starting to look like a layout. Daniel.

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  3. I notice the tie plates that the points slide on are modelled on the switch I can see clearly in the lower tight corner. Are they plastic or resin castings?

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