Equipment Portraits :: 3

I’m continuing my series of equipment portraits with a look at the S scale freight motors I’ve built for the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway, a CNR electric line that once served the city where I grew up.

Let’s start with the models I call “The Three Sisters”…

I’ve included more details about each model below, but I built each of these from the same starting point: A set of brass photo etches for the body an frame from the original “NS&T in 1:64” modeller, William Flatt.

William also supplied a number of white metal castings – including his 8′ wheelbase Alco-Allen truck side frames – and the trolley pole. I added scratch-built air tanks plus details from a number of suppliers – including BTSRR, Precision Scale Co., and Q Car Company. I like how these three units express a family appearance while exhibiting unique details.

I’m not sure when the CNR Tilted Wafer paint scheme was first applied to these units, but it features in most 1950s-era photos and lasted until sometime in 1959.

Each model rides on a pair of Northwest Short Line Stanton Drive power trucks, controlled via an ESU LokSound V5 decoder enhanced with a PowerPack module and loaded with a customized sound package.


NS&T 8

This freight motor – the second to carry the number 8 on the NS&T – was a 44-ton unit built by the railway in its own shops in the early 1920s. Unlike its sisters, this one retained its tube pilot, earlier-style handrails, and globe style marker lamps until it was scrapped in 1960.


NS&T 15

This NS&T built this freight motor in 1925. It’s listed as a 50-ton unit, although it follows the same general pattern as the lighter Number 8 (above). At some point its handrails were modified, and its tube pilots were replaced with sheet metal. Construction was simlar to Number 8 although William had mostly assembled the body etches when I purchased this one, which gave me a terrific head start on building an NS&T fleet.


NS&T 19

The NS&T built three freight motors to a similar design. The railway built Number 19 in 1925. Originally numbered 16, it was transferred within the year to the Montreal & Southern Counties Railway – a CNR electric operation in Quebec – where it ran as number 325. It returned to the NS&T in 1936, where it became number 19 and was scrapped in 1960. As with 15, William had assembled the body etches when I purchased it from him.


These were the first three freight motors I built. They proved to me that I could solder together a fleet of motive power for the NS&T – the first step towards determining whether I can model this railway in 1:64.

I’ll share portraits of more NS&T freight motors in a future post. As I add to this series, I’m collecting all of these posts under the Portraits Category to make it easy to find them. Enjoy if you browse.

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.

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