As I continue my series of equipment portraits, it’s time to focus on the CNR 2-6-0s that were the backbone of the fleet for Port Rowan in 1:64.
This locomotive is the result of a brilliant collaboration between fellow S scale enthusiast Simon Parent and Fred Rouse from The S Scale Locomotive and Supply Company. Simon wanted accurate CNR steam locomotives and in the best tradition of those working in 1:64, he created them. He then worked with Fred to offer these as limited edition kits, so others could enjoy them too. The mogul was Simon’s first locomotive project and it’s beautiful, as I hope these pictures attest.
I commissioned Simon to build this example (and my other 2-6-0s) – it’s something he occasionally does for members and friends of The S Scale Workshop. Simon added 14-wheel pick-up (six drivers + eight wheels on the tender), so it never stalls. He also installed DCC+sound, with two speakers: One in the tender, and the other in the smokebox.
Number 86 – the prototype for this kit – is on display in London, Ontario.
I ordered two moguls from Simon. This is the other one. It’s built from the same kit, but includes several modifications specific to the prototype. Note the different headlight, backup light and coal bunker.
I added brackets to all of my CNR steam locomotives to hold removable classification flags. Mogul 80’s white flags denote it’s running as an extra. This locomotive tended to get a lot of running on the layout, hauling freight to the north shore of Lake Erie.
This is actually the same locomotive as CNR 86 – just in an earlier numbering scheme. When Simon started work on my two moguls (and a third for a friend), he realized he had enough parts to do a fourth. He asked if I would be interested in it. I decided I’d regret not having the third at some point so of course I said yes.
Click on the Portraits category to find all posts in this series. If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with it. Next time, more Niagara electrics…