Equipment Portraits :: 9

Here’s the ninth in a series of posts featuring photos of equipment in my collection. This time, a look at more equipment used on my Port Rowan in 1:64, starting with the models that convinced me to give S scale a try.

CNR 1532

This model and CNR 1560 (below) are the two models that encouraged me to try S scale in the first place – and, eventually, to model the Port Rowan branch. These two CNR 10-wheelers were designed and built by my friend Simon Parent in collaboration with Fred Rouse at The S Scale Locomotive and Supply Company. Simon and Fred offered these as kits, and Simon built some of his kits for his friends. I would not have modelled the Port Rowan branch – or, indeed, have considered working in S scale – without Simon’s locomotives.

CNR 1560

Since these two 10-wheelers (and Simon’s moguls, previously profiled in this series) started as kits, Simon was able to modify the models as he built them to represent specific prototypes. We worked together to find adequate photos of real locomotives from which he could work, and picked 1532 and 1560 for two reasons. First, they’re both well documented in photographs. Second, they have different details – notably (but not limited to) a different coal bunker on the tender and a different location for the rear light. It’s a testament to Simon’s abilities that these steam locomotives run better than many diesels I’ve owned – in any scale.

CNR 15815

At one time, the CNR had an extensive fleet of self-propelled equipment – profiled in an excellent book dedicated to the subject called Self Propelled Cars of the CNR, written by Anthony Clegg and published by Railfare DC Books. I really enjoyed creating this model, even though it’s not prototypically correct for the CNR. It started as a brass import of a Northern Pacific prototype, produced by Samhongsa in 1989 for “S”cenery Unlimited. I acquired my model in October, 2014 from the estate of Oliver Clubine – one of the great gentlemen in S scale and in the hobby. I added DCC, sound, an LED headlight, window shades, and then painted and finished it with real glass in the windows. It’s a reliable runner that became my go-to model to take to shows where the S Scale Workshop was exhibiting, as it can run as a one-car train.

Stay tuned for future posts about my S scale locomotives and rolling stock. Meantime, see the Portraits Category to find all posts in this series. If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with it.

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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