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Date: 07/27/20 07:17
CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

Back in the early 2000`s and a few years before Atlas announced their version of the GE C40-8W, I planned ahead for the the future
​and bought 12 Railpower kits to model a fleet of CSX GE`s. They were the only game in town at the time and despite their lack of detail
they provided a great start for some custom modeling. Railpower would eventually stop producing their line of body shells and kits. A-LINE
PPW would later grab everything that was left. The Railpower C40-8W underframe was designed to be powered with Athearn blue box C trucks
and motors. I found blue box powered SDP40`s dirt cheap and used them for the powered trucks. Train Station Products came out with a GE
GSC dash 8 sideframe kit to fit the Athearn C truck and after being assembled really looked great. The fuel tanks on the Railpower underframe
were pitted so I laminated .010 styrene strips around the outside of the fuel tanks, filled the seams with thick CA and sanded smooth. I also powered
my units with KATO motors and flywheels mounted in homemade styrene motor mounts. The cintered Athearn wheels were replaced with axles with
42 inch nickel silver wheels from Athearn rtr SD60`s. The worm gears and hex head universal drive shafts from the SD60`s were a perfect fit and length.
The front windows on the Railpower bodies were the incorrect size and looked out of place so I replaced the entire cabs with blue box C44-9W cabs.
American Model Builders came out with a laser cut flush mounting window kit for the Athearn cabs. I sprayed the inside of the side cab windows with
acrylic gloss black paint to tint them. Front anticlimbers and better looking air tanks from the Athearn GE bodies were also used.  Smokey Valley released
handrail sets with brass stanchions and wire to fit the Railpower shell. I replaced the brass wire with .015 brass wire bent in jigs made out of Evergreen
styrene and soldered to the stachions. Details West came out with many GE detail parts which were used along with parts from Details Associates,
Cal Scale etc. A few of the air conditioning units were also modified. Grab irons and handbrake chain hangers were also bent out of brass wire.
I used TCS motherboards and WOW 121 sound decoders. The Keep Alive  caps were removed from the motherboards. All of my turnouts on the layout
are jumpered and have feeders on them and I really have no dead spots. I have seen some funny things happen on a few decoders with Keep Alive when
the track is powered down and the caps are discharging but I`ll stay away from that for now. Surface mount sunny white LED`s from Richmond Controls
were used for the headlights and ditchlights .All 12 of these units were painted with Polyscale acrylic and decaled with mostly Microscale sets.
CSX CW40-8`s were deliverd in 6 orders starting in 1991
7650 - 7735 (86) April thru August 1991 
7736 - 7758 (23) November 1991
7759 - 7817 (59) June thru August 1992
7818 - 7845 (28) 4th quarter 1992
7846 - 7898 (53) January thru April 1993
One final order came later for 19 units 7899 - 7917 in April 1993
Then on June 1, 1999 CSX got another 97 from the Conrail split up
7300 - 7396 and they also got 12 ex LMS C40-8W`s 7918 - 7929
ex LMS 700 - 711 for a total of 377 units.
CSX`s CW44-9`s 9000 - 9052 were also built on CW40-8 frames with CW40-8 carbodies. The major difference was they had later style "split" radiator grills.
I never thought I`d hear myself say "I miss `em" but now in 2020 "I  miss `em"

Happy Modeling,
Tom

photo #1 and  #2 ex Conrails 6063 and 6116 with "bug eyed" class lights
                            CSXT 7305 with a "yellow nose 2" air conditioner and
                            CSXT 7325  in "dark future" paint
                            




 



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/27/20 15:30 by globalethanol.






Date: 07/27/20 07:20
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photos #3 and #4: CSXT #7372 ex CRQ #6227
                              CSXT #7680 from first order
                              
 






Date: 07/27/20 07:23
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photos #5 and #6 CSXT 7720 from first order. Not many had white roofs in yellow nose 2 paint
                             CSXT 7743 from second order

 






Date: 07/27/20 07:25
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photos #7 and #8  CSXT #7775 from third order
                              CSXT #7831 from fourth order






Date: 07/27/20 07:27
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photos #9 and #10  CSXT #7894 from the fifth order
                                CSXT #7924 ex LMS #706 with split radiator grills



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Date: 07/27/20 07:30
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photos #11 and #12  CW44-9W #9000 a yellow nose 2 repaint
                                  CW44-9W #9051 fresh dark future repaint
                                  split radiator grills






Date: 07/27/20 07:37
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

photo #11  chassis with C trucks , Kato motor and TCS sound




Date: 07/27/20 08:33
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: SPJoe

Very nice work! 
Joe



Date: 07/27/20 08:47
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: unit

That is some serious modeling work you did there. Making great looking models out of the rough plastic parts shells is not a task for the weak!

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Date: 07/27/20 11:00
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: tunnel88

Very nice work as noted and hard to believe the Dash 8 widecabs are pushing 30 years old now, time never stops!

Have you posted any photos of your layout out of curiosity, it looks to be done quite well.

-Benjamin



Date: 07/27/20 11:09
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: rnb3

Great job! I love seeing "old school" work put into building models! You have earned my respect!

Rick Bacon
Windsor, CO



Date: 07/27/20 11:14
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: SOU3921

Great work! Very nice job representing the phase differences.   Who would have ever thought, you'd miss YN2 Dash8s, in real life?
Cooper



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Date: 07/27/20 12:27
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: gandydancer4

Beauitful work!! THANKS for explaining how you did all this. INCREDIBLE to say the least.  ×   



Date: 07/27/20 12:35
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

Thanks for the replies. With the weight of that solid RP fuel tank and some extra added in the front
and back, these have some big-time tug. The TCS motor control is great.

tom



Date: 07/27/20 12:44
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: ghemr

 Very nice workmanship on that fleet.



Date: 07/27/20 14:19
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: bnsftall

You are a literal craftsman. Amazing stuff (as usual). 
Show us more of that layout as well!

dt



Date: 07/27/20 14:50
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: atsf121

Amazing work! Still need a Santa Fe Dash 8 for my fleet, but I think I’m going to “cheat”. Your detail work, especially the replaced AC unit with a different paint scheme, is fantastic.

Nathan

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Date: 07/27/20 14:54
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

you should be able to find a warbonnet with an orange air conditioner on it

atsf121 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Amazing work! Still need a Santa Fe Dash 8 for my
> fleet, but I think I’m going to “cheat”.
> Your detail work, especially the replaced AC unit
> with a different paint scheme, is fantastic.
>
> Nathan
>
> Posted from iPhone



Date: 07/27/20 15:17
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: globalethanol

New CSX GE`s at work. May `91

tom

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Date: 07/27/20 16:40
Re: CSX CW40-8`s From Old Railpower Kits
Author: perklocal

You really hit it out of the park again Tom !. Quite a body of work. That video is over the top as well. I always got a chuckle out of seeing more Conrail Hi-Cubes on 396 than you could see all day on the Middle Division of CR. That Helper Set is outrageous !



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