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    Default Santa Fe Research

    I will have a number of questions as this thread progresses and I finish my super detailing projects.

    The question I have for now is, when did Santa Fe migrate to nose-mounted headlights from the cab-mounted headlights for their GP60s? I'm modeling #4023.

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    I will have to do that. I was hoping someone might be able to chime in here...

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    I can't find an exact date but I think it was done gradually during the mid eighties.

    Going by the book The Santa Fe Diesel vol2 the GP60's were delivered with nose mounted headlights.

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    Ugh. Thanks Westfalen! I now will have an additional project to relocate the cab mounted headlights to nose mounted.

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    So now I have to find a cab nose for a GP60 with nose headlights and a wratchet-style brake.

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    Would an Atlas N scale Trainman GP15-1 nose fit and replace the nose from a GP60? They seem to have the same screwed in 4'x4' plate on top.

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    I don't know about the GP15-1, but an early Kato SD40-2 nose, with a Details Associates light housing should do the trick. For the plate on top, .005" styrene should do the trick fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    I don't know about the GP15-1, but an early Kato SD40-2 nose, with a Details Associates light housing should do the trick. For the plate on top, .005" styrene should do the trick fine.
    Thanks for the advice, however, that style nose has a wheel for a brake, and not the lever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatrhumpy View Post
    Thanks for the advice, however, that style nose has a wheel for a brake, and not the lever.
    You would be incorrect, the Early SD40-2 (like I said) is a lever. The Mid-Production comes with a wheel. They are very different shells.

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    Gah. You're right. I had the latter. My mistake. I'll buy you an e-beer sometime!

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