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    Default Looking for a 1950s-1960s era switcher.

    I think I want to add a switcher to my collection but I'm not having much luck finding what I think I'm looking for.
    I'd like to have something used by Union Pacific in the mid-1950s to mid-1960's. After all my searching to find what might fit I've come up empty. I suspect I don't know enough to recognize it when I see it. Can someone help me out?


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    If you looking for diesels, check out this page: https://utahrails.net/up-diesel-rost...ssic-index.php.

    If that's not what you're looking for, there's a lot more info on utahrails.net to look through.
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    Wow! That's a great list/resource. Thanks

    It looks like I'll have to do some work to find something with the UP paint but at least I have quite a few model options to search for.

    (The first search on 4500 GTEL greeted me with a $1299 locomotive. After I pulled myself back up on my chair I had more promising results for other models - just not UP paint.)

    I'll do some more shopping now that I have the list you furnished. Thanks again.

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    My guess would be an NW2 or an SW9, both should work fairly well.
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Or an Atlas Alco S2
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    Maybe look through Spookshow's site to see what is available in a switcher first. Then narrow down. Almost every locomotive has a high chance of coming in UP paint. (Fair to say?)

    http://www.spookshow.net/locolist.ph...&Submit=Submit - diesels page

    or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...W/NW/SC/NC/MP)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    http://www.spookshow.net/locolist.ph...&Submit=Submit - diesels page
    Another great reference site. Thanks!

    And thanks to Intermodalman and mosslake (There's a Moss Lake near me. Well, um, if your definition of "lake" is generous anyway.)

    Looks like it will take some perseverance to find something UP, especially a DC model. But at least I have an idea of what I'm looking for. I appreciate the help.

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    Your biggest challenge may be finding one in DC. There are DCC ones available now, for example, this SW7 from BLI:

    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/broa...lling-thunder/

    However, I understand the frustration of not wanting to pay for the decoder when you don't plan to use it. I also haven't checked the reviews of that locomotive on spookshow's site, which I always do before buying a locomotive.

    You may already know this, but pretty much everything in N scale is produced in limited runs. Something will be widely available in hobby shops until it runs out, and then it may be years before the manufacturer does another run. However, I've had good luck with second hand stuff on eBay. Others will tell you to stay away from that, and there are bad experiences out there, but for me it's been a good option for those things that just aren't available new. Same idea with train shows and other online market places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestTx View Post
    I think I want to add a switcher to my collection but I'm not having much luck finding what I think I'm looking for.
    I'd like to have something used by Union Pacific in the mid-1950s to mid-1960's. After all my searching to find what might fit I've come up empty. I suspect I don't know enough to recognize it when I see it. Can someone help me out?


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    The Atlas S-2 comes in UP colors (UP had them); the paint scheme might be 1960s-ish.

    Look on eBay for older Like-Like SW1200s. They are DC (pain to convert to DCC), nicely done and typically smooth runners.

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    Do you want a switcher, or a switcher?

    https://utahrails.net/up-diesel-rost...ssic-index.php

    Remember most roads went diesel around 1945-1947 post-war. So in the 1950's all engines would be new-ish. The roster in the 1950's was dominated by GP-7's and GP-9's, and at that point the "general purpose" was the truth. One might be used for switching, a group of 4 for a main line train. So depending on what you mean by switching, a single GP-7/9 might be appropriate.

    The roster also shows UP had a lot of NW2's, starting in 1939. S-2's and S-4's came a bit later, but eventually in quantity as well.

    Plenty of E's and F's running around in that era as well, but unlikely many were used for switching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    Plenty of E's and F's running around in that era as well, but unlikely many were used for switching.
    Make that none in that era. That came later, for example with the Haysi Railroad using an old Clinchfield F7 B unit as a mine tipple switcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    Do you want a switcher, or a switcher?
    Well, now we get to my problem. I don't know a switcher from a switcher. 6 out of 10 times I can tell the difference between a steam engine and a non-steam engine and that's pretty much the extent of my railroad knowledge. But I'm learning thanks to the help here.

    I am willing to roll the dice on eBay if something looks good but are there any other sites dedicated to buying/selling used model trains I should also consider?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    You may already know this, but pretty much everything in N scale is produced in limited runs. Something will be widely available in hobby shops until it runs out, and then it may be years before the manufacturer does another run.
    I did not know that - hadn't even really thought about it, so that's good to know. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestTx View Post
    I don't know a switcher from a switcher. 6 out of 10 times I can tell the difference between a steam engine and a non-steam engine and that's pretty much the extent of my railroad knowledge.
    Run an Internet search for "locomotive switcher" and "locomotive road switcher." You'll get your "eddycation."

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