c&o light pacific w/vanderbilt tender conversion

The Chesapeake & Ohio rostered a wide variety of classic steam power: fast-freight VanSwerigen Berks and heavy-duty 4-8-4s, massive articulated coal-hauling beasts from 2-6-6-2 Mallets to the monstrous 2-6-6-6 Alleghany, and heavy 4-6-2 Pacifics that handled passenger service. However, when looking into their passenger locomotives (after buying a complete set of the new Atlas 60' heavyweight C&O passenger cars), I discovered a unique smaller class of USRA Light Pacifics. Obtained from the Fredricksburg, Richmond & Potomac, these lighter-duty locomotives were equipped with Vanderbilt tenders and provided passenger motive power over much of the C&O system. 

 

Once I found proof of a Light Pacific in C&O livery, I turned my focus toward suitable 1:160 replicas. Luckily, I found a sound-equipped USRA Pacific from Model Power/MRC in Baltimore & Ohio markings. A trip to the MicroScale site yielded a set of C&O steam engine decals and after removing the old B&O lettering I was able to reproduce a reasonable facsimile. Photos provided on the right hand side of this page show the process and the end result.

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The prototype image below is courtesy of the Mark Miller collection, as posted and borrowed from a C&O steam engine web site.

Model Power Pacific: DCC & sound-equipped in B&O livery

Tender stripped: Micro-Scale C&O steam engine decals ready

Model Power Pacific: DCC & sound-equipped in C&O livery

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