This loco was built by my friend Bob Frascella in 2013. Bob is modeling the Elmira branch. The PRR was ordering diesel locomotives purpose built with the equipment options almost to the point of pulling a particular train. 8551 worked various areas including Chicago, Indiana and on the Elmira Branch in New York.
Bob is an amazing modeler mostly working with plastic and urethane. Seeing this project was the inspiration for me to start my PRR GP7 8553 I relied heavily on 8551 for my detailing.
Bob used many different parts. The loco started as an American Models GP9. A Des Plaines Hobbies GP7 kit is the gray long and short hood. Various BTS brass parts including the torpedo tanks, handrail and antenna stanchions were used.
These are some of Bobís construction photos.
As I completed my 8553 I never thought 8551 would ever be for sale. Bobís interests shifted from the PRR in 1955 to the D&H in 1977, so 8851 became available for sale. I knew both GP7 would look great together even though they likely never ran in the same region at the same time. I got 8551 on 7-13-17.
The loco is not quite as GREEN as shown, but as in the prototype
you can see the difference between black and Brunswick Green.
Here are 2 of the same locomotives built by 2 people with
completely different materials. Still they look GREAT together.
I like very bright headlights. They both plant a spotlight on the adjacent car.
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