Maine Central, Lamoille Valley

Maine Central, Lamoille Valley
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Front End Friday #2

Maine Central GP38 #261 sits in St. Johnsbury yard. This stock Atlas model released in 2001sports the original as-delivered paint scheme.  I applied some additional details, including a horn that is close, but not an exact match, a firecracker antenna, side mounted bell, and an MU hose on the receptacles. It is also lightly weathered and has KD #158 couplers. It sports an older Soundtraxx sound decoder, and it prime for an upgrade to Loksound and iPhone speaker. Like most every Atlas unit, it continues to run and look great.

MEC 261 in original scheme. In late 1970s the Maine Central started a rebuild and repaint program. The nose herald was changed to a simple round pine tree logo, an quick and easy spotting difference. The number boards were usually switched to black numbers on a white background at this time. It also got a new air filter, changing the look of the roof right behind the cab. Atlas released versions with this difference, in the appropriate paint scheme, in 2004. 


DandHColonieMain said...

That is a great picture. I really like the way you have painted and ballasted the track. Well done!

Chris Bellows said...

Not to critique too much, but the 261 had an unique yellow front pilot during this era. I still need to repaint the pilot and add similar details to my 261. Maybe this post will get me to fire up the airbrush this week!

Mike McNamara said...

Chris, thanks for the tip - I'll need to check out some pictures of 261 to see what you are referring to. Solid yellow, like the 564 and others had at certain times? Would be an interesting feature to change on this locomotive.