Friday, March 18, 2022

Friday Fun - Another Loco Project in Progress

In addition to the DEY-class diesel switchers I'm working on lately, long-time readers know I've also had a J-1 class 2-8-2 on my workbench for years. Literally. In fact, converting this 40 year old Key Imports brass model into New Haven RR #3022 first showed up on my annual goals list way back in January, 2017 (yikes! over 5 yrs ago...).

Other than converting it to DCC, the major change to the model involves converting the tender to a "clear vision" version, just like the prototype did. As you'll see in the videos below, the major part of that work is done (and, actually, has been for a long time). I've also been puttering around on some other detail work - or was, before I started on the Alco switchers.

I'll definitely have more to say - and show - on this locomotive in future posts, especially once it makes its way from the back of the bench to the front. But the switchers have to be done first and in the meantime, I'll content myself with watching this ancient model still running smoothly on straight DC (yes, the "Airline" part of my layout converts from DCC to DC with the flick of a switch. If anybody's interested in learning how, let me know in the comments and I'll do a post on it).

Enjoy - and have a great weekend!


  1. Hmmm... The volume doesn't seem to be working. I turned it up but I still can't hear anything....

    Looks great! Good to see progress!

  2. Are you going to need any 3D printed parts for the J-1?