I would like to share some photos of one of my most favourite locomotives in my collection, back in 2003 when I first got into 9v trains I would look through the back catalogue of 9v sets and always had one favourite the iconic Crocodile 4551. In 1992 when I was helping my uncle on my grandparents farm I went to the local toy store and saw a 4551 sitting on the shelves at a price of $90.00 AUD, I looked at it and thought that looks cool, at the time I was modelling OO Gauge Model Railways and could not justify buying it. Wind the clock 11 years into the future and here I was kicking myself that I didn't buy it back then especially when the MISB price was $450.00 US.
Then in 2006 the IR Freight train was released and even better the cab front and other pieces were in green I thought immediately this was my opportunity to finally have a Crocodile of my own, but when I bought the set instead of building a copy of 4551 I thought I will do my own take of one of these beauties, the locomotive was inspired by the RhB Ge 6/6, SBB Be 6/8 and the OBB 1189 classes of locomotives. This locomotive has had a number of progressive rebuilds over the years as better/new parts become available or ideas of how to improve it's looks and finally after 6 years I can happily say that she is completed.
Edited by Steinkopf, 24 February 2012 - 07:03 AM.