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Murdoch17

ALCO diesel FA + FB set - real life MOC

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MODS: the last topic i made on this train was long ago (2013) I thought that making a new one instead of resurrecting an old one and updating it would be better... though I could be wrong. if so, I am sorry for any trouble I have caused!

The locomotive is a American Locomotive Company (ALCO for short) diesel two unit semi-permanently coupled set, with both engines assigned the same number. The front unit where the engineer sits is called a Cab (or A) unit, while the trailing unit is called a Booster (or B) unit, though they can be used in more groups than just two, like a an A-B-B-A set as used on the real life Santa Fe Super Chief, among many other trains. This feature was not unique to the ALCO family, as Baldwin, EMD, and many smaller makers such as Fairbanks - Morse did so too. However, sometimes different companies' types were difficult (or impossible) to connect together because of placement of Multiple Unit control hoses / ports. (Like a ALCO A unit leading a Baldwin B unit, a Fairbanks Morse B Unit and a EMD A unit at the rear... though it would be something to see!)

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This model was inspired by Valgarise and his model called "Invencible". It looked like an nice big ALCO model (and in the right colors for my railroad too!) so I built it and a booster unit sometime in early 2014 / late 2013, but i finally got around to taking decent pictures of it today!

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The rear of the model features the older 9v era magnets, as this loco and it's corresponding train have not been updated in some time though it's on my to-do list.

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The front of the loco features a single headlight and no magnet for coupling trains to the head of the engine. Their is a cool looking red stripe though!

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The nose of the engine as designed Flickr user Valgarise was lacking number boards, so I added some. Here you can see how I attached the nose to the rest of the loco.

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Here is my original inspiration by Valgarise. More awesome pictures are available in his photo stream here: https://www.flickr.c...157627755617169

Their is no LDD file for this engine at the moment, though one could be uploaded eventually.

If you have any questions, complaints, or suggestions, feel free to leave it below as any feedback would be welcome!

EDIT: LDD File available here: http://www.moc-pages...1472244392m.lxf

Edited by Murdoch17

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The nose of your model seems to be a bit longer than the model Valgarise made which is a good thing, ALCO's with long noses are a lot more recognizable.

Looking at the photos of a PA locomotive online the headlight up front is encased in a squarish box. Capturing this feature on the model will further help differentiate it as an ALCO PA and help it not seem like an EMD F series unit. You might want to eliminate a radiator or two on the roof since most photos of PA's I find online suggest they only have one 'disc' radiator thingy on the roof. (For example this N-Scale model: http://www.katousa.com/N/PA/176-4107.JPG )

I am impressed by the joining of the red and black slopes in the nose, it is a very convincing effect. By keeping it in 6-wide size to it definitely looks a lot like an official Lego product and makes me really wish Lego would produce sets that looked like this more often. I am really liking the way it comes together overall.

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The nose of your model seems to be a bit longer than the model Valgarise made which is a good thing, ALCO's with long noses are a lot more recognizable.

Looking at the photos of a PA locomotive online the headlight up front is encased in a squarish box. Capturing this feature on the model will further help differentiate it as an ALCO PA and help it not seem like an EMD F series unit. You might want to eliminate a radiator or two on the roof since most photos of PA's I find online suggest they only have one 'disc' radiator thingy on the roof. (For example this N-Scale model: http://www.katousa.c...PA/176-4107.JPG )

I am impressed by the joining of the red and black slopes in the nose, it is a very convincing effect. By keeping it in 6-wide size to it definitely looks a lot like an official Lego product and makes me really wish Lego would produce sets that looked like this more often. I am really liking the way it comes together overall.

Thanks for you suggestions, xboxtravis7992. I will look into the number of radiators and the headlight, and the semi-official look was my intention. I like to build as if I was working for the company, even though I'm not. It just makes it that much more challenging and gives you and idea of the struggles they have to work with, including some AFOLs who want things just so, even though they might make a set only they would buy. Basically, you can't always get what you want, but you can modify it to suit your personal tastes.,Which isn't that what LEGO is all about?

Ok, I'm getting off my soapbox now, sorry for the rant.

Thanks again for commenting!

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Main post updated to have the LDD file. Here is a new picture as well showing the ALCO engine and a EMD competitor's nose.

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