The MP15 was a minority in Conrail’s switcher fleet, but since they’re available as models, I’ve added a couple to my fleet.
They were all originally manufactured by EMD for Reading in the mid 1970s. They only had a few years to serve their original owner before becoming members of the Conrail fleet.
They were generally confined to the “Reading Cluster”, a group of branchlines near Reading PA. I figure that the Northern Central was close enough to Reading that one or two might have gotten sent to Enola for servicing, and sent on down the NC.
My model is one of Atlas’s new MP15s that came factory painted for the Reading. I removed some of the Reading lettering and replaced it with decals from Microscale. The locomotive was then weathered with my Vodka based washes to make it look nice and used, just as a painted out locomotive would in 1985.
To see my other MP15 (in blue) see it’s article here.
Sadly, this locomotive has seemed to be cursed. I think it’s the gods of railroading exacting vengance for painting out the Reading diamonds. This unit’s Atlas Lenz decoder blew up in spectacular fashion a few months back. One of the components on its board exploded while the unit was running, letting the “magic smoke” out (ironically, through one of the exhaust stacks). I replaced the decoder with a TCS MP15N with which I am very happy. However, a few weeks later one of the drive shafts started slipping, taking the unit out of service, again. I realigned the drive shaft parts and it all works well now, but I’m still waiting for what will break next.
Photos from a Visit to Lee Weldon’s WM Layout
9627 is one of my favorite locomotives. As such, whenever I get a chance to run somewhere else, it usually comes along. 9627 was working on my friend Lee’s layout last year, and here are some photos from the trip.
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