Preparing to make the video yesterday I ended up quickly working on two more models that fit with the theme, an early Nason reefer and also a surprise, a cameo appearance by a Nason P5A!
For quite some time an article here (mostly by Ed Havens) on the Nason P5A locomotive (introduced in 1934, the first commercially successful OO locomotive) has often shown up in the top ten articles in American OO Today. That is actually due mostly to searches unrelated to American OO but still, thinking over the concept I had for the video I had to get the model down off the shelf, it would be perfect to include.
Could I get it to run quickly was the question. A lot of the projects I have around are actually models that others worked on and either got stuck or abandoned before completion. In this case some prior owner had got this P5A project to a bench test state with a new DC motor installed in the drive. The motor was in with leads but they had not worked out the pickup from the rails. Looking it over on getting it down from the shelf, the wheelsets all measured out pretty well with the standards gauge and also it was a two rail model (produced 1938 or later) so it had real potential for me. My main job was to make insulated mountings for the front and rear trucks and set them up to pick up power. And after a bit of adjustment this model does run well and even as a single motor version (double was offered as well) pulls like crazy. It is a noisy beast to be sure with all those spur gears in the drive and the bronze body but one that I will have to work over further at some point with more details and paint. And I have pantographs that I need to mount sometime soon.
It is as of now obviously unpainted and unfinished and, no, I don’t plan to decorate it for the Orient! This model is a real classic OO model not often seen in operation. Check the video to see and hear it go.