We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in Freedom.
Our PA detail booklet is available by clicking on the link above. Scrubbing the PA much like scrubbing the PA detail photos and notes. Here is a photo courtesy of Bob Zenk – Photographer unknown. – They sure look good in Daylight, especially clean.
We have a had some request to fame up the appropriate era for each of the PA variations. The PA spread sheet has been updated with a date range for each model group. Please keep in mind the following;
Basic notes on “eras” —
• Eras reflect general unit class and major variations
• Era overlaps in paint schemes and appliances were common
• Eras reflect the earliest or latest in-service dates of certain appliances (plows, icicle bars, etc.)
• Late eras generally reflect retirement dates
Some very general PA appearance milestones —
• 1950: Start of snowplow pilots
• 1956: Start of low icicle bars, grille changes
• 1958: Start of Scarlet & Gray paint; some experimental lettering
• 1961: Start of tall icicle bars; end of Wagon Wheel antenna
• 1962: Start of dynamic brake baffles
Note that —
• Not all units received all modifications common to an era
• Modifications often had time overlaps between units of the same class or group
• Daylight and Scarlet & Gray paint mixed freely between 1958 and 1960
The Bluebird project has returned. It will be quickly inspected and then shipped to dealers early in the upcoming week.
Thanks for your patience
We want to try something a bit different with this project. We want to show a bit of what goes into producing brass models and hope to provide you some visibility into how special these models will be. With the help of SP PA expert Bob Zenk we want to show some of the details that are going to be incorporated into this project. So much of what made the SP PAs unique will be incorporated in these models. The file attached here shows some of the specifics we are including. – Thank YOU Bob!!
Click on the link below and let the file load. It is image rich!!
The updated model list with specific road numbers and reference photo locations has been posted above on the SP ALCO PA tab. One detail we will be including on the late version models has never been produced on commercially available models before. In the 60’s many of the surviving PA’s received a deflector on the roof on each end of the dynamic brake opening. With the help of SP PA sage Bob Zenk we present a view of these difficult to see and yet a critical pieces of PA’s in this era. Models 5406 -1, -2, -3, -4 and 5414 -1, -2, -3, -4 will include these details. Many thanks to Bob for the details and the photos.
We will also being doing PA1 and PA2 versions in Daylight paint close to but not quite as delivered form. Here is a photo of PA2 6015 Klamath Falls in January 1951 – Unknown Photographer, Scott Inman collection. Our original versions will be very close to this with the as delivered drip rails and grills. They will include plow pilot like the photo but will have two additional details added a bit later their life including a five chime horn and wagon wheel antenna.
We are focusing the PA project on the late in life SP PA configuration. Here is a photo by G.E Lloyd in Oakland on August 8, 1964 – Courtesy SPH&TS Archive Collection. It represents the late version PA2 we are going to produce. This photo is representative of UTI model 5414-1