As time goes by, one forgets one’s past. Or so it seems…
Yesterday I sold off the last of the early HO locomotives that I had from the 1970’s, 1974 to be exact. It was my Van Hobbies Green Box CNR E-10-a Mogul thoroughly redone as number 86 which was the premier model that Simon Parent put out in S. Kudos to Simon. I had a young buyer who paid me fairly for all the work I did including installing a LokSound V5 decoder which had CNR Mogul 89’s sound files downloaded to it. It ran as good as my S scale marvel. I should have videoed both on my test tracks but did not think of it at the time. I did let the young owner operate my S scale version. I don’t think there is a convert there.
I bought that little Mogul from Keith’s Hobby Shop in 1974! It cost $114 at the time. Keith’s Hobby Shop was our local in Willowdale, Ontario which is no longer there. Keith’s has moved to Whitby, Ontario.
Like early Van Hobbies locos, it was a poor runner and kind of a generic version of the E-10-a. The tender was good for 81/91 and the loco good for anything else, like 80 because the running boards of 81/91 were raised to go over the air reservoirs. After redoing the mechanism so it ran well (don’t ask unless you want to be bored), I modified the tender to 86 and re-detailed the loco to match. It was finished in 1985. I used what I learned from it to detail my S scale version correctly. I measured 86 before the lagging was removed so I had a bit more information than what was available when the brilliant S scale version came out. It was originally set up for PFM sound which has been obsolete since the Soundtraxx Tsunami arrived. A lot of time was put in to get it up to DCC standards. The decoder barely fit in the tender. I thought I could not sell if for the work I put into it but I was wrong. The young buyer wanted to buy it on the spot for a good price because it was truly one of a kind in that it ran well and was accurate.
So, now it is gone.
Today, I realized that I owned that loco for 49 years! My friend Jim Martin quipped that I owned my HO version longer than the real railways did. It’s actually true. The real 86 was built in 1910 by the Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston, Ontario and donated to London, Ontario in 1958. I beat them by a year! I wonder how many of us can make that claim? I would imagine most likely quite a few.
That is something isn’t it? At the very least, it has a new life with a young owner who will enjoy it instead of sitting in a box.
I am trying to downsize by selling off the remainder my non-S scale models. There are not a lot left but enough to cause concern for my wife should she have to deal with them. Plus, I feel that I should try to downsize while any surplus is still worth something including some S.
Life goes on until it’s time to say goodbye.
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