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Southern Pacific GP20E/R

The loco started as an undecorated LifeLike N Scale GP20. The sills and pilots were reshaped with styrene to better match a Phase II GP20. A Sunrise air filter box, exhaust stacks, and headlights were used to convert it into a GP20E. In addition, lots of extra details such as grab irons, lift rings, MU hoses, armrests, MU receptacles, and air hoses were added. I then painted and decaled it, and added Z scale couplers, which are closer to scale for N locos. There are still a few last details that I need to add. ~R.J. Waldman

Modeling choices at the moment are:

  • For N Scale:
    • LifeLike
  • For HO Scale:
    • LifeLike has released their GP20 in undec. and Cotton Belt paint.
  • For S Scale:
    • American Flyer GP - that may be converted to a GP20
    • American Models perhaps a GP9 - that may be converted to a GP20
  • For O Scale:
    • Red Caboose made a GP9 - that may be converted to a GP20.
    • Lionel in 1994 released a GP20 in Blood Nose paint.

Model References:

  • Railroad Model Craftsman Dec. '69 Page 53 - Has a set of Plans.
  • Mainline Modeler Jan, '86. Page 55 - SP/SSW content unknown.
  • Diesel Locomotive Cyc #2 Page 128 - GP20 Plans, Proto photo SP7234 ex demo GP20.

Lionel information kindly supplied by Britt Johnson

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