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Cotton Belt B30-7

Cotton Belt B30-7's have only minor detail differences from the SP units. The only things I can see to watch for are:

  • Whether the unit has a roof mounted, or frame mounted bell,
  • If the unit still has the 'L' shaped engineers window,
  • If the unit has an Airconditioner fitted,
  • And depending on your timeframe - how many lights it still has, and is a Beacon fitted.

see also SP B30-7 Model Info Page

Modeling one of these will require converting a B23/30-7 model. To be accurate you may need to rearrange the hood doors.


N Scale:

  • Atlas B30-7

HO Scale:

  • Bachmann B23-7/B30-7
  • Rail Power Products B23-7
  • Atlas B30-7

O Scale:

  • ?

Model References:

  • Railroad Model Craftsman August 1998 pages 60 to 66 - plans, history and roster
  • Railroad Model Craftsman August 1998 pages 67 to 71 - modeling a Conrail B30-7

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