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Cotton Belt

Atlas HO Scale SSW FP7

Atlas HO Scale model SSW FP7


The Microscale sheet 87-50 (for the Daylight version) has the required ST. LOUIS SOUTHWESTERN lettering, but for the COTTON BELT version, you will have to rob another sheet, 87-11 perhaps.

For a Blood Nose version, use Microscale 87-177 for the red wings, but again, the COTTON BELT lettering will have to come from 87-11

Remember that this unit never had dynamic brakes, so if you get a shell with them, they will need removing. Atlas did have at one time non-dynamic shells, they may still be available.


  • Z Scale:
    • ?
  • N Scale:
    • ?
  • O Scale:
    • ?

Model References:

  • Kalmbach's Cyc. Vol. 2 page 100 - Plans for a non-dynamic FP7.
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, Dec 1965, - Plans for late FP7 - 48" dynamic fan.
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, Nov 1978, - Plans for early and late FP7 plus Daylight photo's.
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, June 1972, - article entitled 'St. Louis-Southwestern by Jim Boyd, plus (black and white) Daylight photo's.

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