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Postby typesix » Thu May 04, 2006 11:13 am

Almost 30 years ago Lionel had an HO version of the U18b.
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MEC U18B Modeling - My fist post on the forum! Be gentle!

Postby msherbak11 » Wed May 24, 2006 12:36 pm

Found the forum as a result of doing a Google search for 'U18B Kitbash'

I did a Dean Foster U18B kitbash from an Athearn U30B per the Model Railroader article in 1985. Very nice outcome.

I also caught the very end of an internet 'virtual clinic' in which Jim Six and Mike Rose teamed up to kitbash an SCL and an MEC U18B from an Atlas U23B. A bit more involved that the Dean Foster method.
Mike Rose has published a CD describing the process.
see http://www.mrhobby.com/U18BCD.html

There is another kitbash method by Cam Green on the web as well which uses an Atlas U23B but is more straightforward than the Six/Rose method. You can find the pdf file on the MECRR Yahoo group list....
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MECRR/fil ... EC%20U18B/

- Email me off list and I will send you a copy if you would like.... mjs_ii@yahoo.com

I am going to use a combination of Cam Green's and the Six/Rose method using an Atlas U23B. I will keep you posted as to my progress at: http://home.comcast.net/~msherbak11/U18B_Project.htm

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Postby BrianM » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:45 pm

Intermounatin announced at the NMRA show in Philly that they will be releasing the U18B in HO. They had 4 different shells on display.



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U18Bs in action!

Postby MEC407 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:59 pm

Check out this video of MEC 404 and 407 in action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7cTOQ4hhbs
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Postby MEC407 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:11 am

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Postby ATK » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:49 am

What ever happened to these two units? Last I heard, they were sold off and I think went up to Canada(?)

I didn't shave with them this morning, did I???
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Postby MEC407 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:51 am

They're still in Canada, as far as I know. Last I heard -- a few months ago -- they hadn't been scrapped yet, but appeared to have had some parts removed. Wouldn't be surprised if they ended up as frame donors for new genset-type units.
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Postby ATK » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:56 am

Any more details? Location, owner, etc?
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Postby MEC407 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:01 am

The owner is Rail Trusts Equipment (reporting mark RTEX), and the location is in or near Montreal, at a Canada Allied Diesel (CAD) facility. That's all I know.

Over the past few years since RTEX bought the units, several interested parties -- including two actual railroads -- have tried to contact RTEX about purchasing the units, but all inquiries have gone unanswered. Meanwhile, the units continue to sit and rust. Sad.

A few weeks ago somebody e-mailed me a copy of an ad for an 8cyl FDL motor located in Canada... can't help but wonder if it came from one of these locos.
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Postby dash7 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:04 am

mec407 i was wondering if you have seen the images of baby boats on gelwoods fallen flags and shortlines heres the link just in case you hav'nt yethttp://www.rr-fallenflags.org/ cheers :-D dash7
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U18B at CAD (here's for MEC 407!)

Postby St-Jean Diamond » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:03 am

Got a glimpse of these two survivors last night at CAD in Montreal. Instead of being near the plant, they were sidelined with many doors opened... Future looks grim :( Here's the pic! http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=273992
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Re: U18B at CAD (here's for MEC 407!)

Postby D.Carleton » Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:18 am

That is a shame. At least we have our memories, pictures and a decent HO model of the U18B.
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Re: U18B at CAD (here's for MEC 407!)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:48 pm

Thanks for the photo! It looks like they could still be saved... I guess it's just a matter of money and interest. (A LOT of both would be needed.)
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Re: U18B at CAD (here's for MEC 407!)

Postby mowingman » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:19 pm

The Pickins railroad has a large fleet of U18B's still on operation. Several are in use at their operations in the Anderson, S.C. area. Several more of theirs, are out on lease at industrial switching operations. They bought all the remaining CSX, U18B's several years ago. I love the sound of those little "B" boats on a heavy train.
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Re: U18B at CAD (here's for MEC 407!)

Postby MEC407 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:33 pm

I thought Pickens only had 8 U18Bs. I guess that still counts as a large fleet when you're talking about a tiny shortline and a rare locomotive! :wink:
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