HO Scale LIRR Arch roof MP54?

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HO Scale LIRR Arch roof MP54?

Post by scopelliti » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:13 pm

Question.. did any other railroads use something similar to an arch roof MP54? Would love to talk someone (Con-Cor,Rapido?) into producing a model but if the LIRR ones were the only ones, then it's probably hopeless. I have a couple of MP54 brass models and Funaro & Camerlengo make a ping-pong trailer version, but that's all I know of.

Con-Cor makes the clerestory version but don't seem interested in making the arch roof variant. Only other option is 3D printing...

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Re: HO Scale LIRR Arch roof MP54?

Post by alcoAL » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:47 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen reference to another railroad using those or any photos. I’d like to see them made too. One thing that I’ve noticed with manufacturers is that they say there were only a small amount of the prototype in service, whether it’s a locomotive or some car, and too costly for tooling and a limited audience. Yet you see some oddball things made or very modern locomotives. How many modelers actually model current locomotives? I’d say that the Ping-pongs and P72s would sell well, even G5s engines.

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Re: HO Scale LIRR Arch roof MP54?

Post by RGlueck » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:13 am

Remember when you could buy Rivarossi FM units for $2.99 in the bargain bin? I realize tooling and dies have become very technical and detailing is what people like, but I can't even consider paying $99 for a coach kit or $299 for an Alco C420! More P54's in LIRR configuration would be great, as would a solid, heavy, G5s, but not at $599 a pop. Whew!

Okay, I'm deep into "old-fart" status, especially as a Long Island Rail Road guy. Sticker shock could easily become "ticker shock" to me!

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