With the recent production of Kemtron's G.E. 25-Ton diesel, in both 0 and On3 scale, the inclusion of small, privately owned motive power, by appropriate industries, can now better be added to the model railroad scene. This allows the 1/4" scale modeler to create completely privately owned industrial track layouts within a smaller space than could otherwise be done with larger motive power. It also provides for the more appropriate use of private road names on the diesels related to the industry which is served.
There are many prototype private industries that may be modeled. The photos presented here may be used as a guide or reference to the variety and variation of detail, painting and lettering, of just a sampling of G .E. 25-Ton locomotives. The Kemtron Model design is closely related to that of the Waterfront Electric Railway's L2 Locomotive, but with some variations in detail. The variations between the model and the W.E.R. L2 are mainly in the placement of the smoke stack, front end headlight, and type of front and rear footboards, as well as the straight front and rear pilots found on L2, whereas on the model the pilots have a slight curve. The several photo views presented here of L2 and its builder's plate will help in checking variations in detail should the modeler wish to make some alterations to the model. The other photos also show other detail variations and even design differences as seen in the view of the Diamond National Corporation's 25 Ton diesel.
Anyone wishing to visit the Waterfront Electric will find an interesting roster of equipment. The W.E.R. depot is located at 60 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio near the Maumee River across from downtown Toledo, and is a non-profit public service corporation. There are currently two G.E. 25-Ton diesels at the W.E.R.
Specifications of the W.E.R. Diesels
General Electric Railway Co. Schenectady, N. Y.
Diesel Electric locomotive
25-Ton Class B50/50IGE733 150 H.P.
No. 18141 Built Nov.1943
Acquired by the W.E.R. on August 3, 1975
General Electric Company Schenectady, N.Y.
Diesel Electric locomotive
Series FC 1872 Class B50/50GE733 150H.P.
No. 27607 Built April 1944
Acquired by the W.E.R. in August 1978
Other equipment acquired by the W.E.R. includes: Engine L3, a Plymouth mechanical diesel locomotive; a Chicago Elevated car built 1922-24; a Portuguese street car built in 1930; also a Chesapeake and Ohio automobile box car built in 1930; a mechanical refrigerator car built in August 1961; and a caboose built for the Hocking Valley Railroad in 1924 and later used by the C&O.
A point of interest about modeling small, privately owned layouts that incorporate the use of G.E. 25-Ton engines is that such a layout can be used in conjunction with larger prototype model railroads which the modeler may already have . If limited space prevents the modeling of larger prototype railroads, the 25 Ton diesels may help many modelers with space restrictions get started on as maller layout that allows the advantages of private industry trackage in a limited space.
As most trackage of private industrial lines connects to trackage of other major railroads, the inclusion of a variety of rolling stock from the major railroads, appropriate to the industry being modeled, can and does add to the interest of operations on a small private industry line. Although the size of private rail operations does vary considerably in trackage, the modeler has the advantage of selecting an industry appropriate and suitable for his layout space. An example of such a small industry with limited trackage could be a crushed stone yard where varieties of crushed stone, as well as sand, and even stone blocks and bricks, are stockpiled and sold directly from the premises to smaller companies, contractors, and the general public. Such materials are brought in, say by some major railroad, as ready-to-use materials. Car loads are brought to a siding or storage track by the company. The company's own 25-ton diesel takes one of the cars and moves it over the private trackage to where the particular product in the car is to be unloaded, after which the empty is returned for pickup. Depending on the size of the company's trackage, it may have several sidings on which the 25 tonner operates. Such a layout may include a few structures. Perhaps some servicing facilities for the diesel(s), yard cranes, steam shovel and/or bucket, dump trucks, etc., all enclosed within the company's property fencing.
The Diamond National's diesel photo has a small sign on the side of its cab which states: "Lumber & Home Supplies". This is another hint of the modeling industries that could be built with private industry trackage and related structures where the 25-ton diesel could be used.