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composite out of the variety of models from different sources. There are two different approaches to modeling a train: some modelers are sat isfied to approximate the impression of a train by following only the basic details, such as paint scheme or consist, with whatever is readily available off-the-shelf; the more ambitious seek to approach complete accuracy of detail such as win dow arrangements, numbers and car names, consist, etc. I tend to follow the second approach, although you wiIl see that I have fudged or postponed some of the more challenging modifications neces sary to "complete" accuracy. The first step in my undertaking of this kind is to build up a file of prototype data. My "Empire Builder" file was start ed four years ago - and is stiIl growing. Table 1 below offers some basic refer ences for prototype information of the "Empire Builder"; some of these sources will be referred to again in the text.
TABL E 1 : B I B L I OG R AP H Y F O R G R E AT N O R TH E R N'S "EMPI R E B U I L D E R":

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B. Miscellaneous: 1. "Vanishing Vistas" train postcards (Lyman E. Cox, P.O. Box 15902, Sacramento, Calif. 95813) a) 1947 "Empire Builder": cards No. JT-66; No.JT-23 7 ; No. JT-238; No. JT-239; No. JT-787; No. JT789. b) 1955 "Empire Builder": cards No. JT-68; No. JT-242; No. JT786. Once you have assembled a file of the background information which you think you'll need, you can begin to put together your "Empire Builder." Motive Power: The first 12 car edition of the "Empire Builder" in 1947 was powered by a pair of EMD E-7 A units in the striking green and orange livery. To model these units you could use either Model Power's E-7 or the AHM E-8 drive with a Cary E -7 shell; Hobby town also offers this engine. The Model Power unit is not presently available in the GN paint scheme, so you wiIl have to begin by stripping the paint from the plastic shell: I soak the shell in a glass jar of cheap brake fluid, attacking it periodically with a toothbrush until all the paint is removed. (The shell is also available undecorated.) Wash the shells in warm soapy water and let air dry. You wiIl need to remove the "modern" style EMD numberboards (these are the extended housings set at 450 angles on the nose). Then fill in the opening on the body with body putty and sand smooth. New numberboards may be fab ricated from a flat styrene sheet (.020" thick ) : cut four pieces a scale 9 " by 2 '9". F1. Cement them in place at the same height as the old numberboard, but back further along the side: the rear edge should be l' scale from a vertical line drawn straight up from the point at which the curve of the pilot joins the straight side frame along the bottom edge of the engine. Then wait for the cement to dry be fore cutting a rectangular opening through the styrene and the body shell: 6" x 9 " scale with the rear edge 1 " scale from the rear edge of the styrene strip. Using a No. 52 drill (1/16" or .062 5 ") , drill a hole for the marker lights centered on the forward part of the styrene , ahead of the rectangular opening. [Fig. 1 ] . Cover the louvered vents behind the cab doors with a thin rectangle of wire mesh trimmed to fit inside the louver opening (I recommend Kemtron's brass No. 80 mesh - part No. 1 158 - available from Walthers). Place over this a thin sheet of styrene (.010") cut to fit the 4'9" x 1'9" inset: when the piece fits snugly cut two square openings 1 '6"

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A . Books and Periodicals: 1. Burlington Northern Passenger cars; Charles A. Rudisel ($30); CAR Pub lications, 3963 Scheuneman, White 2. Carbuilders Cyclopedia 20th Edi tion, S immons-Boardman Publish ing Co ., 350 Broadway, New York, N .Y. pp. 508-5 1 6 . 3. Car Names, Numbers and Consists, Robert J. Wayner, Wayner Publi cations. pp. 228-234. 4. Model Railroader, S ept. 1975, pp 48-51 ("Great Dome" conversion) 5. R ailroad Model Craftsman: a) Feb. 1967, pp. 36-37 (4 Sec. 8 Dpl. Rmt. 4 BR "Pass" sleeper from 1947) b) April 1967, pp. 34-35 (Budd Dome Coach from 1955) c) March 1970. pp. 36-37 (4 Sec. 7 Dpl. Rmt. 1 Compo "River" sleeper from 1 9 5 1 , 6. Railway Age: ( Simmons-Boardman Pub. Co. 350 Broadway, N.Y., N .Y.) a) April 12, 1947, pp. 7 34-741 (First streamlined "Empire "Build er") b) June 4, 1 9 5 1 , pp. 55-56 (Sec ond streamlined "Empire Builder") c) June 1 1 , 1 9 5 1 , pp. 56-6 2 . (Sec ond streamlined "Empire Builder") d) May 30, 1 9 5 5 , p. 46 (Budd Dome Coach) 7. Some Classic Trains, Arthur Dubin, Kalmbach Publishing Co . pp. 308313. 8. The Trains We Rode. V ol. I, Beebe & C legg. pp. 242-2 5 1 . 9 . From Zephyr t o A mtrak, R andall

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