June 1986 - Page 14
When this picture was
taken in 1976, the Kissam Builders plant seen here was a major concrete supplier to central Florida. The plant is located at Amelia St. in Orlando.
A t Plymouth, part of
the warehousing facilities of the large juice plant complex. Note the chain-link fence which surrounds one of the sidings.
a nd ACL into Seaboard Coast Line. SCL assigned ex-ACL GP7 and GP9 road switchers to the line. Athearn offers what has been labeled as a GP9 for some 25 years. This model more accu rately portrays a GP7 though, since the louvers on the long hood and bat t e r y b o x e s m a t c h an e a r l y G P 7 . Strangely enough , when considering the GP9 was one of EMD's all-time leading sellers, no model manufactur er produced this locomotive in HO. Kit bashers can arrive at a relatively good G P9 by marrying the hoods of an AHM GP 1 8 to the walkways and chassis of the Athearn Geep . You'l l have to re move all hood top detail , build new roof panels and then add the proper fans and exhaust stacks-all are commer cially available detail par ts . For refer ence, see the feature on the Cleveland Union Terminal GP9 in the August-
September 1 985 PM. General Electric entered the picture during the early 1 9 70's by introducing the U 1 8B "baby boat ." This somewhat rare locomotive has dominated oper ations on the subdivision ever since. Currently, the U 1 8B is not available over the counter and it hasn't even been offered as a brass import. Howev er, astute GE fans know Lionel pro duced an HO U18B during the early 1 970's and some of us have squirreled away a few. An alternative is to kitbash a U 1 8B by combining an Athearn 4axle U-boat and a Bachmann U36B shell. Manufacturers offer only a few ca boose prototypes to select from and un fortunately, the SCL class M-5 hack is not among them. If you want to be completely prototypical , a kitbash is required. Otherwise, you'll need to set-
tle for any caboose which carries an SCL paint job. Most any type of freight car is appro priate for the Orlando Subdivision in cluding gondolas for scrap metal at Lockhart and Plymouth, tank cars at Lockhart and Fairville, covered hop pers for Amelia Street, Plymouth, and Zellwood and reefers for Plymouth and points north. Boxcars are switched in and out of the Fairvilla industrial park area in large numbers as well as many other types of cars. In addition, several cuts of reefers are usual ly set out and stored along the main at Plymouth, Zellwood and Tavares. The SCL Orlando Subdivision is a fine subject for the railroad modeler. Even built to represent modern times, an Orlando Sub layout would have plenty of operation to keep one model er very busy at the controls .