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Conrail 5008 From CRHS Web Site
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When I acquired the additional components to expand the D&H 757 simulator from just a cab and nose to install the cab on the lower equipment boxes, I had to make significant changes to the floor of the original cab. The original cab was built on a 2" X 6" wood platform which meant the floor was 3 1/2" too high. That meant I needed to rebuild the entire platform. Since the platform was an integral part of the superstructure, the entire cab would need to be torn apart and then rebuilt.  
The place I acquired the other Dash 7 components also had a B36-7 cab and nose available at the right price. So I decided to replace the cab with a real one and dispose of the original. With about 20 years of work in the original cab I was hesitant to just scrap it and thus offered it for sale. It didn't take long and a deal was struck with the Toronto Railway Historical Association (TRHA) with part of the agreement being that they finish it as the D&H 757. Since their roundhouse is a Canadian Pacific roundhouse, they said they would do that. As well, now that all of my components are from GE Dash 7 locomotives with the majority from Conrail 5008, I decided the appropriate thing to do was to change the simulator from D&H 757 to Conrail 5008.

 

Sitting In the Scrap Yard
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These U28B Handrails Have Also Been Acquired
Nose Still Attached
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Note the Rot In the Engineer's Window
On It's Way To It's New Home
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Just Arrived - May 2009
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I received quite a few "stares" on the way from Utica! (and yes those crossing lights work.)
Conrail 5008 Cab
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Conrail 5008's Control Stand
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Control stand still missing many of the components. These will be added as I get time.
Anti-Climbers for the Pilot
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Conrail 5008 Nose
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Upside Down in order to replace the rotted metal.