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