Saturday, September 8, 2012

BC RAIL "Slug" Project

Recently I have embarked on making one of the famous BC RAIL slugs. Slugs are booster units made from old locomotives. BC RAIL took old alco RS-3's and removed the motor and fuel tank and modified the body. They kept the traction motors. The "slugs" had special electrical connections with their partner locomotive. The slug received electricity from the partner locomotive and that electricity went to the traction motors. You can think of slugs as booster units. I built my slug from a athearn blue box GE U30C. It is about as long as an RS3 and uses the same trucks to. I removed the motor and gears. I then cut the top part of of the shell. I still have to remove the fuel tank. I will have to construct a new body.

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