The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes



 
 
E-8 conversion
Jerry had always wanted a rounded nose E-8 for his streamliner set, it was the engine that pulled the UP passenger trains he used to ride on, but no one made it, so he settled for the FA-1 A&B set.  Aristo finally brought out an E-8, but it was very LONG and would look bad with his short passenger cars he made. A friend wanted an E-8B but Aristo only made the A unit, so he cut off the cab of an E-8A to make his B unit. Jerry traded his FA-1A cab for it and put it on his FA unit-which was shorter. 

 
The cab fit on the FA body quite well, some bondo/sanding 
and it was ready for paint.
Jerry was able to mask off the UP winged herald,
when he repainted it.
The side view. Note the more streamlined look
Here is the finished product. Sylvia cut the lettering out 
of vinyl for him. Note the round 'windows'. They are also 
vinyl to give thelook of the round windows an E-8 had. 
Jerry did tape off the E-8 emblem on the side.
The B unit was also given the E8 'look'
Jerry made all his cars about 15 years ago and they were
sorely in need of repaint/lettering. Sylvia also cut the 
lettering for the cars-what a wife!  :-)  
Jerry made the decal for the back
 
Here is a picture of all the coaches. Someday he hopes to
make a baggage car to move the batteries to and finish
off the kitchen/diner car.
 

The Eggliner


Jerry bought a Aristocraft Eggliner(yellow car) at Marty's,
he had always wanted one.  It is powered with an Aristo
motor block. Once he got it home, he was surprised that 
Aristo did not offer coaches for it, so he got some 
observation car end caps(which is what the Eggliner is
made from) from ebay and got to work.
He thought it would be fun to make on of the coaches 
into an observation car with an open rear deck. One of 
the ends he got had the door with it. So, he cut out the 
window area. He used some caboose steps from a cheap
New Bright car for it's steps. 
There is a wrap around seat also. 
The Eggliner had a odd UP yellow paint color, luckily 
Marty had come up with a mix for a match and sent some 
to Jerry. He used his airbrush to paint the cars. Red 
striping tape is next and his wife Sylvia will cut him some 
UP lettering with her vinyl sign cutting machine. 
Jerry used some old Aristo Heavyweight trucks,
putting one under each coach. Note the door on the 
open observation coach.
Here you can see the side frames and trucks clearly.
He cut down some side frames to put on the Eggliner
itself, since it had nothing on the sides of the wheels.
Jerry got the Eggliner coaches finished up in time to
run it around the tree at Christmas. Note the snowplow
on the Eggliner locomotive-only difference from th
e cars he made.
His wife Sylvia cut the Union Pacific lettering with her 
vinyl sign cutter(she used to have a home business).
The observation coach has a blinking red LED. It and 
the other lights are powered by a battery box Christmas 
light set that had 4 wires with 5 small lights on each wire. 
The battery box is in the center coach and plugs connect it 
to the lights in the other coaches.
The locomotive right now is track powered and has it's 
own lights. 
See the video for all the lights.
Jerry got the Eggliner up and running around the Christmas tree 
You can see Santa riding in the observation car. 
He was one of the Christmas figures you see for sale 
every year for the little villages

The Egg Car Video

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