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The Baldwin Shark Project


The Baldwin Shark

Jerry saw that Rob Fern, in the UK, was offering a Baldwin Shark body 
'kit' that you used Aristo Craft FA power trucks on. He liked the way 
it looked in the Delaware and Hudson colors and ordered a kit.
The 'kit' gave you the body shell, some etched screens(under the paper sheet) and cast horns and ladders.  The casting needed some trimming and sanding.
Jerry tried to use the Aristo FA frame, but it sat too high so he made his own from some 1/8" plastic. He modified the trucks some so they would set as low as possible. He did re-inforce it some after these photos were taken.
The fuel tank was attached.
Jerry's wife used her vinyl sign cutter to cut the yellow lines. That gave a good guide to taping off the colors.
The black areas will be covered by the etched grills. THe interior is partially from an Aristo E-8. Jerry cut the plastic to fit inside the window frames, not behind, that took awhile! Some of the decals he made are on also. Holes were drilled for the handrails before painting.
Here is the finished model.  The front light is a flashing Mars light made for Jerry by David Bodnar. Even though he got the body shell kit this was still quite a project, he discovered!  But it was fun and kept him busy for awhile.
While building the Shark, Jerry noticed a restaurant auction that was going to have some wood model  train cars that he could use with the Shark. They were pretty dirty and greasy, but he got them cleaned up and put on yellow stripes and D&H lettering. He also put on metal wheels and trucks.
The Burlington lettering was removed. The cars are solid wood, with some metal added. 'Windows' are just paint.
Trial run outside with the cars was successful!
Jerry wanted a B unit to go with his Baldwin Shark A unit. Finally another builder in the UK came out with a well designed B kit. 

As you can see the kit is quite extensive, including a metal frame all cut out for the Aristocraft Trucks. It all bolts together(furnished and with a tool!). The same etched grills that the A unit had were re-created, as were the ladder castings.  A well designed kit that went together easily.  Sadly, very few kits were sold. About 25 A kits were sold about 4 years ago.  Jerry's set seems to be the only one completed as of this time.

 Jerry painted it with Krylon silver and let it dry. The indentations were hand painted black so it would give some depth once the grills were glued on.
Finished shot of the B unit. Jerry still had decals from the B unit that he could use. The stripes are cut vinyl strips, as they were on the A unit.
First run outside of the two units together. They line up well and run great. Both are powered by Aristo Craft trucks via track power. Video of just the engines
Weather finally permitted Jerry to get out the D&H passenger cars and have a nice run with the whole train.  All the passenger cars have Gary Raymond ball bearing pickup wheels that feed up to the engines, so track pickup is spread out over the full length of the train.


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