Italian (FS) Power on the SLF

E424

E424.033
E424.038

New model from Tibidabo/Mehano. All wheel drive and pickup plus flywheel.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

E424

E424.143
E424.xxx

Lima body on Hobbytrain/Kato Re 4/4 mechanism with Lima truck sideframes. Additional details including hand rails, air hoses, windshield wipers, horn, whistle, and Sommerfeldt pantographs. Repainted with MO-LAK authentic F.S. colors.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

E444 Prototype

E444.001
E444.004

Lima body on Atlas/Kato RS-3 mechanism with Lima truck sideframes. Additional details including hand rails, air hoses, windshield wipers, horn, whistle, and Sommerfeldt pantographs. Redecorated with MO-LAK authentic F.S. colors and decalEnne decals.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

News: E444.001 earned a 1st Place trophy at the 2004 Hobby Model Expo in Milano Italy and a 1st Place ribbon at the 2005 New Mexico State Fair.

E444 Series

E444.015
E444.053
E444.???
E444.???

Rivarossi model with additional details including hand rails, air hoses, windshield wipers, horn, and whistle. One unit has armature replaced with NWSL 5-pole armature.
Digitrax DZ-121 Decoder Installed.

E626

E626.131
E626.XXX

Ancient Tibidabo model with Sagami 10x13mm motor replacing original drive. Air hoses added.
News: Second example found in Pennsylvania; it's been repowered with a Life-Like motor and Digitrax DZ-121 decoder.

E646

E646.002

Kit built from parts provided by Claudio Cestaro. Additional details include handrails, windshield wipers, and Sommerfeldt pantographs. Painted with MO-LAK authentic F.S. colors.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

E646

E646.199

A fantastic gift from my dear friend Fabrizio Sesana and his brother Marco. This brass model by the small company Lo.Co. is the perfect power for my short set of Piano Ribassato commuter coaches (also Lo.Co. products).
Digitrax DZ-121 Decoder Installed

D213

213.013
213.017

Arnold model of the very small Kof diesels left in Italy by the Wehrmacht.
When this model first came out in DB colors, I repainted it in FS colors. Later, Arnold released the model factory painted in green with silver roof.

D341

D341.1017
D341.1xxx
D341.1xxx

Rivarossi model with additional details including hand rails, air hoses, windshield wipers, horn, and whistle.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Gr.473

Gr473.xxx

Hobbytrain model of a Prussian G10, nine of which were sent to Italy after WWI as war reparations.
Digitrax decoder to be installed.

Gr.835

Gr835.xxx

Tibidabo model of perhaps the most familiar steam switcher to ever ply Italian rails. Powered with an Arnold 0-C-0 mechanism.
Photo 'stolen' from Mauro Bonetto - Grazie, Morris!

Gr.897

Gr897.001

Fleischmann model of a Prussian T16, two of which were sent to Italy after WWI as war reparations.
Digitrax decoder to be installed.

Units In Construction

ETR 250 "Arlecchino"

ETR252

Amazing find in the form of an unpowered model made by Del Prado and sold in newsstands throughout Europe as part of their 100-item "Locomotives of the World" publication. Pictured is one of the two end cars (with a portion of the adjoining car represented). The model is billed as the ETR 300 "Settebello," which was the 7-unit predecessor trainset to the 4-unit Arlecchino. The shorter trainset is better suited to my modeling situation. Plans call for constructing the intermediate cars (or purchasing from a modeler producing them in resin) and powering the set.
Visit the ASN's Settebello Web Site for more info on both of these distinctive trainsets.

E428 II

E428.xxx
E428.xxx
E428.xxx

Another Del Prado rendition of yet another never-mass-produced model (how do they do it?). My inital impression was that it could be motorized using Arnold's E17/E18/E19 mechanism; this was quickly verified by another ASN member who went on to confirm that it wasn't easy - the donor chassis needs some modification to fit under the E428's shell (and the two-axle pilot trucks need to be fabricated). I've acquired three of these units, and the mechanisms to power them; now to find the time!

ALn 556 "Littorina"

ALn 556.xxxx

Del Prado strikes again with a distinctive pre-war diesel railcar that survived in service until just recently. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the model is a bit undersized; I still have to check this out for sure. The Green Max DT25 mechanism matches the wheelbase quite closely - if it'll just fit inside the shell! Stay tuned!!

E550 Triphase

E550.025

Del Prado also chose to produce an example of a tri-phase electric loco from the early 1900s. This now discontinued electrical system employed two overhead wires (with very complex installation issues) to power the trains. The E550 was the first mass-produced electric locomotive in the world and one of the two remaining examples sits at the St. Louis Museum of Transport. Since this loco cannot logically run under single wire 3000 VDC catenary, I plan to rework and repaint one to match E550.025 and to extensively modify the other to represent one of the several de-motored Vnx snow plows used up north.
Visit my E550 web pages.

E645

E645.xxx
E645.xxx

Another European publishing company, Compaņia International del Libro (CIL) is producing N scale static models similar to Del Prado. Their Italian "E636" is, according to the experts, really a model of the similar-looking E645. The unusual B-B-B wheel arrangement is unlike anything on the market, so this mechanism will have to be 'bashed from something else. My initial approach will be to see if I can make something workable from a couple of old Atlas (Roco) Geep mechanisms; my goal is to have at least four of the six axles powered and to pickup current on all 12 wheels.

Gr880

Gr880.xxx

CIL's only other Italian locomotive is this diminutive 2-6-0, one example of which recently arrived on SLF property. Mechanism possibilities TBD.

Gr685

Gr685.xxx

At one Time, Tibidabo planned to market an Italian mainline steam locomotive. Evidently, die work was done to produce the major body parts, but not much else. In recent years, sets of injection molded plastic parts, consisting of the boiler, cab, and cylinders have found their way to market.

Gr691

Gr691.xxx

Del Prado produced this decent looking model of the "Queen of Locomotives," a 4-6-2 Pacific. A good starting point for a working mechanism seems to be the Minitrix Pacific, preferably one of the German prototypes with the spoked wheels on the leading and trailing truck.

Swiss (SBB) Power on the SLF

Ee 3/3

??

Arnold model; sort of a "mini-Krokodil" used in switching duties.

Em 3/3

??

Minitrix model; small outside frame, siderod diesel switcher.

De 4/4

1662

Hobbytrain/Kato model.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Rbe 4/4

1401

Arnold Model.
Digitrax DN-142 decoder to be installed.

Re 4/4I Commuter

426
10018

Hobbytrain/Kato model.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Re 4/4I

10035
10048

Hobbytrain/Kato model.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Re 4/4I TEE

10050

Hobbytrain/Kato model. Read more about Trans Europ Express services.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Re 4/4II

11xxx
11xxx

Arnold model.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Re 4/4II

11112

Minitrix model in orange and creme paint for "Swiss Express" service. Read more about the Swiss Express trains.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Ae 6/6

11414

Minitrix model with chrome trim; Berne.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Ae 6/6

11428

Minitrix model; Luzerne.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Re 6/6

11663
11687

Hobbytrain/Kato model. Eglisau and Immensee
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

Ce 6/8 "Krokodil"

14253
14270

Arnold models; 14253 is in earlier brown scheme, 14270 in green.
Decoder to be installed.

RAm TEE

501

Minitrix Model newly produced in 2002. Four-unit diesel trainset. Read my less-than-glowing review of this visually disappointing model.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder and 1 transponder to be installed.

RAe TEE

1054

Hobbytrain/Kato Model.Six-unit multi-current electric trainset with 4 pantographs to allow it to operate under a variety of catenary systems. Read more about Trans Europ Express services.
Digitrax decoder and 2 transponders to be installed.

Tm

??

Arnold model; tied with the Kof as the smallest switcher in N scale.

Ae 4/4 (BLS)

257

Hobbytrain/Kato model; employed to power the BLS Autoferry through the Simplon Tunnel.
Decoder to be installed.

Ae 8/8 (BLS)

272

Hobbytrain/Kato model.
Decoder to be installed.

German (DB) Power on the SLF

BR 184

184.003

Minitrix model. This multi-current loco was tested in Italy during 1972. It has 4 pantographs to allow it to operate under the various catenary systems. Read more about this interesting, though premature, development.
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

VT08

?

Lima Minitrain model. Three-unit Diesel Multiple-Unit (DMU) set (only power car shown in photo).
Digitrax DZ-series decoder to be installed.

VT11.5

?

Roco model of the seven car 'Helvetia' TEE trainset. Both locomotives powered. Read more about Trans Europ Express services.
Digitrax DZ-series decoders to be installed.