MRL LOCOMOTIVE GUIDE
 

This NW-12 was purchased by Great Northern and upgraded from an NW-2 by the Burlington Northern. #11 was one of the first units painted into MRL blue on startup in Oct. 87.

EMD NW-12 1200 HP

KATO NW-2

Kato makes an NW-2 which with some light modification could be used for this prototype.

EMD SW-12 1200 HP

LIFE-LIKE SW-12

Life-Like now Walthers owned makes a great version of the SW-12. Undec is hard to find but painted versions can be found and striped.

MRL Purchased these switchers from Burlington Northern as SW-9's and converted them to SW-12's.

EMD E8/9 2250 HP

MRL's first E-unit they acquired was too far gone to be rebuilt. The MRL 36 was numbered for transportation only. It was eventually donated to a museum.

KATO E8/9

Kato makes another great model to use for this engine. These units are getting scarce so I would recommend picking up a model now if you can. It has yet to be determined if this will end up in MRL but there is always room for fantasy paint schemes. Undec shells are still available from Kato.

MRL's two SW1500's were purchased from National Railway Equipment in 1995. These units were originally Inland Steel locomotives based out of Chicago. An unusual detail of these locomotives are the flexicoil trucks which MRL installed shortly after acquiring them. Both units have now come back from Ceeco with new paint.

No good model available at this time. There have been a couple of releases of SW1500's by Atlas and Con-Cor but these units are terrible by todays standards. I have seen these at shows for varying prices but overall I don't think they are worth buying at any price. Modeling these units with flexicoil trucks would make this task even more difficult.

MRL has many different versions of the GP-9 including high nose, low nose and torpedo's in both high and low nose.

Atlas makes many different versions of this model just like the prototype. For best results get a good photograph and then choose your model. Atlas has recently released 2 new road numbers. Available now.

An Atlas GP-9 can be used to make this model. Using an Atlas GP-35 cab and some Sunrise Ent. parts you could get close to this model.

An Atlas GP-9 can be used to make this model. Using an Atlas GP-35 cab and some Sunrise Ent. parts you could get close to this model.

MRL has different versions of the SD-40 including what they call an SD40-XR. The car bodies on these units have subtle differences because of the different railroads that previously owned them, but for the most part the units are the same

Kato makes the SD-40. There have been several releases of this model including the latest having a DCC ready frame. A great running reliable engine that will last for years. Just add your details and paint to make different versions. Status - Available in other road names.

This single SD40-2 was acquired from BN after being wrecked in a accident at West End. The unit was rebuilt using parts from a former Rock Island GP-40.

Kato makes the SD40-2. There have been several releases of this model and the frames are DCC ready. The newest releases have ditch lights. A great running reliable engine that will last for years. Just add your details and paint to make different versions. Status - getting harder to find.

The original model SDP40 came equipped with a steam generator for passenger service. This single unit was purchased by MRL from the Burlington Northern after being wrecked in Helena Montana.

No model of this prototype available. Recent article in N-Scale Railroading on kit-bashing this model.

SD45-2's that MRL uses come in two different car bodies. The standard SD45-2 that most people recognize and the SD-45 car bodies that MRL has upgraded to Dash 2 standards. Both have the same 20 cylinder engines.

Intermountain Railway Co. makes this SD45-2 model. Nicely detailed, accurate paint and markings. These models have the same split frame design as Kato and Atlas. Status - available as of 3/08. No undecs available.

MRL maintains a fleet of SD-45's. Like the SD-40's MRL has started to convert these 20 cylinder locomotive into the Dash-2XR series. The car bodies are the same however and only the small designation lettering on the frame will tell you the difference.

Kato has made several runs of the SD-45. Nice reliable model, great runner. Status - available decorated in other roads. Hard to find undec.

MRL has owned 4 of these 20 cylinder full cowl engines at one time. These have been used on Officers Specials as well as Haulers.

Athearn makes the F-45 with and without sound. The Tsunami sound is incredible and beats out all other on-board sound systems hands down. Status - Available now.

MRL has 6 2500 horse power GP-35's Used mostly on locals there are only slight differences in these units the main one being, 401-402 do not have dynamic brakes.

Atlas makes GP-35's in both dynamic and non-dynamic versions that can be used to model these engines. The first locomotives released by Atlas were built by Kato. The later versions are china built for Atlas. Status - available.

MRL again has multiple versions of this prototype. Some high and low nose and half fuel tanks. Depending on the railroad they originated they may also be an SD-7 which is slightly different from the SD-9's. The casual observer would not know the subtle differences.

Atlas makes both SD-9 and SD-7 models. Again you can choose a photograph and go for that prototype. Decorated versions in other roads. Strip and repaint. Some available.

MRL's two SD19-1's are only the same in name. The two are definitely the most unique units on the roster. The 651 is more like an SD-9 than the 652. The cab and nose are from a wrecked SD-40 and the fuel tank from an GP-38. The 652 has an altered SD-40 body with a filter box that looks like a GP38-2.

Atlas makes a SD-9 which would be a start for this model. Each of these units would need the frame and trucks from an SD-9 but the similarities end there. An SD-40 cab can be added to the 651 and needs modification of the nose. The 652 needs an SD-40 body with some shortening and an addition of a filter box from a GP38-2. Get good photos and hack away.

MRL's SD-35's came in both high and low hood units. They are all chopped now and still in service on the MRL mostly in RCO service. They can be seen with the remote cabooses in Laurel.

Atlas has come out with both high and low hood versions. They have made two runs of these models painted for MRL. Availability.. getting scarce.

MRL Purchased 16 new SD70ACe's in 2005. Used as Helpers and Haulers. These locomotives have a major fuel savings for the MRL. The 4308 regularly works the gas trains paired up with an SD-45.

Kato SD70ACe's are out now. No undecs available yet with CSX and BNSF now available. Hoping to see another announcement soon as the undec shell I used has the headlight on top of the cab instead of on the nose. Oh well, it's nice to have an Ace on the layout.

EMD SW1500 1500 HP

NO MODEL AVAILABLE

EMD GP-9 1750 HP

ATLAS GP-9

EMD GP19-1 1750 HP

ATLAS GP-9

EMD SD-40 3000 HP

KATO SD-40

EMD SD40-2 3000 HP

KATO SD40-2

EMD SDP40-2XR 3000 HP

NO MODEL AVAILABLE

EMD SD45-2 3600 HP

INTERMOUNTAIN SD45-2

EMD SD45 3600 HP

KATO SD-45

EMD F-45 3600 HP

ATHEARN F-45

EMD GP-35 2500 HP

KATO/ATLAS GP-35

EMD SD-9 1750 HP

ATLAS SD-9

EMD SD19-1 1750 HP

ATLAS SD-9

EMD SD-35 2500 HP

ATLAS SD-35

EMD SD70ACe 4300 HP

KATO SD70ACe

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