Friday, 26 February 2016

USATC S160: Liveries, Part 8

And here we are at the end of the liveries.
And so in typical Victory Works fashion we'll end with the beginning!
The picture below is a recreation of a photograph taken on 11th December 1942 of the first official S160 no. 1604 steaming into Paddington station for the handing over ceremony, adorned with the British Union flag and the flag of the United States of America (we had to do some googl'ing on this one and made sure that we used the 1912-1959, 48 star version!).

And this is the livery that we used to create the image - a brand new, highly polished S160 in a plain black livery with the flags attached to the smokebox.

And that brings us to the end of the liveries for the S160. We hope you've enjoyed seeing the multitude of colours and options as we've revealed them and are looking forwards to getting your hands on them.
Next week we'll start showing the accompanying rolling stock, all with the continuing theme of WW2 era freight.

Friday, 19 February 2016

USATC S160: Liveries, Part 7

Part 7 and we are nearly done!
Today we have the Polish Tr201 and Tr203 livery. Poland received 575 S160's in total: 75 initially, numbered Tr201.1 to Tr201.75 and then a further 500 after the war, numbered Tr203.1 to Tr203.500.

As well as the wartime Tr201 numbering being included with the wartime black livery (see Part 4) we have also created the post war styles, the Tr201 having simple painted numbers and the Tr203 being fitted with cast plaques. As with all the S160's in the pack there are numerous options for these locos including depot names on the cab sides, chimneys, water feeds, 2 types of regulator and reverser along with options for the tender including extra planking and extended levers for opening the water covers. Inside the cab the controls are coloured correctly and the original USA dials have the option to be replaced with Polish dials measuring pressure in MPa (Millions of Pascals).
The Tr201/3's also have their own style of electric lights on the locomotive and tender.

Once again we are very grateful for local help, this time from Lukasz who gathered lots of useful information about the Tr201/3's and also took a photo trip to the Warsaw Museum.

That leaves us with just one more livery to show which we hope will be around the middle of next week.

Friday, 12 February 2016

USATC S160: Liveries, Part 6

Well here we are at Part 6 of the S160 liveries.
This is another US livery used by some of the S160's that remained in the States after WW2 and were used by the military.

These are very much WIP images as we have recently been given some excellent reference pictures of this livery that we hadn't previously seen so the locomotives will receive another pass as we check all of the detailing.

As with the ARR locomotives there a few variations to this livery - colours, logos, etc - and we have added options for many of these including: chimneys, whistles, Westinghouse location, pilots (cow-catcher in yellow or black, or snow plough), front steps, bell location, hand rail colours and white wall wheels.

Next time we'll head back to Europe where there are two more liveries to cover, and then of course we need to start taking a look at all of the rolling stock, which might take a few blog posts in itself!

Friday, 5 February 2016

USATC S160: Liveries, Part 5

As promised we're now headed over for our first look at the S160 in the place of it's birth, the United States of America.
We are creating 2 liveries specific to the USA - with a bunch of variations of course. First up today are the Alaska Railroad liveries.

Seen here in an early livery with some specific US features - Westinghouse brake mounted on the front buffer plate, bell, spotlight, extra numbering on the chimney sides and front and of course a snow plough for winter use. The plough is fully scripted and throws up a beautiful plume of snow either side based on the season, how much it is snowing and the speed of the locomotive.

Some of these locomotives had their numbering on the cab side...

.. whilst others had it on the tender instead. This choice can be set via the locomotives scenario number and the tender intelligently follows suit. As well as making it quick and easy to set up, the other advantage of this is that Quick Drives are always synchronised and you will never get a mismatched locomotive and tender.
The above picture also shows the pilot (cow-catcher) when the snow plough is not required.

We're also including a later version of the ARR livery as seen in the next picture with it's very striking silver "nose".

Other options for these liveries include a choice of chimneys, whistles (the original version or a vertical "US style), electrical generator location, bell location (in front of the chimney or behind the sand box) and a lever or screw reverser.

That's all for now. Next time we'll be staying in the USA for the second state side livery.