New Equipment Delivery Today - First CSX Locomotive
The UPS truck delivered a special package today. I purchased my first CSX locomotive in the form of Atlas B23-7 number 3103. There are a number of applications for CSX power on the Meridian Speedway and I am way behind in constructing appropriate CSX consists. Alas there are just too many amazing models available to purchase all of the locomotives on the wish list!
The CSXT 3103 is in good company on the display case! This locomotive is equipped with a LokSound DCC decoder. Kudos to Atlas for not putting the inferior Tsunami decoders in their locomotives. The model comes equipped with EMD Blomberg trucks as per the prototype. Sunshades are included but not installed. I may wait a bit to put them on.
Three freight cars were also included in today's equipment delivery. Three Atlas 50' Berwick boxcars rounded out the order: KCS 749281, KCS 749316, and RBOX 40434. The KCS cars were released in three numbers however at the time of purchase one number was already sold out. I also had my eyes on three numbers of MSDR (Mississippi Delta) cars in this release, however they were also sold out. Looks like I may have to reach out to a secondary supplier. The KCS cars look sharp and are a welcome addition to the fleet.
I remember seeing the CSX B23-7s quite a bit in New Orleans, especially on the M-720 "Bay Turn" trains. This model brings back many great memories of a great era in railroading. Now to focus on the next CSX acquisition...