Roof Structures
Electrical Equipment






The base is a thin sheet rectangular sheet painted white, with extensions for isolator bases. The isolator bases are in the form of an inverted U, upside down. The isolators are screwed in with four silver screws.


The isolators, painted black, are conic, with a square base. There are nine rings on each isolator.

Lower Frame

This is red. The frame consists of four pieces. These bolt with silver square washers onto the isolators. There are two straight longitudinal pieces. The rear crosspiece is arched up a bit, but flat between the longitudinal pieces. The front crosspiece is arched both up and backwards, flat in the middle. Going through the middle is the actuator rod. This has a black round hydraulic cylinder, made of three tire-like slices. The wheel inside the tire is red. 4 thin rods at the back stabilize the cylinder. 4 black hoses come out of it, and go into the inside of the engine. A red ring, with two silver mounts stabilizes the actuator. The read cross piece has on the right side a white box on a white base sitting on it. One of the hoses goes into it. It has some kind of handle on top. Also, the front of the frame has two stiff looking white pipes with a 90-degree bend coming out the front and going into the engine.

Small hardware

At the left front is a tall white cone on a square base. A little further behind is a smaller, slightly laterally compressed device of the same kind. Two small gold radio antennas sit on small black bases between these on either side of the pantograph.

Lateral Device

On the right front at the outside is another device. It’s made of a thin sheet base, with two strips across it. Another strip lies across those. On top of that is a curved strip with a gold covered bracket on top. In front of that is another small block, connected by a cylinder (painted gray) going to the other strip. This small block has two thin black hoses going into it.

Lower Pantograph

This is all red. The lower part is an inverted tuning fork shaped piece. It swivels on mounts on the longitudinal members of the frame. At the top is a rod on which is hinged the upper pantograph. In the center of that are two thin diamond shaped pieces which connect the top of the upper actuator rod. The upper actuator rod is hinged onto the lower actuator rod.

Upper Pantograph

The upper pantograph has two longitudinal pieces with a slight L on top. On top of the L is the crosspiece, which curves down at the ends. 2 diagonal wires stiffen it. On top of this is the contact plate. This is white. There are two cross pieces, flat, looking like w-w, with the lower indentation resting on the longitudinal pieces when the pantograph is down. The bottom to the crosspiece of the upper pantograph attaches this. Mounted between these are the longitudinal pieces (rectangular cross section). The rear of the crosspieces has a scale on it. On top of the crosspieces sits the contacts, which curve down at the sides. The top is painted black.

Cherry Picker






The cherry picker has four parts: the platform, the lower arm, the upper arm, and the basket. The platform is made up of a thick cylinder around which it swivels. Arrange around this is the U shaped platform itself. The platform has a simple railing around the curved part of the U. The stakes stick down a little from the deck. In the middle of this platform the cylinder comes up and the arm and controls are attached. The arm attaches by two large triangular hinges on either side at the top of the cylinder. On the left side are the controls. There are two parts, connected by conduit at top and bottom. The upper controls are a large yellow box with a green led screen in the center. Below this is the control panel, gray with a white front and 15 black buttons and a knob. On the opposite side is a large white rectangular box. The yellow oil distributor on top is a small rectangular box with two conduits going into the bottom sitting on top. Various wires come out of this and go into the cylinder. Two large hydraulic cylinder anchor under the hinge into their own hinges and connect to the lower arm. The cylinder has two large gray disks with nuts where the arm bolts onto the cylinder. The lower arm is made of two pieces that interlock. The lower pieces are two side-by-side pieces. They are rounded at both ends, with a taper in one half. In the straight part they are recessed to receive the hydraulic rods. At the upper end they are hinged into the upper piece that curves up around the end of them. The bottom end of the upper piece has a large hydraulic rod connecting to the lower arm. The joint between the two pieces is reinforced. In general the hinged parts have axles with large nuts. The upper piece is rectangular in cross section. The upper arm is arranged asymmetrically to the right of the lower arm. There are three collapsing sections of the upper arm that sit on top of one another when it’s all together. They exactly on top of the lower arm at one side, and stick out on the other side, where there are sidepieces with rectangular perforations. At the top is a guide for the hydraulics, which is bent gray rectangular bar. At the far end of the upper arm is a bracket connected to the basked. This has two parts. The actual bracket is trapezoidal and hinges to the connector on the arm. The connector is a pair of round-ended flat pieces hinged on to the arm. Hydraulic lines come out from under this and go up in the outer arm. Note that the three parts of the arm telescope inside of one another. Their base always lies inside the base of the next larger one, but their top sticks up further. The yellow hydraulic lines go on top. The guide for the hydraulics wraps the whole thing. The basket is square with a two level railing. The back lower quadrant on the sides of the railing is filled in, except the lower front quarter. The back is top is covered by a solid bar. Lights are arranged at the diagonal corners.


The lookout has a window and windshield wiper like the front windows.

Raisable Platform





The platform is a broadly scored piece with railings. The railing is made of 7 pars: 2 on one side, 3 on the other, 1 at each end. Each part has two verticals, two diagonals above, and two cross pieces, one on top, and one at the 2/3s point. The middle section on one side is a door. The door has hinges towards front and latch in top third near back indicated with thin sheets glued on, and a latch. The lower front is filled in with a thin grey sheet. There is a pair of thick rods like on the roof painted silver and suspended by grey bands at either end. Underneath the platform is a yellow strip all the way around, with the vertical pillars going outside it.


There are two pairs of thin rods. An axle in the middle connects them. At either end an axle that sticks out on both sides connects each pair. On top and bottom L shaped beams sealed at each end hold these axels. The yellow strip under the platform hides the upper part of this. These strips at rest sit on narrower strips attached to the roof painted with black/yellow zigzag stripes. This hides the mechanism. You can manually raise and lower this. In between attached near the top of one pair via an axle is the hydraulic actuating rod composed of a silver rod and a black cylinder with a hose coming out of it. This is hinged and attached at the base.

Catenary Lifter

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The catenary lifter has two parts, arranged one after the other. The front one is the taller. It’s basically a claw mounted on a telescoping arm that is hinged at one end. The claw is like a letter C, made out of bent ribbon with raised edges. It connects to the arm. The arm is made of three telescoping pieces. Each piece has a rectangular distal bracket made up of two halves with an axle connecting them at the top, and with the arm passing between the halves at the bottom. The outer two pieces of have a hydraulic piston coming out of it. The largest inner piece of the arm is octagonal in cross section. At the proximal end the outer piece is square in cross section. There is a square flat plat mounted at the top of the proximal end. On top of this is a mount for the three hydraulic lines, which go to the ends of each section of the arm, where they attach to the axles. The axles are silver, the nuts are red, the hoses are black, the bracket is silver, and all else is yellow. Underneath the proximal, end a little way is the hinge, made of two yellow plastic pieces, which hinges the arm onto the base. The hydraulic rams end at those triangles. The base is a gray bar mounted on isolators. The hydraulic lines run into the locomotive just behind the base. The rear lifter is simpler. The claw is similar to the other one, but mounted on a flat rectangular bar, with a thinner bar under it. It’s hinged on the opposite side. The base is much lower, without the isolators. Behind and attached to the base is another searchlight.

Video Camera

Video camera is a thick cylinder with a black painted lens and back. Two strips wrap it. There’s a rectangular thing bolted to top attached to one strip and back. There’s a black cable with a white connector comes out back goes into roof. It’s mounted on a rectangular sheet with a thing strip alongside. It’s pointed down at the track. The sheet attaches to another strip connected to a small housing on a circular piece that can swivel in two dimensions.


Square plastic box with paper cone and clear lens in front Led goes in from back.. Mounted on a rod that’s partially painted black. Sits on a small round plastic base.

Horn 1

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This is a truncated cone with a cover on the end, and a rod on the inside. It’s mounted on a wire fork shaped bracket, with a wire coming out the back.

Horn 2

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There are two parallel thin sheets that hold the horns. Each horn is made out of a pair of paper cones, end to end. In the middle where they meet is a round disk. From that come wires that go down into the body. Most of these wires, except at the end painted black.


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The bell is shaped like a low mushroom. There’s a stalk (short-thick rod), and a cap. Sand some balsa wood to right shape.


There are 8 of these. Use thick rod, held by two clamps made of paper.

Catenary Holder

Made from thick wire, painted yellow.
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