Charles Tomashek's very unique model of GBW #902, an Alco RS-27
which had a Chicago & North Western paint job when it first began
working on the GB&W.
About GBW #902:
This Alco RS-27 was one of four built in 1962 for the Chicago & North Western
Railroad. The GB&W began acquiring
several of the locomotives in a piecemeal fashion in the late
1960s. C&NW #902 joined the roster as a leased unit in January 1967.
After a two-year stint with the unique hybrid paint scheme that Charles'
modeled, the locomotive joined #903 to be the first to get the "all-red"
locomotive paint scheme. The engine was retired in 1984.
About Charles Tomashek:
Charles' interest in modeling the GB&W is the whole line (impossible, but fun to dream) and the era for
him is 1966 when the railroad handled the Ford auto parts train and had 86 foot
hi cube boxcars to contribute to the
St/Paul Ford plant pool. He also likes that era because in July-August 1966 the
GB&W had the Alco C-415 demonstrator. He enjoys collecting Green Bay
Route information as much as modeling.
As Charles tells it:
"The process began with a photo of the prototype units and a brass
model from Overland Models.
"I noticed the decal was approximately twice as large as either of the
common diesel decals then in use by the Green Bay & Western. Upon
reading I found it was a standard freight car decal. No one had yet produced a
correct freight car decal, so I obtained 48MB scans and overlaid the scans
with scale drawings of the freight car in question to scale the image
properly. I am sure it is accurate to within a scale inch or less. The
decal had to be mounted a little high because of a seam in the model cab side
"My plans are to produce decals for all the rolling stock GB&W
owned in the 1966-68 era.
"I had some other decals ready for printing at the time including the
Ford pickup door decal and the wood caboose decals so they made it on the
sheet as well. In my research I found two slightly different styles of
lettering manifested in the shape of the G so both are represented on the
This loco was featured on the cover of the January 1968
Railroad Model Craftsman. It is still at work in the
twenty-first century, hauling freight on the Minnesota Commercial
Charles says he would love to hear from GB&W fans, he can be reached at email@example.com.
He also says that the model is for sale; so if you like what you see, ask him
in a similar green-and-yellow paint job in February 1968.
Charles Tomashek photo.
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