Many years ago, I saw the photo of a Great Northern Rock Train but couldn't recall where I'd seen it. While at the Seattle Boeing Train Show in November, we asked members of the Great Northern Historical Railway Society (GNHRS) if they had any knowledge or images of GN Rock Trains. The members were at the show to promote their new 2016 GNHRS Calendar. As it happened, there were a few older calendars on their display table and one member pointed to the 2013 calendar "You mean this one?"
There on the front of the calendar was the train we had been looking for. (Pictured below) It was a beautiful photo of a GN Caboose, led by 18 open hoppers, and an RS 3 blowing smoke in the distance as it ran through Essex, Montana near the Izaac Walton Inn. We contacted the person who took the photo for the 2013 calendar, Phil Webb, and he has given us permission to use it. Phil had taken the photo while on a camping trip in the 1950's.
Micro Trains had available the correct prototype Caboose, and Hoppers, and Atlas had the RS 3. Micro Trains agreed to make the cars for us and Atlas, never having done a GN RS3, agreed to produce the engine for us in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2017. Readers will notice the RS 3 was just announced in Atlas's new catalogue. The one road number Atlas is doing for us will only be available as a part of the complete Rock Train. It will not be reproduced.
As many of you are aware we will be releasing our model shortly of the Izaac Walton Inn. These two items will make a great addition to any Great Northern Modelers layout.
Micro-Trains/Atlas Models - N Scale - Great Northern (GN) "Ballast Car" Work Train Set - 1 (GN) RS3 Locomotive, 15 (GN) Ballast Hoppers & 3 (GN) Gondolas & 1 GN Caboose (PWRS Exclusive) (Not Available at Micro-Trains or Atlas)