In part as a result of the last ops session here and in part a result of a conversation with Barry Silverthorn while shooting an episode of TrainMasters TV, ( http://themodelrailwayshow.com/cn1950s/?p=4909 ) I've been thinking about Wabash F7s.
I've been reviewing whether or not I should try and acquire another pair of units for the layout. As time goes by, I'm getting more comfortable with all the tasks I wish to have done in an ops session. Another pair of units would allow me to run another extra or add a section to an already scheduled train.
Currently I own 9 pairs of F7s. They are Proto 2000 factory painted units, which I've added winterization hatches to and renumbered to match the Canadian assignments. The Wabash maintained a fleet of 10 pair in Ontario through the 50s and into the 60s. An eleventh pair was bought in 53 to replace a set that were wrecked in a horrific wreck in Simcoe, which killed the crew and burnt the locomotives.
As far as I can tell the models are out of production and not likely to be repeated, so acquiring another pair may be a challenge. And then there's the potential cost. Equipped with DCC and sound the models sold for $200.00 each when new. Ebay can be brutal!
It can get dangerous around here when I start thinking about options.
Does it look like I need more F7s!?