#45 The Skunk Train’s 2-8-2 Light Mikado

The CWR (California Western Railroad) – The Skunk Train has but one steam loco – #45 a 2-8-2 light Mikado. Currently she is being readied for the Summer season. Kyle Stockman is not only a Club Member of our club, the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, he is also “mother hen” to number #45. Kyle was very curious to find out just what #45 looked like when she was “shopped out” by her makers, Baldwin. Every loco that Baldwin produced was photographed at the factory and, if I understand it properly, the photos of all the 70,500 locos Baldwin produced have been preserved. I have no idea whose palm Kyle greased but he DID get a copy of the shopping out photo of “our” loco:

#45 when she was brand spanking new in 1928

#45 when she was brand spanking new in 1928

Kyle was on a roll. His next objective was to have #45 running on our Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co. G Scale layout. Kyle soon found out that 2-8-2’s do not exist in the world of G Scale. Undaunted (and egged on by Chief Operating Officer Frank Davis) he figured if he could snag a 2-8-0 with small drivers (doable) he could do a kitbash. Well here was what he acquired:

Kyle's purchase

Kyle’s purchase

Kyle, with assistance of Frank got to work and voila, a G Scale #45!!!

G Scale Skunk #45

G Scale Skunk #45

Congrats to Kyle for his efforts in adding another chunk of Mendocino Coast Railroad history to the layout.