An addition from Denmark joins the fleet, courtesy of a Japanese manufacturer of an American based locomotive built in Sweden and purchased by me from a dealer in Germany. How's that for globalism?
here). Well, if the locomotive is not called a "NOHAB", what is it called? I believe the proper (though never used) designation is AA16. I'm pretty sure that if I called this an "AA16" no one would know what I am referring to, but I think that's a pretty interesting bit of trivia.
A bit off topic, is that getting a clear understanding of the SNCB "NOHAB" type locomotives is a bit confusing. They were originally given the class numbers of 202 and 203 and later Class 53 and 52. But I found investigating these classes in the Belgian fleet fairly confusing as many of the images or locomotives in these classes do not share the distinctive 'bulldog' or F-series faces, but rather the angular (which is sadly, not represented in N Scale) style that is distinctive of a lot of the older Belgian diesels. It does look like it might just be the faces that are different, but I don't know for sure.
The prototype is interesting as well. These locomotives are thought of highly with European rail fans, and seem to have similar respect from rail fans as the US F-series locomotives are in the states. However, many of these locomotives appear to still be in revenue operation, although most of that is from 'second-hand' purchases from Kosovo and other countries.
One warning however, is that the buffers are in fairly loosely and I've already lost one (something else I failed to mention in the video).
My only 'problem' with it is the black seemed so shiny that I had to do something I've rarely done before and applied a bit of weathering and some matte spray paint. Below is a photo of the locomotive 'before....
And then 'after':