RS-11 no. 318

The locomotive assigned to the NCIR is Alco RS11 #318, a former Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern ex BN nee NP unit.  

In reality, the locomotive is a brass import from Overland Models with a rebuilt drive train from Doug Cockerham.  


This engine is a dream to switch with.  I can come in with speed, ease into a smooth coupling, then stop and stretch the slack just as we do on the 1:1

Here is a video of my RS-11 drilling cars: 

Eventually, I will get the engine painted and weathered.  The locomotive will wear a well worn coat of blue and yellow, (like its former owner, the Kankakee Beaverville & Southern) with patched NCIR reporting marks.

Former KB&S RS-11 #321 now drills grain hoppers for the CO-OP elevator in Darrow, Illinois.  When KB&S retired their Alco fleet in favor of newer EMD power, several of the veteran workhorses migrated to shortlines and industrial switching operations. 


  1. Jack;
    That is one smooth running and beautiful ALCo RS-11! You did an outstanding job modifying that loco. Wish I could help with suggestions on the OMI RS-11 you've purchased. I've owned a couple of OMI HO loco's in the past and found them to be very smooth running, if not a little on the fast side.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Very nice Jack. That's everything O Scale locomotive operation should be. Smooth as silk, slow and steady. A real joy to watch.

  3. WOW, I certainly hope I can get my RC GP9 to run that smooth. Jack, your work is definitely an inspiration to me. Will you be adding sound to your engine at some point in the future?

  4. I've got to second the sound comment. It's almost a requirement in O.

    I'm an N scaler myself, and it's one of the things I really miss, especially after operating on an O scale layout WITH sound.