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.