1940 S-1

Manufacturer:Miller Engineering
Manufacturer ID:S-1000
Prototype Year/Era:1940
Model Introduced:1952
Product Type:Craftsman Kit
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Robert L. Miller Laboratories, a.k.a. Miller Engineering, produced an Alco S-1 switcher kit. This was available with the famous Miller powered truck. The trucks were free-rolling, so sometimes reverse current needed to be applied to properly slow down or stop the engine. The model contained a lot of weight for great tractive effort. The kit included a molded nylon superstructure, zamac chassis, and stamped and turned brass details. The front and rear platform railing assemblies were pre-fabricated. The model in the photo was built and painted by Dick. Its power is provided by the Miller dummy trucks for which Gary Jordan (then an employee of NorthWest Short Line) custom-built truck-mounted drives. Each truck is powered by a Sagami 16mm-diameter motor with a gear head at each end. Additionally, each truck has a secondary gear reduction that provides a top speed of a scale 25mph. These power trucks were prototypes for a contemplated NWSL product that was never produced. Dick used Enhorning decals and installed HO-scale Kadee couplers. Photos #2 and #3 show the original Miller Power Trucks.
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Dick Karnes

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