The MLW C630M's are the mainline power for my layout. I have six of them completed, and will be building four more. The CB&CNS purchased ten MLW C630M's from CN, eight C630's in service with two for spare parts. I decided to model the CB&CNS, shortly after it was incorporated. When I had my first look at the mainline power in Stellarton, I believed that was the end of my plan. To my knowledge at the time I didn't know of any manufacturer making model C630's at least ones that looked like the locomotives I saw that day. Some time later I came upon a article in the Canadian Railway Modeller " How To Build A CB&CNS MLW C630 by Stephen Vallis. I was delighted, and my dream was reborn. I contacted Mr Vallis, and with his help and advice I am building my fleet.
# 2034 Sir Conan Doyle Was the second loco I built and is a bit different than the rest as only one Tyco C430 Body Shell with filler pieces were used.
# 2003 John Galt was the sixth loco of this type to be built
# 2032 Lord Byron
# 2035 Sir Walter Scott
# 2038 Stephen Vallis
# 2039 William Dunbar was the first one I built
All the C630's except #2034 have a long hood from a Tyco C630 and the Cab from a Tyco C430. The frame and drive are made from Athearn U33C's. The Athearn Locos were designed to provide an affordable locomotive of decent quality, so it had to be easily produced and assembeled. The drawback to this was the current paths to the motors depended on friction contact. To provide a better electrical path from the wheels to the motor I hard wired the current path from both sides of the trucks. The bottom connection on the motor is soldered to a post in the frame. The original rubber motor mounts were removed, and the motor is mounted on plastic strips cemented to the frame, and secured to the plastic with four 2-56 screws