After just 18 years since starting this model while away working in Sydney it finally moves under its own power.
It does have a driver, but no passengers yet. I guess lack of seating would not encourage much patronage.
The Athearn universals have gone hard over the decades of use and parts broke off them as I installed them. A temporary fix with sticky tape and heatshrink saved the day. I'll have to check what spares are still available. Otherwise I will adapt another universal system to the Athearn drive trains.
There is probably just as much work to be done inside and out to finish
it as has already been done but it is a pleasure to watch it rolling up and down the test tracks.
Total cost including decoder would be less than $100 if I had to purchase all new parts. As it was I only had to buy 4 off Slaters rolling stock wheelsets and a decoder. I would never have imagined when purchasing my first HO Athearn diesels many years ago that they would be recycled into O gauge power units.