Look. Look. Think about this. I started the S-2 yard switcher at the end of March, and it's now far enough along that adding on the handrails and the brake rigging are the challenge. In March, we were still looking at two weeks to slow the contagion, and I suggested the project would take more than those two weeks. It did, but there is still an outside chance of it being powered up in time for Christmas, but almost surely before the shutdowns end. (Particularly if the authoritarian governors decide to declare climate emergencies to limit dining or travel.)
Come on! I was making progress on repowering the BL-2, it occurred to me that a Red Caboose kit from long ago, for which I had another set of power trucks, might be worth working at. It's easier to troubleshoot once, then apply the knowledge, than to troubleshoot, finish, start a bunch of other projects, then start a similar project and reinvent the troubleshooting.
Here's the thing. In the realm of the more fanciful, at some long-ago swap meet I purchased the beginnings of somebody's effort to construct a Fairbanks-Morse road switcher using a Lionel Train Master shell and an Atlas chassis. Those 1970 era Atlas chassis had a lot of features to commend them for other uses, although I think this builder got frustrated trying to match the correct Fairbanks-Morse sideframe to the shorter-wheelbase F unit trucks. I've been moving away from those Atlas trucks, even under F units, as they suffer gearbox failures with the spur gears using single-ended plastic axles.
There are enough Central Locomotive Works components at hand to put drive wheels under both the S-2 and this road switcher, and a few Fairbanks-Morse switchers did use Type B trucks, so as a budget model in the spirit of old-school O Scale, we're in business.
All those white styrene bits in the body and chassis are work of the original builder. This model will have a Central gear tower at each end, driven probably by one of the Atlas motors, of which I have plenty. We'll see what's on the ready track by Thanksgiving.