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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 04/12/18 at 06:48:52 - 'DSCF9259_-M.jpg' 243 KB
I may be using a little Artistic Licence in posting this in a 1870 thread. This is my CRR of NJ 2-8-0 #189 by Akane.


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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 03/31/18 at 08:29:04 - 'M_Met_ref_NYC_MDT_20145_-_Copy.jpg' 128 KB
This is an old Mantua reefer of all metal construction with printed, and embossed paper sides.
** Merchants Dispatch Refrigerator Line"  
frank

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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 03/31/18 at 07:48:57 - 'IMG_2374_-_S.jpg' 151 KB
** Vintage modeling is knowing about and having some old late 1930's to late 1960's railroad trains. The use of cast metal, brass, early plastics, wood, cardstock, and paper in the construction of railroad cars, locomotives, structures, and building materials used in the building of the layout. Kit construction was common. All modelers did it. Ready to run went from limited in availability to common in this time period. American made was almost everything in the beginning to common for other countries products to be found in Railroad catalogs and Hobby shops.  
  Here I wish to show a few kit boxes from that time.
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Re: steam locomotives - By toptrain on 03/28/18 at 06:08:28 - 'IMG_2531_-_S.jpg' 179 KB
Here is a "Super Duper Detailed MARX 0-4-0" old-time steam loco of the GGVRR. (Green Giant Valley Rail Road). Ho-Ho-Ho Green Giant. It is seen here with its friend Thomas.
 frank

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Re: steam locomotives - By toptrain on 03/15/18 at 19:39:37 - 'P7070004-2_-S.jpg' 217 KB
A pair of 0-6-0 tank locos sit surrounded by an SP GS5, an N&W Y3 and other larger steam locomotives. The PGW is Pennsylvania Great Western Railroad.  
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 03/15/18 at 06:10:51 - 'IMG_8731_-S.jpg' 200 KB
With the TYCO ARMY box car were made a matching flat car that carried 2 tanks and a Bobber caboose. Here is the caboose.
frank

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Re: steam locomotives - By toptrain on 03/09/18 at 21:10:18 - '2_V_L.jpg' 221 KB
Here is some steam with a bunch of Camelbacks.
 frank


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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 03/07/18 at 06:19:19 - 'PB120003.jpg' 129 KB
Here in Vintage HO is another old locomotive in HO scale made by Mantua in the late 1940s and through most of the 1950s. The boiler and cab are brass and most everything else is cast metal.  
** The Mantua Atalantic!

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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 03/06/18 at 09:35:30 - 'P5032968_S.jpg' 125 KB
Here in Vintage HO is another old locomotive in HO scale made by Mantua in the late 1940s and through most of the 1950s. The boiler and cab are brass and most everything else is cast metal.
** The Mantua Pacific!

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Re: steam locomotives - By moocow on 03/04/18 at 16:38:14 - '1401_-_Copy-2.jpg' 498 KB
or even a medium sized one[b][/b]

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Re: steam locomotives - By moocow on 03/04/18 at 16:36:11 - '1386-Copy_446x331-2.jpg' 48 KB
well, i like a nice little steamer

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Re: Varney diesels - By toptrain on 02/28/18 at 06:01:50 - 'IMG_8870_-_S.jpg' 170 KB
* Here are the Varney F3A-B-A set. Only one A is powered.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 02/28/18 at 05:39:31 - 'IMG_8730_s.jpg' 190 KB
*  Here is a pair of hard to find Tyco U S Army boxcars. Early 1960's. easily over 50 years old.
frank

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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 02/28/18 at 04:45:03 - 'IMG_2045_Trix_Dc_-S.jpg' 119 KB
* Here in vintage is the place for this historical, and old, Trix HO set the "DER Adler". This was the first train to run in Germany.  Many of those old single driver locomotives were either made here or imported in the 1840s. The 2-2-2 was very common in England and France. Like the early PRR, when they needed a large heaver loco they just made bigger 4-4-0's, the French did the same with the 2-2-2 type. They made some very large 2-2-2s that dwarfed the engineer and fireman, as though in viewing this Adler 2-2-2 with n scale people as crew. 
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Re: steam locomotives - By toptrain on 02/26/18 at 07:28:01 - 'IMG_5616_s-2.jpg' 134 KB
Here is a steamer that is just about the Biggest ever made. The C&O Allegany.


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Re: Anyone model Vintage HO? - By toptrain on 02/08/18 at 15:22:08 - 'IMG_2023_M.jpg' 262 KB
It took me so long years and years and years to get the 8 tank cars in the previous post. Last Saturday at Timonium Maryland I found number 9. For one dollar. I had to replace the frame and touched up the black.  
No 9 is the Union Tank Line Co. # UTLX 29341.
Of the 12 cars made I am missing General American, Texaco, and Deep Rock.  
UTLX and GATX ( General American Transportation) are still common recording markings on cars today.


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 02/07/18 at 11:04:44 - 'H_Class_002.jpg' 105 KB
* Model Power released the 2-8-0 in Pennsy H1 made in Brazil by Frateschi.

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/27/18 at 14:03:55 - 'CNJ_4-6-0C_M.jpg' 134 KB
* This is an HO Train Co. Diecast model made by New One of Japan back in around 1958. This model has a history of bad Zamack casting. They seem to just rot away. The only solid casing on the loco was the cab and the frame. That is what is left of this model. I removed all the detail parts that could be saved. The tender hasn't broken apart yet, tho it has a crack on a top edge of the coal bin, and may last a couple more years or not. Only one tender truck is original and in good shape.  
frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/23/18 at 06:55:12 - 'IMG_1720_S.jpg' 136 KB
* here for you to see is an HO scale model of a Pennsylvania Railroad C-1 class 0-8-0. An oldie predating Pennsys use of the Belpare firebox.
* This locomotive was made in Brazil by Frateschi for Model Power. Also made similar in construction were a 4-6-0 and a 2-8-0. I will post soon.
 
frank

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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 01/22/18 at 21:05:49 - 'IMG_1687_S.jpg' 224 KB
Another view of the service area. it is not a crowded as sometimes.
 frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/19/18 at 09:48:05 - '31025_CO_Blue_gray_M.jpg' 175 KB
* My new addition to this thread is a pair of Gilbert C&O F3A's # 31025. They are different in their schemes but identical in their numbers, which is an odd thing for Gilbert HO items. I forgot this is where you can only post one photo in one post so I guess I won't do it here. They would look good together in one post and would't look right in two.
 This is one of them the blue and white one. the other is all blue with white lettering.
 
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/17/18 at 07:13:07 - 'Powerhouse_loco._Oriental_Limited_-_s.jpg' 166 KB
A Power House 2-8-8-2 N&W Y class made by Oriental Limited. It has a diecast locomotive body and everything else is Brass.
 
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/13/18 at 08:04:06 - '2D2_5513_Jouef_a_S.jpg' 241 KB
A more well known French Train Manufacturer is JOUEF. years ago I had a small 2-8-0 made by them that gave good service for a long time. After that in a trade, I acquired a Jouf NORD Pacific which I still have and it still runs well. Recently I got an SCNF electric motor. Looking at it in comparison to a steam loco you would say it is a Northern type 4-8-4. With electric types, you refer to non-powered trucks numerically, and powered ones alphabetically. So the 4-8-4 becomes a 2D2. So I have an SNCF 2D2 electric motor. Here is a photo of it.  
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/11/18 at 07:30:11 - 'IMG_9929_-_S.jpg' 182 KB
* A secomd view of BLZ 231 868

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 01/09/18 at 17:42:45 - 'IMG_9941_-_sM.jpg' 217 KB
Two locomotives a Hudson tanker and a streamlined Pacific, both CRR of NJ locomotives awaite release from the Frankford yard.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/09/18 at 17:35:26 - 'IMG_9954_-_S.jpg' 196 KB
Here is my last Kit-bashed locomotive. The BLZ Streamlined Pacific, CRR of NJ #868.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 01/05/18 at 19:37:41 - '123_SP_reefer_-_S.jpg' 171 KB
Another nice Old Gilbert HO car is #123 The Southern Pacific, Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator car. With an Orange body and Tuscan Red roof and ends.  
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/02/18 at 15:39:09 - 'Reading_4-6-2.jpg' 170 KB
Here is one of my John English Pacifics. The two I have are lettered alike in the Reading.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/27/17 at 07:56:30 - 'IMG_1183_M-2.jpg' 173 KB
This is a old style passenger car used for a Photography Lab car. It was a kit car made by Red Ball.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 12/17/17 at 08:56:18 - 'IMG_1388_S.jpg' 224 KB
* Now my second lilliput 4-6-4 conversion to a CNJ 4-6-4 Hudson tank engine.  
 This is CNJ H1 #225 coming off the turntable. Of interest to some is The Roco electric 4-4-4 to the right. It is an E-656-045.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/15/17 at 07:30:44 - 'IMG_2780.jpg' 252 KB
Vern, OK I'll reword that and make apologies here in this post. Our latest convention revelers are causing undue disturbances and blocking most entrance roads to the downtown area. Their uniquely stylised forms of transportation have stopped egress to our shopping area. There has been a little movement of our railway mainlines and street crossing are open up to allow the local little people to come and join in the celebration of whatever is happening. The partying has spread to one of the roofs. Emergency services have responded with the proper glues and touchup paints to repair any injuries to the populace that may occur due to these celebrations. A tanker truck of dark ale has arrived to fuel the celebrations.
  All is well.
frank
 
V-12327

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/14/17 at 13:46:43 - 'IMG_2779.jpg' 242 KB
Vern, we got a blocked main line at Bergen Point. To many Christmass shoppers. It looks like the whole British Railway Historical Society is having a convention here. They have turned the whole main Line into a parking lot.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 12/11/17 at 05:33:11 - 'IMG_1264_S.jpg' 202 KB
* Here Jersey Central Lines 4-6-4 Hudson tanker #223 gets turned after coaling, sanding, and taking on water. Will be reassigned shortly.
 frank
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/11/17 at 05:08:59 - 'IMG_1354_M_Kleinbahn.jpg' 101 KB
** Here is a depressed center 70' heavyweight flat car with crated machinery load. This is an Austrian car made by Kleinbahn, with 6 wheel trucks, that I need to replace couplers on. A definite keeper I found at a recent train show.
frank
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/10/17 at 22:13:50 - 'decapod_2_1_14_2007.jpg' 234 KB
A CRR of NJ leased USRA Russian decapod is ready to pull a freight out of the Stevensville yard. It sits waiting for clearance at a switch on the yard ladder next to a CRR of NJ mike. Seen on the mainline another mike pulls a freight of steel mill products, reels of cable and large pipes.
frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 16:53:05 - 'BO_Hayes_ten_wheeler_209_feb_1982_S-2.jpg' 102 KB
My past five.
A B&O Hayes Ten Wheeler. kitbashed from a Tyco 4-6-0 old timer.
frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 16:51:32 - '10-20-2010_03_-2-2.jpg' 255 KB
My past four
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 16:49:38 - '20893-2.jpg' 150 KB
My past three.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 16:48:31 - '1-2-2.jpg' 142 KB
My past two.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 16:45:57 - '3-2-2.jpg' 157 KB
Ahhhh my past also.
frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/08/17 at 07:15:41 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Baby_Ruth_NADX_6269_a.jpg' 82 KB
 This is another Mantua Baby Ruth Reefer. Plastic body, cast metal frame. NADX 6269.
 This is a third different Recording number. NADX 5342, NADX 6256, NADX 6269. All three have different art work. I am sure the Mantua made a fourth car back in the 1940's where their cars were all metal with embossed paper sides. Mantua catalog number was 9433. I don't know what the recording number was.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 09:31:11 - 'IMG_1308_X2_S.jpg' 224 KB
•      * Today, a CRR. of NJ. freight was shuttling past the 22nd street station at Bergen Point. Only a small 4 car run so 0-4-0t teakettle the #14 the Hornet is head ending this freight. The first two cars were Rivarossi Reading flats with SP trailers. ( sold by Aristo-Craft in 1956-58.) The last two are a wood tank pickle cars, made from a kit (manufacturer unknown), the other is a newer Bachmann car, that is followed by the CRR of NJ bobber caboose.  
frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:26:48 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Pluto_Water_NADX_1240_a.jpg' 142 KB
 ** LAST BUT NOT LEAST  Number six is ;
   ** "Pluto Water "  America's Physic" NADX 1240, This one finishes the 6 Tyco/Mantua series of cars I just posted.
frank
 
Their alive, Alive I say. ALIVE!

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:23:23 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Land_O_Lakes_NADX_3640_a.jpg' 142 KB
***   And number five is;
   *** " Land O Lakes" " Sweet Cream Butter " NADX 3640.
FRANK

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:20:07 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Crazy_Cristals_ART_468_a.jpg' 141 KB
***    The fourth one;
  ***  "Crazy Crystals. The Crazy Water company" ART 468

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:15:59 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Burlington_BREX_555_a.jpg' 142 KB
** Number three is ;
*** "Burlington Refrigerator Express" BREX 555.
frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:13:22 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Bordens_BPDX_12055_a.jpg' 139 KB
Here is the second one,
**  "Broden's Fine Cheeses" BPDX 12055,

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/17 at 07:11:01 - 'mantua_reefer_40_Baby_Ruth_NADX_6256_a.jpg' 143 KB
*I have 6 cars made by Tyco/Mantua that I've not posted yet. I'll do the 6 together in a row. They are the companies first use of plastic in a ho reefer by them. The sides are of sheet metal, embossed the door and rivet details. they have tabs that slide in and through prepared holes in the plastic side. All you do is bend them over, and place on the ladders. A well-designed kit.  
*** I do invite anyone out there to comment on these, and any other posts made in this forum!
*  I  hope someone still likes seeing all these old HO cars. I an 71 and they still amaze me.  
frank
1st "Baby Ruth candy" NADX 6256.

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 11/27/17 at 18:03:36 - 'IMG_1180_S.jpg' 190 KB
I recently acquired a Marx Depressed center metal flatcar, Westinghouse W.E.C.X.#128 with a generator and two floodlights.  
***   I am still looking for the ones with just 1 and 2 lights !
frank
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/27/17 at 05:16:36 - 'IMG_1253_S.jpg' 228 KB
Here is my Fleischmann E-44 electric a B0-B0 type.
 frank  
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/20/17 at 06:36:54 - 'IMG_1207_-_Copy.jpg' 175 KB
Here I have put all three die-cast 0-4-0 tankers together. B&O 325 is the original Silvine that is a common locomotive. The other two B&O 62 and NH #60 are the only ones i have ever seen. Does anyone else have either one?
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/20/17 at 06:26:57 - 'IMG_1195_-_NH_60.jpg' 215 KB
Now another surprise to me. At Allentown first frost I found a 0-4-0t saddle-tank loco New Haven # 60. It is factory painted and the body is a different casting. This makes a third different maybe Silvine type 0-4-0 tanker. It also uses the same drive as B&O 25 and B&O 62.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 11/16/17 at 14:17:11 - 'IMG_1214_M.jpg' 262 KB
Well, It seems that this party is going to block the main line. The PGW's Staff railroad picture taker Snoopy the photographer is going to give a speech from the platform of his newly assigned to him Photographic car.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 11/16/17 at 14:15:07 - 'IMG_1221_special.jpg' 184 KB
Well a new to my collection, a made in Japan locomotive 0-4-0t saddle-tanker most likely by New One, has picked up a Photographer's car and is bringing it to celebration at the Bergen Point's 22nd street station. Got to get there and go to the party.
 Frank

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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 11/15/17 at 05:33:57 - 'IMG_1221_S.jpg' 209 KB
Yesterday 11-14-2017 at the Service area between the turntable and the Coaling station.
frank  
 
V-3799

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 11/14/17 at 11:20:17 - 'IMG_1183_M.jpg' 173 KB
Here is a car from the Allentown First Forst train show I attended last Saturday. A Red Ball Photographer Laboratory Car.
 frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 11/09/17 at 20:22:36 - 'IMG_1141_-_S.jpg' 213 KB
 A little diesel switching locomotive rolled past Bergen Point's 33rd street station today.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 10/31/17 at 09:11:11 - 'P3312684_S.jpg' 187 KB
Just to get something posted that isn't Tyco an American Train and Track Co. old-time passenger set. They used an all brass loco made in Japan and 3 Triang passenger cars. The larger size passenger cars are OO.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 10/29/17 at 17:24:22 - 'IMG_8803_S.jpg' 200 KB
Another group of locomotives awaits there to turn on the turntable to a ready track. the three locomotives in the forefront were made by New One in Japan. I repainted the one on the left and the center. The other is a factory paint scheme.
Frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 10/29/17 at 17:06:32 - 'IMG_0906_S.jpg' 210 KB
Here are a pair of Lionel Air Force Box cars. They were rocket firing cars. Both had their launching mechanism, and roof door hinges broken. I removed the bad parts and glued the roof door closed. Now they are box cars.
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/29/17 at 16:47:08 - 'IMG_0903_-_Copy.jpg' 163 KB
This is a 0-4-0 camelback switcher. It was sold by The Ho Train Company of Philadelphia PA. This one has a mix up with its road name, or reflects a company in Transition. I won't be keeping it that way.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/27/17 at 16:44:49 - 'PB230003.jpg' 177 KB
Another streamlined Locomotive made by Rivarossi was the NYC Hudson.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/19/17 at 20:43:52 - 'Riv_LV_John_Wilks_S.jpg' 276 KB
Today a colorful locomotive of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It is #2102.  
***    The streamlined John Wilks.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/16/17 at 09:12:05 - 'IMG_7973_S.jpg' 126 KB
*  Here is an old Fleischmann 0-6-0t made in Western Germany. It is an all metal engine with a body casting that has ruff detailing of an older style. It is #1320, a class 80 built in 1952. And yes it is 65 years old and still runs very well.  
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/07/17 at 07:39:18 - 'K_Class_009_PFM_-_S.jpg' 131 KB
United Pacific fast Mail Pennsylvania railroad K4sa. Modernized K4 with all this classes changes even the radio rail-phone system.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 10/04/17 at 17:02:57 - 'IMG_0707_PFM_PRR_L1_S.jpg' 188 KB
A Pacific Fast Mail PRR L1 mikado HO locomotive by United.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 10/02/17 at 08:15:58 - 'IMG_0601_S.jpg' 217 KB
Here small HO locomotives await dispatch.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 09/27/17 at 13:47:10 - 'BPSandD_TRAIN_024-2.jpg' 125 KB
This TYCO set the BPS&D RR is from the TV series "Iron Horse".
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By moocow on 09/26/17 at 17:20:11 - '1394_850x541.jpg' 103 KB
There's nothing like having your favorite engine 3 times over...
Maryland & Pennsylvania light 2-8-0s from PFM.

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 09/25/17 at 07:05:21 - 'CFW_4-6-0_013.jpg' 265 KB
Do you remember the TYCO old time sets? This is the "Petticoat Junction" set from the TV series.
The C&FW Railroad locomotive is named "Hootervile Cannonball".
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 09/25/17 at 06:47:56 - '5730_PRR_K2_LIONEL_PRR_K2_bach-tender_and_smoke.jpg' 234 KB
I made a second one from a Lionel pacific that had smoked.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 09/22/17 at 05:01:25 - 'cnj_allentown_S.jpg' 103 KB
Here you see the CNJ trackage following the Jordan Creek. In the distance the track had already passed under the Hamilton Street Bridge on the way to pass directly under the bridge I am standing on, the Linden Street bridge, taking the photo.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 09/20/17 at 08:55:47 - '03-08-2011_10-24-36AM_-_S.jpg' 157 KB
Going back to the Advanced molding Co. cars. They were sold as Trail Blazers sets in kit form. This is the box my freight set came in.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 09/15/17 at 07:10:58 - 'IMG_0441_Westside_PRR_K2.jpg' 210 KB
Henry, it isn't going out of my way for model trains is my way. I do enjoy them. It was easy to find and here is the West side model of a PRR K2 Pacific. The model shows electric marker lights on the rear of the tender. Three of them evenly spaced across the back end with their electrical piping. Marker lights are high on the boiler front and also on the outer ends of the pilot beam. All four marker lights have their electrical piping. This loco has been up graded with an electrical system. The headlight is missing and I can't find the generator. What may be the generator is under the cab floor on the engineer's side.

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 09/11/17 at 20:04:34 - 'IMG_0194_s.jpg' 119 KB
Second view of PRR K2 engineers side.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 09/11/17 at 20:03:20 - 'IMG_0196_s.jpg' 113 KB
At Merchants Square Mall last Saturday I  acquired 2 custom build metal HO locomotives.
I don't know the person who made them. One is a PRR K2 class Pacific locomotive. The other A New Haven Mikado. Both are HO scale. They both need refinishing and testing for proper operation. The better one now is the K2 Pacific. Firemans side.
* Here is the PRR K2

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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 09/06/17 at 06:35:48 - 'IMG_9456_-_S.jpg' 216 KB
A smaller version of big power. Two saddle tankers and two side tankers have been serviced and are ready to back to the tight curves of city back streets. all are 0-4-0T's. Left to right are Tyco-Mantua NYC saddle tank 0-4-0t, Tyco-Mantua NYC side tank 0-4-0t, Rivarossi B&O saddle tank 0-4-0t, And last a Marx NYC 0-4-0t side tank locomotive.  
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 08/21/17 at 08:55:20 - '31025_S.jpg' 159 KB
My last Gilbert F3A is C&O #31025. It seems that only the F3's with 3 digit numbers had nice paint schemes. After that, they made the Paint much simpler.
Here is where the other Gilbert F3A's were posted. They are close by.
Post 813 is the Northern Pacific # 423.  
Post 816 is the Santa-Fe  F3A # L-3003.
Post 818 is the B&O F3A #421.  
Post 820 and the DL&W F3A. #420
Post 821 this one is C&O F3A  # 31025
 
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 08/16/17 at 05:37:07 - 'Central_Pacific_Pass_s.jpg' 230 KB
This is the Tyco radial roof, 1860 Passenger car in Central Pacific colors.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 08/12/17 at 19:21:16 - '126_Sinclair_s.jpg' 205 KB
Here is a hard to find Gilbert Sinclair #126 tank car. This car was cataloged and sold for 4 years 1946 to 1950. This car and the GULF #125 tank cars were Gilberts first plastic tank cars. Though the gulf 125 has a lower number, this 126 is much harder to find.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 08/09/17 at 12:57:17 - '08643_s.jpg' 116 KB
A Lionel box car I recently got is The Alaska Railroad # 08643.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 08/07/17 at 16:38:30 - '08361_s.jpg' 94 KB
Another Lionel HO car from 1958 is the Alaska Railroad coal car #08361.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 08/02/17 at 08:06:12 - 'IMG_1616_S.jpg' 225 KB
** Here is the Mail Car. An old fashion combine. It also has a radial roof. 4 different cars were made. The coach and the mail car you see here. Then a Baggage and I think a combine completed the 4 cars.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 08/02/17 at 08:05:01 - 'IMG_1615_S.jpg' 228 KB
** Here is an old plastic radial roof passenger that was sold as a kit.  
* I have a 1957 AHC catalog and these passenger cars are there on two pages, 23 and 28. They were sold by a trail line named "Trail-Blazers". Made by a company named "Advanced Molding Corp". They made singularly and in sets all their cars. A 4-4-0 General, Passenger car, Mail car,  box car, gondola, and a unique 4 wheel caboose. I don't have all the cars. Missing baggage and Combine cars. Back in the day, long ago, box cars were called House cars. They also were built as 4 wheel, and 8 wheel cars.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 08/01/17 at 06:04:15 - '0873_-_Copy.jpg' 123 KB
Here is another Lionel HO scale car. Lionel number is 0873 making it an early Lionel car One of their action cars. The Horse transporting car. A type of stock car with 4 open windows and horse heads floating in and out of the windows as the car moves on the track. Bachman recently released this type of car and did a good job making it.
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Re: HO passenger cars - By toptrain on 07/31/17 at 07:27:33 - 'P9233841_S.jpg' 195 KB
Here is my TYCO US Military Civil Was set. "The Blue Set". Again, like the gray set, the only reason this is posted here is the Combine. It is unique in its lettering.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/29/17 at 16:16:29 - 'ahm_coach_KCStL_s.jpg' 46 KB
* Here is the coach version in the same road name.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/29/17 at 16:14:32 - 'ahm_combine_KCStLC_s.jpg' 47 KB
*  Here is the last roof made for those Pocha Rivarossi molds. They only made a combine and a coach in this version. Kansas City, St Louis, and Chicago Railroad.  
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 07/28/17 at 07:11:09 - 'IMG_9368_-_S.jpg' 223 KB
Second photo of Mohawk. A Tenshodo Locomotive
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 07/28/17 at 07:09:42 - 'IMG_9364_-S.jpg' 225 KB
For New York Central fans here is a pair of photos of an NYC Mohawk 4-8-2. Photos are taken while the locomotive was passing through Bergen Point.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/26/17 at 08:31:09 - 'Western_Alantic_Coach-S.jpg' 53 KB
* The third car in this series is the W&A coach. This coach just like the other three cars in this series were all made from new and different molds. Ths first 1860 monitor roof car has 12 windows. This coach has 13 windows.
 
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/26/17 at 08:30:09 - 'Western_Alantic_combine_S.jpg' 88 KB
Here is the second W&A car, the Combine Car. A passenger car with a baggage section added.
 
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/26/17 at 08:27:57 - 'Western_Alantic_Express_Baggage_S.jpg' 94 KB
*  Now AHM not long after marketing the Monitor roofed 1960 passenger car had Poacher make for them an 1870 car with a restyled clearstory light and ventilation roof . A next step in passenger car construction. They made 3 different types of cars. A baggage car, combine car, and a coach car. Here on this site, All be from one set I have the Western and Atlantic Railroad. I need to use 3 posts to show all three.  
* First post the baggage car.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 07/25/17 at 15:33:16 - 'IMG_9383_-S.jpg' 109 KB
A New York Central 4-8-2 I have seen after coaling up at the tower. New York Central calls their 4-8-2's Mohawk's.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/25/17 at 09:26:00 - 'P4022709_S.jpg' 107 KB
AHM imported period passenger cars made by at first Pocha. The oldest style of these cars was the Monitor roof car. It was sold as the Lincoln Funeral Car. It was made for the president to travel with. It became his funeral car in which his remains toured the country. This roof line car was representative of the 1860's to 1870's. It was made only by Pocha of Italy. In HO scale this is the only car made for the ready to run Market. Wood car kit manufacturers did make period passenger cars of this roof type.
 
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/21/17 at 07:37:27 - 'IMG_8921_S.jpg' 153 KB
Because the engineer was hidden in a cab with windows of this style, I made the center and the rear window one. I am done with this loco for now but will go back and reshape the large read windows a little better. Like always another project for a friend has started.
* Here is the finished for now bell of the eighties.
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Re: HO passenger cars - By toptrain on 07/20/17 at 08:22:40 - 'PC190001-2.jpg' 170 KB
**   Now Tyco always made old time train sets. "Iron Horse, Pettycoat Junction, Blue, Gray, Santa Fe and Pennsy sets and others. I have tried through the years to get the cars and locomotives that made up these sets. I do have quite a few them. I had only one boxed set and lost it and two others.  
* Here is a view of my Santa-Fe and Disneyland set.
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Re: Mauch Chunk PA - By toptrain on 07/16/17 at 08:29:42 - 'IMG_9350_-_Copy.jpg' 274 KB
At this switch-house is the north end of the Mauch Chunk yard. It all starts south of the switch house and originally went down and past the station. A large parking lot is there now.
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Re: Mauch Chunk PA - By toptrain on 07/16/17 at 08:26:18 - 'IMG_9346_-_Copy.jpg' 280 KB
In the first photo shows the bridge ending where the CNJ switch house is seen. This photo is a closer up view of that switch house.
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Re: Favorite Structure Kits? - By toptrain on 07/16/17 at 08:08:08 - 'IMG_9372_-_Copy.jpg' 181 KB
** A nice kit is the " Alexander" freight station of 1955.  
 
** Alexander HO station.
 Info from MR Feb 1955, article starts on page 12
History of station; built in 1868 by the Grand Valley Railroad in Caledonia Michigan. It became a New York Central Railroad station.


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