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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 05/26/17 at 09:22:16 - 'IMG_8718.jpg' 235 KB
A second photo of the CNJ E class. Engineers side.
frank
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 05/26/17 at 09:21:04 - 'IMG_8715.jpg' 211 KB
I just finished painting and lettering a Mantua-Leetown conversion to a CNJ E class 0-8-0. Here is the Firemans side.  
 frank  
 


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 05/26/17 at 09:14:08 - 'IMG_8770.jpg' 195 KB
I re-lettered my Athearn B&O work, boom car. It now is a U.S. Navy work car. I use it as a work caboose.
frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 05/21/17 at 18:37:55 - 'Navy_locos_S.jpg' 159 KB
**  Here are my 2 Navy Loco's. Lionel diesel and Mantua? Tyco 0-6-0 steam loco.
 frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 05/21/17 at 14:34:53 - 'IMG_8727_S.jpg' 182 KB
 My Army train with 2 Mantua/Tyco box cars and a Mantua/Tyco bobber caboose. The loco is a Fleischmann I repainted and relettered. It is a war trophy for the Army transportation dept. I call it the Ghost.  
frank

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Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher - By toptrain on 05/16/17 at 06:57:13 - '3a_A5_501_1545.jpg' 191 KB
* Here are a couple of the ones I have. The all metal Yard Bird.
frank  


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Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher - By toptrain on 05/16/17 at 06:54:41 - '1_A5_kit_box.jpg' 238 KB
* This is the John English all metal A5 locomotive. It was called the" Yard Bird " by English and these are how the kit boxes looked.
frank
 


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Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher - By toptrain on 05/16/17 at 06:35:12 - 'P2270004_-_Copy.jpg' 136 KB
*  Both HObbyline and John English sold PRR A5 locomotives. They do show up at train shows. So many were made.
 
** Here is the HObbyline A5. It has a plastic body. A open frame motor like a Mantua/Tyco MU1 or 2. It is easy recognized by all the cast on details. Handrails Head light, piping. All a part of the boiler cab casting. The tender is also plastic. The driver wheel centers are a red plastic with a metal tire. The loco picks up electricity only from the Loco. It has no tender pickup.
 
frank
 


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 05/09/17 at 07:06:21 - 'IMG_8660_s.jpg' 255 KB
Here is an oldie. A original Lindbergh Milwaukee Road flat with load of 3 U. S. Navy crates.
frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 04/26/17 at 21:50:08 - 'IMG_8416_-_Copy.jpg' 168 KB
I got this bobber on April 8th at Timonium Maryland. I need a better photo. It is still new in the box.
 frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 08:12:42 - 's10.jpg' 193 KB
Last photo of remaining trains. A Mantua-Tyco C&O box car body, A AHM Rivarossi bobber caboose, A Athearn all metal 3 dome tank car, A waterline boat, A Gilbert C&O F3A #31025.
 
 
 
frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 08:11:30 - 's5-2.jpg' 226 KB
What's inside the Marx box.  
 frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 07:12:00 - 's9.jpg' 236 KB
Photo #2 is the trains off to the right of photo #1.
     On top a Marx train set above a Playart (Lima) passenger train set.  
 next post will be the Marx set.
frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 06:55:48 - 's8.jpg' 234 KB
On Saturday April 8 2017 I attended the Timonium Maryland train show. It is the only train show I ever went to that had 5 different HO operating layouts. Usually only 1 or 2 if your lucky. I cant show picks of them because i cant find them. The only photos I have are of things I bought and where I stayed. It was a long drive from the NYC area down to their.  
 Well here are my new trains. You should be able to recognize some of them. I need to do three posts.
 frank
  The 2 book need no introduction. A marx large power pack and a 0-4-0t NYC for parts. 4 locos are on top a Fleischmann 2-6-0 missing its front pilot bought for parts with a old Mantua cast tender for a cast and brass 4-6-2 or the 2-8-0. Next 2 are Gilbert PRR B6 0-6-0 switchers. Both are B&O the 2 different ones made. 31019 is very hard to find and often very very expensive due to it only came in a uncatalogued set in their last year. I have another B&O tender to use behind it. 31031 is the other B&O 0-6-0. Below that is a old United PFM Santa Fe 2-8-0 It went  to my son. He will be refinishing my old Ma and Pa 2-8-0 old timer for me. He does excellent detailing work.
 frank
 
Now for photo #2
 
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 06:21:07 - 's5.jpg' 226 KB
This is the train set with the cars (types) it came with. From what I can tell and found on the Marx site. Is this set should have come with a different tank car. A Rocket fuel tank car. It is the most common when colored white. The ones with blue, red, and yellow, parts are harder to find.  
 This is a different set in another way because when sold by Marx, it came in different road names with switching loco and caboose matching. All had the same set number. The two cars were the same in all sets. ( NYC, WP, RI, Santa-Fe, and mine is NH which isn't listed on Marx site. )
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 04/25/17 at 06:17:13 - 's7.jpg' 217 KB
Here is another Marx switcher. This one is New Haven.
 frank
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 04/20/17 at 08:38:41 - 'IMG_8503_M_-_Copy.jpg' 172 KB
This is the Pacific Fast Mail ( United ) Santa-Fe 2-8-0 from the Timoninum Maryland train show a couple of week ago. I actualy owned it for 2 weeks. My son has it now. Also has my old time Akane 2-8-0 he will be refinishing for me. We never spoke of what road name he would put on it. This PFM 2-8-0 is a pre 1960 one. They were made for 5 years previous to 1960. This is the date where PFM started to use brass casting parts on their engines. The one in the photo has both turnings and shaped parts on it. Also a few castings. main one is the compressor. The others are small.  
 frank  
 


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By NEFAN on 03/12/17 at 16:52:02 - 'IMG_0264_897x673.jpg' 128 KB
This is a Red Ball wooden car that needed lots of TLC to get it to look like something again. I had to replace some of the wood and use wood filler in some areas. I like it because it has the fox type trucks. I used light wood stain on it to give it an ancient look. I haven't decided what road name to use, (maybe NYS&W) so for now it will be unlettered.
My last wooden car in the "shop" is a Varney model which is in progress.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By NEFAN on 03/12/17 at 16:34:14 - 'IMG_0261_897x673.jpg' 90 KB
Rivarossi made some interesting cars and locos over the years. I have just a few cars left in the "shop" that are being worked on. This is one of those hideous yellow ERIE bobber cabooses that Rivarossi made and can be found for a few bucks at RR shows. I added metal wheels, some additional weight, couplers and repainted it grey inside and red out, adding decals. For a cheap plastic model it turned out well and is an addition to my "old time" train.

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 14:11:20 - 'IMG_8198_640x480.jpg' 125 KB
** Photo 10 starts back hall. Cafeteria.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 14:03:50 - 'IMG_8201_640x480.jpg' 132 KB
**  Photo 8 starts back hall. Cafeteria.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 14:01:45 - 'IMG_8199_640x480.jpg' 109 KB
**  Photo 7 starts back hall. Cafeteria. The Piscataway Model Railroad shops table.

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 14:00:13 - 'IMG_8195_640x480.jpg' 123 KB
Photo 6 starts back hall. Cafeteria.
frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:58:57 - 'IMG_8194_640x480.jpg' 126 KB
**  Photo 5 starts back hall. Cafeteria. dealers are wrapping up to go home.
 frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:56:22 - 'IMG_8193_640x480.jpg' 127 KB
Photo 4 starts back hall. Cafeteria.  
frank   my table!

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:47:40 - 'IMG_8213_640x480.jpg' 126 KB
** Photo 3
*  Main Hall the gym-auditorium.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:46:36 - 'IMG_8212_640x480.jpg' 136 KB
* photo 2  
**    Main Hall the gym-auditorium.
frank
 


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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:45:23 - 'IMG_8211_640x480.jpg' 122 KB
Well I went to the New Jersey Railway historical Society's yearly train show at Mother Seaton High School in Clark NJ last Sunday. A good time was had by all. I'll use some posts to show photos.
*   Frank
photo 1.  
I took these photos after 3:25PM, just before closing. There were a very many people here today. Lots of families.  
 
 Main Hall the gym-auditorium.  
 


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:33:19 - 'IMG_8249_640x472.jpg' 132 KB
Here's a nice old Work-Caboose in excellent condition, a Lionel-Rivarossi car from 1957. A good year for Chevy rag tops. The same car was marketed by AHC about the same time. Of course without the Lionel L.
 frank


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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:27:04 - 'IMG_8264_640x377.jpg' 114 KB
In the service area today are a Tyco Shark-nose leaving the turntable. A Athearn GP7 in renamed Santa-Fe colors, with a Marx NYC 0-4-0 behind.
 frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:22:56 - 'IMG_8259_L_640x414.jpg' 117 KB
 A second view of the Tyco Shark in a hears looking at U view.
 frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 03/07/17 at 13:21:12 - 'IMG_8258_L_640x407.jpg' 108 KB
* Here is a new to me TYCO Shark-nose with a early Athearn geared drive.
 frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 03/03/17 at 07:02:09 - '0-4-0t_Dapol_PUG_640x444.jpg' 127 KB
** The other is this much smaller, half the size 0-4-0t of the LNY Dapol calls the PUG.  
 
Frank
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 03/03/17 at 06:57:25 - '0-6-0t_Dapol_640x465.jpg' 135 KB
** Over in England OO and HO models are still common and appreciated. The Dapol company has made a couple of smaller 0-4-0t and 0-6-0t locos I was able to get from a friend there. One is this one a 0-6-0t of the W&D, named Warrington. A very good looking 0-6-0t inside connected saddle tanked.  
 frank


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 03/01/17 at 09:35:55 - 'IMG_8126_L.jpg' 99 KB
Here are four old mantua cars painted in Battleship Gray, with U.S. Navy lettering.
 frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 03/01/17 at 09:29:03 - 'IMG_8128_S.jpg' 106 KB
***  A recent photo of a all Navy switching train. head ended by a Lionel Hustler. This Hustler was a Athearn Hustler acquired by Lionel from Athearn.  I do think it was detailed by Lionel in this Navy paint. It is a standard Athearn Hustler with Hi-Fi drive. The Following year Lionel brought out their own small diesel switcher  with a geared drive. Behind in the 5 car train is a Athearn boxcar custom painted by Bev-Bel in Navy. Two Mantua Hoppers, and two Mantua Flat cars all in Mantua Navy paint.
 frank

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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 03/01/17 at 09:13:24 - 'IMG_8095_L.jpg' 112 KB
** A look at the service area shows a pair of very different F7A locomotives. The Canadian Pacific is a Mantua, and the Southern Pacific is a Athearn. A Marx NYC switcher is behind them and further back is a old Athearn GP7 renamed ANNA from Santa Fe.  A good assortment of power and American manufactures.
 frank
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 02/17/17 at 09:19:42 - 'IMG_7976_-_Copy.jpg' 77 KB
My new to me Hornby Electric. "Electra"  BR Rails.  
frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 02/17/17 at 07:24:30 - 'IMG_7986_M.jpg' 102 KB
Today i'mm posting some 1950's HO DC equipment. The locomotive is made by Fleischmann in Western Germany. The 3 cars are made in Eastern Germany by PECO. They get together in this photo.  
* Fleischmann is a 0-6-0t #1320, 80 class, 1952. 80-1952 is on the cab side and front number board. 1320 is just on the cab side
* I added a crate and a container from this country.  
 frank


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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 02/11/17 at 05:53:06 - 'Christian_brothers_s.jpg' 160 KB
**    I know of a April train show in Lincroft New Jersey.
** April 2 2017.
 


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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 02/11/17 at 05:49:35 - 'Gilbertsville_PA_s.jpg' 166 KB
Next train show is  Gilbertsville PA. March 19, 2017.
 
To far for me. Harrisburgh area.  
 
 


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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 02/11/17 at 05:46:50 - 'JCHS_TS_s.jpg' 199 KB
* *       The next show is one of my favorites.
Mother Seaton High School  March 5th 2017.
My historical club. The "Jersey Central Railway Historical Society" ,  runs this show. It is only once a year.  
** Always a very good train show.
I will be there!
Frank


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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 02/11/17 at 05:42:30 - 'spring_thaw_a_s.jpg' 218 KB
My next train show is Allentown PA. Spring Thaw at the Fair Grounds.  
I'll be there.

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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 02/11/17 at 05:39:36 - 'new_hope_s.jpg' 152 KB
This weekend, Sunday Feb, 12, 2017,  the Solebury - New Hope train show.
 
I'll be there.  


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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 02/07/17 at 22:56:22 - 'IMG_7956_a.jpg' 164 KB
My trains from the Timonium Maryland train show at the fair Grounds in the COW Palace.
frank  


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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 02/06/17 at 08:45:34 - 'IMG_6970_-_L.jpg' 172 KB
I am trying to make my Mantua Bell of the Eighties run and look better.  
Here it is in a before photo.
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/30/17 at 07:53:06 - 'IMG_7841_L_M.jpg' 178 KB
**   Here is what I have been working on for most of the last 2 weeks. A reworking of a old mantua Bell of the Eighties.  
* I got the old paint striped off. Repainted Russian Iron and different greens. Original tender had a section of the tender cracked off. I have a Akane-Gem spare tender to use. I replaced the steam dome, and the painted sand dome. I replaced the bell and headlight with decorative Kemtron parts. I put on a shorter draw bar. The cab looks bad having no detail. And that split cab keeps separating and the roof gets loose. Need to get a better cab.  
* Here is the boiler detail now.
 frank


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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 11:26:20 - 'IMG_7622_L.jpg' 98 KB
Here is a new set for me. The Triang "Stevenson Rocket" with 3 period cars from the 1830's. It ran on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.  
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 11:12:34 - 'IMG_7621_S.jpg' 136 KB
Todays locomotive is one made in another country, and is a English prototype. It is a OO model of the Stevenson's Rocket, and runs on HO track. Made by Triang and sold in this country by the "American Train and Track Company". This also had a smoke unit in the stack.  
 frank

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 09:12:18 - 'L_78575_NYC_stock_car_640x406.jpg' 117 KB
Lionel Came out with some stock cars with funny graphics on them. This one I call the CRAZY CHICKEN CAR. NYC 78575
FRANK


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/15/17 at 18:17:22 - 'akanecatalog1962pg04.jpg' 132 KB
The 2-8-0 Old Timer is the Akain Ma and Pa.
 frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 20:13:36 - 'IMG_7624_a_800x325.jpg' 122 KB
Here is a photo of my Tyco Civil war Gray set. The Georgia Central was the railroad used. The last 3 cars I got today at Allentown mall show. Ammunition carrying box car, Horse car, and low side gondola.
 frank

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:53:26 - 'IMG_7616_a_800x600.jpg' 146 KB
Trains I got there. Anyone remember the ATT by Tri-ang Stephenson Rocket set. Or the Tyco Civil War Gray set. The 3 Georgia Central cars seen complete my Gray set.  


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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:49:09 - 'IMG_7599_a_601x800.jpg' 126 KB
photo 9

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:48:04 - 'IMG_7598_a_800x600.jpg' 170 KB
photo 8

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:46:24 - 'IMG_7597a_800x600.jpg' 131 KB
photo 7

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:28:30 - 'IMG_7591_800x600.jpg' 188 KB
photo 4

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:27:15 - 'IMG_7590_800x600.jpg' 188 KB
photo 3

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 01/14/17 at 19:23:53 - 'IMG_7587_800x600.jpg' 175 KB
Jan 14 2017 ,attended the Allentown train show at the Merchants Square Mall.  
 Like the last I'll show some photos of trains for sale there. My photos here will show very little of what was there.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By NEFAN on 01/14/17 at 16:15:17 - 'PC230024_816x612.jpg' 113 KB
Here is my "wooden fleet" pulled by an ERIE 0-8-0. American refrigerator transit, NP, Northern refrigerator car co and an ERIE wood caboose by Silver Streak. I'm always on the look out for an interesting old wooden car.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 01/13/17 at 08:02:26 - 'Grand_Canyon_Line_S3.jpg' 138 KB
* Here is another built up old wood kit of a Santa Fe Canyon Line reefer. One side has a system map on it, the other The Canyon Line name. These cars should really feel at home here with the Perris station seen to their left.
frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 01/13/17 at 07:54:49 - 'IMG_7586_800x429.jpg' 153 KB
* I found another Santa Fe Dry ice car. It looks the same but is different. My original one, a Railway HO Models car #6005 is a reefer with ice hatches on the roof. Roof rib detail is wood. The second car # 6004 has the same sides. Its roof detail ribs are brass and it had a box car roof. The side on 6004 are really beat up and I've only started to touch them up.  
frank  


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 01/12/17 at 08:39:22 - 'IMG_7568_S.jpg' 136 KB
** Here is a start of not a great project but a little one.  
* I have a spare Marx Erie metal depressed center flat car. I mounted a Penn Line diesel generator casting to it. Now to find some small flood lights and metal wheels and axels for electrical pick-up.
 frank


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 01/12/17 at 08:29:10 - 'IMG_7542_S.jpg' 134 KB
** Well here is a oldie. A IMP Old Time 2-8-0. 1960'ish. Maybe a Akane.model?
 frank


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 01/11/17 at 08:39:33 - 'IMG_7572_S.jpg' 134 KB
** This is the other side of SFRD # 24082 showing the Map.
 frank


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 01/11/17 at 08:38:17 - 'IMG_7567_S.jpg' 138 KB
**  Here is another old wood kit assembled. I am not sure of the manufacture. It is a Santa-Fe Reefer #SFRD 24082, Grand Canyon Line, Opposite side has this railroads map.  
 frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By NEFAN on 01/07/17 at 14:23:33 - 'P1060068_816x612.jpg' 95 KB
Here is one I completed from an extra ERIE flat. I like the results and may do a few more. The hardest part is getting the tie down chains just right.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By NEFAN on 01/07/17 at 14:18:21 - 'P1060070_816x612.jpg' 93 KB
The railroads converted flatcars in the 50's for TOFC service. I found one a few years back and decided to make another with one of my extra flat cars.  
 
Here is the one I acquired. It just needed some paint touch up and new wheels.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By NEFAN on 01/07/17 at 14:11:01 - 'P1060075_816x612.jpg' 81 KB
A few projects were completed in the car shop over the past few weeks.  
Here is an old time box car that I repainted and lettered for one of my favorites the ERIE. This is a plastic Bachmann car. I have another wooden car that will come next.

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/27/16 at 09:22:42 - 'DL-109_with_crumy.jpg' 49 KB
This photo is a little better, and shows the other side..  
frank


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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/23/16 at 19:55:12 - 'IMG_7383.jpg' 124 KB
Here a New York Central Hudson is passing by the soon to be renamed Bergen Point Depot. It is traveling light back to Weehawken.  
 frank
 
 It is a Marx Hudson 4-6-4.  


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/19/16 at 09:54:24 - 'set_17840_1_S.jpg' 200 KB
Then you open the Box and see !


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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/19/16 at 09:53:18 - 'set_17840_box_1_S.jpg' 223 KB
With Christmas THIS SUNDAY I like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. And god Bless Everyone. NYC set #17840.
 
 Here is a photo of a past Christmas gift.
 A Marx Train Set.  
 Simple, but a supper gift when I was young.
 Frank
 
*********** Unwrapped this is what you saw ! *************

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By NEFAN on 12/17/16 at 17:44:28 - 'PC170018_816x612.jpg' 87 KB
I picked up this reefer because I had been to Yakima Wash years back and remember the huge apple silos that were outside of town. The carbody had to be re-glued with paint touch ups. The trucks were brass, but I replaced them with the metal sprung trucks since the others didn't roll very well. All wood and metal with decals added at some point. Not sure if it was "weathered" or just aged naturally this way.

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By NEFAN on 12/17/16 at 17:31:27 - 'PC170017_816x612.jpg' 79 KB
Decals have been applied to the caboose. It is a close match to the ERIE wooden cabooses built by Magor in my wife's hometown of Clifton NJ.

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/16/16 at 06:54:16 - '518_Koppers_Gilbert_car_S.jpg' 74 KB
Another Gilbert car I have added to my collection is a Koppers tank car 518 by Gilbert. With the same number, 518 there is a Varney type car also. Gilbert has associations with Varney, Marx and Tyco with each company benefiting from these associations. The ruff look of this car shows the condition I got it in.
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/13/16 at 19:40:48 - 'IMG_7353_S.jpg' 242 KB
In 1956 HObbyline had a HO streamline passenger train. Their first road name is Pennsylvania Railroad. I finally got the Train set.  
* The coaches are named. Morrisville, Trenton, and Princeton. The Yardley is the Observation cars name.  
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 12/12/16 at 07:48:17 - 'IMG_7382_S.jpg' 166 KB
Here is a photo of the station on my layout with the ceramic track removed and a scene is set.  
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 12/05/16 at 06:31:57 - '501_CBQ_hopper_Gilbert_car_L_S.jpg' 173 KB
**  Here's a Gilbert CB&Q 2 bay coal hopper with load I just got this past weekend at a flea market. Gilbert #501. This car also came in a Varney version with the same Gilbert number. It was sold by Gilbert. I have posted a photo of it here already.  
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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By NEFAN on 11/30/16 at 17:02:59 - 'IMG_3065_777x518.jpg' 66 KB
Here is a wooden car kit that I performed paint touch up, plus new trucks and couplers. Not sure of the manufacturer but it has paper sides and PLASTIC doors on the top. This is the first time I have seen this combination. It is a nice car and after adding some weights it runs well with the other reefers I have.  


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Re: Let's see your engines! - By Lfire83 on 11/28/16 at 23:11:43 - 'IMG_1329_816x612.jpg' 60 KB
Another custom paint job on this GP35. She'll be getting stripped.

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By Lfire83 on 11/28/16 at 23:09:55 - 'IMG_1328_816x612.jpg' 52 KB
I know those lines ain't quite right on that warbonnet..... and a bit of overspray. Could be worse....

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By Lfire83 on 11/28/16 at 23:02:44 - 'IMG_1327_816x612.jpg' 54 KB
The GP30 is quite the interesting hack job. I'm assuming an aftermarket cab was put on as it doesn't fit quite right and there are rather large gaps around the carbody at the joints. I don't think I've ever seen an old blue box kit with both cab and nose lights either... whoever was messing around with it boogered up the window glazing with CA glue... but still a cheap dummy unit to bolster the fleet after a nice bath in alcohol to strip the paint and decide on what to paint her up as.

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By Lfire83 on 11/28/16 at 22:46:56 - 'IMG_1326_816x612.jpg' 94 KB
Made it to the Alameda County CA fairgrounds last Saturday for the first train show since March, and made out decent with some new additions to the fleet. Athearn blue box SD45 undecorated, GP30 and GP35 in custom ATSF paint.  
 
I'm not sure how I want to paint them yet as I have a rather nasty case of multi-prototype modelling disorder, where I can't make up my mind about which railroad I want to focus on to model. But for the price I couldn't pass them up.

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/28/16 at 13:14:48 - 'IMG_7180_s.jpg' 186 KB
In this post the open train set I spoke of with the Marx 0-4-0t lettered for the NYC.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/28/16 at 13:13:19 - 'IMG_7181_s.jpg' 224 KB
Also a Marx locomotive I've been looking for is the NYC 0-4-0t #20. I have it with the circular NYC systems logo but not the NYC in the rectangle box. At Edison NJ yesterday (Greenberg Train Show), I traded for a small Marx set with the loco in it. Here is the set box cover. Next post the open set.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 11/24/16 at 13:46:56 - 'IMG_7121_TG_5_s.jpg' 158 KB
It is Thanksgiving Day. Nothing is moving except for Passenger trains bringing people home to their families. The locomotive service area has no activity except for the Hostlers moving locomotives around for work to be done on Monday. A B&O passenger train is expected to pass soon.  
* Erie Mike 505 is coaling for a late Sunday freight.
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Re: Favorite Structure Kits? - By toptrain on 11/20/16 at 08:37:42 - 'IMG_5415_s.jpg' 110 KB
I always liked this one
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Re: Walthers Tongue-in-cheek series - By toptrain on 11/20/16 at 08:29:05 - 'IMG_5455_s.jpg' 100 KB
You just have to go too trains shows and look at all those old boxed kit for a Walters Tongue and Cheek model. I found the peanut car all ready built on a table open and on display with a very affordable price on it. You just got to go and look. Back in May of this year at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, I found my Peanut Car.
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Re: Gantlet track in HO how to? - By toptrain on 11/20/16 at 07:56:44 - 'IMG_7099.jpg' 85 KB
Here is a manufactured Gauntlet Track. Made by UMPCO, Universal Model products, Philly PA.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 11/16/16 at 19:38:34 - 'IMG_7002_s.jpg' 121 KB
*   One more photo of th station with the 2 diesels visible.
**  Erie 0545 and US Air Force 0059.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 09:47:25 - 'IMG_6969_-_Copy.jpg' 100 KB
My finds and the Allentown show were these.
 
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 07:02:06 - 'IMG_6966_s.jpg' 105 KB
photo 10; last 2 photos 9 and 10 were of a large Lionel layout. Next to it was a large American Flyer S Layout.

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 07:01:16 - 'IMG_6965_s.jpg' 110 KB
photo 9;     A large Lionel club layout.

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 07:00:24 - 'IMG_6961_s.jpg' 111 KB
photo 8 ;  A Marx rocket car, price $115. Not very many out there.

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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 06:59:20 - 'IMG_6960_s.jpg' 108 KB
photo 7 Price on this boxed set in   $250. The set comes in original box with track and power Pack. The Price seems high.  
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 06:58:40 - 'IMG_6959_s.jpg' 115 KB
photo 6  Here at this table the listed prices are top Hudson # 443 is #80. This is a older model is apparently good condition, with light, smoke, and cho-cho sound. The center Hudson #31005 is $65. is the best buy and is equipped the same as the #443.  This  is one of the Last made. The bottom Hudson is # 446, at $170. This higher price is because this steam locomotive is the only steam locomotive made by Gilbert in HO with a whistle in the tender. The item to the right of the locomotive is a part of what is needed to make the whistle work. A speaker is in the tender that will produce the whistling sound.* Their are 3 passenger cars to the left of the Hudson's. Each is marked $30. The reefer without a box is marked $15. and the red CB&Q hopper in the box is marked $9. The coal loading tower is marked $70. and has its original box with a bag of coal.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 06:58:05 - 'IMG_6957_s.jpg' 145 KB
Photo 5 to note below are 5 steam engines made by either Penn-Line or Bowser. below to the left is a 0-4-0 camelback, Lehigh & Hudson Railroad by Mantua. to the right is 4 Gilbert 0-6-0 switchers.  
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 06:57:10 - 'IMG_6956_s.jpg' 133 KB
photo 4 Here is a interesting shelf. L to R, 3 Athearn B&O GP-9's, a AHM GG1, and 8 either Penn-Line or Varney GG-1's.
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Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended ** - By toptrain on 11/14/16 at 06:56:38 - 'IMG_6955_s.jpg' 121 KB
photo 3


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