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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 speach.
frank

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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  
 
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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 Lavatory 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.
 frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
 frank


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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.
 frank


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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.
frank

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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".
frank

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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".
frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
frank

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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.
frank

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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: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 09/11/17 at 20:23:05 - 'IMG_0181s.jpg' 130 KB
This is a old Rivarossi flat car with a trailer load. This one is very hard to find.
frank

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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.  
frank

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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
 
frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
 frank


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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.
frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
frank

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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.
frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
frank

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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.
frank


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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.  
frank
Ths combine.


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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
 frank

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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.
 frank
first photo


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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.
 frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
frank

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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.
 frank

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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.
 frank
 
 
 


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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.
 frank
 


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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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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 07/16/17 at 07:48:45 - 'IMG_8826.jpg' 212 KB
*   here is a third photo from the 6-4-2017 train show at Hamburg PA.
 
** all three photos are of the same isle this one the far left. the first is the far right, the second the middle.
 frank

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Re: UPCOMING " Model Railroad Events " - By toptrain on 07/16/17 at 07:43:29 - 'IMG_8827.jpg' 164 KB
here is the second photo from June 4 2017

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 07/14/17 at 17:04:11 - 'Locos_s.jpg' 140 KB
*    Here is a locomotive I got today. A Mantua Mogul, old time 2-6-0 made in the 1950's.
frank
 
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/04/17 at 09:07:41 - 'IMG_8380_S.jpg' 84 KB
* Another view with the cab almost done. My first attempt to make a removable roof failed. I did make a very nice frame with a roof attached. My mistake was to use thicker plastic for the roof. It looked very good but next morning it had straightened out breaking the whole removable roof.
This view is from after the disaster.
 frank
 
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/04/17 at 08:20:30 - 'IMG_8338_S.jpg' 162 KB
*  Here in this photo you can see the new stack, auxiliary dome, and work started on the cab.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/04/17 at 08:07:30 - 'IMG_7820_S.jpg' 122 KB
Here I have replaced the Headlight and Bell. I have a different smoke stack.
frank

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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/04/17 at 08:04:15 - 'IMG_7766_S.jpg' 192 KB
Here is the bottom of the new tender showing the manufacturers nameplate.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 07/04/17 at 08:02:42 - 'IMG_7765_S.jpg' 156 KB
on Feb 6th, 2017, 8:45am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I am trying to make my Mantua Bell of the Eighties run and look better.  
Here it is in a before photo.
 frank  

 
* With my bell of the eighties, every time I pick it up, the split cab keeps getting out of aligning and looks bad. I will redo the loco and try for a new look. I have seen photos of older 4-4-0's from the 1860 and some had larger cabs. I may as well refinish the loco also. I have a brass tender of the period to replace the broken Mantua one.  
* first a look at the loco apart.
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Re: Locomotive Service areas - By toptrain on 06/22/17 at 16:46:12 - 'IMG_9102_big.jpg' 143 KB
*** Here my 2 Gilbert B&O 0-6-0- switcher's are seen at the Frankford roundhouse at Bergen Point. Though they are Altoona Built Pennsy B6 class they wound up on the B&ORR.  
 frank

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Re: Old wooden passenger car kits - By toptrain on 06/18/17 at 12:53:42 - 'Capture_2.jpg' 63 KB
Pardon me borrowing your Photo, BUT when I see this car I see a roofline used by Pullman for about 5 years. This car was built as a coach and not a chair car as it should have been. The oval window on the far left side and the seven eyebrow-shaped Clearstory roof side lights say this was a special car. The eight roof vents were more than ample for this Maybe should have been made as a half compartment car and half Chair car.  
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Re: Old wooden passenger car kits - By moocow on 06/17/17 at 16:03:55 - 'IMG_0358_3_979x478.jpg' 72 KB
i thought this was an Ambroid until i looked at the roof.  wood sides.
maybe a kitbash

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Re: Old wooden passenger car kits - By moocow on 06/17/17 at 16:02:44 - 'IMG_0361_3_774x332.jpg' 47 KB
I got this at a NMRA swap meet.  wondering if anyone can clue me on the kit maker.

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 06/14/17 at 18:14:38 - 'IMG_8811.jpg' 198 KB
**Here is one of my Aristocraft Cast locomotives made in Japan by New One. It is the small 2-6-0 Mogul Switcher of the Philadelphia and Reading.  
frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By moocow on 06/12/17 at 13:35:37 - '1386-Copy_446x331.jpg' 48 KB
a cute little upright boiler climax from NWSL

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 06/11/17 at 10:12:53 - 'IMG_8991_-_S.jpg' 204 KB
** Another locomotive of mine is an Erie PA1 made by Athearn and custom painted and with details added. Erie #861.
 Frank

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/10/17 at 12:57:59 - 'IMG_0338_4-detail_724x398.jpg' 68 KB
a shot on my not finished layout.
the General leads the way followed by two grain cars, a couple boxcars, some empty coal jennies and a radial roof coach on the tail end.


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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/10/17 at 12:54:52 - 'IMG_0203_772x579.jpg' 83 KB
building coal jennies

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/10/17 at 12:51:20 - '2230-Copy_860x572.jpg' 96 KB
not your typical 1860s-70s locomotive the CP Huntington CP 3 later SP 1.  this loco was modeled twice.  this is the later Key imports version.  
 
and yes it really does run.  will pull three boxcars

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/08/17 at 15:41:35 - '1401_-_Copy.jpg' 498 KB
not 1870s but a 4-6-0 from 1905

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/08/17 at 15:38:00 - '1374_704x528.jpg' 60 KB
this one doesn't run, but it has the original box
 
i'm planning to make this a roundhouse queen, paint it up nice and park it outside the roundhouse doors

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By moocow on 06/08/17 at 15:36:27 - '1373_704x528.jpg' 73 KB
this is the one that runs.  Not really well, but it runs.  Original motor, new drive coupling and i had to replace the pick ups

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Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in. - By toptrain on 06/08/17 at 07:51:20 - 'IMG_8933.jpg' 111 KB
Here is a good car find from the Hamburg PA. train show last weekend. It was with mixed up with cars of many manufacturers. It is a Lionel Rocket fuel car. The first one I have gotten. It can run with the Marx ones I have. It is in very good condition for a late 1950's car.
** Lionel 0815, Rocket Fuet tank car.
 frank

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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 06/07/17 at 22:22:54 - 'IMG_8909_-_Copy.jpg' 170 KB
***   Here is my "Bell of the Eighties". A Mantua 4-4-0 of 1950's.  
** I replaced the cab with a larger one. Also some Kemtron details. The tender is an Olympic brass model. The same tender came of their Reading 2-8-0. There is still more to do with this model before it is complete.
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By moocow on 06/06/17 at 16:42:23 - '2228-detail_984x645.jpg' 145 KB
and on my current layout 45 years later

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By moocow on 06/06/17 at 16:38:04 - 'PICT0008_-_detail.jpg' 480 KB
one of my favorites, photo taken back in the 1970s

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 06/05/17 at 10:05:26 - 'DB-58-2059_L.jpg' 169 KB
Here is a second view of the Roco DB-58-2059. This time of the Fireman's side.
 frank

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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 06/05/17 at 08:29:20 - 'DB_58-2059_S.jpg' 150 KB
*** Here's a new one I got yesterday in Hamburg PA. A Roco 2-10-0, Decapod! DB-58-2059. Laying in a dealer's tray in appeared to be broken. The loco and tender were apart but still wired together. The cab and the backhead lay in the tray. When I asked about it the dealer said 30.
 A low price for an almost complete engine. The pilot was missing front bumpers and a lamp cover. Maybe I can get them someplace. I put it all back together and on a test track at home and it ran and the directional lighting worked. It is a good buy for 30.  
** This is a shorter Decapod but a modern one as far as steam engines go. A stocky little brute of an engine. It has a tender drive so drivers turn easily, with no restriction. I can't figure out yet how to remove boiler, to properly put the cab and back head on. With used engines, there is usually something to do.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 06/01/17 at 07:29:17 - 'IMG_8807_-_s.jpg' 219 KB
Here is a view of the service tracks with a Bachmann 4-4-0 Jupiter approaching the turntable.
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Re: Let's see your engines! - By toptrain on 06/01/17 at 07:13:21 - 'IMG_8289_L.jpg' 183 KB
** My Fleischmann 4-6-0 #4301 entering the turntable. Got to get a US style headlight for it.
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Re: what do you do in HO scale? - By toptrain on 05/31/17 at 19:42:20 - 'IMG_8797_-_Copy.jpg' 212 KB
My roundhouse area today 5-31-17.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 05/31/17 at 19:25:15 - 'IMG_8812_-_Copy.jpg' 167 KB
Another oldie is again by Aristo-Craft. It is a Mogul type 2-6-0. One of the earliest made. This is the Thomas Rogers. The railroad who's name is on this one is again the P&RR.
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 05/31/17 at 19:14:34 - 'IMG_8805_-_Copy.jpg' 219 KB
** The Aristocraft Company made a locomotive type referred to as a Bicycle. It has a 4-2-2 wheel arrangement. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad had some. Aristo-Craft modeled one that was the last loco of that single driver type built for the P&RR.  
 
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Re: Modeling the 1870's - By toptrain on 05/29/17 at 07:37:18 - 'HO_trains_3-8-08_001_-_Copy-2.jpg' 94 KB
Here is an Aristo-Craft HO Brass model of the fasted steam locomotive in the World. It held its title for a long period of time. Once safety became an issue over speed, many locomotives were well capable of taking the title, their high speed runs just weren't published anymore until a British A4 class streamlined locomotive had one of its runs clocked in an official way.  
 My loco is the New York Central 4-4-0 #999 which broke the speed record long ago pulling the Empire State Express.  
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
 
 
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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  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.
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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. )
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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.
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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.  
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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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