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Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Aug 8th, 2004, 5:36pm
i saw this in the n scale forums, so i thought i'd mirror it.   i just like to know what everyone else is doing.
 
 
i'm doing anything that ever ran in NJ at anytime, from WW2 up.    i figure thats alows me to run the best of the deisels and electrics, and should i desire steam i can say its an excursion (us younger people have an excuse for everything)
 
i try to run conrail, and UP.   since NJ has lots of catenary, i'm gonna have all that stuff on my layout,  so those pretty acelas and loved GG-1s will look great.    i'm starting on a 4x8, and branching  off with modules until i invade the entire basement.    
 
 
what kind of stuff are you guys doing, for example  era,  railroad, area , you know, whats your railroad about?
 
i look forward to seeing all of you brag about your layouts  
 
chris
Posted by: Virginian Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 12:13pm
End of steam on the N&W and Virginian.  Layout is on hold with basic benchwork and two mainline loops operational.  Been working on rolling stock and motive power.
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 1:14pm
Chessie System, St. louis Div., Indiana sub,  1972/1986.
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 3:42pm
Eastern "hills of Pennsylvania" style single track short line operation with steam and diesel operation with Alco, Baldwin, EMD's, GE's etc.  Can operate in the 50-60's era or modern times. Use a variety of equipment, have access to large PRR collection, my own RDG collection, plus host of other misc equipment such as kitbashed steam, old ambroid B&M coaches (I have about 12 built, 6 in kit form)
 
Below is my 2-8-0 #40, built from a Bachman 2-6-2/0-6-0 ALCO stlye boiler, Tyco frame and drivers, valve gear etc, Brass Tender and host of detail parts.
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 5:19pm
Oh wow! My namesake! I would love to see that in G scale! Not to be picky but there are errors with that model. The bell should be infront of the sand dome and the sand dome should be taller and there is only one sand dome. Everything Else looks great!
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 7:36pm
Yeah, I am very aware that the engine is not an exact copy of NH&I 40 and it was not meant to be. It's just something that was done freelance. The drivers for one are way too big as are the cylinders, the tender is too big, there are two sand domes etc.... The Boiler is a copy of #9's- an ALCO. Bachman based their 0-6-0 and 2-6-2 design off the USRA design.
 
I still say that NH&I should come out with a model of 40 like they originally planned to do back in the 60's. That was the purpose of buying 40 back in 62'.
 
Another ALCO Below....
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 8:03pm
Mid '50s traction railroad, Hudson Electric RR,  extending from Paterson, NJ through to Jersey City, and then across to Trenton and down to Camden. Built to railroad specifications along former trolley ROW during the 20s & 30s. MU passenger service and heavy freight traffic with large on-line industries. Owns and operates several tugs, barges, and carfloats out of both Camden and Jersey City. Wholly owned subsidiary is Camden Terminal & Interchange RR, a large yard that leases storage space to other roads, and has large car repair facility for contract work. Interchanges with PRR, B&O, CNJ, Erie, DL&W, NYC, & NYS&W. Partners with Titan Belt Lines (my friend George's model railroad) in Atlantic Produce Express (APEX) which owns and operates freight reefers with passenger brakes, steam and airlines, and trucks allowing them to be cut onto night trains from Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia/ Maryland with fresh produce and fruit for domestic and export markets shipped via Jersey City or Camden. Trackage rights arrangements with the PRR into Philadelphia for direct connection with TBL. Electric freight motors consist of Baldwin Class D and  and GE 40T units, a couple of S-1 switchers for interchange work, MU passenger equipment, and maybe some big freight motors along the lines of the GE-built New Haven EP-3. Company slogan: Speed...Safety...Service!  
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2004, 11:31pm
on Aug 24th, 2004, 7:36pm, NHIWW wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Yeah, I am very aware that the engine is not an exact copy of NH&I 40 and it was not meant to be. It's just something that was done freelance. The drivers for one are way too big as are the cylinders, the tender is too big, there are two sand domes etc.... The Boiler is a copy of #9's- an ALCO. Bachman based their 0-6-0 and 2-6-2 design off the USRA design.
 
I still say that NH&I should come out with a model of 40 like they originally planned to do back in the 60's. That was the purpose of buying 40 back in 62'.
 
Another ALCO Below....

 
Yeah you've got to admit 40's a beutiful engine! I've been wanting a model of her for long time. I model G and imagine #40 in G! That'd be cool!
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Sep 13th, 2004, 9:46am
Sharp Model, Hundsonelec...I have always wanted to aquire some of the smaller electric switchers, but have never gotten around to it.  
 
A friend of mine In California is working on his model of the Pacific Electric.  He has had me build some of his wooden freight equipment for him...mostly La Belle kits...many kitbashed to his specs.
 
I like the "Red Cars" myself....classic Interurban.
Posted by: Rick_F. Posted on: Sep 19th, 2004, 6:47pm
I'm modeling th Erie RR. and the C&O from about 1952 to about 1956.
Posted by: Fred Posted on: Sep 19th, 2004, 7:25pm
My Saline, Ann Arbor & Yuma RR  (SAY RR) is based on the Ann Arbor Railroad circa 1964. Like the AA, railroad runs from Toledo, Ohio to Elberta/Franfort, Mi including the ex NYC Saline Branch. Construction began in Oct, 1986 with operation starting up Oct, 1987. I recently have decided to "abandon" this HO layout and concentrate all my time & money on my outdoor garden railroad.
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Sep 19th, 2004, 8:06pm
Was modeling my own freelanced shortline based on the Jamestown, Westfield and NorthWestern RR, a shortline/interurban that was located in Upstate NY.  
I've since changed the scope, era and location. Now its Conrail 1976-84 and Southwest PA. The Southwest Secondary that ran from Radbaugh to Uniontown, Pa. However by the time that I'm modeling it was cut back to Connellsville.
Coal is the main comodity, but feed, chemicals and lumber are also shipped. There will be a working interchange with The B&O/Chessie at Everson/Scottdale. Conrail and the B&O crossed and interchanged at that location.
Primary Conrail power will be GP40/40-2's and GP38/38-2's.  
The line is now owned by the SouthWest Pennsylvania RR.
Posted by: BNSF_railfan. Posted on: Sep 19th, 2004, 8:23pm
I model only Kato's(Collect Locomotives Only)
I have these Model's:
 
Kato.
BN SD70MAC's  
BN 9580.
BN 9615.
 
Kato.
BNSF SD70MAC's
BNSF 8802.
BNSF 9838.
BNSF 9959.
 
Kato.
BNSF AC4400CW's
BNSF 5602.
BNSF 5615.
BNSF 5624.
 
Athearn. (New Locomotive to my Collection)
BNSF SD75M.
BNSF 8213.
 
End of list.
Posted by: Young_Rider Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2004, 2:24am
I do the DT&I, The Grand Trunk, Chessie System, and Norfolk Southern...with anything else I find attractive thrown in :p. I had a layout back in ohio...and I doubt I'll get to start another til I have my own place. I'm currently living with my boyfriend in Vegas, so there's not a lot of room!
 
Here's a picture
Posted by: Passenger_Extra Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2004, 6:23pm
Early to mid 50's B&O, west end, when there was a nice mix of steam and diesel,
 the main was kept clear ahead of passenger trains,  
   and the word "Timesaver" could turn a weak yardmaster into jello.  
 
 
PX
Posted by: Teen_NS_fan Posted on: Sep 26th, 2004, 12:01am
Im GOING to do a freelance shortline set in the mountains here in NC  that leases NS and CSX power and runs steam powered excursions.  
          Cy
Posted by: mlrr Posted on: Nov 8th, 2004, 9:57am
I primarily model Amtrak with a little NJT and MNRR.
 
Once I move and expand my layout's area, I will heavily invest in freight equipment (Conrail, Norfolk Southern, CSX, BNSF and possibly Union Pacific).
 
Space is the only thing holding this up.  I intend to model the present for the most part with a small amount of equipment representing equipment that was around when I first got into Model Railroading that is no longer seen in service on the real railroads.
Posted by: Jrisen Posted on: Nov 16th, 2004, 6:00am
WCO  
 
West Central Ohio RR club.
 
 Waiting at the red singnal for an east bound.
Posted by: ATSF_railfan Posted on: Nov 27th, 2004, 7:05pm
I'm working on a layout on the ATSF.
 
The Black River Branch is going to be a fictional, small 1950's-era branch of the Santa Fe. Right now, I have a 2-8-0 and GP7, perfect branchline locos for the ATSF. The BRB will also have access to mainline thoroughfare, so I can let the occasional Super Chief fly through.  
 
Guys, I hate to say it, but you actually know of New Hope & Ivyland?!
 
Normally people are so concentrated on Strausburg... (I don't blame them, quite a display!)
 
I grew up less than a mile away from the NH&I in Bucks County. I lived just outside New Hope. My hometown. What memories. I'll never forget that train. Never.  
 
That was the source of my first steam-oriented sight, and first cab ride. Gotta love it.  
 
Long Live #40!  
Posted by: Whiteoaksvet Posted on: Dec 11th, 2004, 5:56pm
The original plan was to model current operations in Northern Illinois-BNSF and UP, including intermodal, coal, mixed freight, and the twice a day Amtrak into and out of Chicago.  I had the benchwork all built and most of the rolling stock aquired in N scale.  About that time, mother nature caught up with me and my eyesight told me that if I wanted to continue in N, I needed longer arms.  So, I sold all of that off and am now starting over with the same idea in HO, except for that pesky curve radius difference.  So the room with 3 sides of benchwork and a peninsula now has 2 duck-unders.  I at least have trains running on a big loop, but the final plan is still up in the air.
Posted by: T.C.SHRED Posted on: Dec 11th, 2004, 8:03pm
I model any thing that ran through Buffalo in the late 60's , makes for some interesting if not impractical sights.I don't  believe TH&B had any track rights into St.Marys, Pa. but you will see their Geeps hauling a coal drag out of my coal mine there.Also model the D&H, NYC, WAG and ERIE, the latter in particular because i grew up on the line between Buffalo and Punxatawnee.I have been building a lot of WAG rolling stock , but they look rather generic with no decals( I cant find a source and my skills in that direction are somewhat limited.
Posted by: donzufall Posted on: Dec 13th, 2004, 10:22pm
Main line of the Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway north of Puxsutawney to Falls Creek prototype-freelanced in the 50's. I've been collecting equipment and information for a couple years and hope to start construction by summer.
 
(T. C. SHRED - I had custom BR&P decals made by Rail Graghics. They did the artwork for me and they came out Beautiful.)
Posted by: andy_anthracite Posted on: Dec 16th, 2004, 8:13pm
Lehigh & New England
 
Jersey Central
 
....in the 1950's
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Dec 16th, 2004, 11:29pm
I like scratch building and kit bashing. I model the Jersey Central Lines, Baltimore and Ohio and Reading Company. I have a special interest in the iron mine railroads in northern New Jersy. I like "what if" models of trains that never existed but might have if the railroad continued into the '70s and '80s. The photos that follow are examples of my work.
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Posted by: cbcnsfan Posted on: Dec 17th, 2004, 3:31pm
Hi All, well I'm doing a freelance version of a local shortline the  Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railroad, CB&CNS for short and CBNS even shorter. All diesel locos are kitbashed and I have 8 of them finished, 6 MLW C630M's, 1 GP18 and 1 MLW RS18 .
Posted by: andy_anthracite Posted on: Dec 17th, 2004, 9:17pm
NICE WORK, TAB!
 
Really like that early CNJ equipment.
 
One of my goals is to some day have a model of one of the 810-814 pacifics.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Dec 17th, 2004, 10:41pm
Hey andy_anthracite…Thanks for the compliment. I’m also trying to come up with a start on the CNJ Pacific. There is a lot of material out there that is close but the wide fire box is a problem. I would like to build models of the CNJ’s “Bullet”, “Queen of the Valley” and “Harrisburg Special”. The passenger cars are available but the engine is holding me back…TAB
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Dec 18th, 2004, 7:11pm
I now model Norfolk Southern in the Allentown,PA area. But before this I had an around the room layout of the L&NE and DL&W in the Cement region around Nazareth, PA.
Posted by: Jeff_K. Posted on: Dec 19th, 2004, 1:54pm
Conrail, Norfolk Southern, and Reading and Northern in Eastern PA. Also, RDG, CNJ, LV, and LNE.
 
-Jeff
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Dec 19th, 2004, 11:54pm
I do mostly modern stuff, mostly of my favorite trains. I'm in college now and don't have much money to spare for trains, nor do I have time or a layout to run them. However, I have a nice BNSF intermodal train, ZWSPLAC, of course!   Also, I  have recently been getting some CSX stuff, to represent some of the trains I was around when I grew up in Ohio. I'm working on a unit steel train, and maybe a mixed freight of sorts with blocks of steel, autoracks, and Hi-Cubes! I also, have some SP stuff, and intend to make a model of a typical SP intermodal train as I saw them many years ago!
Posted by: Rev_Matt Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2004, 9:00pm
I model the CNJ 1950 to 1976.
 
My current layout is an eight by ten set in Pennsylvania coal country.  It is mostly a switching layout and I run Camelbacks, RS-3's and Baby Trainmasters.  No passenger trains because of the tight radius.
 
My dream layout is "The Aldene Plan."  There will be a "Y" shaped penninsula going into three walls.  One end of the penninsula will be the mainline from Cranford to Elizabeth Port.  The other end of the Y will be the Lehigh Valley from Cranford to Newark Penn.  I will run push-pulls and RDC's along with freights.  I should get the basement room in a couple of years.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Jan 11th, 2005, 12:08pm
I am adding the short line Chestnut Ridge Railway to my current layout.  The CHR is a 6 and a half mile railroad and serves remains of the NJ Zinc Co. and a few other customers. I am currently planning the addition.  I plan on painting either CHR Alco S2 #11 or 21.
Posted by: WVAFALLENFLAG Posted on: Jan 18th, 2005, 4:29pm
on Sep 23rd, 2004, 6:23pm, Passenger_Extra wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Early to mid 50's B&O, west end, when there was a nice mix of steam and diesel,
 the main was kept clear ahead of passenger trains,  
   and the word "Timesaver" could turn a weak yardmaster into jello.  
 
 
PX

Posted by: WVAFALLENFLAG Posted on: Jan 18th, 2005, 4:32pm
I am modeling B & O Ohio River Sub to Wheeling having tough time finding steam 2-8-2 Mikado's & 2-6-2 Pacifics for Passengers. Most urgently ned to find source for the B & O capitol emblem , preferably in metal to put on front of fire boxes. Can you adivse??
    Thanks on Jan 18th, 2005, 4:29pm, WVAFALLENFLAG wrote:       (Click here for original message)


Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jan 18th, 2005, 5:04pm
A good source for the B&O Capitol Dome is Bowser. A brass one is available as part of thier Cal-Scale Line.
John D.
Let me know about your Ohio River sub modeling. My grandfather was an engineer running out of Brooklyn Jct for many years. In those days the sub was 100% steam.
Posted by: Carman_Ron Posted on: Jan 21st, 2005, 2:08am
1966, Chicago, Milwaukee Road and Innerchange lines.
Posted by: strasburg90 Posted on: Jan 21st, 2005, 7:44pm
i have a small but growing layout  that models philidelphia rr's
Posted by: blackwolf1 Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2005, 10:55pm
Hey All. I'm working on my own freelance railroad .The Niagara Frontier Rail Corp. As of now my power and rolling stock has trackage rights on the Model RR club of Buffalo's HO  layout. The road is set in the mid 80's to present day, and will be modeled after the real Niagara branch in western NY. On the down side however most of the NFRC's locomotives were stolen in the break-in at the club last year , with the exception of  2 C-30-7s and my GP38-2 in the blue and white experimental scheme. Guess I'll slowly work on rebuilding the roster with better running power. Eventually I'll build my layout 22x50 Staging for Buffalo ,Niagara Falls & the Somersett plant. But that's years down the road. So in the mean time I'll probally build a small switching layout for home and continue to work on the "Black fleet" . Besides I still have a heck of a lot more work to do on the Buffalo Central . Have a good one.
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Feb 8th, 2005, 8:24pm
One of my Jamestown, Westfield and North Western GP38's.  
I started with a Clinchfield 38 and removed all the lettering and numbers. Then I applied Rail Graphics Decals. Note the loco still needs weathering etc. The JWNW has four of these.
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Feb 8th, 2005, 8:56pm
Oooohhh... One more. 2002 and Cabin Car.
Posted by: C420 Posted on: Feb 10th, 2005, 9:27pm
I'm hooked on the L&HR.    Currently working on a trio of RS 3's. Providing I get away from this computer.  
Posted by: Victoria Railway Posted on: Feb 27th, 2005, 9:56am
having finally moved into a house with a large, unfinished basement (with high ceilings) I can finally get to work on my layout.
 
I'm modelling the Victoria Railway (Canadian National Haliburton Sub) that ran from Lindsay, Ontario north to the little town of Haliburton. I'm modelling transition era, late 50s/early 60s.
 
My great grandparents came from one of the small communities along the line, and built a summer home near there that I still go to. Although the line was finally abandoned in the early 80s, the right-of-way has been turned into the Haliburton Rail-Trail.
 
More info about the line can be found at my website, http://www.geocities.com/victoria_railway
 
I'll be uploading some info about the progress of my plans!
 
Sean
Posted by: alcoc420 Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 9:31pm
Hey guys i model a free lance Milwaukee Road branch line that serves a small town. I interchange with the C&NW and THE TURTLE CREEK CENTRAL. I serve a grain silo, a lumber mill, a coal mine, a warehouse and possibly more industries. I have a four track yard, a couple of sidings and a abandoned SOO LINE branch that services the mine. Primary power right now is a detailed MLW GP-38-2 with a dummy CNW F unit.  
It makes for a intresting lash up on coal drags. I might get some pics on here tomorrow.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Mar 28th, 2005, 9:04am
In additon to my NS engines, I'm made a model of the Chestnut Ridge Railway GP7 #11 seen here on the work bench. I started with an old spare GP7, chopped off the high nose, cut off the old radiator, added new nose and cab and other details. It has been repainted but lacks decals. I am also modeling the NDC Railroad RS3m #99. I'll try to get pics of it as work progresses...
Posted by: Knightwolf2102 Posted on: Mar 31st, 2005, 7:44pm
When I`m no procrastinating......
 
 I`m rebuilding parts of the Schuykill & Lehigh Model RR. club layout in Kempton PA.....now that we kicked out 1 bad member and another quit we can rebuild and not have to worry about any more damage.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Mar 31st, 2005, 9:00pm
on Mar 31st, 2005, 7:44pm, Knightwolf2102 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
When I`m no procrastinating......
 
 I`m rebuilding parts of the Schuykill & Lehigh Model RR. club layout in Kempton PA.....now that we kicked out 1 bad member and another quit we can rebuild and not have to worry about any more damage.

 
I'd love to see it when you're done.
Posted by: Knightwolf2102 Posted on: Apr 1st, 2005, 9:54pm
on Mar 31st, 2005, 9:00pm, RDG484 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I'd love to see it when you're done.

 
We start our run season the first full weekend of May only on Sundays.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Apr 1st, 2005, 10:16pm
I'll keep that in mind, thanks.  Would it be alright with your group if I could run some of my stuff on your layout?
 
Thanks.
Posted by: strasburg90 Posted on: May 14th, 2005, 7:23am
i love that picon Mar 28th, 2005, 9:04am, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
In additon to my NS engines, I'm made a model of the Chestnut Ridge Railway GP7 #11 seen here on the work bench. I started with an old spare GP7, chopped off the high nose, cut off the old radiator, added new nose and cab and other details. It has been repainted but lacks decals. I am also modeling the NDC Railroad RS3m #99. I'll try to get pics of it as work progresses...

Posted by: WEUSANDCORR_Les Posted on: May 15th, 2005, 10:20pm
G'day all , Here's a couple of photos of Whyong Junction, an Australian layout based in New south Wales that I'm helping to build. Its simple dogbone double track with a branch.Size 19x7.
Posted by: WEUSANDCORR_Les Posted on: May 15th, 2005, 10:22pm
pic 2
Posted by: WEUSANDCORR_Les Posted on: May 15th, 2005, 10:23pm
pic 3.   Regards Les
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 16th, 2005, 10:03pm
wow that orange and gray locomotive is nice! what type is it?  i like that one. i'll put one in CSX paint, that would be awesome
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: May 16th, 2005, 11:16pm
Cool photos everyone!  I'll have to get some pics of my layout as it's being built.  I might have some this weekend, that's the next time I'll be working on it.  My brother and I are building it together, so it's at his place out of town.  We're modelling the N&W during the transition era.  He has 2 N&W Mountain steamers, an A-class, a Y-class and a J-class along with 2 Alco RS-11's.  So far we almost have all the track laid.
 
Pics to come soon!
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: May 17th, 2005, 11:06am
This may sound a little strange. As most here know, I'm in 1 1/2 inch live steam. But very recently I was unpacking some of my old, and I do mean old, HO stuff. As I unwraped one locomotive after another, just to look at them, I unwraped from its bubble pac, a 4-4-2, that I had completely forgotten about. It is almost  identicle to my Erie Atlantic.  Vandy tender and all. I have'nt seen that engine for about twenty five years. Almost a little scarey. The bell placement, the headlight perch, the cab mount, so close to my live steamer. This is an old MDC kit that I purchased at a flea market in the early seventy as a basket case. It now rests on my mantle piece in an honored place.  
Funny how one's mind holds on to an image. Even funnier how that image magnifies itself. In my case, first in HO, then, many years later, in 1 1/2 inch live steam.
 
          Take care,
 
           Bruce
Posted by: Dave Posted on: May 20th, 2005, 3:15pm
The Flats  
 
http://www.theflats.us
Posted by: WEUSANDCORR_Les Posted on: May 21st, 2005, 3:15am
GEC that's a NRclass based on Dash 9 loco from stateside. Heres a pic of a real one wearing an Aboriginal Design paint job. Regards Les
Posted by: RDG2124 Posted on: May 21st, 2005, 5:20pm
I collect Reading company RDC cars, heres the 9151&9166 at souderton on my layout
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 22nd, 2005, 2:23am
My RDC's are second from right.  These are MTS Imports models with Cannon can motors.  Their numbers are 9163 (the ex-LV unit), and 9165 (the ex-B&M RDC-2 "Refreshment Car").
Posted by: RDG2124 Posted on: May 22nd, 2005, 8:03am
Yeah i have 2 athearn RDC's 9166 & 9151 and i have a 9168 too and plenty of other custom RDG engines in HO scale
Posted by: espeefoamer Posted on: May 22nd, 2005, 5:22pm
I try to stay within 1950-1975,but I have a few locos that are newer.I have 4 steam engines( 3 SP 1 PRR) 2 electrics,and over 60 diesels. Most of my stuff is SP,but I also have a lot of ATSF, and PRR locos.The rest are various other roads.
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 12:01am
Happenings out on the B&OSW, St.Louis Division.
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 12:04am
One more shot from the B&OSW, St.Louis Division.
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 12:07am
OK..Just one more..
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 12:15am
OK.. Last one..Of my other favorite RR.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:11pm
My other favorite railroad, the Philadelphia & Western.  Here, a 4-car Bullet train hustles past Perryville on my friend's Northeast Corridor layout.  Funny how this train seems so much at home on the NEC!!
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:14pm
Close-up of lead MU No. 205.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:17pm
Whizzing past a freight in the hole at the 79 MPH track speed.  
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:23pm
The best-looking train ever (IMO), a fast-moving, all-black Reading T-1 4-8-4 with green passenger cars trailing.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:25pm
Mirror mirror on the wall, whose the sleekest one of all?
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 23rd, 2005, 10:28pm
Hope you enjoyed.
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: May 25th, 2005, 3:38pm
My second freelanced railroad the Franklin & Lake Erie based on the Erie's Oil City Branch.
 
RS-2 #203 at end of (for now) track...........
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 28th, 2005, 7:39am
Nice!  i can't wait till i have an empire like you guys...
 
i also like those RDC cars.  on the athearn RDCs were those orange and black stripes already on the model, or were they painted on by you later?
 
i was looking for a cheap way to copy some NJT RDCs i saw, and to get expirence painting locomotives , and  i am just curious.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 28th, 2005, 8:28am
Athearn's never came with tiger stripes.  In fact, I don't thing P2K's Reading RDC's had tiger stripes either.  But the MTS RDC's I have came to me with tiger stripes.  Here's a close-up of my MTS RDC No. 9163.  Note the yellow flasher up top.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 31st, 2005, 5:26pm
are those brass?  i notice you have an interesting collection loaded with some neat stuff, i don't really see models of some of these trains you have. they are really nice .
 
are those MP54s on the left of that RDC?
Posted by: RDG2124 Posted on: May 31st, 2005, 9:37pm
Yes the stripes my dad put on there in the 80's. I have an atlas RS-3 # 485 in RDG , 2 FP-7s 904 and 907 and matching csrs. An AS-16 #549 , SW 1000 # 2617 , 2 c424's and a Maunta RDG  camelback its awesome its # is #1147 , oh and i have more RDC like 5 and 2 SD-45's # 7600 & 7602,
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: May 31st, 2005, 11:22pm
on May 31st, 2005, 5:26pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
are those brass?  i notice you have an interesting collection loaded with some neat stuff, i don't really see models of some of these trains you have.      they are really nice .
 
are those MP54s on the left of that RDC?

Look at page 4, 6th response down for a zoom-out of the above RDC photo with the MP-54's next to them.  Those are Orion Brass PRSL MP-54's with trolley poles and third rail shoes.  The RDC's, as well as the Bullets, are also brass, all purchased from MTS Imports.
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Jul 17th, 2005, 9:06am
My HO scale Eastern RR. is back in the 1950's east coast railroad. Es and Fs andGP7 rules the road.
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Aug 9th, 2005, 10:34am
Who makes the best geep, for the money. Right now the new athearns look good, but anything else?
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Aug 9th, 2005, 10:56am
what do you mean by geep?  a geep can be anythign with a GP in front of it.  
 
athearn is good, but try atlas or  proto 2000.  
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Aug 9th, 2005, 11:25am
any Gp really, I am modeling a short line in my basement, most of my power is of the sd type, older athearn, and the fleet which is about as old as i am. 25 is starting to act its age, to keep up with the 22'' radius curves i wanted to start a realistic replacement of power using Geeps, 30's 40's 50's etc. I only know athearn since i was a kid thats all ive had, but i know these days the quality of locomotives has improved alot so i just wanted to know who also makes good geeps, thanks for the advive on the proto ill look into that,
Posted by: spooler734 Posted on: Aug 16th, 2005, 4:46pm
I model the Western Maryland......but latley ive been getting more Chessie System and CSX units. My new project is WMSR.
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2005, 12:14pm
Any body know how to get Bessemer and Lake Erie Decals, for HO?
Posted by: IronHorse Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2005, 2:03pm
Quote:
Any body know how to get Bessemer and Lake Erie Decals, for HO?

 
Unless you live near them and they have them at your LHS, try this.
 
1. Go here http://www.microscale.com/catalog_search.mv...search for the RR you want, and get the part number.
 
2. Then you can order the part number through the LHS or online, i have used http://www.internettrains.com - on the order form for microscale decals you type in the part number.
 
 
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Oct 9th, 2005, 6:52pm
I modeling Mid Atlantic States in the 1950's My HO scale Eastern RR uses E8's,F7s,PAs and GG1s. Here is a picture of Eastern RR shop at Darby.
Posted by: dinwitty Posted on: Dec 24th, 2005, 6:38pm
on Aug 24th, 2004, 12:13pm, Virginian wrote:       (Click here for original message)
End of steam on the N&W and Virginian.  Layout is on hold with basic benchwork and two mainline loops operational.  Been working on rolling stock and motive power.

 
 
looking for any info on those lines
 
http://www.qtm.net/~dinwitty/rr/rr1.html
 
visit here
 
going to do a combination of railroads which scan my hobby interests, basically as a general theme.."The Coal Routes"
as it will move coal and interchange between them all.
 
the lines involved...
 
N&W, Virginian, NYC, NKP, CSS&SB, CNS&M, IC, C&NW, BRofC
I have models for it all except electrified IC.
more lines might add as space permits and operationability to enhance the fun... 8-D
 
There wont be huge yards and so on, there may be only one serious yard which would be the Belt Railway of Chicago which would be a central sorter for all the lines.
Although each line would have really only a short run, a cheat
would allow continous running between all the lines.
 
Layout design is multi-level modular shelves, that can be disconnected for up close detail work. There will be none of what we know of the layout construction as we have been used to, its placed on max 18"x48" base (plywood/homoste) and a minimal framing support, as the shelves are supported by wall supports.
I tried a shelving system in an article in MR, but it was too wielding for faults, so I am sticking to easy basics.
The support will be able to fashion a kind of L-Girder construction support but with cookie cutter design mixed in.
Shelves will be C-Clamped to the wall supports and plug-wired between modules.
I decided to work a mix of DC and DCC because I have too much non-DC equipment, my only true DCC lokie is the BLI N&W 2-6-6-4. Other equipment I have to modify and not ready to do this.
Going DCC will be a slow and gradual process, but in time it will get there, but I will keep DC compatibility.
 
Lighting will have translucent plastic sheets with a grid of bulbs
so the sky will be fully lit above and be able to dim them for day/night. 12 volt bulbs. I studied 120vdc stuff and its just not there to do it. I can make a 12vdc dimmer much easier and controlled by computer or clock.
 
 
 
Posted by: SuperbirdVHble Posted on: Dec 27th, 2005, 1:43pm
I model the Bessemer & Lake Erie. I try to stay between 1975 to the present. I would show you guys some pics but I am going through a major motive power ugrade and a major layout change. (for the 4th time now) In other words, everything is a mess!!! LOL
Posted by: bigblue Posted on: Jan 6th, 2006, 1:17pm
I'm starting over....again. this time I'm going to do a present day B&O. I just can't deside if I want the panit scheme from the 50's or the post meger paint. But there will be a caboose at the end of the train.
Posted by: Alco C-628 Posted on: Jan 26th, 2006, 10:26pm
Modern U.S. Army and Mid twetieth Century Pennsy!
Posted by: Transcon Posted on: Jan 27th, 2006, 2:58pm
I´m modelling a fictional Southwest Desert scene during the early 50ies, with trains of Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific and Texas & Pacific.
Posted by: Capt._Chesapeake Posted on: Feb 1st, 2006, 12:52am
my current layout is only a 4x6 with three ovals (the inside two have an angled crossing). it consists of a bunch of old bachmann, mantua and tyco stuff my granddad had set up in his basement when i was a kid. i dug it out of storage and set it up for him at my place for the 2004 holidays. he passed right after easter '05 so it was a consolation that he got to see them one last time.  
 
my grand scheme is based on the roads that run from baltimore to philadelphia and i have been amassing atlas and walthers freight to that aim. i've got 49 cars at this point and five engines- two chessie gp7, two conrail gp40 and a lehigh rs11. timeline runs from my childhood in the seventies up to present day.
Posted by: Capt._Chesapeake Posted on: Feb 9th, 2006, 3:39pm
UPS just delivered my latest acquisitions: CSX  #172065 & #172625, NS #600931 & #600942. All of which are 60' Auto Parts Cars that will be making deliveries to the Chrysler or GM plants in Newark, DE.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 9th, 2006, 4:48pm
(Capt
Make sure you make those deliveries quickly, before the companies shut down those plants.  
Posted by: Capt._Chesapeake Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 12:48am
Crossed another one off the list today: C&O #488708 (60' Auto Parts Car)
Posted by: Penn Central SD40 Posted on: Feb 21st, 2006, 6:21pm
Well, I dont have a layout yet, and probably wont even be able to start one for another 5 or so years (graduating high school soon, military after that, then comes finding a house etc) but I've been tossing around ideas for a future layout for the past few years. Theres so many things I want to model (D&H, DL&W, Pennsy, Lehigh Valley, Penn Central, Erie Lackawanna, Late 70s/early 80s Conrail) that I'm thinking of just doing a "generic" northeastern PA landscape and just running a little of each of my favorite railroads. One thing is for sure though I want to run GG1s and lightning stripe ALCos.  
Posted by: Luther Brefo Posted on: Mar 27th, 2006, 2:55pm
This...
 
http://www.lalrailfan.net/copper/thumbnails.php?album=28
Posted by: O_H_S Posted on: Mar 28th, 2006, 6:34pm
on Aug 24th, 2004, 3:42pm, NHIWW wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Eastern "hills of Pennsylvania" style single track short line operation with steam and diesel operation with Alco, Baldwin, EMD's, GE's etc.  Can operate in the 50-60's era or modern times. Use a variety of equipment, have access to large PRR collection, my own RDG collection, plus host of other misc equipment such as kitbashed steam, old ambroid B&M coaches (I have about 12 built, 6 in kit form)
 
Below is my 2-8-0 #40, built from a Bachman 2-6-2/0-6-0 ALCO stlye boiler, Tyco frame and drivers, valve gear etc, Brass Tender and host of detail parts.

 
I dont think Bachman makes a 2-6-2
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Mar 28th, 2006, 9:31pm
on Mar 28th, 2006, 6:34pm, O_H_S wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I dont think Bachman makes a 2-6-2

 
Bachmann makes 2-6-2's. I have a B&O one.
Posted by: inch53 Posted on: May 18th, 2006, 4:41pm

 
I'm doing 50-60s freelance on a 7 ft. x 8 ft. layout, called the Yard Sale Lines. Reason a lot of it came from yard sale, swap meets and flea markets. We run any name we want this way as long as it fits into the time fram. There photos at this link along with some rail fanning photos
 
http://www.railimages.com/gallery/mikemyles
Posted by: parailroader Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2006, 4:27am
Am currently working on a multi era layout of the Lewistown PA Mainline and Yard
area which will run PRR/PC/Conrail/NS Locomotives. Since I will not be able to modify
the mainline or yard area (have been numerous changes over the years), all eras will  
have to use the same track work. Am currently removing Athearn power, and switching  
them to Kato and Atlas using DCC. Am also going to combine the Juniata Valley RR
and my DelPenn&Western (DP&W) as the local railroad doing the switching for the
local industries. Anyway it will make for a fun time. Even though I continue to build,  
I have included a look at the East Yard on my layout...Still a long way to the scenery..
Posted by: IronHorse Posted on: Aug 14th, 2006, 1:32pm
Here are some pictures of my recently completed Woodland Scenics Module.  It was really nice outside so I took them outdoors.  Pic 1 is a view of the module.  All the rest are "real or fake",  
Posted by: IronHorse Posted on: Aug 14th, 2006, 1:33pm
Pic 2 something Rolled By......
Posted by: IronHorse Posted on: Aug 14th, 2006, 1:34pm
One more.......
Posted by: Big_Bambu Posted on: Aug 21st, 2006, 3:17pm
Sometimes it seems not much. I am planning a shelf layout now and have for some time been making structures, aquiring rolling stock and engines for it.
 
It will be a coal and lumber layout.
 
Posted by: RN_addict Posted on: Sep 28th, 2006, 4:31pm
I just started customizing cars last weekend. I finished up one of them and the other needs metal wheels and kadees. Heres a shot of the finished one. I will not be changing the couplers or wheels due to the build of the trucks and the way they are attached.
Posted by: RN_addict Posted on: Sep 28th, 2006, 4:34pm
The unfinished cattle car. It has "dirt" on the floor and a friendly hobo. If you look close you can see the donkey inside.
Posted by: RN_addict Posted on: Sep 28th, 2006, 4:36pm
I started paying more attention to detail in my landscaping. Tell me what you think...
Posted by: JD Posted on: Oct 7th, 2006, 8:28am
I've just gotten back into the hobby after about 9 years of having all my stuff boxed up in the basement.  
 
My idea is to create a freelanced line with a link to the real world, so I'm starting with a junction between my local NJT station (which used to be part of the Erie and the EL) and my fictional road.
 
I've begun a layout on a 2'x8' section of pink extruded foam insulation, which I find terribly easy to deal with.  The sections come pre-cut at my local Home Despot, including rebates along the sides which will make for easy mounting in a modified L-Girder frame.  I figure that I can build a frame with slender joists along the basement wall and simply set this module into it after building it in the guest bedroom.
 
This first section I'm working on will be the junction, and it's set up with dead straight trackwork at the ends for linking up with more stuff later.  Naturally given the size it's kind of a linear shelf layout, but I've given it some switching possibilities, so it ought to be reasonably fun to use on its own, with expanded operational possibilities down the line.  I'll also be able to decide by then if I want to go back to a more traditional construction method or not.  I must say, using the foam is easy, and carving terrain into it is a snap.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Oct 7th, 2006, 8:34am
One of my latest projects...an old Northeastern wood outside braced boxcar kit.  
Posted by: Alcophile Posted on: Dec 6th, 2006, 3:59pm
I model the New York Central's fictional "Lackawanna Secondary". The history of this line is in the 1870/80's the Scranton & Central Pennsylvania (S&CPRR) was built to reach the New York Central's Corning secondary. Sometime around 1900 the S&CP became part of the NYC. I model the line in 50's and 60's. After that it became part of Penn Central, Conrail and in 1980's was sold to regional Lackawanna & Central Pennsylvania (LCP).
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Dec 6th, 2006, 4:25pm
I model the 60's on the Strasburg railroad ehuile on my o gauge I model Strasburg present time
~AnthonyD~
Posted by: R/Cpullerdude Posted on: Jan 14th, 2007, 10:32pm
Dream, for now.  Hopefully before the end of the year I can start a sectional layout modeling the present Western New York & Pennsylvania between Meadville and Cambridge Springs, PA.
Posted by: nssd60 Posted on: Feb 21st, 2007, 7:39am
HO scale Norfolk Southern anywhere in the Pocahontas Division. Favorite spots are Narrows, VA, Bluefield Yard but currently building further east my yard at Crewe VA.
 Favorite locos: sd-60's, sd 40-2's and high nose gp 38-2's.  Best performing 4-axle loco is my Athearn gp 59 (Operation Lfife Saver). I have many sd40-2's but cream of the crop in the 6-axles are my two Proto 2000 Sd-60'S (NS 6633 and 6564). Can't beat their pulling power!
Posted by: izzy1975 Posted on: Apr 4th, 2007, 9:44pm
I model NYC and NYOW, nothern divisions, however i have a fictional 13 ft by 10 ft called Acheland Valley Railway which is a division of the NYC/NYOW. Basically 1920's to 1940's
Posted by: neparailfan Posted on: May 1st, 2007, 11:51am
Even though I live in PA, I am originally from NJ. I share your interest in NJ and it's loads of cantenary. I just started back into the hobby that I unwantedly abandoned years ago(almost 20). I plan on doing some PC, NYC, PRR, EL, Erie, CR, NJT, & Amtrak as well.
 
I used to live a stones throw from the Hoboken terminal and water front. I'd like to include some of that as well.
 
Scott
Posted by: joseph.ferris Posted on: Jun 17th, 2007, 12:36am
I am currently in the prototype research phase of my next project, better known as armchair railroading.
 
I am planning a series of HO Scale modules from various locations along the old Erie Main, pre-Conrail transition.  I am hoping to figuratively "break ground" on the module framing in the next couple of weeks.
Posted by: BNSFModelRRinTX Posted on: Jun 18th, 2007, 1:51am
I model the BNSF in the late 1990s era.  I am wanting to start an Amtrak train being pulled by a Dash 8-32BHW in the red/blue/white/ and black scheme.  I am selling a BNSF Dash 8-40CW and would be willing to do a trade.  Here are my current locomotives:
 
Atlas-Gold Series BN MP15DC
Atlas-Gold Series BNSF Dash 8-40CWS (2)
Atlas-Gold Series ATSF Dash 8-40BW
Kato BNSF SD40-2 (snoot) with decoder
Athearn RTR BN SD40
Athearn RTR BN GP35 with decoder and ditch lights
Atlas Master Series BNSF GP38-2 (decoder equipped)
 
I want to upgrade my Atlas GP38-2, Athearn SD40 and Kato SD40-2 with ditch lights.  I unfortunately don't live in an area with a good hobby shop.  

 
~BNSF Model Railroader~
Posted by: KCSFAN Posted on: Jun 24th, 2007, 11:34am
I'm starting to model KCS'S Vicksburg Sub from Gibsland,LA to Shreveport,LA. The railroads I'm going to model are KCS,BNSF,CSX,TFM,Lease companies,and NS.
Posted by: KCSFAN Posted on: Jun 24th, 2007, 11:50am
I have not to many locomotives.I have a proto 2000 KCS SD50 and an Athearn KCS AC4400 and also an Athearn NS SD40-T custom.Last a ex-Union Pacific GP40.I'm working on getting more locomotives.
Posted by: michael_earnest Posted on: Jul 7th, 2007, 1:06am
N & W on the blueridge, helpers, long coal drags, and passenger trains in the early 50's.
Posted by: rgorski Posted on: Jul 14th, 2007, 10:11pm
I'm freelance modeling the Tamaqua area of Pennsylvania in the late 1940s to early 1950s era on my small, around 20' x 5', "L" shaped layout. My main industry is anthracite mining with the breaker and mine connected by a point to point narrow gauge (HOn30) branchline to bring the raw coal from the mine to the breaker for processing. The mainline is a freelanced interchange of the Lehigh and New England, Lehigh Valley, and Reading railroads.  
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2007, 7:40pm
Not much right now.My Loco's are:
 
UP
 
C44-9W #9703
GP40 #866
4-8-4 #806(In The Shop)
 
CNW
GP20 #5826(Going to Be sold soon)
 
Conrail
 
SW1
 
Forest Central
 
O-4-O
 
And some rolling stock.
Posted by: Colonial01 Posted on: Jan 27th, 2008, 4:41pm

I model a freelanced coal hauler set in 1958 called the Pittsburgh, Lynchburg, and Maritime. Overall, it runs from Portsmouth, Virginia to Akron, Ohio via Lyncgburg Va and Pittsburgh Pa, passing through Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio to do so. The most recently modeled section was the Noelle Creek Branch in West Virginia, but it had to come down for a move. The new layout will either be a coal branch, or something in the tidewater Va area, a port perhaps, or maybe just a large engine terminal.
Posted by: MDDE_And_SRC_Railfan Posted on: Jan 28th, 2008, 3:09pm
765 fan,
 
At least you have more then me. All I have is an ex-CSX, Maryland & Delaware Railroad F7A. She hauls whatever I put on her though.
 
Anyway,  
For me it's any time period with Pennsy and the Delmarva Peninsula. Pennsylvania's where I was born and Delmarva is where I was raised.
Posted by: Colonial01 Posted on: Jan 29th, 2008, 1:56am
A bit of the PL&Ms Noelle Creek Branch...
 
PL&M C4 2-8-0 552 heads past the freight house at Doyle, West Virginia on her way to switch out Red Hill Mining Company's Tipple #7.
 
And that's what I did- a West Virginia coal branch.
Posted by: kjohn Posted on: Jan 30th, 2008, 3:03pm
Along with a story I am writing, I will be modelling a sand and gravel operation, along with an engine rebuilding business scene.  My construction engineers are currently surveying the property and devising the blueprints.  (In other words, I am still in the "planning" stages, much interrupted by a serious renovating of my 59 year old house.)  Some of the motive power and rolling stock is ready, and is currently being leased to another gravel outfit.  (A series of cardboard boxes at my cabin.)  This layout won't be modelled after anywhere in particular, nor are the engines and rolling stock showing any particular heritage, with CP RAIL being one exception.  A heavy leaning toward First Generation diesel EMD and battered old hoppers will show.  The "correct police" will need their eyes pushed back into their sockets!!  
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Jan 30th, 2008, 5:30pm
I don't have a layout yet, not enough room for one. But one day I hope to model the Southern Pacific in 1993 on Donner Pass or Tennessee Pass. I have started to collect and store my rolling stock, locomotives, structures, and other basic supplies. The locomotives I have so far include two Southern Pacific Tunnel Motors and GP40. One DRGW GP40, and one SW1500 lettered for Southern Pacific. Also countless rolling stock and a few buildings.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 26th, 2008, 10:09am
Well, as my screen name says I'm a B&O fan.......So, I model the B&O and the Western Maryuland in the steam era. On and around Sand Patch. Some day I'd like to model the entire division of Sand Patch, currently, I don't have the space, BUT till then, I'll keep going on making the locomotives and rolling stock for when the time comes and I have a layout!
 
My locomotive roster is HUGE, so its way to many to list! (Unless I can figure out how to put up a URL of my database of locomotive collection.)
Posted by: BM_133 Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 10:16am
The layout is based on the B&M (Boston&Maine) railroad. The time is back in the 50's or 60's. Then the layout in my room is a private line called Gilford&Montreal.
Posted by: RailBuff666 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2009, 10:29pm
I use to be a Northeastern Model Railroader New Haven New York Central PRR and B&O however I have decided to stick to one Road and am going to Model the Route of the Screaming Eagles  The Missouri Pacific. I recentley won a MOPac U-30-7 I think thats the Diesel Class. Anyway My Favorite Color is Blue and Missouri Pacific Sure had a Nice Blue Coat. The only other railroad i wanted to Model was the ACL since I live in Florida on the Gulf Coast But forget that I am sticking to the Route of the Screaming Eagles.
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2009, 12:13pm
My main interest is Norfolk Southern (1983-1989) that would allow me to run ex Southern and ex N+W equipment, along with of course #4501, #611, and #1218 (and of course any other visiting steam locomotive) in excursion service. That will be my future layout! Currently since I do not have a layout, I belong to and I am the current president of our train club (see link) and along with my girlfriend pretty much run just about anything that we like from modern prototype to non-prototype down there.
Posted by: kalzone1 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2009, 1:07pm
I model the northeast during the Penn Central/Conrail Era.
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Jun 22nd, 2009, 7:15pm
I am planing an around the room type lay out. It will be a double track main line figure 8. The crossover will be a bridge over the main line. I will have 2 yards, a medium sized yard, and a small yard. The 2 track main line will allow me to run one train, while running another train between yards.
 
It will be a some what modern rail road. But there will be a steam restoration operation, meaning a at least 1 passenger train will be pulled by steam. It will be a freelance, private road, but will be based in mid Michigan in the fall, so CSX trains and the most colorful trees ever.
 
It will be a medium sized layout, built to allow at least 2 operators to run trains with out interfering with each other. It will be U shaped, and go over the head bard on my bed, as well as on side of my bed.
 
For track I will be reusing old code 100 track form my first layout, keeping my easy track for my holiday train. This should save me at least $100.
 
BUT, before I can start laying track, I need to finish cleaning up my room, and then rearrange every thing in my room. But once it is cleaned up, and i have the wood base in, I have a few plans for show casing the building of my rail road.
 
Once I finalize a track plan, yea right....once I have a good 90% track plan, I may post it.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Sep 16th, 2009, 2:29pm
I have been working towards a Northeast anthracite layout-primarily Leigh Valley, but with some of the others tossed in for variety.  The layout itself is what I call "proto-freelanced".  While it's based on the LV and other anthracite roads, it will not model a specific location, but be generic NE Pennsylvania.  Rolling stock & power will be correct for the late 1960s-early 1970s era, with some steam excursions always possible!
 
I've acquired some LV power, and will be repainting other pieces as needed.  I can't afford all the bells and whistles of DCC and sound and all that, so basic equipment is what I have.
 
The layout is a square, 11x11, with the center open and one duckunder, which I'm not fond of but have to have because of space.  It's under construction, and has a partial second level where the coal mines are located.  One three-track coal yard is in place on the upper level, and there will be a smaller general purpose yard on the lower level, with an engine house.  There is a possible addition that could be done for a larger yard on the lower level, but that is a long way off.
 
 
Posted by: alvintrain Posted on: Dec 13th, 2009, 4:54pm
I model the Reading Railroad from 1945-1976. My main layout is 16ft by 6ft and my yard, locomotive servicing/ shop is 16ft by 5ft. I dont model after the real railroad in most places on my layout track wise but locomotives and cars I do.  
As of 12-13-09 My locomotive roster...
 
Steam:
 
RDG T1 4-8-4 2102 PCM
RDG T1 4-8-4 Unlettered PCM
RDG T1 4-8-4 2113 PCM
 
Diesel:
 
RDG GP35 3629 Athearn  
RDG GP35 3655 Athearn
RDG SD45 7600 Athearn
RDG SD45 7601 Athearn
RDG GP40-2 3672 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG GP40-2 3673 Athearn
RDG GP39-2 3412 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG GP39-2 3413 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG F7A 269 Athearn
RDG F7A 270 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG F7A 280 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG F7B 269 Athearn
RDG F7B 270 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG SW1500 2763 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG NW2 103 Athearn Custom Paint
RDG GP7 607 Proto 1000
RDG GP7 602 Proto 1000
RDG FA1 301 Proto 1000
RDG FB1 301 Proto 1000
RDG S1 50 Proto 1000
RDG S1 53 Proto 1000
RDG C424 5201 Atlas
RDG C424 5207 Atlas
RDG RS3 445 Atlas
RDG RS3 449 Atlas
RDG Trainmaster 801 Atlas
RDG GP30 5516 Bachmann  
RDG GP30 5518 Bachmann
 
RDG RDC 9166 and 9168 Proto 1000
 
Posted by: alvintrain Posted on: Apr 7th, 2010, 8:59am
Here are a few videos from my H.O Layout. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlsEB-b9Fu4   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YybJw2-WYp0  
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Apr 7th, 2010, 10:20am
Nice big basement. Great running layout.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 9th, 2010, 7:35am
on Apr 7th, 2010, 8:59am, alvintrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here are a few videos from my H.O Layout.

 
Very nice videos. Your layout resembles my old basement layout.  I also enjoy running my trains. My layout is in my attic now. Being from Bayonne I model the Reading along with the CNJ amd B&O. They all shared the same 4 track mainline through town to Communipaw. I like the big trains I saw you run.  keep it up.
   Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 9th, 2010, 8:04am
*  My attic layout is hard to use in this recent 100 deg weather. Today is just un the 80s right now. I just have two main lines circling the layout. Because of the attic location it is against a wall on two sides. The center is open for access I made a hinged down track section and a lift out piece for layout continuity. I put in a roundhouse turntable on one end, and a yard and engine service area along the roof pitch wall. Frankford  occupies the other two sides. On a small extension into a corner is Stevensville.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 9th, 2010, 8:07am
* Here is the engine service and storage end of the layout. This layout is just for running trains and storing locos on the layout.
  frank
Posted by: alvintrain Posted on: Aug 10th, 2010, 6:08pm
Here is a newer video of my layout. Alot is in the works and i hope to get more things finished as soon as possible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMQloNOqOc
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Aug 10th, 2010, 7:13pm
Really nice. You might just want to add a little something I added to my layout to prevent the engines and rolling stock from falling off the table on to the floor with disastrous results. I added a strip of plastic as a barrier, just high enough to stop an engine or car from falling off the table. My strips are about a foot long, two to three inches high, and about a sixteenth inch thick. They are of vinyl. Should there be a derailment or accident, the strip will keep the rolling stock from a nasty fall.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Aug 10th, 2010, 8:45pm
I daresay, old chap, that the British do appear to be invading.....
 
But on a serious level, all that steam is wonderful.  I agree with the previous post about preventing accidents-this equipment just costs too much today to take a chance when it's easily prevented.
 
To satisfy my curiousity, about how much space does the entire roundhouse area take up?  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 25th, 2010, 10:25pm
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To satisfy my curiousity, about how much space does the entire roundhouse area take up?  
 
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 Alan: If this is directed to me, 63" track to track left to right. from a point center in 63 to track 39".
  frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2010, 12:05pm
Thanks Frank-in the future I'm planning an addition that requires a yard and enginehouse-and what you have there is similar to what I have in mind.
 
Alan
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Aug 26th, 2010, 12:44pm
Sounds great. That prompts the question, do you make additions/ deletions to your layout based upon your running the layout and seeing possible changes/ improvements for running the trains, or making up the trains ? I wound up putting in a small engine yard in a corner when changing engines in the area became a hassle.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 28th, 2010, 1:39pm
on Aug 26th, 2010, 12:44pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Sounds great. That prompts the question, do you make additions/ deletions to your layout based upon your running the layout and seeing possible changes/ improvements for running the trains, or making up the trains ? I wound up putting in a small engine yard in a corner when changing engines in the area became a hassle.

* I'll be 65 in a few months, and built and ran many layouts. One thing is verrrry certain. Nothing on a layout just like on the real thing is cast in stone forever. You my complete a addition one day. The next be at a train show. There see someting on a table. Look in your wallet. The light comes one in your head. Vision, ideas flow in a second. A purchase is made and once home. On the same day start making changs in what was finished yesterday
* On making up trains. I look to the right side. I close my eyes and think about and useing my trains. I views yards, sideings, service areas, all siens. I see trains running. I like this. Once I looked to the left. I closed my eyes and thought about  making and breaking up trains in the yard. I thought about a short freight stoping at a sideing. the breakman cuting the train open. The engineer pulling up clear of the switch. The breakmann throwing the switch. The engineer backing up to the 2 reefers on the sideing and pulling them out. Then backing up, reconnecting to his train, with the breakmann cuting it open again with 2 full reefers now on the rear to deliver to this sideing. It reminds me of work, not play. I only look to the right now.
    
  frank.  
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Aug 28th, 2010, 2:05pm
Great !!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to see you aren't stuck in the mud.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 4th, 2010, 9:53pm
on Aug 28th, 2010, 2:05pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great !!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to see you aren't stuck in the mud.

 
Hey Pennsy, I think I am stuck in the mud. I am very set in my ways. I do things in a old way, with old things. I like my old trains. I have newer ones, but I have a lot of old ones. I am just glad that the castings have not failed on most of them. I wish my old, new one CNJ 4-6-0 camelbacks and Reading 4-2-2 Bicycles were still running. They fell apart. I'll keep plodding along. Maybe do something silly like double heading Gilbert Hudson's to pull a freight train.
C U Later
 frank
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Sep 4th, 2010, 10:26pm
Just as bad as you are. My Schwinn Black Panther is in perfect running condition. All I have to do is top off the tire air pressure and I'm gone.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2010, 8:11pm
There are times when I bring out my English trains and run them on my New Jersey layout. I like the colors. Here you see a Triang Royal Princess. A Hornby A4 seagull, and a Triang Canadian Pacific loco.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Sep 24th, 2010, 8:59am
Pennsy:
 
As for additions to the layout, it's been part of a longer range plan since I got the layout.  My layout came from an estate, and I have been s-l-o-w-l-y rebuilding it to fit the space available.  The original home the layout was in required a narrower layout.  My space is wider, so the layout has been expanded to fit the space.
 
The first addition will accomodate a yard, which is currently lacking on the original layout.  I'm planning on a 6-to-8 foot long addition, about 24 inches wide, possible a little wider.  This will be the primary yard on the layout.  An engine servicing facility will be part of it, with some steam era "artifacts" showing up.  Because of where it will be located in the basement, at least one hidden track, maybe two, will be available to store trains for staging.  I was able to add one track for hidden staging when I rebuilt the north side, which did not exist before.
 
Currently the layout is 11x11; the yard addition would add one leg.  When built, the north side would become 11x17 or 11x19.  
 
A second addition, if funds can be found, would more than double the size of the layout's length on both the north and south sides, to about 11x26.  This would allow me to add an ore/coal dock on the south side.
 
The layout is "proto-lanced".  The railroads are Anthracite, the scenery will be generic Northeast Pennsyvania, moving coal from the coal branch to (hopefully) tidewater.  The railroads will be true-equipment will be lettered and numbered properly for the equipment actually used by each road.
 
Gotta run-more later!
 
Alan  
 
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Sep 24th, 2010, 10:31am
Was the original layout owner a good friend? I inherited a layout from a good friend upon his passing, from his wife. It was quite an honor and I did my best to preserve his "ideas" on that portion of my new layout. The extra engines and rolling stock were welcome additions as well.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Sep 24th, 2010, 3:30pm
Pennsy:
 
He was sort of the grandfather I never had.  There is a portion of the layout that is untouched and original; the track only needed ballast.
 
The basic idea of the layout is the same, a double track main line on the lower level, and a single track branch line on a slightly elevated level.  My biggest change was to change the layout's shape from rectangular to square, which made the layout larger.  Squaring off the layout means that the upper level single track line-my coal branch-will be about doubled in length when I get that far in track laying.
 
His widow saw the layout after it was reconfigured, and I explained why it was expanded-basically, I had the space to do it in that had not existed before when it was in their house.  She was quite happy to see the layout up and being restored.  And for that I am grateful-she was happy to see the layout getting put to use.
 
I didn't get his locos or cars, just the track and power packs.  I have more than enough equipment, so while having his steam locos would have been nice, I did get the important "stuff".  Because he developed a very bad case of arthritis, very little scenery was finished.  And for getting the layout from his widow, I am very grateful.
 
In enlarging the layout, I had to add a section to square it off.  The original section had the junction for the coal branch to the main line.  I've maintained the junction in that added on section, and expanded it to allow for the future additions.  (Amazing how those sidings all of a sudden aren't sidings anymore....)  Of course, that junction will now require a tower, and the junction will be named for him.  I will be naming something for his wife; I just don't know what yet.
 
Catcha ya all later.
 
Alan
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Sep 24th, 2010, 7:07pm
Sounds good. Hope you publish some photos when it is completed, or at a stage where you are pleased with it. Regards to the Widow, and our best wishes to her and her family.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 12th, 2010, 2:23pm
Here is one of four old OO Tri-Ang coaches. named Mary, Anna, Ruth, and Jane. My Mom and my wife's name is Mary. Tho she prefers Mary Ann. There is a fifth car. It is brake car #79
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2010, 8:59pm
A look at my Pennsy Congressional Limited being run thro the frankford branch. Here it is stoped at Bergen Point station. It is powered by single a EMD F3A.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2010, 1:19am
Holy mother of F units, you flooded the board this time, toptrain! Good posts in all threads!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2010, 9:33pm
A photo of a NYC hudson and Mike get filled with coal. A Marx Hudson and Mantua Mike.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 19th, 2010, 1:17pm
Toptrain:
 
I love that coaling tower-it should really dominate an engine terminal!  And the power underneath is good too!
 
Toptrain & Pennsy:
 
Can you imagine this?  Sort of related to my last post on this thread, my wife asked me a week ago how long it was going to take to lay track.  I asked,  "Why?"  Seems she wants to show it off to some friends of hers.....marks a change from her normal point of view about the layout.  With a question like this, what can I do?  I figured it's a license to do what needs to be done...just sooner!  And if it means contributing to the economy, let it never be said that I have not done my bit!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 21st, 2010, 5:27pm
on Nov 19th, 2010, 1:17pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Toptrain:
 
I love that coaling tower-it should really dominate an engine terminal!  And the power underneath is good too!
 
Toptrain & Pennsy:
 
Can you imagine this?  Sort of related to my last post on this thread, my wife asked me a week ago how long it was going to take to lay track.  I asked,  "Why?"  Seems she wants to show it off to some friends of hers.....marks a change from her normal point of view about the layout.  With a question like this, what can I do?  I figured it's a license to do what needs to be done...just sooner!  And if it means contributing to the economy, let it never be said that I have not done my bit!

    
responce:
*  Either that or you need a doctor's appointment for her.
 
 PS Truthfully I am jelous. My wife only complains.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 16th, 2010, 9:55am
Toptrain (& others who are interested!)
 
An update on the "Plywood Central".
 
The upper level coal branch has been roughed in and some minimal train testing done-it appears that it will work as it is right now.  There's some adjustments to make, one is fairly major but not difficult, just time consuming and the rest are relatively minor.  I have to cut some new insulation board to replace the jury-rigged setup I have right now.
 
As I originally designed it, the coal branch was supposed to be stub-ended.  A couple of friends suggested some changes so it could become its own squared-off oval.  Now I can treat it as a secondary main line when it's done.  
 
I've gotten smart about it.  I designed and installed two additional switches so that if I ever expand the layout, it will be less track to rework later.
 
I'll be installing one more switch on the lower level main line when I get to laying that track next weekend, in order to allow for potential expansion.
 
 
I ended up putting in abourt 450 HO feet of bridges.  They look good all lined up with a train sitting on them!
 
I'll put up some photos later this week or early next weem.
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 19th, 2010, 12:34pm
Alen ;  
 Sounds like a lot of work going on. We'll see how it all looks later on when photos are posted.
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 11th, 2011, 9:44am
For the Holiday season the old timers rulled.
 frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2011, 8:47pm
It's been a while since I've posted over here-first photo attempt, sorry I could not do it sooner!
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Jan 12th, 2011, 10:50pm
Better late than never! I'm a big fan of using the 2 inch foam as well, the noise level is considerably dampened versus homasote, 1 inch foam, and cork roadbed.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jan 13th, 2011, 12:20pm
It's 2 pieces of 1.5" stacked on eack other.  In this spot, it works fine and I haven't had problems.
 
I have another spot on the layout where the insulation board is not working out at all and will have to be replaced with "traditional" materials like wood.  The spikes simply will not hold the track in place, and it's in a spot where I do not want to try gluing the roadbed down.
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jan 13th, 2011, 5:26pm
Here's a scratchbuilt pedestrian bridge on the very small sceniced portion of the layout.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jan 13th, 2011, 5:30pm
Please pardon the mess; seven Atlas/Bachmann bridges.  I have a Central Valley Pratt truss bridge that I am going to build and replace several of these smaller ones.  
 
Since the bridge is going to be the first thing people see on the layout, it might as well be an "impressive" sight!
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 9:18pm
I like my HO scale trains. Always Have. I am a north east modeler. CNJ and Pennsy are my main interests. Other railroads are Reading and some B&O also have a place on my railroad. Sometimes a LV passenger train, the John Wilks will be seen running here. The Southern Crescent Limited also has a way of appearing on local trackage. In NYC I only have passenger power in steam.  Hudson's are my preferred locos. A occasional visit by the Chinchfield challenger pulling whatever it wants makes my day. I have some English locomotives also. They can be seen from time to time passing through Bergen point station or being serviced at the Frankford roundhouse.  Photos of these are and will keep appearing here.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 6:47pm
My Clinchfield Challenger on the ready track. Awaiting dispatch.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 9th, 2011, 1:04pm
For something a little different. A streamlined pacific. A English model by Hornby of a A4 class locomotive. British Railway, The " Mallard "
frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 14th, 2011, 7:20pm
Frank, you have quite a variety of engines! I'm not a big fan of British steam, but that is a nice looking engine.
 
What size is the layout? Now I see why you need the large enginehouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 14th, 2011, 11:39pm
on Jun 14th, 2011, 7:20pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank, you have quite a variety of engines! I'm not a big fan of British steam, but that is a nice looking engine.
 
What size is the layout? Now I see why you need the large enginehouse.

 
Hey Fan ; It is said that variety is the spice of life. That English engine, the A4, has the most flowing lines of any streamliner I have ever seen. It truely looks fast standing still. Still my models are anchored in the north east. The CNJ and Pennsy my most favored. For me they are not fallen flags, but ones that are still held high.  
 frank
Posted by: nyshortline Posted on: Jul 24th, 2011, 2:44pm
My HO scale Red Arrow Liberty Liner.  
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 24th, 2011, 3:13pm
Nice Liberty Liner.
Posted by: nyshortline Posted on: Jul 24th, 2011, 8:38pm
Thanks.  I also got 4 P&W Bullets to go with it.
Posted by: nyshortline Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2011, 12:49pm
Watch this, one would never expect to see this in real life.  The things you can do with model RR'ing!!  Enjoy.
 
 
http://youtu.be/t4uLxODNSIU
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Sep 18th, 2011, 9:48pm
Long time no post......
 
I've finally resolved the problems referred to in last post about insulation board.  A couple more pieces of bracing and the test fitting will be done.  Then it's on to the other side of the bridges.  I'm going to redo that section to match the other for construction technique; it will also let me fit the bridges better.
 
Photos will follow when I have some roadbed and track down.
 
I've also determined that I need to move a power supply and do some rewiring to make the layout easier to use to in the small yard area.
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Oct 30th, 2011, 10:03am
Ok, here's a post to show I finally have done some work....
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Oct 30th, 2011, 1:45pm
I love it, it's green, and I especially like the track angle, just behind the caboose.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2011, 9:08am
Petey:
 
It's my new featured area of the layout.  I'm calling it Ski Jump Railroading!  I'm working out the details of how to land the trains on the rails now.....ready to roll, and in one piece....
 
There is a small problem with the "fact" that locos seem to "weigh" more than the cars do....and then there is the "small" matter the crew....
 
Details, details, details....
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 9th, 2011, 7:57am
on Oct 30th, 2011, 10:03am, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Ok, here's a post to show I finally have done some work....
 

 
Alan ; You may have something there. A melding of roller coasters with a Evil Kenievel touch. Will the trains be jumping Busses? You may be a trendsetter. Keeps us informed as to how it develops. Shouldn't there be more of a straight track to land on. The curve will be much more challenging.  
 frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 9th, 2011, 9:25am
Frank:
 
I've been deep in consultation with the family authority on roller coasters.  He's proposed cutting in a canyon to make the effect more spectacular!
 
His suggestion is to fill the canyon with scrapped GE locos, since he believes EMD is better.  
 
But, as I've had to point out to him, what sort of trackage can you expect from a railroad named the Bankrupt Lines?
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 10th, 2011, 7:42am
Alan ; Goodmorning.
 You have some serious issues confronting you. Important decisions must be made.  The Bankrupt Lines board of directors will have to have a special EMERGENCY !! meeting. These problems have to be Ironed out so proper operation of the railroad can commence. Good luck in your endeavors. I'll be watching from afar.
 frank
 High Mucky-Muck at the " Pennsylvania Great Western " Frankford Branch.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 18th, 2011, 10:16pm
Yes, agreed, some very serious problems need to be addressed.  Such as: How deep should the canyon be?  How many GEs does it take to fill a canyon?  Crushed GEs or just pieces from the scrap yard, all piled up?  
 
The emergency meeting will be scheduled as soon as the Bankrupt Lines's treasurer, I.M. "Plenty" Cheep, decides funding is available to pay for a meeting room in some exotic location.  He's thinking that Zap, North Dakota, qualifies.
 
The Chief Mechanical Officer, Steam N. "Smokin" Diesel, believes he could easily fill the canyon if he could include all of the Bankrupt Lines's dead motive power.  He has a long list of Alcos and FMs he'd like to include, but Cheep won't sell them just yet.  He keeps saying that scrap prices need to go up just a little bit more; "just keep chewing the bubble gum and using baling wire" to repair those locos in the meantime.
 
Have a good one.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 19th, 2011, 9:05am
Alan,
It's refreshing to see a little lighthearted attitude toward, and applied, to the hobby.
 
It's surprising to experience how serious some modelers are about it, and how insistant they are that you adhere to their standards. People who have no monetary interest in your layout and equipment, are very verbal about what you should do to, properly enjoy the hobby  The often quoted adage, to the effect that, 'it's your railroad, you run it as you like', is not practiced by these 'serious' modelers.  
 
Good luck with the layout.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2011, 4:16pm
Thanks Petey, for your kind comments.
 
I think it's a big part of the hobby to have fun.  I'm playing around with some ideas for a Bankrupt Lines timetable which would a few fun rules in there, along with some interesting industrial and junction names on the layout.  
 
There will be a few serious ones, such as a junction named for the previous owner of the layout, a retired BN/NP station agent/tower operator/relief dispatcher, and a diner named after his wife.  It might become a dining car name instead; that one I haven't decided on yet.
 
The whole premise of my Bankrupt Lines is entirely plausible, however.  Take all the bankrupt Northeastern lines, toss in the Milwaukee and Rock Island, and what do you have? A coast-to-coast, integrated railroad system, albeit in financial difficulty.
 
But who is to say that if the timing of the MILW bankruptcy filing had been sooner, and the Rock shutting down sooner, and the government legislation written a little differently, that Conrail could not have been a that first true U.S. transcontinental railroad?  Heck, toss the Katy into it to if you want.
 
Now, can you imagine how L. Stanley Crane might have enjoyed taking on that challenge?
 
Have a good Thansgiving and Merry Christmas to all!
 
Alan
 
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2011, 7:50pm
Ok folks, comments on this experiment in progress please:
 
Photo one in this post is the original, about 40-year-old Life-Like(?) styrofoam "mountains":
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2011, 7:56pm
Photo 2 is the work in progress.  I am adding lichen and other ground cover to try and imitate a generic Northeastern fall.  The first form is not finished, and there is a fire break already in it.  I'm thinking about some N gauge utility poles, creating a forced perspective, to glue into the fire break, making it a utility right-of-way.  If the completed form is considered successful, there are five more to do.  Comments and suggestions are welcome.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 29th, 2011, 10:20pm
Alan, the Sun reflecting off of those mountain tops is just great. And the realistic trees that are applied are fantastic. I dont have any mountains. Only buildings get in the way to block my view of the trains when they run. So I move the buildings. I love to watch the colorfull cars go by. Unblocked.
frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 4th, 2011, 5:07pm
Frank, Petey & other interested parties:
 
These "mountains" will be the backdrop for a portion of the layout.  They will be mounted on a platform installed on a ledge that is behind the layout.  So the trains will be running in front of the mountains, and the mountains will serve as a view block for a portion of the wall.  It's not how I'd prefer to do it, but it works for the circumstances I have.  
 
As with anything else, it's the compromise between what I'd like to have and what can be done given materials, funding and time constraints.  And if I'd known all the things back when I got this layout that I know now, I would have done things a lot differently!  This is why I'm going back and removing the pink insulation board and replacing it with wood, and doing it now before I rewire the layout, which was another discovery from testing trackage after the pink insulation went in.  Then more testing, and if that goes well, the tracks get spiked down and ballasted.  
 
One more lesson from past layouts is to plan for the future.  As I rebuild, I'm adding switches now for what will appear to be sidings.  But they are not.  If time and funding become available in the future, and additions to the layout can be done, that siding just became a junction!  
 
This is possible only because the space the layout is in only allows for additions in one place.
 
Have a good one.
 
Alan
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2011, 8:42am
* Hi again Alan ; I would imagine that the scene has changed by now. The hills must be covered in their fall colors by now. The dead tree in the back cut down by the loggers. And maybe some mountain climbers placed, ascending the great dark gray monolith, seen in photo 2 in the upper right side behind the scissor rock. Ahhh, a scene of true natural tranquility. You will have to build a station there now. To provide access for the little people, to this, the greatest of natural wonders. Maybe get it put into the federal park system of the little peoples country.
frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 10th, 2011, 10:01pm
Frank & other interested parties:
 
I thought the concentrated snowpack of Mt. Elmer's was the best.  Kind of an odd shape, I admit, but when it comes to modeling, well, almost anything goes, right?  I thought the blue snow coloring on Mt. Elmer's was also a nice touch.  And that orange tip really highlights the fall colors!
 
I'm not sure about national park status yet.  That would require both parties in Congress to agree on that, and right now I'm not sure they would.  About the only thing they can agree on now is the "necessity" for themselves to be re-elected to office "for the national good."  But enough on politics.
 
As far as the dead trees go, there has to be a logging contract let so they can be "properly" removed.  Plus I would need to acquire some monster Peterbuilts to haul the logs out and build a road to do so.  Otherwise, I'd have to get some geared locos and enter the narrow gauge logging business.  And I am not sure I.M. "Plenty" Cheep would approve of the AFEs for such a project!
 
I did think the Ott-Lite Monolith also referred to was a nice addition to the scene.  It did do quite a bit to provide some contrast and lighten up that particular spot.  I am afraid to have mountain climbers go anywhere near the Scissors Rock-could be a liablity problem if they fell off and landed in Sharp Points Canyon (not pictured).
 
Any suggestions for how to further improve the scenery will be taken up by the Scenery Sub-Sub-Committee of the Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee of the Whole of the Executive Board of the Bored, Directors of; at their next scheduled meeting!  Please submit your suggestions on the back of this page at your earliest convenience.
 
Thank you.
 
Alan
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 10th, 2011, 10:05pm
I hope everyone gets a chuckle out my recent posts.  Let's face it, punniness is next to something.....
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2011, 2:16pm
Alan ; I do understand your dilemma. The cutting down of the dead, and dangerous tree is of a priority that needs to be addressed. Outside contractors must be brought in to accomplish the task if in house manpower is not available. Environmental concerns must also be dealt with. Replacement trees need to be planted soon to prevent washouts.  
Good luck in you endeavors.
 frank , Superintendent of all Maintains, Building, Equipment, and track, of the Pennsylvania Great Western Railway, Frankford Branch.  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2011, 2:32pm
Alan ; Upon further review of your last post, I have become aware of your need in certain areas of various Heavy Equipment. A surplus, heavy hauling Vehicle, is  available for sale of trade.  
Photo has been E-mailed to you.
 
Frank
 
Superintendent of all Maintains, Building, Equipment, and track, of the Pennsylvania Great Western Railway, Frankford Branch.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 19th, 2011, 8:39pm
I've got one mountain done and four more to go.  It's in its approximate final location on the layout.  
 
Construction has started on the Central Valley Pratt truss bridge.  The steel support underframe is drying as I type this.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 20th, 2011, 8:16am
[quote author=I've got one mountain done and four more to go.  It's in its approximate final location on the layout.  
 
Construction has started on the Central Valley Pratt truss bridge.  The steel support underframe is drying as I type this.
 
[/quote]
 
Alan ; Is that a run for a gas line, or ski slope in the saddle, between the two peaks. Oh,  and will spring ever come to those mountains.  
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Dec 20th, 2011, 9:18am
That's brush clearance for the power line.
 
How would Alan manage without all this asistance?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 20th, 2011, 9:59am
Ah !  Petey, A very plausible reason for the clear cut.  But where are the towers?  
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Dec 20th, 2011, 1:38pm
ALL IN GOOD TIME, FRANK.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 21st, 2011, 9:03am
Thanks for the assist Petey-you're right.
 
For right now it's a fire break.  I don't want to add the power transmission towers or poles until I get the other mountains done and everything is located.  The less handling now on the poles will be better in the long run, I think, for the mountain.
 
And no, spring isn't going to come for a good long time on this layout.  I miss the fall mix of reds and oranges of the maples and oaks back home in Illinois.  All we have around here in North Dakota for fall colors are yellows and browns, and a rare red or orange.  A couple of fall trips back to visit relatives in New Jersey as a kid and fall photos of the Leigh Valley area and along Sand Patch were enough to convince me that the fall change of colors was the way to go for my Northeastern-based layout.
 
Just the reason for fall on my layout.
 
Alan  
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Dec 21st, 2011, 11:58am
NORTH DAKOTA!
Trees that will live & provide some color, some flowering, fall coloring:
Paper Birch-small to med size,very white bark, bright yellow leaves;
American Hornbeam-gray bark, red leaves;
Scarlet Oak-very red leaf color;
Quaking Aspen-tall, fluttery, bright yellow leaves(this may be one of yellows you see);
Amelanchier Canadensis (a number of common names)-a Northern tree, big, yellow to red leaves.
If you want some suggestions for shrubs, let me know.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 4th, 2012, 3:23pm
* Today At the Frankford Roundhouse, CNJ A4 pacific #810 was assigned The Jersey City NJ to Harrisburg PA run with a special. A streamlined Passenger train of 4 cars. New Years celebrators will be returning home to the Midwest. This streamlined English built pacific has found a home here at the CNJ in Passenger service. It looks good pulling the special "Burlington Route" Passenger train full of revelers on their way home. I don't doubt that the party will continue at least all the way to Chicago.  
* Happy New year to us all.
 frank toptrain
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2012, 9:21pm
Gentlemen:
 
I thought you might like to see some "progress" on the layout.  This is the farthest corner of the layout, and as you can tell, quite a bit needs to be done.  
This is the part that needs to be done first, and I just might have it it done in a week or so.
 
I wanted to show that the mythical Bankrupt Lines is getting somewhere, with appropriate motive power bringing a beverage car along for delivery.
 
Hoisting a beverage to celebrate getting this far....
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 11th, 2012, 7:53pm
Allen ; Very Nice! At least you do scenery. I just paint the board now.  
 Frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Feb 11th, 2012, 9:19pm
Frank:
 
I won't be able to come close to anything approaching John Allen or George Sellios in scenery.  
 
All I want is a "good enough" level of scenery so it looks like the trains belong on the layout.  I want it to look "good enough" so any non-model railroader who looks at the layout will not run away screaming that it looks like the layout came from a bad sci-fi flick!
 
My interest is in painting, detailing and running locos and rolling stock.  And the anthracite roads are great for all that!
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 15th, 2012, 10:06pm
Alan ; Best wishes and good luck to you. I hope that whatever dreams you dream, are seen and appreciated by everyone who see your layout.
 Frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Mar 27th, 2012, 8:06pm
Good Evening Gents:
 
About time for an update on the Bankrupt Lines, Anthracite Division.
 
The first photo of this evening is to show that the second mountain is done, and that some of the scenery gaps in between the mountain and the track have been filled in.
 
Tree construction continues, too.
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Mar 27th, 2012, 8:08pm
And for the second post this evening, the train is out of the way.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Mar 27th, 2012, 8:17pm
And for the final post, this is the other end of the upper level.
 
I've been working on filling in some of the scenery gaps on this level.  This part of the level does need to be done first, because once the track goes in for the lower level, it becomes mush harder to work on the upper level.  I've also done some track soldering, which has helped quite a bit with the locos's electrical pickup.
 
There are three more mountains to scenic, but I need to change up a little bit and do something a bit different.  So....
 
The next step is to test some ballasting.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2012, 9:25am
Ok folks, here's an update with just one more mountain to do.....
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2012, 9:26am
Photo 2 of 4:
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2012, 9:27am
Photo 3 of 4:
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2012, 9:32am
Photo 4 of 4:
 
 
 
 
 
What you've seen in these four photos is just about the entire west side of the layout.  Ballasting has begun with some test sections, and I finally came up with a mix of various Woodland Scenic ballast that I am relatively satisfied with, and a glue mix that seems to work pretty well.  Using this glue mix creates a mess, with ballast seemingly going wherever it wants.  I'm not sure what I can do about that.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2012, 9:32am
Oops, sorry, here's the photo:
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 1st, 2012, 7:16pm
* A look down from a roundhouse roof at what is around.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 16th, 2012, 3:28pm
* A mantua 4-6-0 camelback I shortned from a 4-6-2. I didn't have a complete loco to work with. I had a spare painted body. A complete tender. and a complete 4-6-2 drive. I shortned both the body and frame. It came out like this.
toptrain
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 16th, 2012, 3:41pm
* Now the previous CNJ 4-6-0 I am not happy with, and have finally started a second kitbash. That engine has looked that way for almost 2 years. I replaced the box poke 86" drivers, with standard 69" drivers. I kept the side rods, main rods, and valve gear. replaced the headlight and mounted a generator. Repainted and relettered as CNJ #634. The cab windows are correct for this engine as it and 4 others were purchased from the Reading. Still have some handrails to put on. I also lengthened the running boards on both sides to reach the ladders down to the pilot.  
* Still not complete. Handrails in two or three locations. Maybe be headlight and marker lights for rear of tender. Also work on the pilot. Ladders have to go. A prototype pilot area needs to be made.  
* The center cab give this camelback away as a Reading built one. The Reading had built a number of these 4-6-0 types for use on the Atlantic City run from Philadelphia. They became excess when replaced with their new Pacific types early in their useful life and the CNJ purchased some of them for passenger use throughout their system. I made this model in remembrance of the real #634 destroyed in a train wreck at 8th street station in Bayonne NJ.  
 
 
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 5th, 2012, 11:03am
* Currently making a mess of 2 Bachmann RDG I-10 boilers. They when done will look like RDG I-6 Camelbacks. hm-hm-hm, just clearing my throat.
toptrain
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jun 13th, 2012, 9:14pm
Just had to have some fun with this one.  The layout has been on hiatus becuase of my daughter's high school graduation and all the "stuff" like cleaning the house for the party.
 
I thought I owed myself some playtime.....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 8:26am
on Jun 13th, 2012, 9:14pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Just had to have some fun with this one.  The layout has been on hiatus becuase of my daughter's high school graduation and all the "stuff" like cleaning the house for the party.
 
I thought I owed myself some playtime.....

 
 
*  It still looks good and I like the road names. Tho I haven't see many NYC, PA1s pulling PRR passenger cars lately. In my very little world Pennsy and NYC never merged.  
frank
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2012, 10:02am
  Guys,
 
   This is Bruce R. (ErieAtlantic7597) from the live steam forum. I sure don't do much more than look at my HO equipment these days. I do keep a few on  display . But, yesterday, as I was cleaning out my garage, which used to have an operting HO/HOn3 layout in it, I found an engine that I had completely forgotten about. A 1957 Bowser Challenger. I bought it thirty years ago at a flea market. It had/has the original owners name and address plus the year he assembled it still written in the boiler shell. I never took it out. Thats how I know it is from 1957. I did put a can motor in it with flex line drive shafts, many years ago. Oh, the original motor was burn't out. I ran it many hours. And, man could that thing pull!! All twelve wheels pulling! Had a lot of fun running that engine with a bunch of old cars behind it.
 
   Just thought that this would be of some interest here.
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce R.  
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2012, 10:46am
Bruce,
 
Any chance you could snap a pic of it and post it to the engines thread at http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=HOScale;action=display;num=1118853112;start=480#496 ?
 
There are a number of vintage HO locos posted there and I'm sure they'd like to see your Challenger!
 
Thanks,
 
Henry
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2012, 11:03am

 
   Henry,
 
   thanks so much for the interest. But the poor old thing is apart. I don't remember now why I took it apart. I sure did run the hell out of it, so it had to be in one piece for a long time. BTW, I never had the original tender. I put a six wheel truck, semi vanderbilt tender behind it. Which looked OK.
 
   I don't feel its the quality of equipment that shows up in the thread that you mentioned.
 
   Bruce
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 5th, 2012, 5:32pm
** Bruce does this look familiar. It is Bowser's USRA bronze mountain.  
frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Aug 5th, 2012, 8:36pm
Toptrain:
 
I do have a PRR PA body shell, but then the trucks are the wrong color for the Pennsy.  So, it was off to the what-if world for that train!
 
I thought the Hamm's beer car would have gotten some comment.....
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 16th, 2012, 9:17pm
** Lookin out over the Frankford Engine facility at Bergen Point NJ. You can view Some of what has been goin on here.
 toptrain1
Posted by: DODX Posted on: Oct 16th, 2012, 9:53pm
I have a make- believe kind of small layout.Its called Norton City and its on a 4X8 sheet of plywood and has two levels both have tracks. I run both Santa Fe F-9s and Chessie system SD-40-2s (my favorite engine) and small switchers.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 18th, 2012, 10:35am
on Oct 16th, 2012, 9:53pm, DODX wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I have a make- believe kind of small layout.Its called Norton City and its on a 4X8 sheet of plywood and has two levels both have tracks. I run both Santa Fe F-9s and Chessie system SD-40-2s (my favorite engine) and small switchers.

 
DODX Need a picture !
toptrain1
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 4th, 2012, 6:29pm
Just so you guys don't think that I'm not working on the layout, I have these two to post.  This is the location of my daughter's "horse farm".  She will rearrange it the way she wants it, but I needed to position some things so I can add the fence.
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 4th, 2012, 6:30pm
And the other side:
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 5th, 2012, 8:13am
Hey Frank,
Is that a Bowser T-1?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 5th, 2012, 8:30am
on Nov 5th, 2012, 8:13am, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey Frank,
Is that a Bowser T-1?

 
Hi petey. The T1 is a Broadway Limited model. A first run so it wasn't so expensive. I have to keep the sound shut down low because of all the noise it makes. it does run well. I run it on straight DC.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 9th, 2012, 6:32pm
. ** A view of my old layout. A CNJ RS3 ( Hobbytown of Boston ). A D&H challenger, and above a Pennsylvania railroad HH2 work this scene.
 
toptrain1
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 9th, 2012, 8:39pm
Toptrain:
 
Oh, what a nice sight of your old layout.  
 
I do see we share a common car.  I have that same NH box car on my layout right now.  It's part of one test train.
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2012, 6:54pm
on Dec 9th, 2012, 8:39pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Toptrain:
 
Oh, what a nice sight of your old layout.  
 
I do see we share a common car.  I have that same NH box car on my layout right now.  It's part of one test train.
 
Alan

 
Allen ; you should post a photo of the train. I like to see other layouts to.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 1st, 2013, 2:26pm
Now the the Christmas season is over the old time locos and cars have been put away and the Pennsylvania diesels have returned to the frankford roundhouse.  
* On the main line, inside track, at this time I have a pair of Pennsy diesels front ending a all , AHM 40' box car train. It has 30 cars and a caboose, all are different, no doubles. The power provided by a RSD4, and a RS1. Both Atlas engines.
* On the outside track is a 23 car train, all reefers, Varney and a few life like, being pulled by a Athearn GP30 and GP9.  
* I make a few movies of them running and post them someplace, with a link here.
* The photo is of the Frankford roundhouse area. Loaded with Pennsy diesels.
* The photo is posted larger so by clicking on it you can see it better.
 frank
Posted by: charlie6017 Posted on: Jan 5th, 2013, 6:24pm
Nice looking power sets you have........very nice variety!
 
Charlie
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Mar 16th, 2013, 6:49pm
Evening Gents:
 
I am pleased to inform you that the Anthracite Division of the Bankrupt Lines is one step closer to becoming operational.  
 
All major trackwork and wiring has been completed.  Ballasting is in progress in some areas, while some minor track adjustments remain to be made.  It seems that some of the test trains are indicating some places where problems exist-and darn those Alco PAs for finding them!  Some additional scenery has also been completed.
 
As always, a model railroad is never truly completed, but we do try.  New photos will follow as soon as I get this new computer to work with my image handling software.  They aren't talking to each other yet, and I fear the solution will to be to purchase new software.  Oh well.
 
Alan
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:16am
Lehigh Valley, made up location, but in NYS. Going to join the Rochester Model Railroad Club, some of the guys are helping me with my layout. Will post some pictures when it is up and running, here are a few from the Club layout, which is LV theme!
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:21am
LV Rochester Junction Station on the Rochester Model Railroad club
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:23am
Rochester Model Railroad Club, Jersey City
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:23am
Buffalo yard, RMRR Club
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:24am
Rochester Model Railroad Club
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Mar 19th, 2013, 9:25am
Rochester Model Railroad Club
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 4:42pm
on Mar 16th, 2013, 6:49pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Evening Gents:
 
I am pleased to inform you that the Anthracite Division of the Bankrupt Lines is one step closer to becoming operational.  
*As always, a model railroad is never truly completed, but we do try.  New photos will follow as soon as I get this new computer to work with my image handling software.  They aren't talking to each other yet, and I fear the solution will to be to purchase new software.  Oh well.
 
Alan

 Hey Allen, Great news about your Anthracite Division running again. I will enjoy the pictures you post. (windows 7 and 8 has its own software. it is a little better than basic. )
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 4:53pm
* Louisville and Nashville Berkshire on the turntable at Frankford Roundhouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 9th, 2013, 4:40pm
I have cleaned up the layout putting everything but my Gilbert trains away. I put out 2 Marx NYC F3a's and 2 Lionel GP7's also a Reading small 0-4-0t just to have power to pull my Reading caboose.  My B&O EM1 is still on the layout to. I did this just for some photos.  
* Here is my 8 stall round house with 7 stalls occupied by Gilbert PRR B6 locomotives. The 0-4-0t to the right is one of my Silvine teakettles, done for the Reading. You can also see lower center left 2 more B6 locos nosed out.  
frank
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 9th, 2013, 7:17pm
Frank,  
Are you writing about 'O' scale?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 9th, 2013, 8:12pm
on May 9th, 2013, 7:17pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,  
Are you writing about 'O' scale?

Petey ; Your joking, right ?
The manufactures names are just a coincidence. Gilbert, Marx, and Lionel were all suppliers of HO scale model trains.
Posted by: CandF Posted on: May 10th, 2013, 7:02am
on May 9th, 2013, 8:12pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Petey ; Your joking, right ?
The manufactures names are just a coincidence. Gilbert, Marx, and Lionel were all suppliers of HO scale model trains.

 
Funny you should bring that up, most people don't believe that I have a HO Lionel U18B!
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 10th, 2013, 7:48pm
Frank,  
I had Marx when they produced a 027 lithographed line.  One doesn't automatically think of Marx, Gilbert, and Lionel in terms of their HO efforts.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 10th, 2013, 9:35pm
Well I remember the Lionel U-18B. tomorrow I'll be going to Allentown PA for the show at Merchants square mall. It will be a "Heck of a Day". Maybe get some more Gilbert, Lionel, Marx, or Penn Line HO trains. Maybe some monitor roof coaches. I can only dream.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 21st, 2013, 9:43am
** As it was , I did have a good day. 5 Gilbert cars, 2 Marx, 2 Varney, 4 Fleischmann, 2 Lionel, a Sakai tender, and a ATT ( Tri-ang) coach. For engines a Tyco V&T general and a brass old time Boston and Main 4-4-0.  
 
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 8th, 2013, 12:21pm
* Another thing I do alot in HO, as can be seen in many of my posts, is buy old cars and get them running again. Replace trucks and couplers, At times reweight the car, and test run. From there is just finding good times, and places, to run the cars.
* Today's light rebuild is a 1957 -1958 Rivarossi Reading flat car. It has a 1930 to 40 Southern Pacific trailer as a load. It looks to me like a Rivarossi copy of a HObbyline flat car with new side retaining boards, and a new trailer. I have seen this same car sold with  Mobil Gas trailer tank on it. I dont remember the cars road name. That is one I am looking for.
 frank
 
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Jul 8th, 2013, 2:35pm
Awesome job on the car, hopefully you will change the couplers from horn/hook to Kadee.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 8th, 2013, 5:07pm
I am not knocking the KD's. they do look very real. but I do like my X2F couplers. They work fine for me.
 frank
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013, 4:12pm

This is the latest project I am finishing.   The Hi Level El Cap cars by Walthers and Trak Works interior kits really finish off these cars.  
CZ
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
The coach cars before they are finished.  
 

 
 
 

 
 
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013, 4:38pm
Woe , those cars look great! I totally agree about the interiors!
 
Henry
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 11th, 2013, 6:35pm
on Jul 10th, 2013, 4:38pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Woe , those cars look great! I totally agree about the interiors!
 
Henry

 
Henry
Thanks.  The project was a lot of fun for me and the work was worth the time and money spent.  
 
CZ
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013, 2:12pm
....here’s a photo showing an old Ambroid passenger car posed in a scene I put together back in the very early 1960’s. The original model was a kit-bashed, open platform coach which I transformed into a business car. I rearranged the windows and created an observation platform on one end. The station was scratched built from artist’s Strathmore Board using a technique popularized, at that time, by modeler and author Jack Work whose construction articles were published in Model Railroader Magazine at that time. The figures were from Preiser and Weston. Back then, not having room for a layout and being very interested in photography, I constructed a small, portable table that measured about 1-1/2x4 feet and put down some track. I would use this as a “stage” on which I would photograph my models. Nothing except the track was permanent...even the backdrops were movable, watercolor renditions of scenery or clouds. The photo was taken outdoors on a sunny day which accounts for the crisp lighting and shadows.
 
As documented by the company photographer, this image represents a late 1890s meeting between local businessmen and railroad officers to discuss proposals for the railroad’s development of several parcels of land along the newly constructed right of way....In reality, a meeting such as this must have taken place countless thousands of times during the industrial development of our nation.....Tom
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013, 7:17pm
Cal Zephyr,
The cars look wonderful.  Not familiar w/Trak Works, or what they offer.
But, those interiors look very prototypical.  It's a shame to put the top on.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013, 7:18pm
TAB,  
Looks like a period photo.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 14th, 2013, 2:57pm
on Jul 12th, 2013, 7:17pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Cal Zephyr,
The cars look wonderful.  Not familiar w/Trak Works, or what they offer.
But, those interiors look very prototypical.  It's a shame to put the top on.

 
Thanks for the complement.  The kits are very nice and the color and details  have been researched carefully.  It was a great way to spend time on the Hobby which is what I like to do.  
 
The three videos below show the interior kits.  
CZ
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaHcXKqHzxw
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSNz5a9tKwc
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1DwhNDA7ug
 
Posted by: JerseyRails815 Posted on: Jul 16th, 2013, 2:20pm
Fellows:
 
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos showcasing your outstanding modeling abilities; these cars should be gracing the pages of MR and RMC, to be sure.
 
Again, excellent and meticulous miniatures.......
 
"JerseyRails815"
Posted by: MrBear Posted on: Oct 15th, 2013, 11:01pm
Time to try to revive this dead thread...
 
I'm very slowly working on a rather large HO scale layout. I don't currently have the space, equipment, or materials to do it, still doing research. So here goes...
 
There are two lines that run north from Pittsburgh, PA to Butler, PA. One of which carries the Bessemer & Lake Erie railroad. The other Carries the Allegheny Valley Railroad north to Evans City, where it breaks off and the Buffalo and Pittsburgh railroad picks up. The Buffalo and Pittsburgh lease the rails all the way down to Allison Park, but rarely ever go down that far. When I was a kid, I used to always see CSX trains running on this line (the AVR carries freight for them now), and the occasional Amtrak train. Not sure if either of them run here anymore or not. I have mapped this out and it looks to be around 100 miles or so of track. I've lived near both of these lines for most of my life. Will post more later.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2013, 8:15am
Mr Bear, good luck with your railroad. remember to post some photos.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 25th, 2013, 9:44am
Here is what I have been working at for a long time. The CRRofNJ I5 and I4 camelbacks. The I4 on the inside track and the unfinished I5 on the outside track.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 5:47pm
Over the past couple of years I relocated and modified the layout due to basement contruction. What was a larger "L" shaped layout is now a smaller 10' by 5' "P" shape.  Upgraded benchwork, electrical, some track and under table switches were done in the process. No DCC here, just old school block wiring with Atlas switches.
 
The landscape is part coal country with the Highland Coal Co as a major shipper. Timeframe changes from 1950's ERIE / D&H to 1970's EL / D&H as the mood hits me. I like to switch out cars, so most of the time there are local jobs running to work the sidings and interchange track. Through freights only appear on the ERIE / EL outside track to deliver cars for the locals. Passenger trains appear on the ERIE / EL also.  
 
I'm at the point where I am mostly picking at the landscape and fixing up some of my older stuff.  Current project is an ERIE PA powered milk train with Stillwell coaches.  
 
Here is the earliest period - early 1950's with Steam's last stand. I only have three. The ERIE is still running an 0-8-0 switcher, a 2-8-2 and the coal company is leasing a CNJ engine until their new engine is delivered.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 5:51pm
Just got the D&H RS-3 running again. Steam meets it's competition.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 6:05pm
Since I like to switch cars there are two large sidings on the ERIE / EL to hold deliveries from the through freights. The locals deliver cars to the D&H which is on the inside loop and most of the industry switching takes place on the D&H. The Highland Coal company is served by ERIE / EL and has it's own switcher to move cars under the loader.  
 
Shippers / receivers on the D&H include team tracks, cement, lumber yard, Brewery, freight house, chemicals and warehouse.
   
Lots of opportunities to switch out cars.
 
Here is the Erie local switching the interchange track. Highland coal's new 44T is in the forground and a D&H caboose can be seen.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 6:13pm
D&H local switching the lumber yard lead.  
 
Let me know how operations are handled on your layout.  
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 28th, 2014, 7:01pm
The layout is currently in the 1970's. I replace the vehicles and rolling stock and like magic it is another decade.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 30th, 2014, 2:35pm
Hi there ! I completed my last project the 2 CNJ 2-8-0 camelbacks. Can be seen in " scratch building and kitbashing" forum. Also some info in fallen flags, CNJ. Now I got into my next project. A Lehigh Valley 1888 4-4-0 camelback. I will be putting it in LV forum, and kitbashing forum.  
 
* Well the project is started. The Leigh Valley 4-4-0 camelback is being made. The drive selected is the AHM Pocher of Italy drive. The drivers on the prototype are 68". Mine are 64, A little smaller and a little further apart. I will try to replace the drivers with a set from a AHM Casey Jones. They look a lot better and are larger. I haven't tried to replace them yet. I am using a piece of 1/2" copper piper for the base of the boiler. The wide firebox will made to cradle the boiler and will properly sit above the drivers. The Cylinders are correct, as are the pistons with slides. I have already made a nice back head for the loco. It is a part of the fire box now. I will be looking for a better front pilot. No rush on that.
 
* Here is my first photo of work done. Not much to show.  
 
Frank
Posted by: CandF Posted on: Jan 31st, 2014, 6:59am
Frank,
 
I'll be very interested to see your project progress from the frame up!  Please keep us posted on the progress.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 31st, 2014, 12:10pm
CandF
 I am already posting it in fallen Flags/Lehigh Valley, and model railroading/Scratchbuilding-Kitbashing forums here in Railfan.net. I think 3 places in the same forum is a little to much to ask of someone. I post in Lehigh Valley because it is a LV locomotive I am modeling, Also if anywhere a better source of Information on the model. I post in kitbashing because Tom the moderator there I know from his old Train Store in Scotch Plains NJ.  
 
frank
Posted by: mtcg16 Posted on: Jan 31st, 2014, 3:21pm
The LV is my favorite railroad, do alot of posting in the LV section of Railfan.net Forums! Great place!
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 31st, 2014, 6:07pm
Nice project Frank. Looks like I'm going to have to search for a Camelback to run on my layout. The coal company can always lease a CNJ engine to work the loader!
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Feb 15th, 2014, 8:37pm
im doing ns/sf coal service  on mine with dcc
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 9:04pm
.....I enjoy doing 'what if' fantasy color schemes on passenger equipment. The photo included here is of my latest efforts. Having already established a color scheme for a streamlined version of the CNJ's "Bullet", I took on the railroads better known "Blue Comet" The car is by no means complete, in fact the lettering isn't, as of yet, actually on the model. I scaned the painted model and then added the lettering with the help of Photoshop.. I'm going to have Microscale print up the decals for me so I wanted to be certain that I was satisfied with the graphics before I incurred the expense. This rendition was done on a Model Power Pullman with Tru-Color paint and Microscale decal striping. As with the original equipment, this car is also named after a comet.....Tom
 
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2014, 8:47am
Tom - All -  
 
Yes! Yes! I like this! From your rendering, exactly what in mind? That is: 1) Starting point a 'heavyweight' car? Window placement,  
and style of design suggests a Floor Plan of DR, BR, 12S? 2) Else, it is a bit vexing the OAH of the Car a bit lower, and implies  
later 1930s - Post War Streamline design? If latter, it a variant of later Pullman Standard designs (ala' the huge order of C&O Cars)?
 
So, which is it? A very attractive handling of paint and graphics, in any case.
 
BTW. Has Microscale suddenly become more active with its Trucking decal sets? Recent messages display some added, widely  
known trucking line names. All this time, tho, it has had the classic N A V A J O decals...
 
...........................Vern...........................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2014, 10:31pm
Hello Vern...when it ran from 1929-1941, the CNJ’s ‘Blue Comet’ consisted of all heavy weight equipment. The cars had dark blue roofs and lighter blue sides with a cream colored window panel. This model is reminiscent of the Budd built, partially fluted lightweight, former C&O equipment that the Baltimore & Ohio used on its ‘Capitol Limited’. Other than the window panel, my color scheme is similar to the B&O's as well which could be appropriate since the B&O was CNJ’s parent company.  I don’t think Model Power had any particular Pullman configuration in mind for the model let alone a specific prototype. Based on the window arrangement on the opposite side the model would probably translate to a 4-10 (roomette/bedroom) although I doubt if such a floor plan ever existed.....Tom
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 4th, 2014, 2:38pm
Tom - All -  
 
Looked back at my message (above), and perhaps Floor Plan of DR, BR, 12S not a good guess.
 
A problem here is the Car displays square sash, spacings consistent with the older Pullman 'heavyweight' designs.  
Recall, last of the classic designs ended ca. 1933. A notable last of the designs with the GEORGE M. PULLMAN.  
Its build relied heavily on use of aluminum, and roller bearing trucks. (In a six decades back, Lucius Beebe work.)
 
So, yes, the Car you display reminds of a modernized 'heavyweight'. With the later Cars, built to streamline designs,  
the later work used larger windows, which had rounded corners, and with a stainless steel (or nickel) narrow sash  
trim around the glazing.
 
The panel of 'fluted' (corrugated) metal below the windows? It reminds of Pullman Standard build, not Budd. The latter  
sold buyers on its all stainless steel concept, and its use of 'fluted' material on near all surfaces, including roofs. The
Pullman build Cars, compare, used aluminum. It largely ornamental, and did not add to structural integrity of the Cars.
 
So, the replica you have here has me a bit perplexed. Is there a Photo somewhere which depicts the starting point Car  
which you have used here?
 
This may be of related interest...
http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org/Exhibits/PullmanCollection.aspx
 
 
.......................Vern......................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 4th, 2014, 8:54pm
Hello Vern....the photo below is probably as close to a prototype as can be expected. This one is a former C&O 6 bedroom/10 roomette sleeper. It is however a Pullman Standard built car. The photo is from the book The American Railroad Passenger Car by John H. White Jr. Model Power, manufacturer of the car I used as my starting point, was not known for its attention to fidelity. The corrugations on the roof tag the model as a Budd built product. When I do these fantasy renditions, the existence of an actual prototype is of little importance to me. What did matter was that the general appearance of the car was close to those used by the B&O. As parent to the CNJ, this relationship could have be an influence if the Jersey Central were to ever had pursued the introduction of a streamlined 'Blue Comet'....Tom
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 5th, 2014, 6:56am
Tom - All -  
 
Thanks! Beats me what you used as starting point! Present Model Power site offers a list, for the most part, of classic  
ESPEE Harriman Cars, at 67' OAL dim. The set of production dies, used for it seems like forever, by Athearn or MDC.  
The reliable line of full length - ca. 80' OAL - in the old AHM items. (Most were Rivarossi?)
http://www.modelpower.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=99903
 
From your report, apparently a replica based on an 80' OAL Postwar type? Noted yours has a vestibule at one end only...
 
Else, no problem at all with your writer about this superb speculative Car which did not happen. It also makes the point  
the CNJ, factually, was something of an alter ego of Baltimore based B & O. In the history, B & O with long enthusiasm  
for complete 'stream styling' of older, classic heavyweight Cars. In the era, its Mount Clare Shops delivered large numbers  
of re-builds.
 
Bottom Line: In your Photo, great looking replica of a CNJ possibility...
 
.......................Vern.........................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 5th, 2014, 5:43pm
Hello Vern.....I'm using Model Power cars similar to the one pictured below. These haven't been available for a few years and are not currently in production.  As shown in your link, Model Power is currently pushing out a lot of the Harriman style cars....they seem to go through cycles. I inventoried a lot of the streamliners when I had the shop and kept a supply for projects like the one now under way. This one is destined for disassembly and then the stripper. I’ll take it down to the plastic and then do the re-paint.....Tom
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 6th, 2014, 7:45am
Tom - All -  
 
Thanks! The graphic of the Model Power, Budd Car replica reconciles all of it. The PRR Car, marked as a Parlor, recalls  
Bad, Old Days on the NEC! Rather wish I had acquired an entire train of them to represent, say, PRR SENATOR...
 
In your earlier graphic, of possible CNJ BLUE COMET? Your writer could not discern exactly what shown. Uncertain  
whether a, lower OAH, Lightweight. And, could not spot the signature Budd roof.
 
Maintenance note of the real thing, now six decades back? It was rare to see paint on much of the major carbody areas.  
Budd had position it was not needed, though there were some exceptions (example, PRR SOUTH WIND). An old story  
around that, at the time, it was difficult to locate a practical good primer paint coat, which had longer lasting performance.
Compare, and recall the sparse, all polished metal look of CB&Q and SFE equipment...
 
.........................Vern.....................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 9th, 2014, 9:40pm
.....here's a view of the corridor side. This is as far as I can go till Microscale finishes the decals...that will take about a month....Tom
 
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 10th, 2014, 7:16am
Tom - All -
 
Thanks! That being so, then the Car represents an 11R floor plan? That is about what it appears to be?
 
.................................Vern..........................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 10th, 2014, 9:04pm
Hello Vern....this would be the floor plan.....Tom
 
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 11th, 2014, 7:24am
Tom - All -  
 
WHOA! How did you ever locate the Diagram? So, am I reading it right? Suggests 5BR/ 4R? Good Floor Plan,  
and would have worked well on long haul schedules. (Else, too, Florida Trains, CB&Q, ATSF, Et Al.?)  
 
.........................Vern.......................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Mar 11th, 2014, 12:16pm
Hello Vern.....it's a Photo Shop cut 'n paste. I found a diagram with the necessary facilities present, copied the image and then loaded it into Photo Shop. Once there I removed, duplicated, rotated and reattached components as necessary to produce the plan. I doubt if this exact floor layout ever existed in the real world but on my planet of 'what if' rail equipment any thing is possible......Tom
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Mar 12th, 2014, 7:22am
Tom - All -  
 
Well, I did not know that! <G> Floor Plan looks entirely plausible. Thought it came right from a Pullman or Budd Diagram...
 
..........................Vern..........................
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Mar 15th, 2014, 8:45pm
[quote author=nssd60 link=board=HOScale;num=1092001000;start=100#118 date=02/21/07 at 07:39:18]HO scale Norfolk Southern anywhere in the Pocahontas Division. Favorite spots are Narrows, VA, Bluefield Yard but currently building further east my yard at Crewe VA.
 Favorite locos: sd-60's, sd 40-2's and high nose gp 38-2's.  Best performing 4-axle loco is my Athearn gp 59 (Operation Lfife Saver). I have many sd40-2's but cream of the crop in the 6-axles are my two Proto 2000 Sd-60'S (NS 6633 and 6564). Can't beat their pulling power go ns
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Mar 21st, 2014, 6:32pm
Aside from the Penn York Mods, I run on the Flint River Model Railroad Club in Albany, GA. Here, LA&L 420, 424, and WNYP 421 pass WNYP 431 on the modular layout.
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:22am
I recently was forced by a move to tear down my layout based on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. A before picture and then a after
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:24am
And then the after, (but before the dust started to fly)
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 10:48pm
are u going to rebuld it
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 13th, 2014, 5:45pm
ERIE - First in freight.  
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 13th, 2014, 5:48pm
I can never get enough of the F units
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 13th, 2014, 5:50pm
Well built Kato Geeps.
 
Reefers up front.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Jun 15th, 2014, 1:02pm
Nice ERIE collection, with a good paint scheme!
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 18th, 2014, 6:00pm
Thanks, I think the Erie wings scheme was great. Nowhere did it look better than on the PA's which were a dual service unit on the ERIE.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 26th, 2014, 10:37pm
Well for me from Thanksgiving to new years, my layout fills with Old time trains. Most are Tyco-Mantua, but I have others, I have 10 passenger set in the time period, and over 50 engines. Well happy Holidays to everyone.
 frank toptrain.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 6th, 2014, 4:11pm
I like these alot. Keep lining them up - it looks great.
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Dec 13th, 2014, 11:40am
Frank - Lodge Members -
 
Great! Trust you somehow have more than your share of the ROUNDHOUSE label PULLMAN PALACE Cars productions.  
Surely nice product, and who has the dies for it?
 
.............................Vern..........................
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Dec 13th, 2014, 12:51pm
Hello Vern....here is one of my kit-enhanced Roundhouse Palace cars from back when Roundhouse was still Roundhouse/Model Die Casting. The company was acquired by Athearn several years ago and, as far as I know, no longer produce these in kit form. My version is lettered for The Philadelphia & Reading......Tom
 
 
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Dec 13th, 2014, 1:06pm
TAB - Frank - Lodge Members -
 
Many Thanks! Just about the most wonderful product release, ever! Why ever it became discontinued? Who knows? Company stupid?
 
...............................Vern........................
Posted by: cnj1524 Posted on: Feb 7th, 2015, 7:01am
As with many other companys,Athearns counterpart(china)for bluebox kits was a
cost issue,higher prices of kits vs built-up cost,same for roundhouse kits,you can
still get these cars(built-up)but for other stuff from roundhouse/mdc when athearn
bought the name I dont think they recieved all the molds/tooling for their product line
same goes for mantua when modelpower bought them at auction,they didnt recieve
all the tooling either,some companys are moving far foward like athearn,rapido,I wish
I could say the same for atlas(many reruns of old tooling & I think they switched factories)but all in all you still have train shows to find lots of roundhouse & athearn bluebox kits,when I was a Train dealer I had bought 2 storage units filled with ho trains,
I had over 4000 bluebox kit alone,but again they can be found
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 12th, 2015, 6:29am
Vern, I have some MDC Pullman palace cars. They are painted and lettered for the Lehigh Valley Black Diamond. The more I look at them, the more I think they are models of the original Black Diamond cars. This is just one of them.
frank
 
The Black Diamond Cafe car and combine baggage,
 
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 11th, 2015, 9:29am
* Going back to June of 2014 and NEFAN and the good look at his ERIE diesel power. The 4 unit lash up of ERIE F7's, then the pair of GP7's and last the PA1 all in their Black ERIE paint for me was good to view. Though they were constant visitors to their terminal on the Hudson I never got to view them there. Being in high school from 59 to 63 and the military 63 to 67 I really didn't get to see ERIE power except in photos. I think during this time they merged with the Lackawanna and lost all there individual identities. I never got to see the ERIE terminal in Jersey City in operation. The Lackawanna terminal in Hoboken I had seen often. My knowledge of either railroad comes from books. With the CNJ it comes from seeing and riding their trains.  
* Reading Lawernce Grow's book "On The 8:02" though a smaller book and one covering many different railroads and there operations a surprisingly amount of info were gleaned from the few pages on each railroad.  
 frank
 
Vern here is another Black Diamond car the Observation car
 
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 13th, 2015, 12:38pm
There was a wide variety with the many different railroads that terminated in the NYC area. I started riding trains just before Conrail,  so I did get to ride the CNJ and EL near the end and glad I did. The EL and ERIE are my favorites. The ERIE scheme was a real standout and it seems wings are making a comeback on some RR's like the UP.
 
The "flashy" green colors on passenger diesels was a nice addition for the conservative ERIE.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 13th, 2015, 12:40pm
The colors really helped the ERIE passenger cars to stand out.
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Apr 14th, 2015, 6:55am
Nice coloring.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Apr 14th, 2015, 11:45pm
Here's a photo on my HO scale layout which is very loosely modeled after the iron mine railroads in northern New Jersey.....Tom
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 15th, 2015, 6:17am
 Tom could that be your old layout that was in your store. Is it back in operation.
 Frank
 
A chance to post another one of the Black Diamond Pullman Palace cars.
 
The Chair car Summit.
 
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Apr 15th, 2015, 5:12pm
Hello Frank...yes, that's the layout. I have no room for it at home so I keep it at my daughter's house in her garage and I've started to work on it again. In fact the layout is a lot closer to you than it is to me as my daughter lives in Bayonne. Here's another view...Tom
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Apr 15th, 2015, 5:28pm
Tom, it's good to hear that you are working on it again!
 
Henry
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 16th, 2015, 9:27pm
Good new Tom. Great to hear you are working it again. I might get to see it someday again. That would be neat. Keep in touch Tom.
 frank
 
Now for the last of the Lehigh Valley Black Diamond cars.
 The dinning car. the four cars are in posts 317, 318, 323, and here.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2015, 7:47am
**   Trying to catch up on pushing freight trains through Bergen Point.
 Pennsylvania, reading and CNJ trains now either on main lines or in the Frankford yard.
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2015, 5:59pm
* A Fleischmann type 50 decapod, seen with the unique crew cab tender. Fleischmann nicknamed this the "Mustang".
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2015, 6:03pm
This one, a Kleinbahn type 52 decapod also with a tender crew cab.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 1st, 2015, 8:14am
** Here you can seen the Highly Detailed Marx GP7, seen in the background of the last 2 photos, in its UP colors and ATSF lettering. A slightly confused real Marx prototypical paint scheme.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 13th, 2015, 2:37pm
Testing a Hornby Coronation class Streamlined Pacific after its replacement of the tender drive motor.  
* The locomotive is the Streamlined Coronation class pacific "City of Bristol".
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30431536@N03/20358680219/in/dateposted-family/
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 6th, 2015, 5:44pm
I've been looking for Stillwell coaches to run on my ERIE / EL layout. I found a few over the last few years at shows that required some fix up which helped keep the cost down.  
 
My milk train was in need of one to tag on the end like the prototype. This was my original motivation.  
 
I love those Big PA's on the ERIE milk trains.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 6th, 2015, 5:47pm
RS-3's pulling strings of Stillwells - very ERIE
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 30th, 2015, 7:37pm
A Video of my Gilbert Hudson pulling a freight train of all Gilbert cars. It makes 3 trips around layout.
 
 
 
 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30431536@N03/22431606930/in/dateposted-family/
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 4th, 2016, 2:35pm
My four recent Marx HO train acquisitions are seen here made up as a train. Head ended by a New Haven Hustler diesel, Virginian Coal car, Portland cement car, and Valley Express caboose.
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 30th, 2016, 2:03pm
The busy roundhouse at Berger Point. Hudson 446 is the only Gilbert Hudson with an on board whistle system in the tender.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 4th, 2016, 11:24am
My layout has become the Little critter layout. With all small diesel and steam power taking over. Lots of double heading going on.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 10th, 2016, 4:49pm
After seeing the interesting old time trains that Frank (toptrain) has in his collection, I assembled an old time train with Central valley boxcars and Ambroid coaches. I have a few more that need to go through the shop, but I think this is a good representation of a mixed train of the 1890's era. The IHC ERIE camelback was a good deal and runs well. It is my third IHC engine.  
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 10th, 2016, 4:51pm
Rounding the sharp curve through "coal country"
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 10th, 2016, 5:38pm
Very good mixed train. A Erie loco then a Lehigh Valley reefer car, followed by a Pennsylvania Railroad Star Line box car. Then a 3 door baggage. then a coach.
  frank
 
Marx train link;
 
http://www.marx-trains.com/ho-trains/sets/index.html
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 12th, 2016, 3:44pm
I have a few more boxcars that need extensive TLC in the shop. I intend to paint them boxcar red and label them for the ERIE. Finishing up a wooden caboose right now.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 12th, 2016, 8:10pm
*   Cant wait to see them. Having a plan is a good thing. Get to complete it is better. I hope to see the finished cars. Good luck.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 12:04pm
No doubt Frank. I always have something I'm working on. I keep them on my workbench and pick at them as I have time, parts, paint, decals, patience etc.  
 
Here is the caboose that I found in various pieces and decided to reassemble and get it back in service. I like the wood kits and this example is at home on the ERIE or any of it's subsidiary lines.
 
About a month after I started on this restoration I found the same exact caboose in its original kit form and purchased it. The maker is Silver Streak. The kit sides come painted red and have ERIE markings on them. The rest of the kit will need to be painted to match the red. The one I restored was too faded and damaged so I repainted it entirely.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 4:27pm
It is a good match with my IHC 0-6-0. The power connection to the tender disconnected last week and I had to practice my soldering skills to fix it.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 10:30pm
 There she B. Erie 0-8-0 switcher #244 with its rebuilt caboose just wa-tin 4 its diamond & E. Go to it.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2016, 7:40am
Well another new, for me, station has appeared at Bergen Point. It is a Lofton Ceramic China station. I got it at the Wayne train show yesterday. Meant to be a shelf display of the  Santa Fe station, Perris Calf. The witches peak roof was more pointed when I got it. I wasn't use to its weight and it rolled over and the tip on the roof broke off. It unlike many other ceramic stations and is HO scale  and nicely detailed. It doesn't appear a glossy poorly detailed station, but one that looks just right for a layout. I like the way it can fit into a scene.  
 frank
Picture as I got it with display track a part of it. I cut of this funny looking track section and placed it on my layout with a operation track along the platform.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2016, 7:48am
Here is a photo of the station on my layout with the ceramic track removed and a scene is set.  
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 13th, 2016, 8:59am
Nice find and good idea to add that station to your layout. You do not see that level of detail in those display buildings very often.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2016, 7:55pm
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.  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 27th, 2016, 9:02am
Well Good Old Santa came through again. A Walters DL-109 with a Atlas caboose was under the tree this year. Yep wild happiness rains again. Here it is as it runs the rails for the first time. It is seen here waiting at the new station. I am not a New Haven fan but I sure like the paint-skeem.
* Easily one of the better streamlined locomotives made. And it is powerful enough that for any model passenger train.  
frank
 
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 27th, 2016, 9:22am
This photo is a little better, and shows the other side..  
frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 7th, 2017, 2:03pm
A very handsome engine. The NH painted these in a number of schemes. My favorite is Cranberry red for the train of the same name which ran to Cape Cod Mass. Like the ERIE PA, the New Haven used these as dual purpose units for both passenger and freight.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 7th, 2017, 2:11pm
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.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 7th, 2017, 2:18pm
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.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 7th, 2017, 2:23pm
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.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 13th, 2017, 7:17am
Fan :  
* Congratulations ! A nice idea on the build of the trailer carriers. Using shorter flat cars gives it a personal look. Like smaller companies arranged to have empty flats dropped of at their building and they loaded the trailers them selves for shipping.  
* I am trying to figure out who's flat cars you used for the trailer carriers. You used 2 different ones. I have the small MDC ones but my Athearn trailers look bigger on them . Maybe it is just the camera lenses.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 13th, 2017, 7:54am
* 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  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 13th, 2017, 8:02am
* 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
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Jan 13th, 2017, 8:52am
on Jan 13th, 2017, 7:17am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Fan :  
* Congratulations ! A nice idea on the build of the trailer carriers. Using shorter flat cars gives it a personal look. Like smaller companies arranged  
to have empty flats dropped of at their building and they loaded the trailers them selves for shipping...   frank

 
Frank -  
 
Ummm... As your writer with "... been there, done that..." past experience, scenario noted above (IMHO somewhat unlikely) with its own issues.  
It suggests a smaller shipper prepared to load, unload trailers to/ from flats with "...circus style..." plan. Most had earlier loaded to box cars. A  
change to use of trailers, and circus style handling compels added shipper labor, simply to serve the newer way of doing things. Shipper and  
receivers simply don't like any possible added expenses.
 
The entire issue, BTW, had touched off an internal Holy War within NYC System. The line aimed to do trailer work at its own central ramps and  
yards in numerous city terminals. That plan pulled regular box car moves away from the various local trains. Result reduced revenues for the  
regular local services, and added expense account the embrace of TOFC/ COFC/ FLEXI-VAN operations. Many NYC folks, to my recall, were  
not at all happy about all of it.
 
BTW. Noted and saw this action on NYC, the time when your writer did the "Shuffle Off To Buffalo" and resided there for three years. All so long ago...
 
............... FYI & FWIW ............... Vern ...........................  
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 3:42pm
on Jan 13th, 2017, 7:17am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Fan :  
* Congratulations ! A nice idea on the build of the trailer carriers. Using shorter flat cars gives it a personal look. Like smaller companies arranged to have empty flats dropped of at their building and they loaded the trailers them selves for shipping.  
* I am trying to figure out who's flat cars you used for the trailer carriers. You used 2 different ones. I have the small MDC ones but my Athearn trailers look bigger on them . Maybe it is just the camera lenses.
 frank

 
Thanks Frank. They are based on the first trailer carriers that some railroads (ERIE, Lackawanna, New Haven) built in the early 50's - Converted flatcars and even coal hoppers. For the prototype the flat car was 45 feet long and could hold one 20 foot or 35 foot trailer.  
The ERIE flat is from Varney, the other may be an Athearn, but not totally sure. It is 5 1/2 in. The trailers are the smaller ones (3 1/4 in) that are made by a number of different makers. I think that size works the best, but the next size up (35 foot ) will also work.
Endless possibilities with flatcars.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 3:50pm
on Jan 13th, 2017, 8:02am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
* 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

Good looking car. The Santa Fe was big on tourism and their cars were good advertisements. The dry ice cars are interesting and you can see how different manufacturers changed the design. I have found this on some older wooden cars that I have also.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 4:15pm
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.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 8:09pm
on Jan 14th, 2017, 4:15pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
 Those old wood reefers of your look great.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 8:13pm
Here is a photo of my Tyco Civil war Gray set. I am still a little excited about finding these cars a a good price.  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
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 20th, 2017, 4:09pm
Talk about "old time railroading" - nice. I like the 4-4-0
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 26th, 2017, 11:26am
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. This is one of those aqusisition over a long period of time. The time is 4 or 5 years. Get one here and another there. I still dont have the 3 different car names.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 6th, 2017, 8:45am
I am trying to make my Mantua Bell of the Eighties run and look better.  
Here it is in a before photo.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 1st, 2017, 9:29am
***  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
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 5th, 2017, 3:08pm
Interesting. I would have thought this was a set, but I see that you have different manufacturers here.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 6th, 2017, 5:24am
To bad mantua didn't make a Navy Caboose, maybe the bobber would have been good to go with this set. Battleship gray with black lettering. The Athearn blue hustler had a work caboose, a bobber body on a 40' flat car with wood side walls in Navy and matching blue. I don't have one because this is a very hard car to find. I was very lucky just to find the little Navy hustler.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 12th, 2017, 4:34pm
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.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 26th, 2017, 9:50pm
I got this bobber on April 8th at Timonium Maryland. I need a better photo. It is still new in the box.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 27th, 2017, 9:59pm
Looks like the same model Frank, but sold by AHM.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 28th, 2017, 6:16am
Yep, that's it alright. A Rivarossi bobber caboose. Mantua, Tyco, Rivarossi and Fleischmann all made 2 window bobber cabooses. Bachmann made a 3 window one for a long time. Now they also make a 2 window type. The three window one, maybe because it is different looks a little better.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 30th, 2017, 12:49pm
I collect and run HO trains. Marx and Gilbert are the two I like the best. In Marx it is still possible to get small sets at a reasonable price. I have 6 Marx made sets. 3 are made for sale by Marx and for Marx. 2 are made by Marx for sale by Sears. 1 is made by Marx for sale in other department stores toy departments. All have Marx packaging with their train products inside. Only the box cover art, on top, is different. 3 say "Marx", 2 "Sears", the last "HO Train Set".
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 31st, 2017, 7:42pm
My roundhouse area today 5-31-17.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2017, 8:02am
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.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2017, 8:04am
Here is the bottom of the new tender showing the manufacturers nameplate.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2017, 8:07am
Here I have replaced the Headlight and Bell. I have a different smoke stack.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2017, 8:20am
*  Here in this photo you can see the new stack, auxiliary dome, and work started on the cab.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2017, 9:07am
* 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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Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 21st, 2017, 7:37am
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
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 21st, 2017, 3:12pm
Nice!
 
For the rare CNJ Crescent Limited?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 21st, 2017, 5:54pm
* Hi Henry! That is my display stand that came with a Franklin Mint Cresent Pacific. Loco is long gone. Stand remains.  
 frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2017, 6:53am
Ok, its too peaceful here, so here is a shot from 2004. Its on the ECI, East Central Indiana HO Scale RR.
 
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 5th, 2017, 6:32am
And another shot from way back...
 
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 10th, 2017, 7:15am
Ok, here's another photo. This one from 2007.
 
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Sep 10th, 2017, 1:15pm
With an 0-5-0 helper!
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 11th, 2017, 12:08am
I actually looked it up to see if there was an actual ECI railroad, your paint scheme is so plausible. Love the proto-freelance concept.
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 11th, 2017, 6:33am
And the F units pull the Passenger Train out of the yard in Anderson to begin its trip down south to Westport.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 13th, 2017, 6:30pm
Nice photos Roger. Good work on the bridge and its stone work.
 Frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 15th, 2017, 6:22am
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Sep 15th, 2017, 12:06pm
I like the in transition Esso station
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 16th, 2017, 6:50am
I thought it was a great station that fit right in with the layout.
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 21st, 2017, 6:24am

Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 4:53am
on Sep 21st, 2017, 6:24am, Roger_Hensley wrote:       (Click here for original message)


 
Seeing the way you had a line of track follow a river to get into a location reminds me of how the CNJ got through and into Allentown, PA.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 5:01am
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
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 6:32am
That is similar to the way the PRR ran through downtown Anderson. That's the look that I copied in general.
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 24th, 2017, 7:15am
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 25th, 2017, 6:07am
on Sep 22nd, 2017, 6:32am, Roger_Hensley wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That is similar to the way the PRR ran through downtown Anderson. That's the look that I copied in general.

 
Roger your vision of the track going under the bridge came out very good.
 frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Sep 28th, 2017, 6:21am
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2017, 6:47am
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2017, 8:15am
Here small HO locomotives await dispatch.
frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Oct 14th, 2017, 6:33am

Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 7:00am
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Oct 31st, 2017, 6:26am
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 9th, 2017, 8:22pm
 A little diesel switching locomotive rolled past Bergen Point's 33rd street station today.
 frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Nov 16th, 2017, 6:22am
And another shot of the Oil Distributor.
 
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2017, 6:22am
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2017, 7:27am
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 5th, 2017, 9:31am
•      * 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
Posted by: Marty_Feldner Posted on: Dec 6th, 2017, 4:41am
The pickle car was one of the Ambroid '1 in 5000' series of kits.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 6th, 2017, 6:51am
** Thanks for that info Marty. I remember seeing a pickle car kit made by a few different companies. I had no idea which one made this one. I am glad you recognized this one.  I blew up a picture I made recently.  
 frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 6:25am
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 4:45pm
Ahhhh my past also.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 4:48pm
My past two.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 4:49pm
My past three.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 4:51pm
My past four
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2017, 4:53pm
My past five.
A B&O Hayes Ten Wheeler. kitbashed from a Tyco 4-6-0 old timer.
frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Dec 9th, 2017, 6:40am
and a brief trip to today...
 
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Dec 9th, 2017, 8:57am
toptrain -
 
Good to see replica of B & O Hayes. Pages from known B & O History!
It supports a point your writer made just earlier. That being: B & O West
of Cumberland, MD dealt with hill climbing, rather challenging terrain.
Same range of low mountains; in the South called Appalachian Range...
 
..............  Vern  .................
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 9th, 2017, 6:22pm
on Dec 9th, 2017, 8:57am, HwyHaulier wrote:       (Click here for original message)
toptrain -
 
Good to see replica of B & O Hayes. Pages from known B & O History!
It supports a point your writer made just earlier. That being: B & O West
of Cumberland, MD dealt with hill climbing, rather challenging terrain.
Same range of low mountains; in the South called Appalachian Range...
 
..............  Vern  .................

 
It was a good build. I actually didn't have too many problems with it. As with everything else I've done. It did run very nice. Just the model was larger than the prototype.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 10th, 2017, 10:13pm
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
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Dec 11th, 2017, 8:30am
on Dec 9th, 2017, 6:22pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
It was a good build. I actually didn't have too many problems with it. As with everything else I've done. It did run very nice. Just the model was larger than the prototype.  
 frank

 
Frank -
 
No matter how one slices it, your Hayes replica conveys the spirit and intent of the  
B & O Railroad Museum Collection. So it is larger than the actual unit. So what! It  
is a solid and correct piece of work...
 
..............  Vern  .................
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 14th, 2017, 1:46pm
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.
frank
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: Dec 14th, 2017, 2:06pm
Frank - Lodge Members -  
 
TKS! Your writer remarks, do not blame this on the Brits. Some may
wonder whether the scene reports every day management of current
day USA Lines? (Best we not name names? Else all of us getting sued?)
A triumph for "...it'll get there!..." service standards?
 
................  Vern  ..................
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 15th, 2017, 7:30am
Ven 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
 
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