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Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:31pm
Post photos of your HO Scale engine lineup! First off, my PRR GP38 2320 and CR SD45 6142 .
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:32pm
SF GP20.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:33pm
PRR F7.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:34pm
SEPTA AEM-7.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:35pm
GG1 4856.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 12:36pm
And last but not least, Amtrak P40 803.
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:02pm
Here's one of my Franklin and Lake Erie RS2's #209 arriving at the end of the Waterloo Bridge Branch with a short freight.
John D.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:52pm
My 3 favorite steam locomotives.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:53pm
Here's a rare bird........
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:54pm
A study in streamlining.........
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:56pm
Here's pretty much all my MU's and motive power.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 16th, 2005, 8:59pm
Lastly, my steam freight power.  This Bachmann Plus model pulls 30 coal hoppers with NO slipping and with NO traction tires.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:11am
Here's an Erie RS3 that I modified from an Alco Models. It has constant/reversing headlights on it with the Samhongsa drive.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:12am
This is another ALCO Models diesel, an RS1 that I did up for the Susquehanna in the paint scheme that I remember.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:15am
This is a Kato NW2 that I did up in Erie.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:19am
This is a pair of Hudson Electric 40 ton GE steeple cab switchers from Cannonball Car Shops. They use modified Bachmann 44T diesel switcher motor trucks with sideframes and chassis from AMB LaserKit. The unit on the left needs DCC and lights, the one on the right needs everything.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 9:52am
Very impressive models you guys!  
 
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:30am
here is my GP-7, one of my favortie locmotives, and my 2nd kit.  i plan to detail it soon, but i am afraid to.  it looks less toylike in real life than in this picture... i would want to ruin it.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:36am
my E-60CP from bachmann
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:37am
the Athearn UP C44-9 locomotive was my thrid kit locomotive, and i need to find a new shell for it, and the life like chessie GP-38 was my very first HO locomotive.   the GP-7 is also athearn
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:37am
I model in two different era's, with two different freelanced roads. My F&LE is set firmly in the 50's, but sometimes I get in the mood to run more modern equipment. That's where my Jamestown, Westfield and NorthWestern comes in. Its set in the late 80's early '90's and is a progressive shortline connecting the NS/WNY&P at Falconer (Jamestown) and CSX at Westfield, NY. All six of its locomotives are GP38's with 2001-2003 bought new and 2004-2006 purchased second hand from NS.
Here's the 2006 an exNS, exxCR unit ready to switch the CSX interchange at Westfield.
John D.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:44am
Here is my first kit.   i obviously didn't know what i was doing,  this is obvious if you look where the headlights where,    i payed 52 dollars for it!  should have started with something smaller....
 
i did this back in 2003....  but since the drive is still good, i want to see if i can't buy a dummy geneisis locomotive, or atleast a new shell with all the details on it.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 10:54am
i would post newer picutres, but my camera's batteries are dead, os i really don't have many picutres of my newer locomotives that are good, except for soem black and white ones i did for photgraphy class.  maybe i can scan them later.
 
this is a fuzzy picture of one of my newer locomotives.  it was to dark to take a normal phot, but i like the scene so i used a digital camera for myself.  its an Athearn RTR CSX AC4400W
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 11:06am
Nice GP-38
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 11:52am
Thanks
All six are ATLAS Master GP38's. 2001-2003 were Clinchfields that I removed the lettering and re-lettered to JWNW. 2004 and 2006 were Conrails that I did a paint out and re-number job on. 2005 is an undecorated unit that I'm in the process of painting and lettering into the "NEW" JWNW Grey and Yellow. Have three ATLAS GP40's, but don't know what they'll be yet..  
~john
 
 
on Jun 17th, 2005, 11:06am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice GP-38

Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 12:07pm
cool!  how do you renumber stuff?   i heard you can remove the lettering with an eraser, but do you have to buy special decal sheets or something to make your own numbers?   i also wonder   how you do those NS numbers on conrail uints, with the white rectangle that say PRR and the number...
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 12:32pm
My Jamestowm, Westfield and NorthWestern and Franklin & Lake Erie decals are custom made by Rail Graphics.
With the JWNW units made from the Clinchfields, I removed the numbers and lettering by applying Champs Decal Set and letting it soack for a few minutes. Then I scrapped the letters off with a xato #11 blade. Then I applied the JW&NW lettering. The number boards were painted with gloss black and numbers from a Clinchfield set were used. In the case of 2001 and 2003 the Clinchfield numbers were left as is in the number boards.
The Conrail loco's were just painted out useing Polly Scale Conrail Blue and then re-numbered with the Clinchfield numbers and re-lettered.
As for the NS paint out decals..... Your guess is as good as mine.
~john
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 2:24pm
Hi,
 
Good looking AEM-7. I have the same engine in my HO gauge stable. One thing, however, I will not leave my engines alone. I will modify, customize, super detail etc. my engines. I won't own an engine I cannot personalize. My # 951 AEM-7 has marker lights (jewels), among other things. So it is somewhat different than your's. You might want to consider such modifications to your engines. It certainly makes them more visible and attractive. Also, as they round the track on your layout, the light hits them and all those rhinestones simply light up.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 5:42pm
i have been looking forward to modifying many of my engines, but all the ones you have seen are my first locomtives, in my first 6 months in the hobby.  except for the ac4400, which i got this past december for my birthday.
 
My E-60CP is in even worse condition than it is in that photo, i just recently had to glue a gear on teh axles cause it was slideing.  i think i gott it going together.   the one thing i want to do is get metal pantographs.   now i got sim metroliner dummies with the same type pantograph except in metal, and i'm considering trying to build a new metal pantograph.    however at the same time i'm afraid to damge the original pantograph.    i am also looking into picking up another E-60, maybe if even only for the shell, to modify it to the E-60MA vareity,  as a way to gain skill in repainting and such.  i had a picture somewhere of the real #951, i'll have to study it and put in those lights
 
 
what are marker lights exactly anyway?
 
chris
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 5:57pm
here is a picture of my metroliner dummies.  i roginaly took this picture to help me imagien a highway bridge here, and where i'd put it, and also it looked really neat from this veiw.  i cropped it down  a tiny bit, but you can see my Spectrum E-33, and SD-45.   in the way back really blurry should be my IHC GG-1, my athearn wreck crane, and the top of my E-60CP
 
i can't wait till the next show, maybe they will have the powered metroliner variant i can buy.  for now they just sit there.   i did see that walthers is selling a powered truck... i wonder if i could fit one in a dummy with some modification.....
 
these next few locomotives are more new.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 6:06pm
here is my GE 44 tonner
 
this was one i was itnerested in doing such  "personalization" to.  the setting of my model rail road is long eafter Pennsy's end, so i though about putting my own little industrial leasing mark on it, and make it look like a former pennsy engine
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 6:23pm
Hi Chris,
 
Marker lights are the colored, or clear, lights on either side of the headlights of an engine. They are either red, green, yellow or clear, and denote the classification of the train, and are used for identification, whether scheduled, non-scheduled, etc. These days, with CTC most trains are non-scheduled and therefore carry clear markers. It is a carryover from the steam days when they would use flags on either side of the smoke box door of the appropriate colors. With HO gauge engines, I use a fine drill, and place a cavity or hole in the appropriate place, then I cement a rhinestone jewel of the appropriate color there. I normally use green, yellow and clear jewels on an engine, and red jewels on the rear of a caboose. The effect, along with large clear rhinestones (diamonds) for the headlights, is quite dramatic.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:32pm
i liked this picture, it makes my model look even more old, i did this for a Photography class.
 
its my lionel challenger
 
it might be flipped, but i can't seem to fix this.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:53pm
here is my conrail F-7 in its orginal number. F-7 1648 was renumbered 1792 after conrail ordered the GP15-1 s.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 7:58pm
my SD-75M.  i feel small, lol
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:09pm
my EL SD-45.   once i am confident enough in myself, i'm gonn cut that horn off the top and put it where it belongs, then pain of the part i cut.  hopefully i can get it to look like i never modified it at all.  
 
the horn is supposed to be on the right side of the cab
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:13pm
my P2K SD-7  next to it you can see some of my completed Catenary wire, which i will put up as soon i as i finish the majority of the scenery.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:19pm
my GG-1
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:26pm
My E-33  passing my newly finished oil loading platform.  i just put it on teh table yesterday.
 
is the green light on the nose there a marker light?
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:37pm
my uncle supplies me with a large amount of 30-40 year old locmotives.   i've almost never heard the name Mehano, except in an old modeling book.  can you tell me how old this might be?  
 
for christmas my uncle got me a trainset called the Thunderbolt Express.   even though the power  pack stinks, everything else is useful, and only 2 tracks are bent, but thats ok cause i need the rail to build catenary.    
 
The SD-40 though looks like its missing it's number board glass and headlights, but i'm sure this can be fixed.  even though its not the most detailed engine, it ran after alittle work, and it esaily changes from horn hooks to knuckles, so this locomotive will probably see extensive service everywhere, fromt eh layou to under the christmas tree.
 
P.S. sorry for the blurryness.  digital cameras have a problem on focusing on the wrong thing.  it seems like th SD-75 in the back is focused, lol
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 17th, 2005, 8:44pm
last but not least my metroliners again.    
 
the only other 2 locomotives not to get in here are  my Acela ( which i'm terrified to move because it might explode or something) , an old AHM New Haven C-liner, and a  TYCO Bicentenial Alco C-430 ( both of which are missing parts and or are dissassembled.)
 
chris
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jun 18th, 2005, 1:47am
Yo Chris,
 
Yup, that green light on your E-33 is one of the marker or classification lights. Looks like it is only paint. I would drill out the green part, and cement in a green rhinestone, in each side. Then watch the engine light up with those jewels as she runs around on the layout. If the headlight has no lit bulb behind the lens, I would do the same with a suitably sized "diamond" rhinestone. The Roundhouse people make such jewels for the various gauges.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 18th, 2005, 8:55am
now these things actualy reflect light enough to like like a regular light?  
 
thank you, it seems like a simple project to do, it will keep me busy for the summer!
 
chris
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 2:57pm
on Jun 16th, 2005, 8:02pm, John C. Durant wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's one of my Franklin and Lake Erie RS2's #209 arriving at the end of the Waterloo Bridge Branch with a short freight.
John D.

 
That's a sharp loco there John.  Very well done!
 
Good shots all around everybody.  I'll have to post pics of my locos when I get them unloaded off the digital.  I model a little more modern.  I've got an NS GP-38 HH, an NS 8-40B, and a CR SD-50.  Not alot I know, but I've just started buying locomotives.  Modelling growing up was just with my dad's small collection of old HO stuff that we could get out only for Christmas around the tree.  But now that I'm out making money (HA! Hard to do with college costs these days!) I'm getting my own stuff.
 
I'll try to get them up tonight.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 4:56pm
is it an atlas Hi hood?  i've been wanting to get one of those!
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:39pm
Indeed it is an Atlas.  Here is a shot of it, the Silver Series by Atlas.
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:40pm
One more of the "front" end.  On the rear is the NS Dash 8-40B.
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:41pm
Here is the other end of the Dash-8.  This is also an Atlas Silver Series.
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:42pm
Here's the Conrail SD-50.  This one is an Athearn Genesis.  It's a nice locomotive, but it can't compare to those Atlas models.  They run so quietly and have so much detail on them.
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:44pm
Here's the Dash-8 by itself so you can see the front detail.  The best part of these two NS locos... The engineers are installed to run long hood forward!
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 8:45pm
And finally, a shot of my NS GP-38 with four new hopper cars and an N&W caboose that was recently repainted as a "heritage car" by the NS shops.  Gotta love being able to model
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 20th, 2005, 9:25pm
its... so... beautiful......
 
very gorgous models, if only i could afford that.......
 
take great pictures to!
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 6:24pm
Here's my Tyler County Traction Alco S1 #16. It started out as an undec. and was painted with Polly Scale Maroon and lettered with Rail Graphics custom decals and Micro-Scale stripes. It has a NCE Decoder and Northwest Shortline semi-scale width wheelsets.
Yes there was a Tyler County Traction.... No, they never had any diesels. The electric railway was gone before 1939. It ran between Sistersville, Middlebourne and New Martinsville and St Marys, WV. If you look real hard between Sistersville and Middlebourne and Sistersville and St Marys you can still make out some of the old ROW.
This Locomotive is my could have been.
~John C.~
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 7:57pm
My "modernized" Amtrak E-60CH, No. 609, originally No. 951.  FYI, the REAL 951 was renumbered 609.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 7:58pm
Here's my Reading Tech collection.  We'll start with C-424 No. 5204.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 7:58pm
C-630 No. 5308
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:00pm
FP-7's 900-903.  Originally, both of these units were numbered 906.  The real No. 900 is owned by the Reading Tech Society, the 903 is owned by the Philly Chapter, NRHS.  In real life, the 903 is paired with the Lancaster Chapter's 902.  
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:01pm
DS-44-1000 No. 702.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:01pm
GP-7 No. 621.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:02pm
GP-30 No. 5513.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:03pm
GP-35 No. 3640.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:03pm
NW-2 No. 103.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:04pm
RS-3 No. 485.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:05pm
U-30C No. 6300.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:44pm
My electric fleet.  l-r:  Reading RER-13 "Blue" MU No. 9123, P&W "Bullet" MU No. 205, PRSL MP-54 "Red" MU No. 6387, GG-1 No. 4935, AEM-7 No. 911, Acela Express power car No. 2007, and E-60CH No. 609.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jun 27th, 2005, 8:45pm
Hope you enjoyed!!
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:14pm
The following posts are just a few of my HO locomotives.  First we have an Athearn Genisis RTR UP SD70M.
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:43pm
Here's another Athearn Genesis RTR.  Conrail SD70MAC.
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:45pm
Finally, have fun finding another set of these.  Overland Conrail SD38 and MT6 slug.
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:46pm
Here's a close up of the MT6 slug 1124.
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:47pm
A close up of the SD38, 6935.
Posted by: nick_anshant Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 4:53pm
I have many more engines but no pictures yet.  If I ever get around to it I'll post some more.
 
Athearn Genesis:  CN SD75I
         EMD SD70M
Athearn:  2 BNSF C44-9Ws
      Conrail SD40-2
      Conrail GP38
      2 GATX SD40-2s
      FURX SD40-2
      CSX C44-9W
      EMD SD45
 
Bachman:  2 Conrail C40-8Ws
KATO:  2 BNSF SD70MACs
  Custom NS SD40-2 High Hood
LL Proto 2000:  2 Pennsy E8/9s
     2 Conrail E8/9s
Posted by: John C. Durant Posted on: Jun 30th, 2005, 11:02am
Gee, Just look at all that neat RDG and Conrail power.... Gotta love it.. I just can't compete with all that big power.. I just don't have room for large radius curves to run that stuff.  
Here's my current locomotive project.....
A PK2 SW9 painted and lettered for the Tyler County Traction. As soon as the air hoses get painted and the engine is weathered a little, it will be put in service.
~John C.~
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 9:10am
Here are a few of my favorites.
 
This is a modified Mantua 0-6-0 camelback.  
 
Major changes included regearing as per an article in Model Railroading a few years back, cab window alteration, addition of detail parts and directional lighting.  
 
The lettering was done with CDS dry transfers and the weathering with chalks.  
 
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 9:18am
This box cab was kit bashed from two Athearn caboose kits on an Athearn Hustler frame with an Ernst regear kit.
 
It has no prototype but I enjoy doing "what if" models.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 9:27am
This model of CNJ box cab #1000 was made from a MDC kit.
 
The shell was modified to include some open windows and it was painted green as it had appeared for a time for some special occasion.
 
Weathering was done with chalks.
 
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 9:34am
Yo Tab,
 
Great job. Really looks like something that "could have been".
 
Okay, Challenge time: Let's see you, or anyone, kitbash, scratch build etc. what you think a GG-2 should look like. You may just give the powers that be a great idea.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 9:50am
This is a modified Mantua camel back.
 
I didn't do too much...a coal load, head light, markers, paint and decals.
 
I like the sleek look of this locomotive.
Posted by: chessie8212 Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 10:59am
on Jul 4th, 2005, 9:18am, TAB wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This box cab was kit bashed from two Athearn caboose kits on an Athearn Hustler frame with an Ernst regear kit.
 
It has no prototype but I enjoy doing "what if" models.

 
TAB-
 
That's a great looking bash there.  That could easily be taken as a prototype.  It looks great!
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 8:29pm
Thanks Guys...I had a lot of fun with this.  
 
It was based on an article in Model Railroader back in the late 70s or early 80s.
 
In the process I developed a couple my own techniques that I still use to this day.
 
My favorite is for installing the grab irons.
 
After measuring with a template, I only drill one hole for one leg of the part. I drill the hole one wire size larger than needed. I cut the other leg flush.
 
After inserting the piece an getting it square, a tiny drop of crazy glue on the inside fills the hole and sets the part.
 
It has worked every time. Sometimes a little concave bend in the piece helps with positioning and stability till the glue sets.
 
I've done this with the drop grabs as on the model but also with roof and ladder grabs on passenger cars and engines.
 
It beats having to drill two holes at the exact position so the the grabs don't bow out or curve in.
 
It is also much easier to get a single series of vertical holes drilled than a series of both verticlal and parallel holes.
 
...Tom
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Jul 4th, 2005, 8:45pm
Hey Pennsy...
 
I think that there was never a GG2 because it was impossible to improve on the GG1
 
I've heard from some railroaders that come into my shop that no one knew what the top speed of this engine could be due to limitations of the track and then, in later years, the light weight equipment placed restrictions on the top speeds.
 
The only complaint I heard was that the cab was cramped and tended to be cold in the winter.
 
Although I'm not a PRR fan I've bee giving your GG2 idea some thought and who knows?...this could be fun.
 
...Tom
 
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 5th, 2005, 10:24am
Hi TAB,
 
Obviously you haven't read my threads on the GG-2. It produced several good ideas, Check them out.
 
Next, the Tuscan Red GG-1's were geared for 120 mph, and the Brunswick Green GG-1's were geared for 100 mph. Several Enginemen, over the years got "busted" for exceeding speed limits trying to maintain a tight schedule. There are several among us that documented these "little slips of good judgement". However, 100 mph was definitely documented when the errant engineman was brought up on charges. Possibly other figures, approaching 120 mph might have been so documented by the authorities.
Posted by: GNER Posted on: Jul 18th, 2005, 5:29pm
This is a pic of my model trains, the pic is taken in England.
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Jul 30th, 2005, 9:03am
Two Athearn's F7s coming to Lansdowne Jct. On Eastern Railroad. Still being build. Please check out my Photo Shows on railroading at;
 //photoshow.comcast.net/richardtrains
Posted by: spooler734 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2005, 5:04pm
My pride and joy WM 2-8-0 #734!!!
Posted by: 52_2006 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2005, 2:12am
Showing you something exotic...  
 
It is not "camel back" as the other two interesting steam engines in this thread, but it is camel locomotive. That name comes because the prototype did not consumpt too much water. With 13.5 tons of water it could run 1000 km as the tender can recycle the steam from cylinders and other agregats. So here comes my german class 52 condensing loco. I am still working on it, as the first step the old Gützold model gets a new condensing tender from brass with a radically shorted Roco 215 chassis inside for the drive as the original Gützold tender has some disadvantages (scale, detailing, very bad motor). Next step will be to super the loco.
 

It is not a diesel engine without cabs, it is a condensing tender of german class 52KON. Behind the flaps there were the condenser elements to cool down the steam. To blow air through the condensors the tender has three large fans in the roof which are driven by a steam turbine.
 

between the boogies the water was caught with a temperature of 90°C in the box, that is like a preheater.
 
Tender attached to the Kriegslok:
 

The buffers and some other details are still missing. They are ordered already, waiting for the shipment.
 

Here you can see the interesting detail of the loco. See at the smokebox the steam-turbine with blowerto produce the vacuum in the smokebox. And see the large pipe going from the turbine to the tender for the used steam.
 

This condensing tender has 5 condensers per side. There was also a version with six condenserrs, that was the longest german steam locomotive ever built. Ok I know with 27 meters length that is nothing against an UP X4000  'Big Boy'.
 

The lcoomotive still needs a lot of super-detailling with brass and white metal parts to look like on the prototype photos I have.
 
To compare:
 

Left: Original Gützold tender. That model is already more than 30 years old, made in GDR.
Middle: The new tender, also the fans will turn (and blowing air). Inside of that tender a Roco 215 is used to make the thing moving.
Right: A Märklin/Trix class 52 condensing loco with the bit longer version of the tender with 6 condenser elements.
 
My signature below shows the class 52 condensers with the two tender versions, and a south african class 25 condenser loco. (Length: 37 meters). All of them have been built by Henschel / Kassel / Germany
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Dec 12th, 2005, 9:36pm
For those steam fans who are curious if I have any steamers, I in fact have two. They're 0-6-0 #97 (in Southern green, although no lettering on the tender) and a 0-4-0T with a missing smokestack. Unfortunately both of these steamers are out of service due to the driving rods are broken. For the time being, PRR GP38 2320, ATSF GP20 5628, and B&O SW7 368 handle passenger and freight operations on my layout.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Dec 14th, 2005, 4:11pm
I've just recently aquired Athearn stuff.   I have  Conrail Philly division set ( GP38-2 and SW1001)  and a Conrail Quality SW1500.  I also got an Atlas NJT U34CH in platinum mist and disco stripes.    
 
would anyone know where i can get platinum mist paint?
Posted by: Pa_Train_Guy Posted on: Dec 14th, 2005, 8:41pm
Guys ill post some nice pics, they will blow u away, i have 3 sets of conrails that you got ONLY for working there, ill get pics but i have to get batteries for my camera. I have some some alcos with coaches with the places names  we went too and i also have a gg1 with some work cars, and lastly an sw1500 with some frieght, i might also show you guys my ho babies
Posted by: 90Fan Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 8:15pm
Alright, here's my crew! First up is Southern Pacific 4-8-4 GS4 #4449. Unfortunately, she is inoperable at the current moment and is awaiting repairs .
Posted by: 90Fan Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 8:18pm
During the absence of the 4449, the Daylight trains are run by E9 #6018 and PA #6009.
Posted by: 90Fan Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 8:20pm
A close-up of the E9.
Posted by: 90Fan Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 8:21pm
And a close-up of the PA.
Posted by: 90Fan Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2005, 8:24pm
And finally, my B&O 0-4-0 switcher #99. That's all, folks!
 
Brian
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:01pm
WMSR #734 Sitting infront of my computer...
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:04pm
side view
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:06pm
734 idles on the computer shop track #3 as Southern Pacifics 4449 idles on track 1.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:08pm
734 Boiler
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:12pm
The 4449 turns around and pulls up along side of 734. Then Pennsy K4 Pacific 3750 pulls up along side the two engines. Well thats all for now. Sorry for all the random junk just laying around in the pics. Like the Deit pepsi can in one of the pics and a speck of yellow play dough in another. lol
Posted by: WMSR_734 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2005, 10:24pm
Awsome job Mike! I love the side view pic...I wonder why....lol.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 8:14am
Yea those side veiws kinda make the engine seem real. Heres 734 upclose.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 8:18am
The table top junction is a key stop on the now so called "Spooler System" Helper sets sit here and await strugling trains trying to get up the grade. Thanks to CSX for syplying most of the cars 734 is pulling. and her helper also happens to be CSX SD70 #700
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 1:45pm
VERY nice job.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 10:35pm
here are a two views of my favorite motive power  
 
here 4-6-0 #26 waits in the hole with a coal train for a westbound freight behind 2-8-0 #27 to roll in
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 10:37pm
Those are some awsome engines you got there.  
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Dec 30th, 2005, 10:45pm
2 of 2
 
for the record 26 is a 1980s production Key models V&T #25
# 27 is a PFM 1960s MA & PA 2-8-0
 
 
 
 
 
here are two of my favorite pieces of (model) motive power
 
4-6-0 #26 leading a coal train waits in the hole for a westbound freight led by 2-8-0 #27
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 8:50pm
This is the only locomotive I got for christmas, but its worth it.  I think they stopped making the U34CH 2 or 3 years ago.   also getting a gyralight (biggest detail missing on the atlas model) and a Details Associates U33C detail kit for the U34CH, since its kinda detail barren, and they are practicly identical on the outside anyway.   I already painted  the extra side windows so they looked like they were covered as on the real thing, as well as painted the hand rails and other parts.  I have sun shades, but I will put them on last since they are the easiest to damage.
 
I ordered undecorated Horizon fleet cars ( since they are the same thing as the undecorated commuter coach, which i don't understand why they make the distinction)  and NJT decals so i can have more than what you see here.  Also picked up an ALP44 on ebay
 
In the background you can see my water tower and High tension powerline towers i got for christmas. you can also see one of my catenary poles (the other one is blocked by the bridge supports).  I can't wait to get my catenary system going.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 8:55pm
on Jan 1st, 2006, 8:50pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This is the only locomotive I got for christmas, but its worth it.  I think they stopped making the U34CH 2 or 3 years ago.   also getting a gyralight (biggest detail missing on the atlas model) and a Details Associates U33C detail kit for the U34CH, since its kinda detail barren, and they are practicly identical on the outside anyway.   I already painted  the extra side windows so they looked like they were covered as on the real thing, as well as painted the hand rails and other parts.   

 
What you are thinking is not a gyralight, but a stationary red marker.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 9:00pm
Oh, i thought there was something odd about that light.  I bought a similar looking NP gyralight for U-Boats from sunrise enterprises.  I plan on makeing it more boxy like on the real thing, i hope it works.    
 
That will get my model closer to the real thing as i've seen. the only detail i can't remove are those vents on the sides.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2006, 6:31pm
this isn't my favorite, but it is unusual
this is an Aristo Craft 2-4-2 Columbia
the model was made in 1957 by New One Models
the model is of a Vauclain compound express locomotive built in 1893
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:21pm
Hello all,
  I'm getting ready to untertake a massive repainting effort and thought I'd give my freelance power it's one last glory. From left to right:
ex-CSP DD40RAC (will stay as it is)
ex-CSP SD45 (will become a Penn Central unit)
ex-CSP GP38-2 (will become either a DT&I or PC unit)
ex-CSP GP60 (will become a Chessie System fantasy unit)
By the way, CSP stands for Chicago Southern and Pacific which is a freelance railroad of mine that I've abandoned in favor of the Chessie System during the 70's. More to come. Sorry bout the size but I hope you enjoy.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:33pm
Here is the rest of my lineup of ex-CSP units. From left to right:
ex-CSP GP60 (same unit as on previous picture)
ex-CSP SD35 (will become Chessie System #742
ex-CSP U33C (will become Chessie System #3311)
ex-Hocking River and Northern SD40-2 (will become Chessie System #7521)
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:35pm
The next is UP SD45 which will become a Penn Central unit.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:39pm
Next is a pair of UP Dash 8 40C's. These will both become fantasy Chessie System units.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:41pm
And then a pair of Reading GP30's on lease. Love those GP30's.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 3:44pm
And finally for now the beautiful kittens that inspired my decision to model the Chessie.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 4:14pm
Hi,
 
Yup, that looks like my Athearn UP SD-45. I went the other way, however. I started off with a PRR SD-45, obtained a UP cover for the engine and simply swapped covers. I can still swap back to PRR should I ever want to. However, the UP SD-45 looks great behind the UP DD-40AX. All that Armour Yellow.  
 
An extra cover for an Athearn engine is a lot cheaper way to go than obtaining another complete engine of proper RR painting.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 4:26pm
Just came in the mail today!!!!
 
Also, is the Athearn SD45  "wide hood" model?  I was planning to use one to make a GP40P in NJT, but i know some older athearns had bodies that were wider than normal.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 4:36pm
To be honest, I'm not sure if my SD45's are the "wide hood" units. The four SD45's I have are all at least 15 years old so perhaps they are. Nice looking NJT unit you've got there. Always good to get a train in the mail.
Posted by: Dan Posted on: Jan 6th, 2006, 11:17am
Here's my CSX GP38. I also have two other locomotives.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 20th, 2006, 8:18pm
I got this one a while back, but i never took a picture of it. here it is, my SW1500.  
 
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 20th, 2006, 8:22pm
Here is my SW1001
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jan 27th, 2006, 5:08pm
on Jan 20th, 2006, 8:22pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is my SW1001

 
 
Although the number reflects an SW-1001, it is actually an SW-1000 or SW-1500.  It lacks the SW-1001's low-profile cab.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jan 28th, 2006, 2:49pm
on Jan 27th, 2006, 5:08pm, RDG484 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Although the number reflects an SW-1001, it is actually an SW-1000 or SW-1500.  It lacks the SW-1001's low-profile cab.

 
 
I was hopeing no one would notice.  Do they make the correct size cab?  Is it possible for me to sand down the cab to ge the correct size?
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2006, 10:54pm
I've never seen the low-profile cab in HO, but I would, just for the heck of it, look at the cabs of early EMD switchers, since they are more rounded.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2006, 4:28pm
Through a generous "donation" from one of my dad's friends, I have added a few more locomotives and two pieces of rolling stock to my HO collection.
 
First, Santa Fe 0-4-0T #98 and a SF Wooden coach.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2006, 4:30pm
A Santa Fe caboose (with some Operation Lifesaver type lettering).
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2006, 4:31pm
A Virginia & Truckee 2-4-0, "J.K. Bowker".
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2006, 4:32pm
And finally, the rare new addition, the DeWitt Clinton!
 
Hope you enjoed em!
Posted by: csxwilsmere Posted on: Jul 31st, 2006, 1:55pm
An Athearn Genisis SD70M#4678  and an Athearn Genisis SD70MAC #784 on my layout.
Posted by: IronHorse Posted on: Aug 14th, 2006, 1:36pm
Regular out of box SD45....on my Woodland Scenics Module  
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: Sep 18th, 2006, 8:46pm
My Lehigh Valley # 319 GP38-2...
 
I have no track to set her on, because I'm in the middle of a layout rebuild....
 
She is a Proto 2000, originally with a road number of #323
Posted by: claycts Posted on: Sep 19th, 2006, 12:39am
A few, early photo of area.
Posted by: claycts Posted on: Sep 19th, 2006, 12:40am
One of the Big Boys
Posted by: claycts Posted on: Sep 19th, 2006, 12:42am
A little Brass
Posted by: Chessie 2101 Posted on: Sep 21st, 2006, 5:00pm
That's a B.B.!(Brass Berk)
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2006, 5:35am
My B40-8
 
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2006, 5:47am
My ALP44
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2006, 8:04pm
Chessie Steam Special #2101 has been the star of the show lately over at the Spooler System.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2006, 8:07pm
The left (right screen) number board is off just a bit but thats all fixed now
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2006, 8:09pm
2101 just fits around the curves, but it hangs off too much so Im back to the drawing board on my layout.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2006, 8:11pm
This is the best Loco I have right now. Its longer than my N&W J-Class and more bulky. Thats all the pics for now.
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 3:51pm
Alright, here are some shots of my engines.
 
The most often used engine on the layout, PRR 0-6-0 3233 (Bachmann)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 3:54pm
Santa Fe F7A 39 (along with F7B 332). This engine can pull everything behind it. (Atheran)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 3:56pm
At one time, ATSF SW7(?) 241 was the regular engine. But now, it's on display until it gets a new motor (TYCO)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 3:56pm
The mainline engine, UP 4-8-4 #806 (Bachmann)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 3:58pm
All of the regularly operated engine lined up
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 4:00pm
Here is 806 with a freight train. Notice the smoke deflectors. They weren't on for that long...
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 4:03pm
And now for the rest.
 
ATSF F7A 307. She has been under repairs forever now. (Bachmann)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 4:04pm
NYC 4-6-4 5405. Now on permanent display, since it doesn't run (Riverassi)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 4:06pm
And, just so you know it's here...
(Con-Cor)
Posted by: RN_addict Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2006, 7:34pm
Quote:
And, just so you know it's here...

 
Is that one of those Revell kits? I have always wondered how well those old kits would hold up.
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 24th, 2006, 3:46pm
It's actually a Con-Cor model. Display only. (I'd never have enough cash to buy an operable one )
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Oct 24th, 2006, 6:56pm
This is a picture of Chestnut St. Shop at Darby on my HO scale Eastern Railroad
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Oct 25th, 2006, 9:29pm
My AEM-7
 

 
and my SD80MAC
 

 
Posted by: cwclark Posted on: Nov 4th, 2006, 12:46am
I model mostly SP and UP..Here's a few of my locomotives. They are all airbrush painted and decaled using a Paasche double action air brush, Floquil and / or Scalecoat paint, and Microscale decals.  Detailing consists of Details West and Detail Associates components.
 
MP 15 DC's

 
SP Sunset Limited #2 PA-1
 

 
SP / UP consists meet at the tunnel
 

 
SD-9 Cadillac
 

 
GP-50
 

 
GE U-33C
 

 
SPD-40
 

 
west bound thru Flatonia Texas
 
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2006, 2:07pm
Nice lookin SP units, cwclark!
   Here is a picture of my latest custom painted unit. C&O SD35 #7430. Just finished applying decals yesterday. This unit started out in N&W paint. It was painted over in the scheme of my fictional railroad, the Chicago Southern and Pacific using paint markers(never again will I use paint markers). Finally after 15 years, it was stripped down and painted into it's current and beautiful C&O blue. Enjoy.
Posted by: chessie4155 Posted on: Nov 10th, 2006, 2:00pm
Wow!!  lookin good you guys.  I really like that  C&O SD35 .!!!
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 9:49am
Thanks Mark. I still have to add the safety yellow to the handrails, install windows, and paint the trucks and fuel tank black but I couldn't resist showing her off. I can't wait until I finish my Chessie units. I think the Dash 9 will be a real head turner.
 
Tyler
Posted by: Adam17 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 10:07am
Very nice engines, guys. I reciently just purchased from a friend, a Southern GE 44T. I'll have to post a photo of it sometime.
Posted by: Adam17 Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 10:20am
on Oct 16th, 2006, 8:11pm, Spooler734 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This is the best Loco I have right now.

 
You've gotta let me run that baby!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2006, 12:46pm
WHAT A THREAD! Ok, the question is, how MANY would you all like to see that I have in my collection? NOT that they're all replica's (don't get me wrong, I did some of them when I was really young an wanted a few REALLY bad, BUT I'm working on those few improvement to be closer replica's) Anyway, STEAM and Diesel!  
 
First off is a B&O EM-1 (yes guys, I know its not prototypical, as its built from a Rivarossi Big Boy, I did this when I was 11 years old! I just LOVED the EM-1 that much I wanted one, as close as I could get for the time, and I didn't care what it took.) So, its not a replica, but thats sure going to change as I plan to restore it to a Big Boy an build another from a Rivarossi Cab Forwards, thats been conventionalized, and a custom built tender. However, as much ashamed of the quality of work done to it, here it is......
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Dec 31st, 2006, 3:46pm
Nice engine
 
Anthony
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2007, 6:20pm
Anthony,
Its as nice as it could be concidering what the loco was prior to what it is now! Anyway, THANKS!
 
Another engine from the Yellowstone Train Repairs collection....... A B&O EL-5, that was sold by Rivarossi as a 2-8-8-0. I have made many of these since I purchased that first one. Basically what Rivarossi done what took a N&W 2-8-8-2, Y6b, removed the trailing truck, and moved the bell and a few other details on the boiler, and replaced the Y6b tender with a OLD B&O 2-10-2 Vanderbuilt tender, and re-lettered it in B&O and added the 7165 cab number. I must say, the tender is as close to a B&O "Big Six" tender as it gets, but its still slightly wrong for the EL-5 Vanderbuilt tender. The engine boiler is wrong too, but whatever, for now it too like the EM-1 pictured above, is as close as its going to get for awhile.
 
Thing is, I built quite a few of these type engines from salvaged old Rivarossi N&W Y6b 2-8-8-2's, (currently I've got 4 of them!) Here's #7165 pictured!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2007, 6:41pm
Here's another picture of the above B&O EL-5....
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:33pm
Here are my steam locomotives:
 
First is a Bachmann Plus N&W J
 
(sorry for the size-I'm new to uploading images)
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:36pm
next is a Mantua 0-6-0T
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:40pm
next is a German BR-01 from Revell (plastic display)
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:45pm
next is the Revell/Monogram/Con Cor Big Boy
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:50pm
and last is my favourite: My custom modified Athearn Genesis Nickel Plate H6o Mikado
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 6:18pm
Nice engines  
 
Anthony
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Mar 1st, 2007, 1:13pm
Steam?
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Mar 1st, 2007, 1:15pm
or diesel?
 
(these are only PART of my collection...the ones that I could get to with ease)
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Mar 1st, 2007, 6:30pm
WOW I thought I had a lot of engines
 
Anthony
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Mar 1st, 2007, 11:51pm
hmmm....lets see, pictured in those photo's there are;
 
Steam;
1, 0-6-0  
3, 2-6-2's two of which are tank loco's  
3, 2-8-0's
3, 2-8-2's
4, 4-6-0's
1, 4-6-4T  
1, 2-6-6-2
1, Climax
 
Not pictured: 1 0-6-0T (model of WK&S #65), 1 shay, 1 4-6-4 (CP royal hudson), 2 4-8-4's (1 RDG Brass, 1 plastic) 1 4-6-0, 1 2-8-2, 1 4-4-0 (model of W&W #98)  
 
 
Diesels Pictured;
 
1, SW1
1, SW1200
2, S2's
1, S4
2, CF7's
2, FP7's (RDG)
1, GP7
2, GP38's
1, GE44 ton
1, GE70 ton
1, Industrial Switcher
 
Not Pictured:
 
1 SW1 (model of W&W #114, ex LV #114)
2 RS1's  
1 RS3
1 GE70ton (parts source)
1 SD50 ?
2 SW1200's
1 S12
1 SW 1500 (parts source)
 
6 gas cars are also on hand (5 Bachmann, 1 Walthers) 1 mack railbus, 4 depowered Budd RDC's....I forget what else I have motive power wise at the moment.
 
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2007, 6:19pm
Some nice engine there . Hvae any pics of the WK&S 65?
 
Anthony
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 8:57am
My Lehigh Valley GP38-2's.... "The Dirty Dozen"... Some I have been renumbered, some have been weathered, others are waiting for this to be done to them...
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 8:58am
Close up #1
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 9:00am
Close up #2
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 10:20am
Nice engines. There nice and shinny
 
Anthony
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: Mar 4th, 2007, 4:48pm
they won't be shinny when i'm done with them....
 
if you look at the first picture of them all, you can see some differences in the colors...
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Mar 5th, 2007, 12:39pm
on Mar 4th, 2007, 8:57am, dehammon wrote:       (Click here for original message)
My Lehigh Valley GP38-2's.... "The Dirty Dozen"... Some I have been renumbered, some have been weathered, others are waiting for this to be done to them...

 
 
VERY nice!
Posted by: BL282 Posted on: Apr 7th, 2007, 3:57pm
Here be the freighters for my layout, although I know the Santa Fe "F" was primarily passenger. I forgot to include my forum namesake WM BL2 no82 and my Pennsy S1.
Posted by: BL282 Posted on: Apr 7th, 2007, 4:03pm
and heres the passenger power! Sticking out like a bit of a sore thumb is my UK class 466 Networker commuter EMU.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Apr 9th, 2007, 9:19pm
lol, i have that same AMD103.  
 
Great Decals sells decals for MARC passenger cars
 
good luck!
 
http://www.greatdecals.com/Byscale.htm
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Apr 10th, 2007, 7:13pm
Nice enignies  
 
Anthony
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Apr 10th, 2007, 7:35pm
My Bachman UP Northen.
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 11:54am
A friend asked me to add a steam loco-type pilot to his MDC boxcab diesel. He recently had it repowered and wanted to change the exterior around. We picked out a pilot casting and I mounted it along with adding rails and grabs to replace the cast-on details. The paint is Scalecoat II B&O Royal Blue. This is what I started out with....
 
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 11:59am
This is the pilot added to an extension of the frame....
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 12:02pm
And with the handrails added, body painted, and some decals...
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 12:30pm
The largest electric loco on the Hudson Electric is a GE EP5. Ten were made for the New Haven with pantographs and third rail shoes and two were made for the HE with pantographs only. Here's a look at the HE EP5 right in from the casting shop. The body is a one piece resin casting made by Branford Hobbies here in CT. The pantographs are from Overland. The body will be painted the same color as the boxcab pictured above, but will have the NY Central 'lightning stripes' scheme in grey on the sides.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 11:02pm
Cool!  
 
I was thinking about buying the IHP EP5 ( which is apperently the same as yours, just rerun) but as it turns out, they were out of service with in months of Conrail, so it didn't fit in my time period.  that is cool stuff. I love the electric locomotives.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 11:40pm
Here is my set fleet so far.
 
First we have Pre-Conrail :  
 
Erie Lackawanna SD45 and U34CH
 
PRR GG1, 44 tonner, and F7B
 

 
Now Conrail:
 
from the back left to the front right= F7A, GP7, GP40-2, B40-8, SD40, E33, GP38, SW1500
 

 
NJ transit (NJ DOT GG1 not pictured)
 
F40PH, GP40FH-2, ALP44, U34CH, U34CH ( patch job)
 

 
SEPTA AEM-7
 

 
Amtrak (E60CP not picutred)  
 
AMD103, HHP8, AEM7 #908, 911, (Phase III) #921 (Phase IV), Metroliner EMU, Acela express
 

 

 
Foreign and Post Conrail
 
CSX AC4400CW, BNSF SD75M, Norfolk Southern GP38-2 and SD80MAC, Union Pacific SD7 and Challenger
 

 
 
I think that about covers all the locomotives that i still use regularly.  i do have a few others that are either junkers, really toy-like, or are so old and obsolete that they don't run.  
Posted by: cpa164 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2007, 8:09pm
on Jan 28th, 2006, 2:49pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
I was hopeing no one would notice.  Do they make the correct size cab?  Is it possible for me to sand down the cab to ge the correct size?  

Posted by: cpa164 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2007, 8:15pm
on Jan 28th, 2006, 2:49pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
I was hoping no one would notice.  Do they make the correct size cab?  Is it possible for me to sand down the cab to ge the correct size?  

 
According to the Model Train Magazine Index on the Kalmbach website, Railroad Model Craftsman published drawings and an article on kitbashing the SW1001 in the May, 1996 issue.  You should be able to find a copy in a good hobby shop, at a swap meet or directly from Carstens Publishing.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Apr 27th, 2007, 7:18pm
cool i'll have to look that up! Thanks!
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 7:54pm
Cool engines guys. I like the Amtrack one
 
Anthony
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 9:42pm
Hmmmmm  
 
I've got quite a few engines to post pictures of!!!!!!   Let me know what everyone thinks! Here they come............
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 9:52pm
Well, thats one of many..... The one above is the outcome of 4 different manufactures to make that one RS-3. I used a Kato hood "body" and a Atlas side sill, and MDC cab, Athearn custom made handrailing. Thats just the body. The interior is something else, BUT, it'll pull the paint off the wall! I took the MDC "Super-power" frame they offered years ago, removed they're motor, and added my own Cannon double shafted motor, with my own turned flywheels, to fit the MDC shaft work and couplings, added in dirrectional lighting. I've got the numberboards to add as of yet (something I'm also creating myself, being they had marker lights attached to them all in one detail part!
 
And now.......... the next engine up to the turntable.....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:01pm
The above engine came from a fellow railfan.net member, in a trade to do some work to a 2-8-0 to build the Western Maryland Scenic Railways "Mountain Thunder" #734.
 
Mike if your out there have a look at a once engine that was in your stable! All I did to it was get rid of the junk plastic handrailing Athearn supplied, added my own metal Athearn handrailing, plus all the grabirons, painted to match the prototype, and added decal numberboards as it required!  
 
Following will be a rear view of the same engine....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:08pm
Above is the rear view of that GP-38-2 that I got from a trade! Mike, what ya think?
 
Now, for another from the stable at Yellowstone Train Repairs.....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:15pm
Above is a complete customization. It began life as a plain jane "train set" type Life-Like GP-38-2, thats been derated to a CSX RDMT. All the long hood doors were cut out of the body, and replaced with .040" plastic sheet. The Radiators were included in this removed section, I then cut off the radiator fans atop the hood roof, plated a section under them, from inside the engine body, and then filled the holes left with sandable epoxy. After this was completed the body then had its first coat of sandable primer added. (It took 5 coats of primer before I was hapy with the results!
 
I removed and discarded the plastic handrailing and added my own custom metal handrailing, and grabirons, plus the pilot plow as well.
 
Following picture will be of an "in progress" of this locomotives, what the rear end of the long hood looked like, with the door section removed, and the fan plating done, with the epoxy filler in place, and sanded.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:18pm
And again, a close up of the front of the above locomotive.....
 
Will be switching to another model following this post!  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:27pm
And another from the currently completed Yellowstone Train Repairs stable....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:37pm
Well, the above engine is another "special" breed! It began life as an older Athearn "KCS" SD-40-2. The dynamic brake was removed, the rear hood grill and the atop hood fans as well, were all removed. Replaced with fans from a GP-38 body, that was a "parts wagon", along with the grill to match as well. The dynamic brake was replaced with a non dynamic brake blister from 2 SD-40-2's, spliced together to make it longer on each end. Creating a SD-38. (I have a big supply of Athearn Sd-40-2's, plus Life-Like GP-38-2's. So, I thought I'd build some of my own engines with what parts and talent I have! I added my own dirrectional lighting, and my own metal handrailing to replace that of the plastic stuff (that won't survive a derailment), plus other details like grabirons, and such.  
 
And next..........a rear view of this same engine!  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:42pm
Now, for a switch......  
 
A custom Western Maryland "chop nose" GP-9 in Circus paint.....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:48pm
The WM engine above, has taken a trip (Thats right, I traded it!) I have many more to make of this same type engine so..... I'm not to woried about not getting one!
 
Now, a real switch.... a freight car...... a CSX fuel tender for when CSX first got they're AC4400's!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 10:57pm
The fuel tender above was just a Athearn tank car that was custom painted, and some extra detail added. I've got one AC4400 to go with it, I just need to get another!
 
Now, back to engines..... Another locomotive from the Yellowstone Train Repairs stable, a Chessie C&O B-30-7.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 11:07pm
The above locomotive started life as a Bachmann B-30-7, plain jane "train set" type engine, with a custom paint job, and all the plastic handrailing removed, and my own custom athearn type metal handrailing installed. The frame, was powered, and still is, its just been subject to repowering by Athearn GEB powering modified to fit the Bachmann frame, and Bachmann truck side frames (as I didn't have the GEB frames to use from Athearn.)
 
ENJOY! More to come at a later date!
Posted by: longislandtom Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:00am
Great job with the custom painting.
 
The CSX Bright Future is one of the most difficult schemes to paint and decal properly, because you need to match the color of the paint EXACTLY to the decals (the blue has to look like the "CSX" billboard letters), otherwise it ends up looking horrible.  Ditto the Chessie System scheme.  Looks like you did a pretty good job with those.
 
Just some observations:
 
- The newer plastic Athearn handrails are actually better than the old metal handrails.  The plastic Athearn rails are closer to scale, and has the right stanchion u-channel cross-section.  The old metal handrails are too thick and the stanchions are flat and doesn't look like the real thing at all.
 
- The C&O B30-7 doesn't use GE Floating Bolster trucks but uses EMD Blomberg-Bs.  Since you are using an Athearn mechanism, you can use Athearn Blomberg-B sideframes (will drop right in with no modifications), and Athearn Blomberg sideframes look MUCH nicer than the Bachmann ones.
 
Anyway, good job and keep refining your technique!
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:11am
on Apr 28th, 2007, 10:08pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Above is the rear view of that GP-38-2 that I got from a trade! Mike, what ya think?
 
Now, for another from the stable at Yellowstone Train Repairs.....

John,
She looks 100 times better than before!!! Great work on the CSX RDMT Slug and SD38! Like all your work, absolutely fantastic! Infact here's a few pictures of two locos John made that I now own. WMSR GP30 501, and WMRY GP9 "chop-nose" 34.
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:12am
501 with F3AU 51
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:13am
GP9 34 with consist.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:14am
on Apr 29th, 2007, 12:00am, longislandtom wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great job with the custom painting.
 
The CSX Bright Future is one of the most difficult schemes to paint and decal properly, because you need to match the color of the paint EXACTLY to the decals (the blue has to look like the "CSX" billboard letters), otherwise it ends up looking horrible.  Ditto the Chessie System scheme.  Looks like you did a pretty good job with those.
 
Just some observations:
 
- The newer plastic Athearn handrails are actually better than the old metal handrails.  The plastic Athearn rails are closer to scale, and has the right stanchion u-channel cross-section.  The old metal handrails are too thick and the stanchions are flat and doesn't look like the real thing at all.
 
- The C&O B30-7 doesn't use GE Floating Bolster trucks but uses EMD Blomberg-Bs.  Since you are using an Athearn mechanism, you can use Athearn Blomberg-B sideframes (will drop right in with no modifications), and Athearn Blomberg sideframes look MUCH nicer than the Bachmann ones.
 
Anyway, good job and keep refining your technique!

 
longislandtom,
First off, may I ask if you have any kids? And if so, what age? I've got a 2 year old, that plays with EVERYTHING I make! So, in order to make things withstand the impossible, I have to set an think what it would take to accomplish. And the metal handrailing has passed the test with flying colors! Now let me just say, I have dealt with the plastic stuff on the newer trains, and still I don't like the flymsy crap. I use special glues and resin glues to make plastic adhere, and I have nothing as far as glue goes to hold the plastic handrailing onto the body of the engine it belongs! Even when I'm the only person to handle it, the plastic handrailing just isn't strong enough.
 
In the past, I've spent more time repairing plastic handrailing to the engine body side sill from not holding onto then actually painting the metal types I design!
 
As for my paint work, if you only knew my tricks, I don't have that much tied up in paint to paint the CSX engines. Plus I use spray bomb paint (spray cans!) I bet this will have your brains thinking awhile!   But the paint is cheap and very good quality, for a whole lot less in cost!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:30am
Mike,
That GP-38-2 ALMOST became a GP-39-2! I had decided that the YN3 paint was too good to change or cut the body to make the GP-39-2 possible. So, I've gotten my hands on another GP-38-2 body to work wonders on to build into a GP-39-2.  
 
But the ole GP-9 that you got a few months back looks SWEET! I'll be posting pictures of your next up and comming GP-9. (I've got alittle work to do to it yet, I've found some factory flaws that I took care of before you got the engine so you didn't have them to deal with, which Athearn is working with me on.) But as you know, I had some trouble getting decals for the speed lettering units, but I got through that problem pretty quick, now, I'm out of decals for Cabooses in WM! RATZ!
 
So, I'm waiting on them to come in the mail. BUT, you'll get to see your #40 here hopefully tomarrow! Now that I got my camera working!
 
Hey yeah, you know that FA-2 we did some trading on? You happen to know where the fan is to it? OR does anyone out there know where I can get a fan to go on a Proto-2000 FA-2? I got one thats missing this detail!!!!
 
Anyway, more pictures to come, in a day or so!.....................hopefully!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:44am
longislandtom,
Speaking of the CSX painting, try this one on for size! This was another one of my custom paint's that was done by the means of a spray can! And yes, it too wasn't expensive paint! around a $1 a can! So..... let me know what you think of this next match in paint color!  
 
P.S. I am a former industrial spray painter, but no one can tell!  
 
Have a look at this............
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 12:57am
The above engine started life as a Life-Like GP-38-2 plain jane "train set" type locomotive, which it still is, however, its undergone some changes. Superdetailing, for one, naturally the removal of the plastic handrailing, and installation of the metal handrailing that I make an designed to fit it. etc, but as you see its also the correct "pumpkin" orange paint that CSX used on the real thing! And as I said above, its also a spray can, thats bought at a very common place, that I bet most will never guess where I get most of my paint from! But even so, with all that said, it looks good!  
 
I will admit, the pictures don't give these engines justice as they look alot better in person....... I think I can get a few thats members here to agree for those who now own things that are of my work.
 
Another picture of the same engine above, different shot....
Posted by: longislandtom Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:17am
on Apr 29th, 2007, 12:14am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
longislandtom,
First off, may I ask if you have any kids? And if so, what age? I've got a 2 year old, that plays with EVERYTHING I make! So, in order to make things withstand the impossible, I have to set an think what it would take to accomplish. And the metal handrailing has passed the test with flying colors!  

 
LOL, I have a 4-year-old nephew who has some really destructive tendencies so I can sympathize.  Anyway, my policy with young kids is buy a $40 Bachmann HO Thomas the Tank Engine set for them to abuse while they get to admire my stuff (like my $200 BLI J1e Hudson) from afar.  
 
Anyway, good job on the CSX paints.  I'm tempted to do a few dark future SD40s (which are the most common CSX locos here in NYC) but my loyalties lie with pre-CSX Conrail.  
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 9:40am
Very good idea. I rember my fisrst HO sufferd greatly  
 
Anthony
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:43pm
longislandtom,
Well you have a good battle plan! I would do the same thing however, the little one of mine has a real interest in my trains, and not her own (in another posting of mine I was saying about her having a brio "wooden" set up, and it has no bearing on her even so its battery operated she loves daddys! I own my own train repair shop, and being thats said, she plays with my BLI stuff, and EVEN what little brass stuff I have! Shes not destructive, but she's still a 2 year old! Besides, I'd rather her play with my $50 - $75 Diesel that I made nearly child resistant, then my $500 + brass steamer!  
 
Anyway... back to topic!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:49pm
Forgot to mention tom,
I too am partial to the B&O, Western Maryland, Chessie System, and CSX. Sorry ole buddy, but I'm not a Conrail collector. (I've done some serious paint jobs over ex-Conrail units over the years!)  
 
My next engine, is going to a fellow site member, Mike Spooler..... Hey mike heres a look at your next.................Western Maryland, GP-9, #40 with the 3M graphics!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 1:54pm
And now, (since the recent diesel stable has been shown), I'm going to my steam stable, which is much, much nicer!
 
Have a look at these..........
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 2:18pm
In the above display case, from top shelf to bottom shelf, and left to right:
 
Top shelf:
A Rivarossi B&O 2-8-8-0 EL-5 #7165, a Mantua B&O 0-4-0 #95, and another Rivarossi B&O 2-8-8-0 EL-5 #7160.
 
Second shelf down:
A Spectrum Western Maryland 2-10-0 "Russian" Decapod #1110, a Spectrum Undecorated 3 truck Shay (Which will become a 4 truck Shay #5 for the Western Maryland), and a Rivarossi Western Maryland 4-6-6-4 Challenger M-2 #1201.
 
Third shelf down:
A Rivarossi B&O 2-8-8-2 EL-6 "EE-2" #7307, a Mantua B&O 0-6-0 D-23 #1187, and a Rivarossi B&O 0-8-8-0 LL-1 #7034.
 
Fourth shelf down:
A Rivarossi B&O 2-10-2 S-1 #6173, a Rivarossi B&O 0-6-0 D-30 #353, and another Rivarossi B&O 2-10-2 S-1 #6125.  
 
All of these in some way or another have been redone, the Rivarossi 2-8-8-0's, 2-8-8-2 and 0-8-8-0 were made from N&W 2-8-8-2 Y6b's. ONLY the B&O EL-5 #7165 is factory, from Rivarossi, its the newest "Model Expo" version. All I done to him was give it a correct paint job, and added some small details, like number boards etc, to the sides of the head lights with the actual numbers on them. The rest are older AHM versions, thats currently all got double shafted Cannon can motors, one shaft for the gear boxes, and the other to hold a large flywheel that I machined to fit onto the motor and into the engine.
 
All these engines in this display case run really well. And for those thats older versions all have the same motor, including the little Rivarossi 0-6-0! The Spectrums are the only factory items! And the one Spectrum engine (the Shay) will be getting customized!
 
The Rivarossi Challenger, was a Union Pacific when I got him, now he's Western Maryland (I'm working on adding a cab to him to have the vestibule type that the prototype had.)
 
The little 0-4-0, Mantua Camelback, isn't prototype, but my Gram got him for me, as is, He's still factory and I plan to leave him like that, just give him and the 0-6-0 Camelback a custom paint job and on the 0-4-0, try to make him somewhat prototypical (which really isn't possible but, I can atleast make it believable!)
 
If you have any questions on any of these engines above feel free to ask, I'll do my best to answer them!  
 
Till then, heres another "Steam Display" case loaded full!    
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 2:43pm
Ok, now again, from top shelf to bottom shelf, left to right:
 
Top shelf:
A Rivarossi B&O 0-4-0 C-16A "Dockside" #99, a Mantua B&O 4-6-0 B-30 "old Timer" #1366, and a Mantua B&O 4-4-0 G-1 "Old Timer" #25 General.
 
Second shelf down:
A Mantua B&O 4-6-2 P-7 "President Washington" #5300, and a Mantua B&O 4-4-2 A-3 #1430.
 
Third shelf down:
A TYCO Western Maryland 2-8-0 H-7A #707, a Bachmann Western Maryland 2-8-0 H-9 #834.
 
Forth shelf down:
A IHC B&O 2-8-2 Q-4 # 4403, and a TYCO B&O 0-8-0 L-2 #843.
 
All the Mantua engines seen here are factory, except one, the 4-6-0 B-30, he was custom painted and detailed as a B&O Merger engine, and has had internal repowering, again my Cannon can motor powers him!
 
The President Washington, is a Mantua Collectable from 1996.  
 
All the TYCO locomotives are really wild engines, they're ALL dummies! But roll very nicely and are GREAT pushers! Or for double and tripple heading trains! The TYCO 0-8-0 B&O L-2 began life as a TYCO 2-8-0, with the tender power (as all the TYCO's seen here were), with its original tender removed, and a Rivarossi 0-8-0 tender used, and pilot truck removed, and a custom paint job makes him look really good!  
 
Now, the IHC 2-8-2 Q-4 is the really oddball here! (I know the tenders wrong, but thats about to change I got the correct tender I just have to custom paint it to match the engine!) Anyway, It has the elephant ears as #4403 had, and a different smoke stack to match the Kalchap one that was on it in real life. I have also done away with the original motor and added my own Cannon motor with flywheel, being this engine IS not the Premier series engines from IHC it only had a smoke unit, (notice I said "had") being the smoke unit didn't work when I got him, and even so, if it did work, the smoke units make a mess!), but anyway, I added my own motor to make him pull with all my other engines! Plus I added as much weight as I could!
 
ENJOY! More pictures to come!
Posted by: Spooler734 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 2:45pm
on Apr 29th, 2007, 1:49pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Forgot to mention tom,
I too am partial to the B&O, Western Maryland, Chessie System, and CSX. Sorry ole buddy, but I'm not a Conrail collector. (I've done some serious paint jobs over ex-Conrail units over the years!)  
 
My next engine, is going to a fellow site member, Mike Spooler..... Hey mike heres a look at your next.................Western Maryland, GP-9, #40 with the 3M graphics!

John,
Like the rest of your work excellent! Also you have a very big collection of very nice locos! Keep up the good work!
-Mike
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 2:59pm
Mike,
If you only knew! The recent diesel pictures I've posted are my most recent completions! The pictures of the display cases are steamers that I have gotten and completed over a span of 10 years or more! (You have to remember I been doing custom work since 1988!)
 
Thing is, I've ran out of display case room! (My wife wants to hang me! LOL) but I have TONS of things in boxes thats not displayed!
 
My shop began life as a custom detail/custom paint for the first 5 years, and since that time 1993 till the present, I've done and do repairs, custom builds you name it, I now do it. Take into concideration, alot of my older first time custom jobs, aren't completely correct, but thats I'm correcting one engine at a time to make it prototypical or very close to it.
 
I guess its safe for me to say that I do the type work "Bev-Bel" once done..... Only, I do alot more to Locomotives, then they did! Thing is, where my business is different, I actually make the kits RTR! Where they made custom done "kits" for the buyer to assemble. Not to mention Bev-Bel only worked with Athearn kits, where as I do it to all sorts of companies.
 
But, as always Mike, thanks for the kind words! It sure is difficult keeping up with family, and the shop! Plus my regualr 40 hours a week job at the school! But, I seem to keep up!!!!
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 7:00pm
This is my newest steam locomotive. It's the Revell/Monogram NYC J3 Hudson. I've done a few changes such as adding wire handrails for the running board ladders, adding a "tailpiece" (the rear part of the engine frame under the cab), adding a facsimile of a stoker engine, and putting handrails on the rear of the cab. I figure even a 16 dollar non-operational engine can still be made to look nice.
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 7:05pm
Here's the rear of the cab.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2007, 11:25pm
nkp_h6,
Your right! Even those models can look good! (specially for around a roundhouse or engine house around a turntable or the like!)
 
But the work you did to the static model looks really well! NICE WORK! Got any more??
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Apr 30th, 2007, 2:14pm
Cool pics. I like that NYC engine
 
Anthony
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: May 2nd, 2007, 11:13pm
And now, a pair of HO scale F59PHI's from Athearn....
 
...wearing the Trinity Rail Express colors...
 
One in the middle of being renumbered....
 
These are no longer available from Athearn....
 
EM-1.... i finally got these rewired!!!!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 22nd, 2007, 4:22pm
dehammon,
NICE work! I take it that the rewiring those 2 loco's wasn't going to be easy!
 
Sorry it took so long to reply. (I must have forgotten to check the little box for notification of replies!
 
I just took and reserected a Atlas GP-38 high nose. Prior to me getting it, who ever owned this loco had ran it till the motor overheated, and melted the sides, I cut out all the bad, and added new sides, of the long hood and walkways, and then took a Atlas GP-40 low nose shell that was wrecked as well, and replaced the high nose and cab of the GP-38, with the low nose cab and cab from the GP-40. And made sure I added a GP-38 exhaust, going to cut off the original stacks. to make this engine a GP-39, that will fit right onto a GP-40 powered frame by Atlas. (These are the older 1980's Atlas loco's.). Once all the "body work" is done, it will be painted up for a Chessie System C&O GP-39.
Posted by: Chessie 2101 Posted on: May 22nd, 2007, 7:40pm
My Bachman Northern,which is on the DL right now.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 22nd, 2007, 10:45pm
Chessie,
You know that 4-8-4 would make a GREAT T-1 Chessie Steam Special!  Nice locomotive none the less!
 
Actually I'm working on a loco just like that to be a Western Maryland J-1 Potomac actually. But its a long way off from being just that (I have alot of part to get before I can really begin. I need to get a good powered frame from Bowser first..... I wan to make it run before I do all the detailing to it.
Posted by: Chessie 2101 Posted on: May 24th, 2007, 5:27pm
Thanks!Here's a good roster shot of the 806.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 25th, 2007, 4:48pm
That’s not a bad idea. I can see that with some work
 
Anthony
Posted by: dehammon Posted on: May 25th, 2007, 4:57pm
on May 24th, 2007, 5:27pm, Chessie 2101 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks!Here's a good roster shot of the 806.

I love your "train room"
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 25th, 2007, 4:58pm
on May 25th, 2007, 4:48pm, anthonyd_SRR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That’s not a bad idea. I can see that with some work
 
Anthony

 
Which one can you see with work? Possibly both? Yes It would be some work, but It can be done.
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 25th, 2007, 5:13pm
I could see the northern being turnrd into 2101
 
Anthony
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 25th, 2007, 5:21pm
Anthony,
Yes it would make a GOOD Chessie T-1. However, with alittle more work it could also be made into a Western Maryland J-1 as well. (I know, I'm going to be making me one, at the same time I'm building Spooler a Western Maryland scenic #734)  
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 8:02pm
Another good idea. How’s Mike’s 734 coming along?
 
Anthony  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 27th, 2007, 10:12pm
Well, its comming. Right now all I can say is, its in the design stages. I want to map out all the cuts FIRST, before any is made in the boiler that way no mistakes are made. So... it will take awhile, Its just with the work I do, I have to hone in on whats needed and what I have to work with so I make the old carpenter saying a reality,
"Measure twice, cut once". Plus, I want to make it as accurate as very possible. Not to mention, when his WMSRR 734 is done, it will be drawbared to a brass tender!
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 29th, 2007, 11:31am
That’s really nice. It looks like the real tender. Nice work
 
Anthony
Posted by: sergio_vadora Posted on: May 30th, 2007, 7:44am
Here some of my best roster......
Ciao ciao.
 
Sergio, Italy
Posted by: sergio_vadora Posted on: May 30th, 2007, 7:46am
From the east.
Posted by: sergio_vadora Posted on: May 30th, 2007, 7:48am
From the west.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 30th, 2007, 6:40pm
sergio_vadora,
Nice collection! I wish I had at least 2 of the CSX units you got! I will tho, all in good time!
Posted by: sergio_vadora Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 2:49am
Thanks! I hope to see them running on my layout......now is under construction but I hope to let the first train running next summer.
 
CIAO CIAO
Sergio
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 3:20pm
This is an off topic question but what kind of a layout are you working on? One that fits your engines or…?
I don’t really have a then but I’m curious as to what other people try to plan for a layout
 
Anthony
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 11:10pm
Where did all your Northeast Corridor engines go?
Posted by: sergio_vadora Posted on: Jun 1st, 2007, 8:58am
Ciao, all my electrics are in my collection but I've decided to model diesel rr because is more tipical for american style. I have more than 15 GG1, 3 AEM7 and 2 E60, plus the complete Acela Express.
After some holidays along Colorado and Wyoming rr I've decided to "switch" to diesel engines and trains, so double containers, long coal porters and Amtrak Superliners....electrics will be into my show room only!
 
If you wanna see my layout check this topic in the same dept:
 
HELP SIGNALLING LAYOUT (please help me!)
 
Or see below: the style will be somewhere on the Rocky (Moffat line style), modern era, Union Pacific owner. As in the real, will be possible to see some engines from eastern US, and there will be one Amtrak (Walthers Superliners with Athearn AMD103). The Summit has a little branch to some little warehouses. The village has a street-running track.
 
Do you like?
CIAO CIAO
Sergio, Italy
Posted by: anthonyd_SRR Posted on: Jun 1st, 2007, 3:37pm
I like it allot
 
Anthony
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2007, 7:18pm
OK, now its been over a week and I haven't posted pictures of my newest acquisition, to my B&O roster.....MY MOST WANTED ENGINE EVER!  
 
A BRASS B&O 2-8-8-4 EM-1! I will state that its NOT painted right, but I'll change that, but for the price I paid, I can't complain any! Looks GREAT, and runs WELL, in need of painting! So, here it is..........
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2007, 7:21pm
And another of my new Brass EM-1.....
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2007, 7:26pm
and one more of the engine itself, I'll be sure to follow this post with a picture of the tender......
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2007, 7:28pm
And as promissed, a shot of the tender to my 6 almost 7 pound beast!  
Posted by: rgorski Posted on: Jul 14th, 2007, 9:47pm
Heritage Proto 0-6-0 lettered for Lehigh and New England.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 15th, 2007, 1:06am
My NJ transit E60CH project is moving along. I'm also building an E60MA.  Right now, neither of them are near built, but I do have this one painted.  
 
They are built on American GK kits, so they have better tooling then the bachmann models.  I do need more NJ transit decals though to complete the stripes.  This thing is a monster!
 
Posted by: Great Western 90 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 11:44am
# 1905 Ex NYC(Bachmann) First Engine
Posted by: Great Western 90 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 11:49am
# 2461 Ex Susquehana (Bachmann Spectrum) 2nd Engine
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Aug 21st, 2007, 3:36pm
I wish I had one of those Bachmann Spectrum 2-10-0s in Frisco paint.  
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Oct 12th, 2007, 7:30am
[quote author=dehammon link=board=HOScale;num=1118853112;start=220#236 date=05/25/07 at 16:57:58]
I love your "train room"[/quote/] Thanks!Sorry for the late reply,but forget full me forgets to check in here!
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 4:10pm
Hello all,
  Been a long time since I posted anything on here but felt I had too. I have some painting projects that I just have to post. The first is my latest Ebay aquisition. It's a Chessie SD20-2. true to the prototype it was modified from an SD35.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 4:13pm
The next two are from my "what if?" projects. This is a Dash 8 40CW in B&O paint. I still have to add the number boards and do some overall tidying up but I couldn't resist posting it. Enjoy.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 4:15pm
The next one for now is a Dash 8 40C in C&O paint. Again I still have a little finish work to do but I had to share. I also have three more locomotives that I am finishing and will post them as soon as I finish them. Enjoy
Posted by: Chessie4155 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 5:21pm
Tyler: SWEEEEEET! I really like the SD20-2...now you need an SWMT to go with it!
 The modern engines in B&O & C&O look great. Had they survived, that's probably what we would be seeing today.
Posted by: IandOFan71 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 6:26pm
Thank you sir. I actually lost out on an auction with an SD20-2 and SWMT together and felt bad so when I saw the SD again I snagged it. I'm very pleased with how the modern units turned out. I thought about some modernized version of the old scheme but in the end I felt that I should keep it old school.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2007, 11:08am
Tyler,
Actually, I have a few SWMT's to build. I could build you a SWMT to go with your SD-20-2! ( I have to build a SD-20-2 myself for my SWMT that I have! See picture!
 
As for the "What If" locomotives, VERY NICE! Altho, I would have made the B&O loco a EMD as they were all EMD and the C&O is SWEET! As its a GE, as they were buying at the time of Chessie!
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Nov 9th, 2007, 6:07pm
Cool stuff guys. From my old HO days, I have an CSX F7. The horns are missing, wheels are dirty, and all but one of the outside part of the trucks are long gone. I really didn't take care of that thing .  
KB3PQD signing out
Posted by: mustang21 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 8:33pm
this is my 4-8-2 mountain frisco ho scale locomotive.C:\Users\doug\Pictures\2007-11-12 4-8-2\4-8-2 005 train red.jpg
Posted by: mustang21 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 8:45pm
oh yeah it`s made by bachmann
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 6:09pm
Well my CSX has been repainted to a MDDE(Maryland & Delaware) color. It's really not pink it's actually red. It's just the camera.
KB3PQD signing out
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 9:13pm
I have just recieved an Alco Models brass E44 electric locomotive.
 

 

 
Posted by: longislandtom Posted on: Nov 19th, 2007, 2:17am
Wow, looks like you are beginning to set up the catenary.  Looks sweet!
 
Love all that Northeast Corridor power!
Posted by: danpik Posted on: Nov 19th, 2007, 8:06am
My first post in this forum
 
Wellsville Addison & Galeton GE 132 Ton Centercab #1700

 
Dan Pikulski
www.DansResinCasting.com
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 19th, 2007, 9:25pm
on Nov 19th, 2007, 2:17am, longislandtom wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Wow, looks like you are beginning to set up the catenary.  Looks sweet!
 
Love all that Northeast Corridor power!

 
Yeah! i really need a Northeast Corridor layout to run it on. The E44s did run around South Amboy NJ at some point ( i have pictures of them at the old engine yards there) but they really fit the best on a corridor train heading south with cars from the old Ford plant in metuchen/ Edison NJ.  Right now my Catenary is being a pain though, since the solder joints don't seem that strong (they keep breaking).  Right now i'm also short on time, so i haven't been able to hang the wire (i just left it on the bridges for now).  
 
How has your P32AC-DM project been going?  speaking of long island RR stuff, have you checked out Island trains? they have the DE30AC shells that fit AMD 103 chassis for $50.  I'd almost buy one, but i'm saving my old somewhat damaged AMD103 for an NJ transit P40DC project.  I just need the decals.  
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 5:25am
GP 30 5001, one of only 2 Canadian GP 30's, running light somewhere on the E&N...
Posted by: longislandtom Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 3:55pm
on Nov 19th, 2007, 9:25pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)

How has your P32AC-DM project been going?  speaking of long island RR stuff, have you checked out Island trains? they have the DE30AC shells that fit AMD 103 chassis for $50.  I'd almost buy one, but i'm saving my old somewhat damaged AMD103 for an NJ transit P40DC project.  I just need the decals.  

 
Say, when you do that NJT P40DC, let me know how you do the disco-colored pinstriping..  If there is one engine I got plenty of, it's the Athearn AMD103 (last year I bought 4 of them for $25 apiece from Toy Train Heaven, precisely for projects like this).  By the time I done with the P32AC-DMs I should still have a couple left over for interesting projects like the NJT P40DC and the LIRR DE/DM30AC.  Those guys selling the DE/DM shells also got the C3 bilevel car resin kits too--  I'd have to scoop up those two items to get myself a complete LIRR train.  They also got resin kits of the new Bombardier M7 EMUs used by the LIRR and Metro North too.
 
Christmas is coming and Santa knows what to put under my tree.  
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 6:32pm
Sadly, i think i'm gonna have to custom order that decal.  I saw a model of an ALP46, and they had to do the same thing.   it looks super complicated.
Posted by: S-12_Dave Posted on: Nov 24th, 2007, 12:05pm
Hi danpik, very cool modeling! I used to see Wellsville Addison & Galeton outside braced boxcars on the LV West Pittston Branch all of the time back in the 60's. I think they carried leather to a furniture manufacturer in Kingston Pa.  Thanks for posting the photo. I dont think I have ever seen WA&G modeling before....very cool! Oh yeah......and Welcome to the forum!
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 30th, 2007, 4:22pm
Gotta love the lighting!
 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 9:05pm
green_elite_cab,
Yes the lighting in that shot looks SWEEEEEEET!
 
On my input of the topic (which I haven't posted anything recently of my current work), Well, I've got a Chessie B&O GP-30 #6902 complete, a B&O GP-30 6900 almost complete, almost complete B&O GP-18 #6599, a Western Maryland AS-16 #173 complete, And a few others that I haven't touched in 2 weeks so.......PLUS all the stuff I'm working on for customers, which I plan to post pictures in the near future!  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:30am
Well, I said I'd be posting some pictures of my most Recent stuff, thats been completed. So, without further ado, we have a Chessie System B&O GP-30. Its a Proto-2000 model, not that I did alot to it, however, there were a few changes I made on it. The tops of the walkways "treads" were gray, and most if not all Chessie units had blue treads, so, I repainted only the walkway treads. Touched up a few nicks here and there, and relocated the horn. Then once I got all that done, I added my own custom formed metal handrailing as the original plastic stuff, just don't stick well with glue to the side sill, then custom painted it. And as I did this, I noticed that the enginner and brakeman inside the cab were unpainted and black in color so, I went ahead and painted the figures as such, and reinstalled them in the cab. And this is what it looks like now:
 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:32am
I forgot to mention that I also painted the trucks correctly as well! They were black, and ALL Chessie units had there trucks painted blue. And heres another shot of it.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:45am
Alittle change with roadname. A Western Maryland AS-16. Its an older Stewart model, thats went through the war. The factory plastic handrailing was broken, some sections missing. So, I custom formed metal handrailing, in all locations to fit. I also made the long hood "grab railing" that goes the length of the hood, and used steam engine brass turnings handrail posts, plus added all the other grabirons on the hoods ends as well.  
 
I added all the "extra" details that were missing, air tanks, long hood bell, etc. Then as a old Stewart unit, it had no lighting, so I added my own directional lighting to the unit, with decently made head and tail light lens. Once all this was done and the handrailing was painted, I dullcoted the entire model, except the head and tail light lens, they were added after the dullcote had dried. And the resurrected unit looks like this:
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:46am
And another of the WM AS-16,
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:49am
And one more:
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 4:34pm
Good Stuff! I still have forgotten about that slug, but I'm still broke, lol.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 4th, 2007, 5:32pm
on Dec 3rd, 2007, 4:34pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Good Stuff! I still have forgotten about that slug, but I'm still broke, lol.

 
Thanks for the kind words! Keeps me going on new modeling efforts!
 
As for the slug, I sent you an IM concerning it!  
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Dec 28th, 2007, 9:52pm
left to right: roundhouse shay, spectrum consolidation, stewart hobbies WAG F7, athearn switcher (now running on a friend's railroad)
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Dec 28th, 2007, 9:56pm
spectrum consolidation lettered for the erie. more pics coming, hopefully i'll figure out my scanner to get better resolution...
Posted by: dtiman Posted on: Jan 4th, 2008, 9:50pm
on Nov 6th, 2007, 4:15pm, IandOFan71 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The next one for now is a Dash 8 40C in C&O paint. Again I still have a little finish work to do but I had to share. I also have three more locomotives that I am finishing and will post them as soon as I finish them. Enjoy

 
The B&O and C&O units are GREAT!! Nice job! I think the old basic blue and yellow looks better than chessie on those GEs. Nice too that you chose the C&O scheme with the yellow noses instead of the later plain blue.
Posted by: stumpjumper Posted on: Jan 25th, 2008, 8:04pm
How about this one,  P&LE Bicentennial GP7.  It is a Proto 2000 with custom decals.
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Jan 28th, 2008, 8:17pm
here's my custom painted and lettered wnyp engine. it's not exactly the right engine, but it looks good. gotta love the panelling in the background
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Jan 28th, 2008, 8:20pm
stewart hobbies WAG F7 (factory paint job) hauling a custom painted caboose
Posted by: Colonial01 Posted on: Jan 29th, 2008, 1:47am
PL&M Class A1 2-8-4 Kanawha 1207 rolls a fast freight through a hot summer evening in West Virginia
 
(It's a P2K)
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2008, 9:11pm
on Jan 29th, 2008, 1:47am, Colonial01 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
PL&M Class A1 2-8-4 Kanawha 1207 rolls a fast freight through a hot summer evening in West Virginia
 
(It's a P2K)

 
  Wow. Love the lighting. And by what I can tell from this picture looks like a great layout. Would love to see more.
 
I'll post a picture or two sometime in the future.
Posted by: reinhard Posted on: Mar 7th, 2008, 7:14am
I used two undecorated Altlas MP15DC for this switchers of the "Houston Belt & Terminal"
 
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2008, 2:08pm
I primarily model American and Canadian equipment, however I have recently started modeling some British steam locomotives. Here is my first UK model, a London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 0-6-0T "Terrier" in OO scale (It runs on HO gauge track, but it's 1/76th scale). It's a stock Hornby model with a few little changes, mostly involving detail painting, and a few detail parts here and there.
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2008, 2:11pm
This one's a little blurry, Oops!
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2008, 2:13pm
Another.
Posted by: nkp_h6 Posted on: Mar 11th, 2008, 2:14pm
And one more showing the HUGE reverse lever.
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Apr 25th, 2008, 10:31pm
GTW doubleheader. The mike started out as a B&O engine and was completely repainted. The consol. was bought undecorated, wore erie decals for a while, and is now GTW. The engines are running on my "Temporary and Plywood Scenic Railroad".
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 5th, 2008, 10:46pm
I've recieved a couple new locomotives since i last posted in this thread, including another American GK E60, as well as a C32-8 and a SD45-2.  I'll have to post them later.
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Jun 29th, 2008, 8:35pm
Arcade and Attica #112 (GE 65 Tonner)
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 3:26pm
Here are my bachmann 0-6-0 and my model power 0-4-0
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 3:28pm
my model power 2-8-0
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 3:30pm
my bachmann 2-8-4
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 3:33pm
my bachmann SY class 2-8-2 with a custom paint scheme inspired by NH&IRR 40's 1980s paint scheme  
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 6:39pm
My IHC 2-8-0 999 with Atheren 2-8-2 5155
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 6:41pm
Bachmann 4-6-2 1361
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 6:43pm
611 sorry picture is a little blurry
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 6:49pm
WM 2-8-0 761
Posted by: alcoc420 Posted on: Aug 10th, 2008, 10:20pm
Man i love that Arcade and Attica 44 tonner. NICE JOB! Im planning on doind a Skinnaeatles Short Line one here soon.
Posted by: belmontnyrailfan Posted on: Aug 11th, 2008, 8:54pm
on Aug 10th, 2008, 10:20pm, alcoc420 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Man i love that Arcade and Attica 44 tonner. NICE JOB! Im planning on doind a Skinnaeatles Short Line one here soon.

Thanks for the compliment!
Here's another A&A engine... #14 wearing a paint scheme based on #18's current colors.
Posted by: Iggy44 Posted on: Aug 15th, 2008, 3:59pm
Here's one for the NJT modelers out there. NJT 500, just a memory now.

Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Aug 19th, 2008, 10:20am
Cool, i still have to work on a unch of my other NJ transit projects. I also have three Conrail GP15-1s, PRR Silverliner IIs, and a Conrail SD60M that i just got. gonna have to take pictures.
Posted by: Ollie Posted on: Aug 30th, 2008, 6:12pm
here are my diesles my csx sd40-2
Posted by: Efram Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 4:07pm
Hi folks,
 
I am new to the forum, but not to model railroading.  I have attached a few images to show you my work.  Obviously, I almost exclusively model Canadian roads.
 
Thanks  
 
This is a Kaslo Shops SD60F mounted on a LLP2k chassis.  CNR 5512.
 
Posted by: Efram Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 4:09pm
CN Pte. St Charles Wide Vision caboose.  Athabasca brass kit.
Posted by: Efram Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 4:11pm
CPR 9120, Kato SD90/43MAC, with aftermarket details and weathering.
Posted by: Efram Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 4:12pm
St. Lawrence and Hudson SD40-2 #5614.  Athearn with details.
Posted by: Efram Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 4:13pm
VIA/Home Hardware F40PH-2 #6429.  Life Like shell, with Athearn/LLP2k drive, and TONS of aftermarket details.
Posted by: Deech Posted on: Sep 18th, 2008, 6:55pm
Mantua 0-6-0, Bachmann Spectrum HO 2-Truck Climax

Bachmann 3-Ttruck Spectrum Shay

Rivarossi HO 3-Truck Heisler

Tyco 0-2-0, Rivarossi HO 2-Truck Heisler

Roundhouse 2-Truck Shay
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jan 25th, 2009, 9:18pm
struggling uphill on a 4% grade and a 30 inch curve, with 24 cars on the drawbar is a 2-4-4-2 mallet.  its about as small as an articulated can be and as cute as a button.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jan 25th, 2009, 10:03pm
And a Westside Climax A, at home working a logyard.  The log yard scene is on a styrofoam lift out access hatch.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jan 29th, 2009, 10:10pm
This is a very old V&T 4-4-0 from PFM which i bought in 1969.  The gearbox failed about 10 years ago, so it acquired a NWSL gearbox, a can motor, and a whole lot of additional weight.  its good for 3 of 4 cars against the ruling grade.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jan 29th, 2009, 10:36pm
This is a Key Models Central Pacific (later Southern Pacific #1, preserved at the California State RR Museum at Sacramento)  4-2-4T "C P Huntington," i don't know if i'll ever use it for anything, but it sure is cute!
Posted by: Great Western 90 Posted on: Jan 31st, 2009, 1:45pm
Got her for christmas
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jan 31st, 2009, 2:17pm
Good looking Pacific. I have a similar engine and have also added an HO gauge Engineer and Fireman. Looks very realistic. Did you know that the boiler of the PRR pacifics was interchangeable with the boiler of the Mikado, the L-1s ?
Posted by: Deech Posted on: Feb 7th, 2009, 6:26pm
MY AMERICAN FLYER HUDSON
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Feb 14th, 2009, 1:00am
Broadway Limited Blueline Santa Fe #3752
 
#1
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Feb 14th, 2009, 1:01am
#2
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Feb 14th, 2009, 1:02am
Southern Pacific SD45T-2 #9180 (Where I got my name from)
Posted by: gp7633 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2009, 10:01am
I also posted this on the weathering thread but I don't think the pic turned out so good, so I thuoght I would post a better picture here. This is my Pennsy SD-9 that I just finished weathering. I am into all the northeast fallen flag railroads The Reading and Lehigh Valley being my favorite.
Posted by: Man with no Name Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 1:31pm
Moocow you have some awesome steamers. I like in particular the Mallet, the Climax, and a personal favorite the 4-4-0.
 
Did you kitbash those locos or do they look the same as when you purchased them?
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 9:15pm
Thank you, most of my locos are redetailed older brass (like from the 60s-80s.)  I consider them to be "runners" not display pieces (although i do have some displayers- Like a repainted Balboa centennial set.)  On the 4-4-0, I removed the generator and replaced the headlight with a box type.  The Climax has a different stack and headlight.  The malley, all i did was paint it, i haven't even added a crew yet.  Its really too modern for my era, but i just like it.  
 
My fav is the 4-4-0, but because it is so light it will only haul 4 cars against my grades.  
 
This pic is of a Model Engineering Works Virginia & Truckee #20 The Tahoe 2-6-0.  It is still lettered for my 1970s layout.  
beyond is a NWSL vert boiler climax working on my logging branch line with a couple of scratchbuilt pulpwood cars.
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 9:23pm
here's another view which shows the log yard out back.  more of my layout photos can be found in scratchbuilding "mill village of Carolina"
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2009, 9:34pm
First off, let me say this. You all have some amazing locomotives.
 
Now for a few of mine. I have a very small temporary layout set up on my dinning room table till my larger layout if fished/built.
 
First, here's is my biggest locomotive, and my favorite steam loco. Pere Marquette 1225 form Bachman. I had to replace the board the decoder plugs into, and have modified the tender trucks so all 6 wheels pick up on each. Shes a tad picky with my easy track. She doesn't like to run on it when its clean. No traction tires on the wheels means the track cleaner I use, Rail Zip, causes my Berk the slip a little pulling 10 cars. I might add a sound decoder to her this fall.
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2009, 9:41pm
Next up is Soo 730.
 
This is a fairly old Athearn DC kit that my dad built for my old DC layout. I bought a Digatrax DH123 decoder for it, and got it wired up and it ran good for a few days. But the headlight slipped loose, shorted out, and I think it fried the decoder. The loco still runs, but the headlight stays on, and now it seams to loose power after a few minutes. Ill set it to a speed setting of 30 on my NCE Power cab, but after 2-3 laps, it slows to a crawl.
 
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2009, 9:48pm
Up next is 227, a Life Like 0-4-0 that I am repainting in my own livery.  
 
It has yet another Digatrax DH123 decoder, I can get them for $18 form Riders, best hobby shop EVER!
She runs good, I just need to finsh painting the loco, paint the tender, weather it, get a new headlight as the one it has gets too hot, and rebuild the dummy front coupler to be a working one. Then I need to get another DCC cab form NCE so my little brother can run her with me.
Posted by: Jib228 Posted on: Aug 30th, 2009, 9:54pm
And the last two, Santa Fe GP40 3507, and Santa Fe FT 711. Both Bachman, both my fist two DCC equipped locos. When I took these pictures, 711 was leading a large freight with 3507 helping. And I was too lazy to get individual shots, and I plan to all ways have these two consisted together.
 
I have a few more small switchers, but they dont have decoders, and I dont intend to get them up an running until I finish/build my bigger layout.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 12th, 2009, 7:59pm
This is a Northern Pacific A5 4-8-4 model.  
 

 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 16th, 2010, 11:22pm
my post 1
 
A pair of my  Russian decapods. USRA issued to the CNJ
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2010, 9:15pm
- Finally got around to take some pictures. Anyway, here is Southern Pacific #9013 an SD45 sporting the unique "Elephant Ears." This was a test by SP to help with the cooling in the many tunnels and snowsheds. A few engines had these plates:

 
- Next up is an "artsy" look at my Rio Grande SD40T-2:

 
- #9013 leading a train out of the yard. The lash-up included SD45 (SP), SD45T-2 (SP), SD40T-2 (DRGW), GP30 (Chessie System), and a SD40-2 (Conrail).

 
- Finally a Grimy Union Pacific AC4400CW:

 
I have many more locomotives that I didn't get a shot of. Conrail, Chessie, and some more Rio Grande and SP. Enjoy.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 8:04pm
on Aug 21st, 2010, 9:15pm, Espee9180 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
- Finally got around to take some pictures. Anyway, here is Southern Pacific #9013 an SD45 sporting the unique "Elephant Ears." This was a test by SP to help with the cooling in the many tunnels and snowsheds. A few engines had these plates:

 
Always glad to see U.P. heritage power. I see an American DE series crane in the background of the first shot, what's it's story?
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2010, 4:26pm
on Aug 23rd, 2010, 8:04pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Always glad to see U.P. heritage power. I see an American DE series crane in the background of the first shot, what's it's story?

 
Thanks. The photos were taking at the model railroad club I belong to. The crane has been sitting on the layout for 30 some-odd years before I moved it to where it sits now. I'll get some more info on it next time I'm down there.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 25th, 2010, 6:02pm
my post 2
 
I'll put one in here. All thats inside is a motor. And it is not where the manufacture put it. This is a TYCO consolidation I changed from tender drive to locomotive drive.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2010, 7:58pm
This is a CNJ FM H10-44 #9700 by Walters. ROCO Loco
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 1:14pm
A few of the diesels not in some sort of repair. They need some minor detailing, but makes for a good "ten-foot" model at this point. Two C424's with a C420 sandwiched in, LA&L 424, 420, and WNY&P 421
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 1:21pm
After working in Alaska for a bit, I had to get some black and yellow ARR power. Lucky for me, Atlas was up to the task. 3003, 3004, and 3001 in the power pool on the Penn York mods.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 1:25pm
R&S 106, G&W 45, and URR 17 (without the front handrails)
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 6:12pm
nice to see a good view of western pa power. Lfire you must have spent some time around Western PA?
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 11:44pm
I lived in the region all my life up to this year, when I moved to Georgia. Big B&P/G&W family, and WNY&P fan. NS Brosnan yard is busier than Conway, and G&W has a subsidiary here that runs high hood u-boats, so although I will miss the alco action, I won't miss shoveling wet, heavy snow.  
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 12:22pm
Well I hope you enjoy the south, I have to travel to Atlanta twice a year for work and I always do it in the fall then again in the spring. You can have the summers! look forward to the progress of the Penn York  
 
 
Did I see a BLE 100ton hopper as well?
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:31pm
Towny,
 
Just closed on my house , and I will gladly trade snow in for palm trees. The snow never bothered me, but I hate everything that comes with it. I hated running fire calls in the wee hours of the morning and having to spend five minutes scraping ice off the car and defrosting the windows.  After working in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana for an entire winter on the rails I realized if I never had to put a coat on again I wouldn't complain.  
 
As for the B&LE hoppers, what else would I tow behind a trio of US Steel heritage SD38's? B&LE 862 is roadworthy, J Ball 660 and DMIR 210 are "in the shop" for decoders.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:36pm
BN 7927 and 7921, new heavy road power for the Penn York Railroad. I have always liked the BN scheme, they will likely just be stenciled
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:40pm
CR 2269 and 2273
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:42pm
More of the G&W fleet, 46 in for a new DCC board, ALY 305 and a very dirty CR 3079 in the power pool.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:45pm
My only two Proto units, CR 1650 and 1685. They have yet to hit the mainline.
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:47pm
Here are a pair of my private commuter rr engines (freight)
 
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 3:56pm
on Aug 24th, 2010, 4:26pm, Espee9180 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Thanks. The photos were taking at the model railroad club I belong to. The crane has been sitting on the layout for 30 some-odd years before I moved it to where it sits now. I'll get some more info on it next time I'm down there.

 
That crane is on our model rr club. www.rvcmr.org  The crane has been on the layout since 1972 and was custom scratch built by one of the founding members who passed on over 10 years ago. Here are a few of Espee9180 locomotives on the ready track.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 6:08pm
Welcome to the club. I did just that thirty years ago and never regretted it. In your honor I went outside to my Queen Palm tree and kissed it.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2010, 9:21pm
Engine 1542 a CP 4-6-2 with all weather cab spins on turntable.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2010, 9:29pm
my post 5
 
1542 going around
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2010, 9:37pm
1542 further around.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 1st, 2010, 10:05pm
A Bachmann GP 30 PRR # 2206
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2010, 3:05pm
I like the looks of that steamer-looks like a Canadianized version of an English locomotive.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 2nd, 2010, 7:27pm
on Dec 2nd, 2010, 3:05pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I like the looks of that steamer-looks like a Canadianized version of an English locomotive.

   
 
It is actualy a model of a American Locomotive Company. Canidian Pacific , pacific, that is made by Triang hornby. Though it shares a standard drive with the triangs pacific class locos. The tender used on this model is the same as the Flying Scotsman with no bumpers. The drive may actualy be from that loco also. It is a closer repersentation of a CP pacific than a Marx Hudson is of a NYC Hudson. These are toy trains.
 Frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 7:12am
Here is a shot of the NYC E Unit crossing the yard lead on the East Central Indiana (ECI).
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2010, 2:20pm
Nice photo. Lots of things going on.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:04am
Here is another. A favorite of mine. Just a 0-4-0 switcher.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 11th, 2011, 9:37am
I'll add another one today.A unstreamlined, X streamlined Pacific. The 8P Coronation. Got it and another a week ago. finaly test run it yesterday. Very smooth! The Hornby City of Nottingham. The Engineer's name is Robin Hood. The Fireman is Little John.
Posted by: puddlejumper Posted on: Jan 19th, 2011, 4:04pm
on Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:04am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is another. A favorite of mine. Just a 0-4-0 switcher.

Love it!  Old school.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2011, 7:09pm
my post 10
 
  I came across a old Varney Casey Jones Locomotive at a show reciently. After some work changing parts the loco came back together. I runs good,only hard. Not a smooth quiet runner.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 7th, 2011, 10:14pm
Here is another. A NYC Hudson on the truntable. A BWI model.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 18th, 2011, 2:24pm
A second NYC joins the first at Roundhouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 27th, 2011, 7:27pm
Here is a Tyco mantua locomotive that was put together from parts of other locomotives. The locomotive is the PRR 4-6-0.
 frank
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 28th, 2011, 10:16pm
on Apr 7th, 2011, 10:14pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is another. A NYC Hudson on the truntable. A BWI model.
 frank

 
Is that an Alco Century in the bottom right corner? Methinks so...  
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 7:04pm
Three of my favorites - all Atlas.
Atlas GP7 with Kato drive
Atlas Classic C424
Atlas Trainman RS36
 
runners up are are:
Atlas RS3
Life like SW9's
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 29th, 2011, 7:15pm

Mantua GP20.  
 
While the EL never had one, I like to speculate that if the EL survived longer, it may have rebuilt and chop nosed some GP7's.  
 
BTW - It is a good pulling engine.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 13th, 2011, 12:39pm
Here are a pair of Tyco-Mantua GP20's.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: May 13th, 2011, 8:39pm
They look good paired up...maybe I will pick up another one.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 12:27pm
NEFAN:
 
Nice lineup of engines!  
 
I like the eastern emphasis-fits in well with my interests, too.
 
Your what-if on the EL GP7 is interesting.  I don't mind plausible what-ifs at all.
 
Alan
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 6:08pm
Alan - Thanks. I grew up with the D&H and EL. The D&H RS36 was the first loco I ever rode.
 
That's one of the great things about modeling. You can rewrite history!  
 
I just got my Rivarossi Erie Mikado back in action. Not the best puller, but it does look nice.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 8:51pm
my post 15
 
on May 15th, 2011, 12:27pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
NEFAN:
 
Nice lineup of engines!  
 
I like the eastern emphasis-fits in well with my interests, too.
 
Your what-if on the EL GP7 is interesting.  I don't mind plausible what-ifs at all.
 
Alan

 Alan ; Here is one for you in the what if catagory.  
I repainted a Athearn AEM 102 for the Pennsy.
 
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 9:48am
on Jan 25th, 2009, 9:18pm, moocow wrote:       (Click here for original message)
struggling uphill on a 4% grade and a 30 inch curve, with 24 cars on the drawbar is a 2-4-4-2 mallet.  its about as small as an articulated can be and as cute as a button.
 

 * this is one very nice little articulated locomotive. I like it alot.
 frank
moocow's photo
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 10:06am
on May 15th, 2011, 6:08pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Alan - Thanks. I grew up with the D&H and EL. The D&H RS36 was the first loco I ever rode.
 
That's one of the great things about modeling. You can rewrite history!  
 
I just got my Rivarossi Erie Mikado back in action. Not the best puller, but it does look nice.

 I like the USRA heavy mike. The Erie had a lot of them.  
 frank
NEFAN photo.
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 11:50am
Someone please identify the 2-4-4-2 engine.
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 12:00pm
This is one I just finsihed.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 4:29pm
on May 22nd, 2011, 12:00pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This is one I just finsihed.

 
Pete is that a Bowser you just finished. Definatly a lot of detail. Very nicely done.  
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 22nd, 2011, 5:53pm
Thanks.  Yes it is Frank.  With a super detail kit, and in Brunswick.
Posted by: log0008 Posted on: May 28th, 2011, 1:17am
nice locos everyone!
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: May 29th, 2011, 11:37am
Toptrain:
 
Nice one!  I like that PRR scheme on a modern loco!  Don't those pinstripes look good!
 
I've been off on vacation; that's why I haven't responded before this.  
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 30th, 2011, 8:55am
on May 29th, 2011, 11:37am, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Toptrain:
Nice one!  I like that PRR scheme on a modern loco!  Don't those pinstripes look good!
I've been off on vacation; that's why I haven't responded before this.  
Alan

 
Alan. I though that loco would fit nicely in the what if catagory.
 frank
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 30th, 2011, 11:56am
Those stripes are nice, but unfortunately, things didn't happen that way.
 
those pennsy paint schemes came out like this!
 

 

 
some Silverliners
 

 

 

 
 

 

 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2011, 5:28pm
Silvine diecast 0-4-0t Tea Kettle, A die cast loco made in japan by New One trains.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jun 5th, 2011, 9:54am
Green Cab:
 
Nice shots-I like the modeling scenes the locos are in.  Now, about that Amtrak paint scheme on the GG1....and the E44....are you modeling the early Conrail era?
 
Alan
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jun 5th, 2011, 10:13am
Yup!  I love that time period, as well as electric railroading. there is a lot of variety and few people model it (at least few people model it well).    
 
Unfortunately, I'm trapped on a layout that i built when i was 13-14, and my club won't let me electrify!  
 
because my layout isn't perfect, i haven't decided if i want to finish the catenary for it, or just build a module.   I think some of the catenary towers (less wires) are visible in the pictures.  
 
Right now i'm looking for BLI Conrail GG1s, but haven't had much luck.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jun 7th, 2011, 11:07am
Green Elite:
 
I like the module idea to have the catenary and supports.  Then you can detail it for an approprate NE Corridor spot and shoot photos of your equipment.
 
I built a module at one time-kinda fun way to stay interested in the hobby.  I had the equipment and scenery materials but being newly married in a small apartment  
meant that a layout was not possible at that time.
 
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 10th, 2011, 8:04am
my post 17
 
Old time Union Pacific passenger train ready to go.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 14th, 2011, 7:23pm
What is the make of the engine and cars?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 14th, 2011, 11:51pm
on Jun 14th, 2011, 7:23pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
What is the make of the engine and cars?

 
The American is a tyco-Mantua general painted by a friend. It is lettered using a Champ decal set. The tan-ish cars behind it are made by Pocher. The gray ones behind them are Tyco.
frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 17th, 2011, 8:38pm
They look good. I had a few of those engines but traded them away a few years back. Now I'm beginning to miss them...
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jun 17th, 2011, 8:51pm
This is the engine and some of the cars I got in trade. The RS3 (Atlas) fits in with my current interests in the EL & D&H.
Posted by: dgmarklin Posted on: Jul 10th, 2011, 5:52pm
I present FCEN 47, a CF7 for my Silver Star Industrial Park.  The 47 will get weathered.  It is complete with sound, ditch lights (non-flashing like the real one), and many wiring mods inside to provide better pickup from the track.
 

 
Also, my NW-2, #16.  I've actually ran the exNKP 15, which is still #15 but in this paint scheme located here in Central Florida.
 

 
Dean
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jul 11th, 2011, 2:40pm
Ah yes, the Chicago Great Western.  A paint scheme rarely seen on models nowadays.  A very nice one to be sure!  I beleive they may have had some cow-calf sets.  An old Ahearn calf would look good with that NW2, wouldn't it!
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 12th, 2011, 3:17pm
Here is my small fleet of CGW.  At the rear, is an Intermountain FP7A w/sound, and in front, a Track One/Athearn blue box F7A Super Power.  Both new, unused.  
Not shown is a Genesis Mikado, a Caboose, and maybe a freight car.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 19th, 2011, 2:38pm
That is nice pair of CGW F7s. For me the PGW is a road shared with a friend in London England, The Pennsylvania Great Western. A Tyco Pacific I painted and lettered.
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 19th, 2011, 8:57pm
Nice paint scheme.  That's a Mantua.  Nicely done.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 20th, 2011, 11:53am
Petey here,s another piece of PGW Power. Mikado # 91, I made using a Cary boiler.  
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 20th, 2011, 10:51pm
Frank,
The red striping does make it look English.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 21st, 2011, 11:20am
on Jul 20th, 2011, 10:51pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
The red striping does make it look English.

 
prtr ; It kinda copies the english Great Western paint.
frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2011, 7:29am
A Bachmann New York Central RS3 cruises by the South Anderson Yard with a consist in tow.  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2011, 11:26am
on Jul 22nd, 2011, 7:29am, Roger_Hensley wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A Bachmann New York Central RS3 cruises by the South Anderson Yard with a consist in tow.

 Roger : Shame on that engineer and his crew for not keeping the lighting striped RS3 clean.  
 frank
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Jul 24th, 2011, 8:17am
Well, here's a GP7 in better shape.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 25th, 2011, 9:53pm
That is a nice lighting striped GP7. I guess your New York Central is showing.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 19th, 2011, 10:23am
my post 20
 
 Here are 4 Stewart AS 616s. This was a special run for the C&O. Four different numbers were applied. Making this a very special run for C&O morlers. A very limited amount were done. This is a rare set of 4. photos taken at train show. locos are a friends.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 19th, 2011, 10:25am
This is the second pair of Stewart AS 616s, in C&O Paint.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2011, 4:58pm
Here is my Pacific Camelback of the Lehigh Valley railroad. #2004.
 toptrain
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Oct 29th, 2011, 8:32am
It's not all NYC. There are some private roadnames on the railroad as well.
 

 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 30th, 2011, 6:05pm
Another Camelback. A Gem, Brass Reading 2-8-0.
frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2011, 9:13am
I like that loco-but what caught my eye was the elegantly dressed couple with thr baby carriage on the platform.  A nice touch!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:36am
my post 24
 
** Here is a CNJ 4-6-0c on the Frankford turntable. Red Ball.
 frank
Posted by: NKPXD Posted on: Nov 13th, 2011, 2:04pm
A Norfolk & Western SD-40 and an SD-40-2. These both started out as Athearn Blue Box locomotives and recieved Cannon & Company, Details West, Details Associates, and Railflyer Models detail parts. Both units have traction motors and full air line piping.
 
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Nov 16th, 2011, 5:15pm
Other than painting, lettering, weathering and a coal load, I didn't need to further modify this Proto 2000 Heritage 0-6-0.
 

 
Here are a formerly undecorated Stewart RS3 and an Athearn SW1 now dressed up for the Jersey Central.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 30th, 2011, 2:52pm
my post 25
 
* This is a Pennsy N1sa. It is a Santa Fe type, 2-10-2. Sunset models Brass.
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 9th, 2011, 3:27pm
A PRR N1sa by Cary Penn line, 2-10-2. with additional detail. I got this body from a friend with no cab on it. I used one from a Bachmann K4 that didn't run anymore.  
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 25th, 2012, 8:31am
PRR N1sa, Cary-PennLine 2-10-2 stock as built using Cary plans and parts.
frank
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jan 25th, 2012, 9:31am
Nice engines, Frank.  Especially like, #9866.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 5th, 2012, 12:38pm
my post 28
 
*  My next Locomotive is a CNJ Suburban, 0-4-0c #15 the Wasp. The "c" is CNJ's designation for a saddle tank type. ( a side tank would have been "s".) The prototype was made by Grant locomotive Works, of Patterson NJ. It was built in December of 1869. It was sold to the F.W.McN. in October 1897.
F.W.McN. is listed as Frank W. McNeal, of New York. McNeal could have been a Locomotive Broker, buying and selling locomotives. I dont know if that means it was kept running, or Scraped.  
* It had a sister locomotive the Hornet, #14. The only major difference between my model, that was made by Silvine, in Japan (new one), and the prototype was the boiler, and tank, was smaller, The cab open in the back, and it only had a steam dome. on the real one.
 Frank
 
Prototype photo of the Hornet that was identical.  
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/cnj14s.jpg
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 7th, 2012, 7:18pm
Ahhh yes, the two axle locomotive. The bane of model railroading... too short to maintain power pickup through switches (at least with the two little Whitcombs we deal with on the PYR)
Posted by: 2771-chris Posted on: Feb 9th, 2012, 9:58am
Three RDG units enroute to their next assignment.

 
Close up of each unit passing the tower.


Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 9th, 2012, 3:43pm
Nice scene, Chris.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 11:06am
Hello,
This is a new one.  Very nice, but doesn't run on my layout.
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 1:14pm
Gentlemen....Here is a model of a former CNJ GP7,now in NJDOT colors, that was done for a customer of mine several years back. I started with an undecorated Athearn GP9 and made the necessary modifications....Tom
 
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 2:10pm
on Feb 10th, 2012, 1:14pm, TAB wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Gentlemen....Here is a model of a former CNJ GP7,now in NJDOT colors, that was done for a customer of mine several years back. I started with an undecorated Athearn GP9 and made the necessary modifications....Tom
 
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What color blue is that?  Where did you get the extra parts?  I've got a few NJ DOT projects on my bench,  An E8 for now, but i would love to make one of those GP7s!
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 3:08pm
Hello green_elite_cab....the blue is just Floquil Dark Blue out of the bottle. Any light grey is fine for the panel but refer grey is too dark. Red stripe and numbers were from Walthers sets I had around. The NJDOT logo is from Prime mover Decals. Lenses are by MV. Figure is Preiser. Equipment cabinet is a Bob Razza product. The bell I had among my parts but the housing was formed from a piece of shim brass. I didn't worry about rounding the lower corner to fit the roof but rather cut two slots in the hood into which the bell and housing fit. The spark arrestors are pieces of brass tubing cut in half. I mixed the color of the trucks and under body from Polly Scale Oily Black, Roof Brown and probably some light shade of grey....now get busy, have fun and good luck with your model....Tom
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 4:22pm
Isn't the band Platinum mist?
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Feb 10th, 2012, 6:38pm
Hello green_elite_cab....Yes, on a freshly painted engine. My customer wanted one that looked like it had been out on the road for a bit so I used a light grey instead....Tom
Posted by: 2771-chris Posted on: Feb 12th, 2012, 12:16pm
Petey,thankyou.
Here are two Proto units.I used SCII pullman green and MS decals.Various detail parts and weathering powders.I use strip styrene for the RDG drip strips.600 is a PHI,while 632 ia a PHII unit.



Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 13th, 2012, 8:39am
WOW Chris,  
If anything, this set of pics shows your artistry off, even better.  Both, engines and scenery.  An especially nice feature, is the plant growth in the rail areas.  Looks as though you've 'rusted' the rails.
I'll bet the trackage is good too, unlike mine, which is like driving an engine over jello.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 13th, 2012, 12:17pm
on Feb 10th, 2012, 6:38pm, TAB wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hello green_elite_cab....Yes, on a freshly painted engine. My customer wanted one that looked like it had been out on the road for a bit so I used a light grey instead....Tom

 
 
Ah, makes sense.  If you hadn't told me, i wouldn't have noticed it was just gray! Looks good!
 
on Feb 12th, 2012, 12:16pm, 2771-chris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Petey,thankyou.
Here are two Proto units.I used SCII pullman green and MS decals.Various detail parts and weathering powders.I use strip styrene for the RDG drip strips.600 is a PHI,while 632 ia a PHII unit.

 
 
I would love to ask how you did it all!  The whole layout is amazing.  How did you do those weeds?  
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 13th, 2012, 7:56pm
R&S 106 and G&W 45 on the shop wye leg, CR 2269, 2273, and 3079 on the mainline wye leg, BN 7927 waiting to depart in the PYR yard, while LA&L 420 brings in a local off the mainline.
 
Great shots, Chris!
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 14th, 2012, 8:59am
some former Reading in the mix
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 16th, 2012, 8:48pm
**  Some Decapods. Transferred to the PGW for operational evaluation.
A Gutzhold BR52, with water recovery tender, A Kleinbahn BR52 , and last a Fleischmann BR50, named the " Black Mustang ", with the big crew cab tender.
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 22nd, 2012, 3:18pm
** Just out of the engine house and shown on the work bench are 2 saddle tank locomotives. The Aristo Craft 0-6-0 t of the PRR.
The second is a Reading 0-4-0t vintage 1860s. It is a Silvine model called the "Teakettle". Both are all die cast, New One models.  
 Frank\
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 6th, 2012, 12:12pm
my post 30
 
* Tyco -Mantua Passenger and Freight locomotives fill the ready tracks at the Frankford Roundhouse.
 Frank
Posted by: Rdgrail Posted on: Mar 6th, 2012, 12:20pm
Is that a Reading G2 I see next to the Blue Commet?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2012, 8:19pm
* Reading started building the G class in 1916, The CNJ had Baldwin build a look alike G1s in July of 1918. Mine is the CNJ version. it had 79" drivers. The Reading liked the CNJ version and had baldwin make them 5 in 1924. These were the first 4-6-2s made by some other than the Reading. These were the G1sa class .# 130 to 134.  The next year in 1925 Baldwin made 5 more for the Reading G1sb class, # 200 to 204. These had smaller 74" drivers. This was done to allow the engines to handel the hilly turrain better.
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 24th, 2012, 2:23pm
This is one of my latest.  EM-1 #678.  It was undecorated.
Trying to find a sound decoder.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 24th, 2012, 2:25pm
EM-1---Here's a lighter shot of it.
Posted by: 2771-chris Posted on: Mar 25th, 2012, 12:02pm
Completed my RDG MP15 #2780 yesterday.




Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 12th, 2012, 8:19pm
my post 31
 
 A Erie 2-8-0.  
frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 12th, 2012, 9:30pm
One of my favorite RR's - nice Vanderbilt tender. What make is it?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 13th, 2012, 5:14pm
on Apr 12th, 2012, 9:30pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
One of my favorite RR's - nice Vanderbilt tender. What make is it?

 
It is a out of production MDC harriman steam engine
frank
Posted by: sd80macs Posted on: Apr 28th, 2012, 8:56am
Here are a few I have been working on recently. Still have to add front and rear ditch lights to them.
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Apr 28th, 2012, 12:56pm
NICE work, and a lot of it.  Well done exhaust smudging.
This work is for your use?
Posted by: sd80macs Posted on: Apr 28th, 2012, 2:28pm
Yes the CSOR locos are for my use and its pretty much the entire B39-8 Roster the CSO has. They also borrow locos from Sister road NECR (New England Central Railroad) to use and I am working on most of the roster for them too as that is where I am employed as an Engineer currently. I pretty much model Conrail on the Boston Line and Amtrak on the NEC and Boston Line with New England Shortlines and Commuter Railroads tossed in.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 7th, 2012, 4:31am
Petey,
Was that the work you done on the B&O EM-1?
 
Hey Frank, I didn't realize you were over here too!  
 
We everywhere!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 7th, 2012, 4:59pm
on May 7th, 2012, 4:31am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Petey,
Was that the work you done on the B&O EM-1?
 
Hey Frank, I didn't realize you were over here too!  
 
We everywhere!

 
Yep here to
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 7th, 2012, 5:03pm
Frank,
Wit hthe "world wide web" it sure does make it a small world!  
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 8th, 2012, 8:51am
on Feb 14th, 2012, 8:59am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
some former Reading in the mix
 

 
G E C,
Excellent low angle shot, as you would see in real life.
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 8th, 2012, 8:57am

Yes, I took it from undecorated to #678.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 8th, 2012, 11:46pm
Thanks Petey!  Thats my favorite way to take photos.  It makes everything look bigger, puts us closer to the action, and if somethings isn't quite right,  such photos are a good way to catch those subtle flaws that are often easy to fix!
 
E33s 4610 and 4608 sit outside the yard on my layout.  I've recently rebuilt the track in this area, gotta re-ballast when I get the time.  
 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 9th, 2012, 7:40am
on May 8th, 2012, 8:57am, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Yes, I took it from undecorated to #678.

 
Petey,
Nice work! Its looked pretty good from the picture.....I got 7614, and 7600......Both of which are exceptional running locomotives! Plus I have a Brass Akane as well.....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 18th, 2012, 9:39am
* Pennsylvania Railroad B6s # 155 rides the turntable ;
toptrain
 
This loco is a old American Flyier, made by the A.C.Gilbert company. This is the original first PRR B6 to be made by them. The original dies for molding the loco body alowed for the numbers 155 to be cast in a raised relief on to the locomotive cab sides. Of all the others made this is the only B6 made in this way. All others had a painted on number in the same location as the cast on numbers.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 27th, 2012, 9:51am
* Some old Tri-ang, Hornby locomotives Lined up at turntable.  All are pacific types. the black to the left a Canadian National pacific. The other 3 are English. They are called Princess types. The Red one is "Princess Royal" , The Green one is "Princess Elizabeth", and the black one on the right is the "Princess Victoria".
* These locomotives do run on HO gauge track. Of these four only one I had to adjust to run good. They all run through switches frogs, crossovers, and any other thing designed into HO track.  
* As can be seen some are very colorful . Most passenger car made by this company also were colorfully painted. They are nice to watch runing.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 11th, 2012, 6:46am
Here are a few more engines in this view. A Reading 0-4-0-t suburban. then a CNJ ( kitbaashed) Mantua L3s 4-6-0 camelback. Last a pair of John English Pennsy A5 0-4-0 switchers.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 30th, 2012, 5:35pm
Today a Reading I-10 was brought to the Frankford shops. My guess it must had derailed. The front truck is missing and the oposite side, side rod needs repair.  
* This engine is a old cast and brass mantua, 1940-ish. It has already been properly detailed nicely. just needs the repairs, tender painted and relettered. Cant be done now. All work is now directed to a pair of Reading I-6 camelbacks.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 6th, 2012, 10:29am
A view of a Mantua 2-8-0 from a Catalog showing basic details that come with model.
toptrain
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 14th, 2012, 11:47am
Here's my latest effort.  It's not a serious effort.
I thought the loco was excellent, ran and sounded great, and runs on my layout.  So I sort of made it into a Western road loco.  
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 14th, 2012, 11:50am
Still haven't figured this out.  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 14th, 2012, 12:00pm
Petey,
I could cry, just because the changes made to a B&O EM-1, HOWEVER, VERY decent looking stand in for a GN Yellowstone!  
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 14th, 2012, 9:12pm
OK, you can quit crying.  All the changes can be easily reversed, so that it will become a 'proper' EM-1.
I wonder if Bachmann will produce any variations on their 2-8-8-4?
There were a few other Yellowstones, other than B&O's  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 14th, 2012, 11:55pm
Petey,
Well as you know, the "EM-1" is my all time favorite locomotive! And I do model the B&O so....
 
As for Bachmann, I'm not sure they can model other "Yellowstones" as the B&O's was small due to tunnel clearances on their mainlines.....All the other Yellowstones were REALLY big!
 
I mean yeah, they do have the drivers and such for the 2-8-8-4, BUT the other "Yellowstones" had different size drivers, for one which can lead into other lengths of engine beds to make them all work, I suppose they could if they wanted a smaller versions of the real thing as the "EM-1" is a good scale model of the real one so......Which would be nothing more then a "stand-in" for the other Yellowstones made.  
 
And on top of it, the first Yellowstone made, was made by ALCO, the rest, were all Baldwin designs so......
Posted by: PM1225 Posted on: Jul 17th, 2012, 8:46pm
on Feb 14th, 2012, 8:59am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
some former Reading in the mix
 

 
Thats a very nice EMU that you have, I 'm planning on making an interurban layout, and I was wondering, where did you get it?
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 17th, 2012, 10:03pm
on Jul 17th, 2012, 8:46pm, PM1225 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Thats a very nice EMU that you have, I 'm planning on making an interurban layout, and I was wondering, where did you get it?

 
The Silverliner IV was by IHP.  They are resin models.   I purchased mine direct,  but there are several options.
 
 
Check IHP's Ebay store.  They HAD some Silverliner IVs for sale, but they must have just sold out.    
 
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=IHP&_sacat=479&_odkw=IHP&_sac=1&_osacat=479
 
IHP has just recently announced an improved version,  but it is not yet for sale, but will be soon.  
 
Shoot them an email.  Use the "Promodelmaker" email, it gives a faster response.
 
http://ihphobby.tripod.com/ordering2.html
 
They are also available intermittenly through the "SEPTA Shop" in center city Philadelphia.  I'm sure they'll ship to you if you don't live near Philly,  but they usually don't list those HO models on their internet store, you'll have to call them.  
 
 
 
TO be fair, these models can get expensive.  If you just want a Silverliner for an "interurban", these models might not be for you.  
 
One of IHP's competitors, Island Model Works,  also makes the Silverliner IV for around the same price (though currently, the IHP kit will be cheaper than the IMW one),  and while the model isn't as high-fidelity as th IHP,  some find these easier to work with.
 
 
Here is IHP's OLD site.  They have a new site under construction, but this will let you see what they might have-
 
http://ihphobby.tripod.com/index02.html
 
Here is Island Model Work's site-
 
http://www.islandmodelworks.com/
 
Island Model Works Silverliner IV
 
http://islandmodelworks.com/philly.html#SL4
Posted by: PM1225 Posted on: Jul 18th, 2012, 3:19pm
Thanks for all of the links!
I don't live any where near Philly so having it shipped is the only way I will be able to get my hands on one....lol
I don't think I explained myself enough when I meant "interurban." I'm trying to make a layout of an up to date version of the South Shore Line. I can't find a model thats specifically a model of an NICTD EMU, so I figured I would find something similar and give it a paint job.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 18th, 2012, 4:33pm
No Problem!
 
Actually,  Island Model works offers both modern South Shore MU types
 
These include the Bi-level gallery EMU cars,  and the single level EMUs
 
I thought I saw someone selling the older MUs.  IHP sold the Highliner MU (smooth sided double decker), but i'm not sure if that was a south shore type.  There was a pair in a hobby shop in philly the last time I checked.  
 
http://islandmodelworks.com/Chicagocommuter.html
 

 

Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 18th, 2012, 7:29pm
Speaking of EMUs,  here is one of my new Arrow III EMUs
 
I have 15 more in the form of kits that need to be completed.  This was an RTR example.  
 

 

 

 
The kits-
 

 
Posted by: PM1225 Posted on: Jul 18th, 2012, 9:14pm
WOOOWWWW!!!!!!! That is an amazing set that you have!
You said that they're kits, so do they come with motors or do you have to add one from a different model (such as a Budd RDC.)
 
It also looks like you have overhead wires, so are the pantograph functional or are the wires for a more authentic look?
 
So what kind of theme do you have for your layout? from what I can see it looks really interesting.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 18th, 2012, 11:05pm
I forgot to mention that the Island Model Works  South Shore HO scale  Gallery double deck EMU and NICTD  Single Level MUs also have matching decals,  so you can in paint them up in their entirety.
 
 
The South Shore Cars are some of IMW's earlier offerings, so they require RDC drives.  IMW sells them for about $45. They are your best bet for the Chicago MUs you want to model.
 
 
 
on Jul 18th, 2012, 9:14pm, PM1225 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
WOOOWWWW!!!!!!! That is an amazing set that you have!
You said that they're kits, so do they come with motors or do you have to add one from a different model (such as a Budd RDC.)

 
None of the Arrow IIIs came with motors.    In fact, these particular models don't even have provisions for them.    That said, the company has since begun offering powered frames for their Silverliner IVs.  They are close enough that they can be modified to match the Arrow III  without compromise.    
 
Quote:
It also looks like you have overhead wires, so are the pantograph functional or are the wires for a more authentic look?

 
I have begun building catenary structures,  but I've been trying to do catenary for years.  I either don't have the supplies, or I don't have the time,  and the layout is constantly evolving in the mean time!  
 
That said, I recently rebuilt all the track, and I think that i could safely hange the wires once I have a few more catenary structures constructed.  
 
Quote:
So what kind of theme do you have for your layout? from what I can see it looks really interesting.

 
For now, I just model a generically "New Jersey electrified" layout, loosely based on what I've seen around Northern New Jersey, such as the New York & Long Branch, Chemical Coastline,  and other rail lines in the area across from New York City.  
 
Ultimately,  I want to model the Northeast Corridor during July of 1979 in New Jersey.
 
As it turns out, there is a lot of specific data collected during 1979,  making it easy to more precisely model the time period.  
 
I'm currently researching Passenger and Freight schedules to see when which trains would be traveling over the Northeast Corridor.   So far, I have all "Westbound"  Amtrak and NJ DOT trains from New York to Philadelphia listed.    There are nearly 100 trains going one way in one day through this section of the Northeast Corridor!
 
The freight schedule is a little more difficult to digest, but i'm getting there.  
 
Here are just some of my electrics-
 

 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 19th, 2012, 5:52am
green_elite_cab,
Thats one hell of a fleet you got there! Any of those models from your molding practices? They look like resin plastic so, thats why I asked!
 
NICE work tho either way!
Posted by: PM1225 Posted on: Jul 20th, 2012, 5:28pm
You have very good taste in trains!  
I am very found of electric trains.
By the way how did you find an Amtrak GG1?
And I'm guessing that New Jersey is a hometown favorite?...lol
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2012, 11:57pm
on Jul 19th, 2012, 5:52am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
green_elite_cab,
Thats one hell of a fleet you got there! Any of those models from your molding practices? They look like resin plastic so, thats why I asked!
 
NICE work tho either way!

 
Nope,  all of those are kits I acquired through a friend.   I have yet to order the materials I'd need to make the molds for the other kit we discussed in prior emails.    I just haven't had the time lately,  but I hope to order up some soon.  
 
Hopefully though, once I get that alumilite on hand, I can create a similar fleet of the Jersey Arrow Is.   I thought about trying to cast these Arrow IIIs I have pictured,  but they are way too complex,  and their overhangs are a little deeper than the Arrow Is.
 
on Jul 20th, 2012, 5:28pm, PM1225 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
You have very good taste in trains!  
I am very found of electric trains.
By the way how did you find an Amtrak GG1?

 
 
Indeed!  In fact, I think that, for now,  i'm one of only a few people actually be modelling Conrail electric operations.  There aren't to many North American electric modelers to begin with, so I figure I have a unique model niche.  
 
I wish more people were somewhat fond of the electrics.  Experience has taught me that most people thing of Arrows and Silverliners as "subway cars",  and my electrics rarely generate discussion either at my club or on most railroad forums.   Its not that I feel people should HAVE  to discuss it,  but on the other hand, it often feels like its just me out there.    
 
The Amtrak GG1 was sold to me through a friend at an EXTREME discount,  but it was basically one of the Broadway Limited Imports models.   They made two roadnumbers, #917 (pictured), and #929, an Amtrak logo on a Pennsy single stripe paint job.    I'm hoping I can get ahold of the #929, as well as a plain black Conrail Patched GG1 by BLI.  
 
 
Quote:
And I'm guessing that New Jersey is a hometown favorite?...lol

 
Sounds about right, I've lived in the garden state all my life, and seeing the electric trains at Metropark station are what started it all for me.  Living close to Philadelphia also pretty much meant that no matter where I went, I was seeing trains under wire,  whether they were PRR, Reading, or DL&W in heritage (all of which are now either Amtrak, SEPTA, or NJ Transit).  
 
 
To be fair though,  I don't just collect NJ prototypes because they are local to me.   New Jersey has a wealth of modeling opportunities.  no less than 6 major railroads had large facilities somewhere in New Jersey,  and most converged on the ports across from New York City (PRR, NYC, CNJ, RDG, EL, LV, just to name a few).  
 
Even after the Conrail Merger,  you could still get Chessie System, Delaware & Hudson,  and the NYS&W,  with many of them sharing trackage as they approach the ports of New Jersey.    
 
In fact, even today, most of the Garden State consists of "Conrail Shared Assets Operations" trackage,  which means that seeing a mix of NS and CSX switchers doing local freight is not an uncommon site (infact, until recently,  you could still find a good number of former Conrail patched locomotives in the area).  
 
 
I'll get off my soapbox for now,  but I am kinda surprised there are not more New Jersey based layouts.  I can only think of two or three specifically New Jersey layouts off the top of my head.  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 27th, 2012, 7:26am
* Frankford roundhouse storage tracks.  
toptrain
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 27th, 2012, 11:22pm
Can't go wrong with a PRR T1!   I've kind of wanted one, but i've not been able to justify the cost.  I already bought a PRR J1 though, so I guess I'm set on my impulse-buy steam for now.
 
Then again, I kinda want a E6 and a G5, since they used to run by my house.  one day!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 7:49am
* Both Life Like, and AHM released this Pennsy G5 4-6-0. It was made in Austria by Lilliput for them. Also was released a americanized version of a Austrian 4-6-0. It has a unique tender draw bar. It is spring loaded. When with no load or a light load it pulls itself together to where to loco almost touches the tender.
* Here is a photo of the Pennsy G5.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 7:51am
Here is the Austrian version released by Life-Like and Ahm. You can see how close the spring loaded draw bar keeps the Loco to the tender.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 7:58am
* Here is a version for you Pennsy Fans. A very different G class.  
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 8:05am
* Now you may wonder how many local 2 and 3 Passenger car trains I can power with these 4-6-0s.
* You can see here. This group can be joined by a brass PRR G5. A Bowser PRR G5. I have 1 of each. Model Power released Class G2 locos also. I have a pair of them. There is also a Mantua G1 4-6-0 that is on the Pennsy steam roster. 
* There are also a small group of 4-4-2s able to help out.  
* So Green E, during power shortages here in Jersey, you can lower your partagraphs and steam power will keep up your schedule . We run on good old American coal.
toptrain
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 9:41am
That would be a hard sell,  gotta love the electrics!
 
I do have some steam though,  but nothing small enough for me to really run on my small layout-
 
my Lionel Challenger in a Late-40s  passenger scheme-
 

 
 
And my PRR J1.  
 

 
 
 
The Challenger can make it around the layout,  but the J1 can't run through the tight curves even on the outside oval!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 2:48pm
on Jul 29th, 2012, 9:41am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That would be a hard sell,  gotta love the electrics!
 
I do have some steam though,  but nothing small enough for me to really run on my small layout-
 
The Challenger can make it around the layout,  but the J1 can't run through the tight curves even on the outside oval!

 
The broadway limited J1 I have came with a spare blind center driver easy to replace. That will help it go through tighter curves. Yours should have one also.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 3:02pm
* This is a photo of the Bowser class G5  built.  
frank
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 29th, 2012, 9:53pm
on Jul 29th, 2012, 2:48pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
The broadway limited J1 I have came with a spare blind center driver easy to replace. That will help it go through tighter curves. Yours should have one also.

 
Its actually already installed, and it still wasn't enough!   .
 
that rigid 10 wheel drive frame is just to long for 22" curves.   Unfortuneately, I don't have the space to build a layout with broader curves, so i'm stuch for now.    
 
 
I really wish i had wider curves so that my passenger equipment would have a better time on the layout.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 30th, 2012, 4:56am
GEC,
Thats odd on the BLI, as I had built a friend a layout some time ago and he has 3 of the BLI PRR I class loco's and hes running 24 and 22 inch radius and it runs on both 22 and 24 inch radius with the blind driver installed! Without issue.....
 
I would check your rail joiners and the rail alignment!
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 7:30am
* Pennsylvania railroad ;
** A pair of GP7s( Atlas ) and another pair of SD9s ( Athearn ) awaite dispatching.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 7:38am
Pennsylvania Railroad ;
** A rare look at a Tuscan Painted Geep. ( athearn )
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 7:47am
* Pennsylvania Railroad :
** The pair of GP7s leave on assignment.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 7:53am
* Pennsylvania Railroad :
** Alco RS11 enters turntable.
totprain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 8:08am
** Pennsylvania Railroad :
* Reefers sit in yard. Soon to be made into a west bound freight,
toptrain1
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:57am
Back when I was a kid (13) I had an Athearn Pennsy SD9. I worked for a buck an hour that summer and on Friday afternoons, after my week's $40 of pay was in my hot little hands, I would make a bee-line for the hobby shop on my bicycle. One week I came home with the brandy new Pennsy SD9 only to find that its six axle flexicoil trucks would not negotiate the 18" R curves on my layout! I was heartbroken, but only for a few minutes. I recalled the blind drivers on dad's Lionel steamers and the old lightbulb in my head clicked on. Apart came the trucks, out came the center wheelsets and off came the half-axles. I chucked them in my drill motor and off came the flanges with a file. Popped it all back together and it ran through my tight curves like a champ!
 
Henry
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 11:51am
on Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:57am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Back when I was a kid (13) I had an Athearn Pennsy SD9. I worked for a buck an hour that summer and on Friday afternoons, after my week's $40 of pay was in my hot little hands, I would make a bee-line for the hobby shop on my bicycle. One week I came home with the brandy new Pennsy SD9 only to find that its six axle flexicoil trucks would not negotiate the 18" R curves on my layout! I was heartbroken, but only for a few minutes. I recalled the blind drivers on dad's Lionel steamers and the old lightbulb in my head clicked on. Apart came the trucks, out came the center wheelsets and off came the half-axles. I chucked them in my drill motor and off came the flanges with a file. Popped it all back together and it ran through my tight curves like a champ!
Henry

Hey Henrey !
 Yep that works very well. But if you bring a non altertered 6 axel diesel to a friends house to run and the same thing happens. Tempoarly just remove the center axel on each truck. the remaining 4 axels will run just fine. I did this on a PA. It works. I replaced the axels later once home.
frank
Posted by: co_riff Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:28pm
I model in N-scale ,but I do have some HO engines. Here's a C&O GP38.
 

 
 
Curtis
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2012, 1:26pm
Hi Curtis !
 * Everything is perspective. You can say, 2 trains running side by side. One in front is HO the inside one is N. Or you could use your imagination and say one is close up and the other in the distance. A little more space between then and HO and N scale buildings and people would help some. I have seen layouts where HO, N, and Z were run on the same layout. Everything was done in perspective. Up front closer to the viewers, HO trains ran. doing their thing going here to there. Up on the Hills in the background there N scale, trains and buildings, were used. In a amusement park, in a HO scale environment  Z scale provided a train ride for the HO kids.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 12th, 2012, 9:14am
* Here you see in the old Stevensville Yards, made up trains waiting to exit the yard and enter the mainlines.
toptrain
 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 12th, 2012, 8:12pm
on Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:28pm, co_riff wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I model in N-scale ,but I do have some HO engines. Here's a C&O GP38.
 

 
 
Curtis

 
I'd LOVE to find that same C&O GP38 in Chessie System, whether the reporting marks being B&O or C&O. just the shell too!
 
I want ot transform that shell from a GP38, to a GP39, in C&O reporting marks to be a mother unit to me Chessie System SWMT "slug"  
 

 
Altho, the one to be mated with the Chessie C&O SWMT will have C&O reporting marks as the one pictured above, is to be mated to a Chessie B&O SD20-2!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 8:26pm
* A few more photos from the first group taken less than a week ago.  
* Crowed tracks. Left to right. Tyco Hooterville passenger set . Center Tyco Blue US military set.  
Right track is a Tyco 4-6-0 Western & Atlantic heading a train with a Tyco General, US Military RR done by me, in front of it.
This train has a set on W&A Pocher passenger cars behind it.  
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 8:33pm
* A second view of those last engines, and cars, from a different prespective.
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 14th, 2012, 10:08am
In this photo the workers at the Frankford roundhouse celebrate the re-boilering of ANNA RR #364, with a photograph.
toptrain1
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 14th, 2012, 11:29am
Frank,  
Looks like a very pleased group, as well they should be, that's a very good looking loco.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 14th, 2012, 2:11pm
on Nov 14th, 2012, 11:29am, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,  
Looks like a very pleased group, as well they should be, that's a very good looking loco.

 Pete with a shiny new boiler, smoke stack, headlight, and other little touches.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 4th, 2012, 5:48pm
Here is a photo of of group,bunch,gagle,school,heard,flock,team,gang,or whatever more than one engines are called.  
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 31st, 2012, 3:56pm
A PRR FA1 (walters) moves out to turntable.
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 8th, 2013, 1:40pm
PRR diesels by coaling tower.  
 
toptrain
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 27th, 2013, 5:56pm
Hey Frank,  
Would you like to post pics of some of your larger engines?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 1st, 2013, 9:10am
* Larger engines aren't your everyday workers, so I dont like to run or picture them. Here in the east they were used mainly as pushers. The D&H used it Challangers on main line freights. Pennsy T1s were main line but they weren't articulates.They were duplex powered northerns, 4-8-4's. The other Pennsys CC1s, 0-8-8-0, HH1 and 2's, 2-8-8-2, and HC1's, 2-8-8-0's were all pushers. You see alot of photos of Reading 2-8-8-2's, I think they were only pushers. The Erie had Angus, 0-8-8-0's, then Matt Shay, 2-8-8-8-2 pushers.  The Matt shay 's were made into 2-8-8-0's.  I dont know if the DL&W, and Lehigh valley  had any. I know the CNJ had none. I know of none on the LNE, NY&S, and L&HR. The O&W is a mistery to me. I dont know much about it.  
 
* The only ones I have are 3 Rivarossi Y6 types. 2 are changed. One to a HC1, 2-8-8-0, the other to a CC1, 0-8-8-0. All are PRR. A Life Like Y3 2-8-8-2, Pennsy. I think they called it a Heratage model. A T1 BWL. A Rivarossi Clinchfield 2-6-6-2. And a old brass, 50 ish, 2-6-6-2 international in sad shape. The last is going to be a D&H when I have time.  
 
* The only ones I run are the Clinchfield, which pulls a very long Beer train. and the T1, the Broadway Limited. The others, tho they run, at times have just sat around on the layout.  
 
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 1st, 2013, 9:29am
* Here is a photo of the T1 sitting around on a storage track. Taking it easy, resting.
All my larger engines do this. Alot !
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 1st, 2013, 1:51pm
OK  Frank,
We won't do that then.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2013, 10:36am
Petey, I'll be posting a few of them. Still stuck building the CNJ camelbacks.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 8th, 2013, 8:37am
Here is a old Brass Challenger 4-6-6-4 locomotive. Never posted this loco anywhere else. It is a old single stack D&H pusher. At times it replaced the headend power on long freights to get through the hill country of the D&H.
* It needs some shop time and a refinshing. Most likley soon.  
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 2:10pm
Hello Frank,
The Challenger is my favorite engine.
This is one of mine, I sold last December.
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 2:34pm
Frank,  
Here's another.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 2:35pm
And another.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 4:26pm
They are nice engines. Out here in the east the D&H and the Clinchfield had single stack challengers. Your first is a Gem UP big Boy. middle one isn't a challenger either but a northern. Still nice. The last is a challenger. A Rio Grand type double stack.  
I just have 2 . one plastic, Rivarossi, Clinchfield, and a brass one, in photo, to be D&H.  
 
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 20th, 2013, 4:38pm
Yes, only the last one is a Challenger.
The top one is a Big Boy,  and Northern is a Class S2a, with a closed cab.
Of the three, only the Challenger will run on my layout, and that's putting it though Snap switches!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 21st, 2013, 9:55pm
*  A pair of Louisville and Nashville M1 class Bearkshires. #1963
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 21st, 2013, 9:56pm
** The second M1 class 2-8-4 is #1970
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 9:49am
Very nice, Frank.
By the way, what brand is your turntable?
These are some others of mine:  
3 H8s, a Triplex, and a C&O H5.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:43am
Petey:
 
A nice collection of steam-you're in good shape for those long coal drags and pusher service!
 
A question for you-the gray four story building in the background-did you scratchbuild it or is it a kit?
 
Alan
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 5:40pm
Hello Alan,
What you can almost see, terrible picture quality, is on a 2' X 4' 'transfer' table cart.  That I roll up to the main table to run the trains onto that table.
 
The building is a plastic kit, a hotel with two jutting wings, with a main entrance between.  I believe it is the 'M T Arms' kit.  The ground floor is commercial space with window backgrounds.  Because of the lack of depth on the cart, it has been reduced to a 'background' building.  If you want a better picture, let me know.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 26th, 2013, 9:59am
* the turntable is Heljan as is the roundhouses.
 
** This is a old International Brass box cab type electric locomotive. It is a Japanese prototype,made by Kawai, a TYPE 1-B-B-1. tho much alike to its American counterparts It has a Japanese marking on front ends and sides of " ED161 ". For me it will receive Pennsylvania RR markings unless someone is willing to trade this for a international PRR P5a or O1B made at the same time and released in much larger numbers.  
 
v-15113 at last edit
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 5:01pm
Here is a 1956 HObbyline PRR A5s 0-4-0 locomotive. The same company John English, also made this engine in a all die cast metal version.
* It was named the "Yard Bird".
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 5:10pm
** This is the John English metal version.  
* HObbyline also made a all plastic model kit version of the Hobbyline A5s. The main body parts were the same as used on the HObbyline powered A5s.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 28th, 2013, 2:44pm
A B&O EM1 runs up the outside main passing Berger Point Station.
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Apr 28th, 2013, 9:27pm
Good Looking engine, Frank.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2013, 10:46am
I haven't stop work on the CNJ I4 and 5. Just looking for a little inspiration to keep going. Too many things have gone bad, and at times It becomes a little tuff to keep going. I did pick it up again and here is where I am now on the pair.  
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 5th, 2013, 7:20pm
What's been going wrong, TP?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 6th, 2013, 11:16am
To frustrating to remember, and post.  I should have just built my own boilers.  
 
Here is piece of work for you. A Leetown extension kit for a Mantua-Tyco big six.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 6th, 2013, 11:19am
here is the fireman's side.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 15th, 2013, 9:20pm

 
This is one of my Turbines posed with a Big Boy, which did actually happen in 1958 at Cheyenne.  There was no Daylight in the orginal picture.  
 
 CZ
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 15th, 2013, 9:35pm
These are a little newer era units that I detailed.  
 

 
 

 
 

 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 15th, 2013, 9:39pm

Two SD70Ace's with LED lighting.  
 

 
 
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 15th, 2013, 9:56pm
Nice looking engines, Zephyr.
Is the Maroon w/star a Katy heritage?
Where do you run the 4-12-2?
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 16th, 2013, 7:59pm
on May 15th, 2013, 9:56pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice looking engines, Zephyr.
Is the Maroon w/star a Katy heritage?
Where do you run the 4-12-2?

 
Thanks for the complement.
the Katy is a Genesis Heritage unit.  
 
I ran one 4-12-2 at a club several years ago, but the rest of those have never been run.  
 I am waiting on the BLI 4-12-2 Hybrid Brass to be imported, but they continue to delay it.  
CZ
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:41am
*** Yesterday a old Winton C&O Allegany was towed in placed on the turntable and mover to Frankford Roundhouse 2's, second stall to be have it's missing detail replaced.  I took a few photos as it was moved into the roundhouse. The railroad is looking for a proper tender for the engine.  
1 of 4
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:43am
Winton move 2 of 4.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:44am
Winton move 3 of 4. A look at its good side and the large feed and return steam piping for the rear drive, that is missing from the other side.  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:49am
Winton move 4 of 4 . Last look till done.
frank
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Posted by: petey Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 2:30pm
Hello Frank,  
H8s are impressive.  As I wrote before, one of them I have, is an Arbour.
 
Also, looks like an EM-1 alongside the roundhouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 6:22pm
Petty/ The Winton is a beefy beast next to the slim EM-1. They are both there, one track apart. Where is your photo of the Arbor Allegany. I would like to see it. Frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 6:44am
Frank,
Does that old Winton H-8 run? It looks pretty good from the pictures!
 
The Akane EM-1 looks to be in really good shape too!
 
Speaking of H-8's, and EM-1's, I got one of each of the EM-1's, one from Akane, and a Bachmann Spectrum unit......
 
Then I have 2 of the Arbour Models H-8's......But only one of them, is going to become an H-8......The other one is a good base to become a B&O KB-1!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 8:59am
on May 30th, 2013, 6:44am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Does that old Winton H-8 run? It looks pretty good from the pictures!
 
The Akane EM-1 looks to be in really good shape too!
 
Speaking of H-8's, and EM-1's, I got one of each of the EM-1's, one from Akane, and a Bachmann Spectrum unit......
 
Then I have 2 of the Arbour Models H-8's......But only one of them, is going to become an H-8......The other one is a good base to become a B&O KB-1!

 
 
Hi John : No, I got the Winton as a Basket case. A loco in need of a lot of work. I would never place power to a engine that old that hasn't seen a rail in 30+ years or maybe never. The drive will be taken apart and cleaned rebuilt and lubed. The motor removed looked at good . Cleaned and lubed then I'll turn it by hand to make sure it isn't jammed and smoothly turning. Then I'll try power to it and see how it responds. I got to look through all my valve gear pieces and see if I can come up with the 4 necessary sets. I will speak to the people at Bowser to see if they have supplied valve gear to anyone with this problem and also ask about the main rods and pistons. The missing left side feed and return steam pipes for the rear drive will have to be made from plastic tubing. Unless I can get a little help from the people at the Yahoo forum on scratch building brass locos. I'll post photos and put some questions there when I am ready to do it. The easiest thing is to get another Junker loco, and take parts from it, but the Winton is a rarely seen locomotive.
 Well all I need is time to do it. I still have a loco project I am doing now that must be done first.
 I am sure you have the same problems. Only time will tell how this works out.
 frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 8:30pm
on May 29th, 2013, 6:22pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Petty/ The Winton is a beefy beast next to the slim EM-1. They are both there, one track apart. Where is your photo of the Arbor Allegany. I would like to see it. Frank

Hi Frank,  
Here are pictures of my Arbour H8.
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 8:33pm
Here's a shot of the tender, Frank.
The engine cost much money to build, and besides myself, two other builders.
It has a simple 'chuff' sound system installed.
I may be selling it soon.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 9:19pm
Petey the tender looks a lot like the HObbyline 2-8-4 tender. Are the trucks different with the front 3 axel and the rear 4 axel?
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 30th, 2013, 10:38pm
Yes, 3 and 4.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jun 1st, 2013, 12:57am
Frank,
Yes I know just what your talking about about with the "just time" I got plenty of those floating around, like my Mantua 2-6-6-2 project to become B&O's "Old Maude" 0-6-6-0!
 
As for thinking, I got or will have a spare Arbour Models H-8 tender in the near future if interested, we could trade if you want it to go with that Winton.....I'll have to see what trucks I have to go with the tender, as I'm not ure its complete but will check if your interested in it!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2013, 10:18am
on Jun 1st, 2013, 12:57am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Yes I know just what your talking about about with the "just time" I got plenty of those floating around, like my Mantua 2-6-6-2 project to become B&O's "Old Maude" 0-6-6-0!
 
As for thinking, I got or will have a spare Arbour Models H-8 tender in the near future if interested, we could trade if you want it to go with that Winton.....I'll have to see what trucks I have to go with the tender, as I'm not ure its complete but will check if your interested in it!

 
Hi John.  
**  The tender and trucks would be very handy to have. Tell me if they become aviable.
*  I will be starting back up on my CNJ camelback.( I hope.) Want to get it done first.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 22nd, 2013, 7:39am
Gilbert Hudson locomotives.
frank
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Jun 28th, 2013, 4:08pm
One of my RDCs
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Jun 28th, 2013, 4:10pm
And from the side. ..
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 7:04pm
nice work. I have one Amtrak RDC that I run on my Erie/EL layout just because they are a favorite of mine.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 9:14pm
Jersey Arrow IIs and IIIs!
 
 

 
My electric locomotive fleet for my NEC modular layout-
 

 
Conrail GG1s
 

 
CR patched Ex-Reading GP30
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jul 4th, 2013, 1:31pm
Go Jersey! Great line up. It reminds me of the line ups at the Meadows yard engine tracks in S.Kearny back in the late 1970's.
 
E33's, E44's and plenty of GG1's.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 4th, 2013, 2:29pm
Tyco Sprit of 1776 .
  HAPPY JULY 4 TO EVERYONE
 
FRANK
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 7th, 2013, 8:38am
 Old Pennsylvania work horse seen leaving turntable at Frankford Roundhouse.
Locomotive is set up with a cow catcher for main line work.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013, 2:11pm
** "The British are back. The British are Back ".**
 
 *   It is the 75th Anniversary of the speed record." Go Mallard "
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013, 7:09pm
OK Frank, you have set the table.  These are mostly English.  We tend to say 'British', when we are referring to England.
 
Anyway,you force to me to show my Mallard.  I'll have to set it up, take the pic and post.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 16th, 2013, 1:30pm
Frank,
NICE shot of the Mallards around the turntable and roundhouse.....
 
Speaking of that, what company made your round house? I have multiple parts to the SAME roundhouse, with no instructions and I can't seem to figure out who made it! I want to say its Heljan, but, I'm not sure!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 17th, 2013, 8:25am
Hi John ! Heljan is correct. It may even still be made. My son Steve uses the same roundhouse but has refinished it to give a different look.  
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jul 21st, 2013, 7:05pm
Frank,
Yeah, I plan to re-do the one I have as well....15 stalls! (I think, unless, I find more 3 unit sections) BUT, I plan to try to see of the 2 roundhouses I have, which one, has the most stalls to it, and in the best of shape (a few sections were gotten all ready assembled) so....As I have the Walthers Roundhouse as well as this one! I had thought this one was Heljan, but was not completely sure of it.....And I do believe your right, it is still being made!
 
I can say, I do need to find a few doors to the sections I have that are missing but...that might end up determining the number of stalls I have on mine!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2013, 8:42pm
Well John cant wait to see it. It should be nice. Mine I left spaces open to allow for locomotives to be photographed. If have seen engine areas that covered both extremes. One with every available tracks had a round house stall. The other with all open storage tracks. I like a mixture of open and covered. I have seen ones where the roofs were left off, exposing the interior to show what locomotives were in house. It is all personal preference. So post some pictures when done.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 18th, 2013, 1:06pm
A Lionel train set, poor photo. PRR E-33 with 3 passenger cars.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Aug 18th, 2013, 5:04pm
Hello Frank,
These are the shots I mentioned earlier, of my Mallard.  Notice anything unusual?
Posted by: petey Posted on: Aug 18th, 2013, 5:06pm
Frank,
 Here's the other one.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 19th, 2013, 9:13pm
Petey it is rare to see a Mallard without the speed record plack on it. frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013, 2:36pm
on Aug 18th, 2013, 1:06pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A Lionel train set, poor photo. PRR E-33 with 3 passenger cars.

 
Frank,
Sadly, I have to say, that's not a poor picture!!!!! Why do you say its poor anyway? I'm trying to see your point of view in this case!!!! Looks GREAT with the huge station behind the whole Pennsy set up coupled to the Electric unit.....
 
EDIT:
I noticed something, those Gilbert loco's, would you happen to have a spare trailing truck that belonged to a Mantua OR Gilbert 4-6-4? I need that -4 truck if you can spare one and what might you want for it?
 
PM me here or over on the TYCO forums! Or e-mail me!
Posted by: petey Posted on: Aug 26th, 2013, 7:51pm
on Aug 19th, 2013, 9:13pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Petey it is rare to see a Mallard without the speed record plack on it. frank

 
Frank,
Look at my Mallard again.  It's live steam.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 26th, 2013, 9:22pm
Petey, I didn't question or mention anything about how it is powered, but said the speed record plack still isn't there.
 The plack stating the record and the date of it isn't on the loco. Maybe the LNER blue model doesn't have it because the run wasn't made till British rails merged a lot of the rail lines.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 27th, 2013, 11:45am
My next HO locomotive is a Pennsylvania railroad Q2 class 4-4-6-4.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 27th, 2013, 1:04pm
Frank, That Q-2 is a monster looking locomotive!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 3:03am
Frank, it looks like it pull yer house!  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 9:21am
on Oct 2nd, 2013, 3:03am, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank, it looks like it pull yer house!  

 
John, I am certain that it would but am afraid of the little people and what they would do. Last time I upset them they went of a building spree and did this. It took me weeks of negotiations with them to get back to normal.
* Buildings atop of buildings. They built on the Frankford turntable, and on the Roundhouse roof. It was horrible.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 9:27am
As you can see by the first photo, I couldn't get anything done. second photo. They were building on the main lines and in the streets. It was chaos. They built 2 working brewery's right on the mainlines. They were working brewery's
and everybody including the dogs and cats, even the mice and rat, were drunk. They drank like Englishmen in their favorite Pub that was about to close.  
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 4:22pm
Frank that's too funny  
 
The buildings on the turntable, I bet that was a mess to clean up............
 
Speaking of messes, this reminds me, what MY SHOP looks like.......
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2013, 3:10pm
*** Rivarossi Southern Pacific 4-4-2 #3000, version with hand rails on the cab roof.
** A engine that I got Sunday at the Wayne NJ train Show.
 I wondered why the price was low. For $30. you cant buy parts for this engine for $30.  
 A Rivarossi Southern Pacific Atlantic #3000. Made in 1952 to 1961. Sold by Lionel and Polk Hobbies. I have it in a 1957 AHC catalog and it cost $32.50.
 
frank
 
 Found this at a train show for $30.The reason for selling this complete version of a original issue 4-4-2, 1952 to 1955 version, with the handrails on the cab roof, for $30. was a problem with a driver. One was broken off. It could use new drivers ever if they need some difficult repair work and requartering. By this I mean I can redrill the axel opening to match the original Rivarossi axel, they quarter the wheels properly.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2013, 9:54pm
Frank,
Nice piece! Not bad on price, either! Question, the drivers, what size axles? I may be able to help, they look to be like 80 inch diameter.....BUT to work, I'd need to know what the axle diameter is....IF you want to run it that is, I might have something..... Spoked drivers, that is!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 4th, 2013, 12:19pm
on Oct 3rd, 2013, 9:54pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Nice piece! Not bad on price, either! Question, the drivers, what size axles? I may be able to help, they look to be like 80 inch diameter.....BUT to work, I'd need to know what the axle diameter is....IF you want to run it that is, I might have something..... Spoked drivers, that is!

 
John; The driver is very large. Scale about 7', 84". Measures in 100ths of a inch is .9875  . axel larger that standard Rivarossi. No standard size used here. This is a OO engine that like English locomotives run on HO track. Axel is very close to 1/10 of a inch or .03mm.  
 
A wheel that has a smaller axel hole can be drilled out ot allow if Rivarossi axel to fit. So any large enough wheel with .03mm axel hole or less will do.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 4th, 2013, 9:13pm
on Oct 4th, 2013, 12:19pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
John; The driver is very large. Scale about 7', 84". Measures in 100ths of a inch is .9875  . axel larger that standard Rivarossi. No standard size used here. This is a OO engine that like English locomotives run on HO track. Axel is very close to 1/10 of a inch or .03mm. A wheel that has a smaller axel hole can be drilled out ot allow if Riv. axel to fit.

 
Frank,
I may have something that's 7 ' scale, in diameter for that loco....Let me have a look!!!!!
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 6th, 2013, 8:54am
Frank, I haven't had time to look yet, I'm working on it. Me and mine celebrated our 9th year of marriage yesterday so, was not home for the whole day...... And, was a good day, but now, its time to spend a bit of time in the shop.....I'll be sure to let you know what I have/find in the next day or so. Question, do you have a "quartering" tool? AS I may have just the drivers to be pressed onto the Riv axles. Let me know!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 6th, 2013, 10:20am
*** HAPPY ANNIVERSARY  
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 6th, 2013, 1:49pm
Frank,
Thanks for the Happy happy... it was too!
 
As for the quartering, yes that's right they won't fit or quarter Rossi drivers so yeah, you'd be right on the try and retry to get it right at the quartering....
 
As I may have drivers, I just don't know what axles I have. whats the gear like?
Same as a regular Rossi gear?
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 7th, 2013, 12:21am
Factory type Rivarossi's or you looking to upgrade that part of the loco?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 7th, 2013, 7:50am
*  In the middle of all of what is going on, A locomotive has returned from the Saylorsburg Engine facility. It went there for a repainting, at the Saylorsburg roundhouse.  
* Back from the paint shop, looking like new, is the CNJ K1 class 4-8-0s Mastodon camelback #472. It is seen here in front of the Bergen Point Station.
* The painter is my son Stephen.  
 
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 7th, 2013, 12:51pm
CRR of NJ Camelback, 4-8-0, K1 class . second view.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 7th, 2013, 4:08pm
Frank,
You got a single set of the decal emblems from that 4-8-0 for CNJ? I need 2 emblems to fit on a Boxcab diesel and I really hate to spend the money in a whole pack that I'll never truly use the whole pack.....Let me know! I need them for a gift I'm going to custom paint!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2013, 6:30am
Hi John. I don't have a list of parts because like you I may have mostly what I need, but don't know where they are. I am sure I have some spare liberty decals or rub on's somewhere with my decals, which I do know where most are.  Mostly looking for the tender for the Winton, with the right trucks would be nice. Still looking for some photos of it. Of course I need some large drivers for the Rivarossi SP 4-4-2. There are other things but I think I have something that will work.  
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2013, 6:42am
 *** Here is another loco that is on the layout now. A Heritage model was by Life Like, of a PRR HH1 class loco, 2-8-8-2.  
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 1st, 2013, 10:07am
Hello Frank,
This model was developed with the solicited advisement of the Pennsy historical society.  They desired that it have the prototypical drive system.  Therefore, only the front engine is articulated.   In spite of that, BLI engineering was able to get it to run on no less than 22" r.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Nov 1st, 2013, 2:56pm
Petey,
That's a NON Prototypical issue tho. AS these Pennsy locomotives WERE NOT Articulated, at all! They were "Duplex Steam" Locomotives....They were rigid framed, locos that had the driver split up between ridged mounted cylinders, to give "extra" steam power to spin each "set" individually.....They aren't considered to be Mallets, OR Articulated Steam, they are all in a class of their own.....Called "Duplexes"
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2013, 8:27pm
You're correct, Frank.  My Q2 has NO articulation.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jan 5th, 2014, 11:29pm
Frank,
You got all the needed parts for that PS-4?
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Jan 8th, 2014, 9:55pm
Frank,
NICE work! They look awesome.....Now if I can get my shop back to somewhat work-able shape to continue on those I have started and or start those I have planned   I get that far, I'd have it made!
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Jan 21st, 2014, 2:11pm
i  have some but no pics
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2014, 11:55pm
one  of them is  rta the other one is a gm&o  number 50
 the  last one i dont want to name them all is a sf loco
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 25th, 2014, 10:49am
on Jan 22nd, 2014, 8:51am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice to see you stop in nsho and say hello. For me a few Lehigh Valley Camelbacks have lined up at the Frankford roundhouse waiting assignment. Pacific 2004 is scheduled for the evening run of the Black Diamond to Buffalo. The two Mikados await a large west bound freight.  
 
frank
 

 
These would be a bit out of place on my layout, but I like camelback locomotives. Very nice models Frank. What is your current roster of these?
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 3:31pm
My layout changes from 1950's ERIE / D&H to 1970's EL / D&H when I get the whim. For the 1950's I have three steam engines. The Coal company leases a CNJ engine, so maybe a CNJ camelback might be just the thing. I'd love to have an ERIE L1 0-8-8-0 but it doesn't fit the time period I model. The Lehigh Valley project sounds interesting.
Posted by: 565fan Posted on: Jan 26th, 2014, 9:56pm

I was very fortunate in the last year to receive two of the TYCO Pacifics in Crescent Limited markings.  Here they are posed nose to nose.

This is the original model offered in the 1960s.  I love the black smokebox.  This became available for a good rate on eBay.

This is the 1970s version.  This was a gift from a friend for my birthday.  
Lighter green, silver smokebox, red roof.  I also have passenger cars for these.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 28th, 2014, 6:52pm
Crescent Ltd - Very classy. If you are able, please post the cars too.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 31st, 2014, 6:15pm
For fans of end cab units. EL and Highland Coal co. #1.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 1st, 2014, 10:43am
Here's one I picked up recently.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 1st, 2014, 10:48am
Hello Frank,
Have you ever seen one of these?  It is sheet brass and has a fine cast brass chassis.  You can tell it's a model of #6110.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 1st, 2014, 11:00am
Here's another shot.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Feb 1st, 2014, 7:36pm
Hi Frank,  
The AC-9 is a Yellowstone.  It is an International Models #101.  It has about 65 detail parts added.  
 
The T-1 is not a Bowser.  Both engine & tender are sheet brass.  The chassis is brass.  This model is of the first of the two experimental engines.  Bowser/Penn Line models later series.
I have had a great deal of trouble trying to establish the maker.  Best id so far, is that it is a Tetsudo from the '50s.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 8th, 2014, 6:49pm
That is a handsome engine. It would look great speeding a train across south Jersey.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 8th, 2014, 6:58pm
Both of my D&H Alco switchers are in service now.
 
They are good pullers for all of the local work that needs to be done.
 
Caboose hop
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 8th, 2014, 7:01pm
Double header
 
I'm partial to end cab switchers.
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Feb 15th, 2014, 12:42pm
on Jun 17th, 2005, 10:30am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
here is my GP-7, one of my favortie locmotives, and my 2nd kit.  i plan to detail it soon, but i am afraid to.  it looks less toylike in real life than in this picture... i would want to ruin it.

 how can I get that train  on my thing
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Feb 18th, 2014, 4:04pm
on Jan 25th, 2014, 10:49am, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
These would be a bit out of place on my layout, but I like camelback locomotives. Very nice models Frank. What is your current roster of these?

also forget  ahm prr gg1
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 18th, 2014, 7:55pm
on Feb 15th, 2014, 5:08pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
* A very nice pair of Alco switchers. They make a good set for doubleheading in those yard situations requiring extra power.  
frank

Thanks - They run well together. None of that pushing and pulling that some engines do when in a multiple lash up.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 18th, 2014, 10:28pm
on Nov 2nd, 2013, 7:52pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Petey;  Did you ever notice that the Pennsy also has class S engines.  S1 and a S2 classes. They are numbered as 6-8-6 type. The S1 is a rigid frame duplex drive locomotive. In appearance it is a 6-4-4-6. The S2 is a rigid frame single drive locomotive and it appears to be a 6-8-6. Both are S class 6-8-6 type. The Pennsy T1, as you know appears to be a 4-4-4-4.  A Pennsy T class is for the northern 4-8-4 type. The T1 is a T class rigid frame, duplex drive locomotive. Almost all models of this loco are made articulated. Again so they can run on smaller layouts.
 frank

 
Actually, the PRR class for a 4-8-4 is "R",  as in the R1.    T is probably for the duplex drive version.    
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Feb 18th, 2014, 10:31pm
on Feb 15th, 2014, 12:42pm, nshotbox wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 how can I get that train  on my thing

 
Well, I really don't understand what you're asking,  but then again, I also posted that picture nine years ago (I was 15 at the time!).    
 
Do you mean the animated train?  I really don't remember how that was done, to be honest.  I'll have to refresh myself.
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: Feb 19th, 2014, 5:46pm
on Feb 18th, 2014, 10:31pm, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Well, I really don't understand what you're asking,  but then again, I also posted that picture nine years ago (I was 15 at the time!).    
 
Do you mean the animated train?  I really don't remember how that was done, to be honest.  I'll have to refresh myself.

ya that
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2014, 7:35pm
WNYP 431 passes a SOU local on the Flint River Model Railroad Club in Albany, GA
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 20th, 2014, 7:38pm
Alaska 3004 and 3003 with  a local on the FRMRRC
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 22nd, 2014, 4:55pm
on Feb 20th, 2014, 7:35pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
WNYP 431 passes a SOU local on the Flint River Model Railroad Club in Albany, GA

 
A big Red Alco - can't beat that. Wouldn't think it would be on a layout in Georgia with the Southern Ry. They are two of my favorites.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 22nd, 2014, 5:07pm
High hood units - GP7, RS11 running today.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2014, 5:15pm
LA&L 420 leads the 424 and WNYP 421 light engine on the FRMRRC layout in Albany, GA
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2014, 7:08pm
on Feb 23rd, 2014, 5:15pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
LA&L 420 leads the 424 and WNYP 421 light engine on the FRMRRC layout in Albany, GA

 
nice - I gotta ask. Why are these on a layout in Georgia?  
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2014, 7:11pm
on Feb 23rd, 2014, 5:55pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
* A.C.Gilbert "Despatcher" train set from 1963 get a run on the layout. It is a Erie railroad set with a very different work caboose.  
 frank

 
Being an ERIE fan I like it. I have seen that engine around but I didn't know it was part of a set.  
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 24th, 2014, 9:26pm
ERIE work caboose- nice. Hard to believe it is almost as old as me.
Posted by: CandF Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 11:43am
2102 times 2.  Two separate eras of the 2102 are present.  The Reading 2102 is a NJ International brass model from the 1980's (model era 1972).  The RBM&N 2102 is a Broadway Limited model from a few years ago.  Hopefully you can get past the 2102 pulling a stack train while the other pulls the polar express (my sons idea).
Posted by: CandF Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 11:48am
The 2102's cross over each other.  I remember the difficulties that I went through to keep the brass one from shorting.  Lots of time spent in the dark to see where it shorted.  The plastic one, no such work required.
Posted by: CandF Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 3:59pm
L&NE 304, a Bachman 2-8-0, leads a coal train past the DL&W inspired diesel fueling facility.
 
The 304 was a birthday gift for my son.  We have hiked on the old L&NE mainline and he has seen trains on the old Bethlehem Branch.  My experience with the "cheap" Bachman digital equipped locos has been positive.
 
The fuel facility was built by my father using an article from RMC, I believe.  If memory serves me right, it is based on a facility that was at Bangor, PA on the B&P.  This is actually at the entrance to my CR/EL Southern Tier storage yard on my layout.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 4:03pm
on Feb 23rd, 2014, 7:08pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
nice - I gotta ask. Why are these on a layout in Georgia?  

 
Sorry the reply took so long, must have missed this in my perusing of the forums.
I lived along the WNYP mainline my whole life, up until better opportunities in Georgia came along. I've worked in or been to 44 states and acquired quite the diverse interest in railroads. I have BN, ARR, URR, EJE, DMIR, BLE, CR, ALY, G&W, lease and undecorated "yet to be" engines, as well as the LA&L family power. While my long term home layout plans are for the Alaska Railroad, the modules we operate are centered around a Lake Erie - Allegheny River location. The thread link is for the mods we operate:
 
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=HOScale;action=display;num=1280122787;start=0
 
A few of the engines on the test track.
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: May 10th, 2014, 7:19pm
on Jun 17th, 2005, 10:36am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
my E-60CP from bachmann

 I got the same one
Posted by: nshotbox Posted on: May 11th, 2014, 12:23pm
on Jun 17th, 2005, 10:36am, green_elite_cab wrote:       (Click here for original message)
my E-60CP from bachmann

 I got my e-60cp open but some on try to play operation loco but failed
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 28th, 2014, 4:31pm
Hello Guys,
While I know this is mostly an Eastern interest forum.
Here's one of my recent acquisitions.
Posted by: petey Posted on: May 28th, 2014, 4:39pm
My recent purchase.  Pic 2.
Posted by: Climax9 Posted on: May 28th, 2014, 7:13pm
This is a mixture of 3 Climaxes into one. The first one fell from a shelf, making the engine worthless. Another one was ordered and that was ran once and left in a box. The next time I pulled it out the motor was blown (any idea how?). That was sent back to Bachmann and they placed the cab, water tank, and coal bunker onto a unlettered Climax. 3 days ago It was sent back to me and today I switched out the smoke box doors to get the 9 on the number plate. I still have to put on the diamond stack and it will be finished.
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: May 29th, 2014, 12:23am
on May 28th, 2014, 4:31pm, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hello Guys,
While I know this is mostly an Eastern interest forum.
Here's one of my recent acquisitions.

 
Hey, a train is a train!  besides,  these days the trains mix up so much that its not so unusual to see something western out east, or vice versa, so its all a little interesting.  
 
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 18th, 2014, 11:05am
on Jan 25th, 2014, 10:49am, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
These would be a bit out of place on my layout, but I like camelback locomotives. Very nice models Frank. What is your current roster of these?

 I am sorry but I missed this post. You can seen this follow up date is very different.  
 From memory;
CNJ;
  Mantua 0-6-0c, HO train Co. cast 4-6-0c, Red Ball 4-6-0c, kitbashed - Mantua 4-6-0c, next two I did. Scratch-built bodies on Bachmann drives with kitbashed tenders are a I4 and a I5 2-8-0c camelbacks. Precision Scale K1 class, 4-8-0c.  
LV:
  two Ki class 4-6-2c camelbacks. One has a re-detailing done. The other is stock with a LV painting. two N1 class 2-8-2c camelbacks, last a E-28 4-4-0c I scratch built a body for placing it on a Rivarossi drive. It is the locomotive David Laury, number 5. This is one of the locomotives used to pull the Black Diamond on its original run and used until 4-4-2 arrived to replace the 10 4-4-0 types originally used.
P&R (Reading)
*  A few Mantua 0-4-0c camelbacks. A Gem, 2-8-0c.  
Cant think of ant more.  
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 18th, 2014, 11:11am
on Feb 1st, 2014, 10:48am, petey wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hello Frank,
Have you ever seen one of these?  It is sheet brass and has a fine cast brass chassis.  You can tell it's a model of #6110.

 
 Sorry again for not answering till now but the brass model of the PRR T1 I have models like it but not sure who made it.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 18th, 2014, 11:23am
It is about time I did another post. I've been missing here on the HO forum. Here is a 4-4-0 camelback I made.  
  Hope I didn't post it in this forum thread already.
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 5th, 2014, 5:56am
Here is a collage of photos of #5 with 4 Bachmann old time passenger cars I re-lettered for the Lehigh Valley. I used 4 different coach numbers. Got to find some decorative decal to overlay the original centered number on these cars. When you try to remove them you damage the car. Need to cover them over.
 frank
Posted by: Rdgrail Posted on: Nov 5th, 2014, 10:32am
Awesome camelback!! What did you use parts wise to build it?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 5th, 2014, 5:58pm
on Nov 5th, 2014, 10:32am, Rdgrail wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Awesome camelback!! What did you use parts wise to build it?

 
 If you didn't follow the build of it. A AHM 4-4-0 drive, its tender, and lots of sheet plastic. some plastic shapes, a piece of 1/2" brass copper pipe, and a lot of mistakes.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 7th, 2014, 9:59am
on Nov 5th, 2014, 5:56am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is a collage of photos of #5 with 4 Bachmann old time passenger cars I re-lettered for the Lehigh Valley. I used 4 different coach numbers. Got to find some decorative decal to overlay the original centered number on these cars. When you try to remove them you damage the car. Need to cover them over.
 frank

Nice collage Frank. Those coaches look good behind that engine, but of course anything would look good with it.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 19th, 2014, 3:45pm
Here is another locomotive I just got.
Athearn Minneapolis and St. Louis GP7.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 6th, 2014, 3:52pm
That is a road you do not see too often. I am a big fan of the GP7 since I they were regulars on the EL when I was a kid.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 6th, 2014, 4:03pm
Recently repaired S12 is back in service.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 9th, 2014, 6:55am
** That is a nice Erie Baldwin S-12 working the yards. A good match for a hard job.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 10th, 2015, 7:32am
* Here you can see a private coal companies 0-8-0 steam locomotive.  
** It is the " Ashland Coal and Iron Railway". A very old Aristo-Craft HO die-cast model from the early 1960's. It is show broken down here with a broken rear truck. It is awaiting a repair crew from the Frankford Engine-house to jack it up and slide under another truck. Maybe we'll catch the action.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 12th, 2015, 8:04am
** A favorite locomotive I kitbashed a few years ago is seen just before last Thanksgiving. It is a Mantua RDG P7 I backdated to its original C1 class 4-4-4w. This Atlantic City speedster was to shaky in the turns  and was rebuilt with its other C1 class into the only Reading rear cab Atlantics the Reading owned. The Mantua model built in late 1940's and into the 1950's was a P7 class which I made into my C1 class #110.  
* Here is sits on the turntable.  
 frank
 
 ***For those who haven't seen the thread on the building of this locomotive click on this link and I hope you enjoy it.
 
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=HOScale;action=display;num=1320336000
Posted by: Rdgrail Posted on: Feb 12th, 2015, 11:21am
I meant to ask you about your model of the C1. For when you were doing the build, I noticed that you used a different tender. What company makes that tender, or was it scratch built?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 24th, 2015, 7:04pm
on Feb 12th, 2015, 11:21am, Rdgrail wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I meant to ask you about your model of the C1. For when you were doing the build, I noticed that you used a different tender. What company makes that tender, or was it scratch built?

 
 I guess you missed it. It is a Sparrow Point tender now made by Dan Hicks. Allentown PA.
Frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 27th, 2015, 1:57pm
on Jan 10th, 2015, 7:32am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
* Here you can see a private coal companies 0-8-0 steam locomotive.  
** It is the " Ashland Coal and Iron Railway". A very old Aristo-Craft HO die-cast model from the early 1960's. It is show broken down here with a broken rear truck. It is awaiting a repair crew from the Frankford Engine-house to jack it up and slide under another truck. Maybe we'll catch the action.

 
I like this one very much - engines lettered for industry are not as popular as RR's. After the shops fix that rear truck, I'd like to see it switching cuts of hoppers.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 27th, 2015, 5:59pm
It is still, and wont be change, a Reading C1 4-4-4. this is built to be a High speed passenger engine. Not a yard goat. A speedster.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2015, 10:32am
Frank - I was referring to the Ashland coal and iron engine. Industry lettered engines are seen less.  
 
I know those Reading speedsters - they are works of art and could really pull those Atlantic City expresses on the PRSL. - great looking engine.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2015, 5:47pm
Would you settle for a photo of The Ashland coal Co. 0-8-0 pushing loaded coal cars to the Coaling tower.  
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 5th, 2015, 9:24am
Yes, that would be great.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2015, 9:40am
For Nefan. Here is a group of photos covering the move of a coal train to and through the coaling tower. Sorry photos gone !
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 7th, 2015, 10:05am
Thanks Frank these are very good photos. On my layout I have two coal company lettered diesels that switch the coal loader.  I would also like to add a steam engine and a sloped tender engine like is one I am considering.  
 
Nice assortment of coal cars - the C&EI with the "billboard" lettering  really stands out. - Varney?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2015, 6:26pm
** Yep Varney ! I am glade you like the photos. what kind of steam engine are you looking for. Maybe I can help send a message.
* Here are 3 more 0-8-0's of the same kind I have in this photo.  
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 11th, 2015, 9:05pm
It would be an 0-6-0 or 0-8-0, something with a small tender. I know I will find something that will fit the bill. I'm now considering something very much like your Ashland Coal engine.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 7th, 2015, 4:49pm
Spring track and switch cleaning done, I thought I would run some steam to check my work.
 
ERIE milk train.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 7th, 2015, 4:51pm
Caboose hop
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 7th, 2015, 9:38pm
 Nice photos NEFAN. The express reefers look at home behind what I think is a AHM pacific.
 
frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 10th, 2015, 9:20am
Thanks. It is Rivarossi and one of my favorite engines as it will pull as many cars as you can couple to it.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 21st, 2015, 8:54pm
**   A view of my old basement layout and long trains. It was a heck of a layout.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2015, 5:43pm
*  A look at a Marx HO GP7 Locomotive. It is a real Marx paint scheme. It looks like they changed there mind, and didn't want a UP GP7.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 17th, 2015, 9:27am
Here is my Bachmann Southern rail road 2-10-2 Santa Fe type.  
frank
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 27th, 2015, 4:46pm

One of my favorite SF 4-8-4's with the poppet valve experiment.  
 
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 12th, 2015, 7:03pm
** Here is a old Mantua Pacific, with original die cast tender, brass cab, and different trailing truck  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30431536@N03/13275180964/in/album-72157642611362854/
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 12th, 2015, 11:39am
One of the two engines from the train show at Edison NJ last weekend. Hornby Streamlined A4 Silver Fox. Was recorded running at 113 mph pulling the train Silver Jubilee.
 Frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2015, 9:23am
 For those people who like the smaller locomotives here are a few oldies but goodies that I have that are still running. American Flyer, in HO known as A.C. Gilbert made a couple of small diesels. I have a pair of the blue industrial diesel switchers. They are arranged on a display track so you can see both sides at the same time.  
* Gilbert 31021
 
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2015, 9:27am
* This is the other small diesel they made. It is harder to find and prices can get very high. I got lucky ( $15.) or it wouldn't be here, shared with you.
* Gilbert 31013 Jackshaft diesel Industrial switcher.
frank
 
V-18925
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2015, 9:40am
* Here I go from Gilbert's smallest to it largest locomotive. The Hudson ! This one, cab number 5318, is the first Hudson made with a 12DC motor with a vertical shaft for Gilbert. Gilbert #151. The small number make this a early release. This Hudson had a smoke system in the tender. Smoke came up to the sack through a hose running from the tender to the smoke stack. What do you think of the white walled tires?
 frank
 
Gilbert 151.
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2015, 5:53pm
I like the small industrial engines very much. - you don't see them in that kind of condition very often.  
 
Whitewall tires are always classy - nice.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 27th, 2015, 6:07pm
NEFAN If I remember correctly this is most of the older American type Industrial Diesels sold in the 1950s to the 1980. A criteria of small diesels having no separate trucks but all axels being mounted in a common frame. Marx made one and it was offered in a few road names, and also different colors. Most common were the New Haven ones for they made it in different paint schemes, I think 3. The 2 different Gilbert ones I just posted. Penn-Line had one. Tyco had a Plymouth rear cab and a center cab type, both 2 axel. Bachmann a 3 axel, then latter on a 2 axel. Athearn Hussler had a rubber band drive one in many road names. Lionel had one that appeared to be the same as Ahearn's but with a better drive. Cary made a die-cast box cab body to mount on the Athearn Hussler. Lindsay made one that later in the same time period was rereleased by Kemtron, a hard one to find. AHM sold 2 different ones, both 2 axel, one a rear cab MDT version, the other a center cab, both imported.  With a criteria of small diesels having no separate trucks but all axels being mounted in a common frame Lionel made a center cab also. It used the same drive as there one with the Athearn Hussler body. I had one in Erie.  
* Does anyone know of any others?
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2015, 9:43am
 Here is the Lionel Industrial Diesel switcher. Road name is Union Pacific. 0057 is it ID number. People familiar with the Athearn Hussler will note the similarities.  
 
Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2015, 9:48am
 This is the second Lionel Industrial switching Loco. It is the center cab type. Both this one and the Hussler type have the same type drive and do run good. Road name is ERIE. ID number is 0545.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2015, 9:51am
Here is one of the Many MARX Hussler type small Industrial diesel switchers. It is a 2 axel and both are driven. Road name is Rock Island. Road Number is 1962 which could be a date.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2015, 10:03am
This is the one that was made by Lindsay and Kemtron. A all metal model with 2 axels and both are driven. No road name just old number 5.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2015, 10:09am
This is the last one I have right now. It is the Penn-Line all metal model of a small Industrial switcher. Don't know the prototype. It looked like CNJ #1001 which I had seen in a photo on a barge, Also a photo up in the Bronx terminal frank
 
V-19003
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 29th, 2015, 7:19pm
A nice collection. Some of those are VERY pricey if you can find one. I have a Hustler rubber band model in my "to be fixed" area.
 
The Penn line CNJ is a real find.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 30th, 2015, 8:05pm
I found another one a Tyco-Mantua center car. Ma Bell.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 1st, 2015, 3:04pm
In medium sized switchers the EMD SW series switchers. I am thinking of locomotives made before 1980.  I can think of Ahearn's SW7 of course. Next Revell SW7 . Then AHM a SW1 foreign made. An old one with a bronze or brass body was Lindsay SW800. Then in die cast metal, Varney SW7. Another one is the Lindberg a SW1. I have one sold by Walters another SW1.
* other diesels looking very much the same were the NW class by EMD .
NW2 through NW 5. Also in SW classes there were 1000, 1200, and 1500 types.  The Athearn was listed as a 1500.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 7:48am
Now here are the EMD SW type locomotives that I have all together awaiting assignments. As each leaves a separate photo is taken of it.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 7:51am
First to be assigned is the Varney Baltimore and Ohio, SW7. It is a die cast locomotive from the 1960's. Factory painted.
Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 7:55am
Next leaving is the Athearn SW7 of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Factory painted and lettered this loco was made to pull with its heavy die cast frame and all wheel powered . A smooth runner with all wheels picking up power from the tracks. This type was referred to as Blue Bow locos.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 7:59am
Now the Lehigh Valley PUP #265 pulls out. Another Athearn Blue box loco that has a kitbashed upgrade to dynamic breaking and a custom painting and lettering.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 8:04am
Now old Pennsylvania Railroad SW 800 #2501 leaves. A Lindsay all bronze body and frame adding weight from old ago. Defiantly in need of at least new paint and lettering.  
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 8:08am
The CNJ SW7 # 1090 leaves to work. A loco. Another of Blue Box heritage.  painted and lettered by me.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 8:11am
Another SW1 Pennsylvania Railroad # 8543 pulls out. This Walters SW1 was built painted detailed and lettered by my son Steve. A nice addition to this group.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 8:23am
Now we see ATSF #3647 on its way. A old Lindberg SW1 still running and very well I might add.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2015, 8:30am
Sliding by ATSF SW1 is Erie SW800 #345. This is a second Lindsay bronze SW switcher.  
 frank
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Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2015, 6:59am
* Other medium sized switchers were made by Alco and Baldwin. These were the most common. Small 2 truck diesels like the center cab 44 ton were common. Because on the 2 trucks I would call it one of the smallest of medium diesels. The Alco S series was very common S1 through S6 class were seen everywhere. The later C415 was larger and more a road engine.  
* Baldwin made a few medium sized diesels. A Walters model of the Fairbanks Morris H-15-44 and H-16-44  were a common sight in hobby shops. HObbyline also made the H-15-44 Lowery version. I have it in the HObbyline road name, PRR, B&O, LV, and a custom painted one in CNJ. Looking for the C&O and UP versions to complete those made. Cary may have made a die cast body of the loco also. Early H-15-44's had styling changes made by industrial designer David Lowery. In FM I have a brass model of a H-12-44 painted for CNJ. I don't know if they had one.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 6th, 2015, 2:56pm
Nice line up Frank. End cab switchers have always been a favorite of mine since I used to see them quite a bit on the EL when I was a kid. The Linsay and Varney are real rare models for sure.  
 
Here are a few of the end cabs on my layout. Two EL and one for the Hyland coal co. from Life like. I also have an Athearn Erie Baldwin switcher,
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 6th, 2015, 2:59pm
Hyland Coal #1 switching the load out.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 6th, 2015, 3:14pm
Another smaller switcher - the 44 Tonner is also a favorite of mine.  
 
Hyland Coal #2 which I use for the 1950's version of the layout.
 
A few D&H Alco switchers are also in the mix.  
 
 
I also like your SW1 that is painted for the Pennsy very much,
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 7th, 2015, 8:46pm
Nice switching power. Most of mine hasn't seen the layout for awhile so is not cleaned and lubed, so I wont run them till I do. You mentioned a Baldwin S-12 by Athearn. A guess.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2015, 7:18pm
NEFAN; Well due to your use of Erie and Lackawanna Railroads, I'll post something of these railroads. First a F3A made by Gilbert in Lackawanna RR colors.
frank
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 10:49am
Here is some ex-EL power...   Conrail SDP45 6668.  An ex-EL SD45-2 follows.  
 

 

 
PRR B1 Electric switcher.  
 

 
A little bit of an older shot.  I finished this ex-LV GP18 in the meantime, but I haven't taken any updated photos of it.
 

 
New York Central T3a
 

 
Conrail B23-7
 

 

 
Conrail SD35
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 12:01pm
on Nov 16th, 2015, 7:18pm, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
NEFAN; Well due to your use of Erie and Lackawanna Railroads, I'll post something of these railroads. First a F3A made by Gilbert in Lackawanna RR colors.
frank

That is a rare one and in good condition at that. I've seen a few at shows and they usually look pretty beat up. - nice
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 12:06pm
green_elite_cab - The Conrail engines under wire bring back good memories - very nice. The engines with the CR stencils... not so much  
 
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 12:54pm
Its a lot of fun to model though.   Definitely adds variety to the trains!
 
Here is an earlier progress shot,  with the LV paint job unblemished with patches and stencils    
 
On the model, I made it so even the road number is visible under the Conrail numbers if you look close enough.  
 
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 6:36pm
yes - that was just like the real thing. The "watercolor" patch jobs would fade and the old paint would begin to show again.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 8:32pm
Great photos ! My favorites of the Green man's photos is the PRR B1 and the NYC T3a. Time to try again. Another Lackawanna loco I'll post is a trainmaster.
 
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 17th, 2015, 8:44pm
Another is the Alco PA1.  
frank.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 19th, 2015, 10:17am
I have the PA also. The silver trucks make it very classy and it looks good pulling Stillwell coaches.
 
I have two IHC engines, an ERIE 0-8-0 and EL E8 engines. The IHC E8 set is powered by the front unit and only on the rear truck. Still it is a good running engine for it's age.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 19th, 2015, 10:20am
IHC pulling Athearn and Concor cars.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 19th, 2015, 2:16pm
Another great picture by NEFAN.  
 
   frank
Posted by: green_elite_cab Posted on: Nov 19th, 2015, 2:29pm
One day,  I'll do a patched Conrail E8 #4014 with the complete EL paint.   That really stood out on the New York & Long Branch in the late 70s!
 
Apparently, a single E7 made it through to the Early 80s as well, in beat up PC paint to boot!    So many modeling opportunities, so little budget and time!
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 21st, 2015, 5:45pm
thanks for the kind words Frank. The maroon and grey scheme is one of my favorites having followed the EL when I was a kid.  
 
The NY&LB was an operating museum in the late 70's. I remember the PC E7 which I believe was the 4224.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 30th, 2015, 8:12pm
Here is a Locomotive I made a CRRofNJ I4 camelback #684.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2015, 7:35pm
Here are a pair of good running Tyco-Mantua F7As in CB&Q, Burlington Silver.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 12th, 2015, 7:36pm
A closer up photo of the pair.  
Frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 18th, 2015, 7:15pm
I always liked that CB&Q paint scheme. The engines have a good shine to them,
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 20th, 2015, 7:02pm
I recently repaired my other ERIE E8 so here is a side by side. Technically there are three railroads represented here. ERIE, DL&W and EL.  The EL units are ex DL&W since they have the additional headlight.  Love those cab units...
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 21st, 2015, 10:23am
Nice -units you got there.
 Here are the Athearn F7ABA I have in CB&Q.
Athearn is on the outside with the black number boards. Mantua F7AA in the Center, and Varney F3 AB on the inside track.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 8th, 2016, 7:24pm
I have been busy for the last few days with a very nice looking Balboa Union Pacific steam turbine. I've been experimenting with various adhesives to mount and insulate the motors from the metal floor of the model. Everything is coming along just fine. To much to explain. I'll just post a photo of it here. For as old as it is. The old paint looks almost new. When done, conversion to DCC if wanted, will be simple.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 13th, 2016, 6:08pm
First time I have seen that one. The Paint does look good and the Silver trucks are classy. It would probably hate the curves on my layout though.  
 
At the opposite end of the spectrum I recently acquired two older Mantua 0-6-0 switchers, one in basic black and the other in Army green. A little cleaning and lube fixed the Army unit which is running smooth. The other needs much more and is in the "to be fixed" area.  
 
I really like these old heavy Mantua metal switchers.  
Frank - I believe you have a few of these in your collection?
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 13th, 2016, 9:13pm
I have one 0-6-0t by mantua that is complete and runs. I like the old Roundhouse 0-6-0t saddle tank locos. They have a older appearance.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 14th, 2016, 2:46pm
I'm not familiar with Balboa. What types of engines did they make?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 14th, 2016, 5:01pm
on Jan 14th, 2016, 2:46pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I'm not familiar with Balboa. What types of engines did they make?

 
Balboa Scale models made that locomotive #61 in 1971. It was a 4,500 HP unit. Factory painted and sold with and without the tender. They made brass locos and passenger sets, factory painted and brass finish. The model I posted is factory painted.  
 
A link to info on balboa;
 
http://www.brasstrains.com/BrassGuide/PDG/List/Balboa-Scale-Models/d65111
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 19th, 2016, 9:03am
My Roundhouse area yesterday. Photo 1
frank.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 19th, 2016, 9:05am
My Roundhouse area yesterday. Photo 2
frank.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2016, 10:15am
I always wanted one of those French styled double ended electrics or diesel locomotives. I got one recently. It is by a company named HOrnby acHO. The lettering I have done of its name is exactly how it is printed on their trains and boxes. This is a French train company. It runs on DC and can run on my old Atlas track and through my switches so It will stay in with my trains. I have 4 passenger cars also made by this company.
 It is missing a pantograph and the one on it is backwards. For now till I get some parts it will remain the same.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 9th, 2016, 7:34am
Well a friend in England supprised me with the part, Pantograph, and I got it yesterday so I turned around the one that is on and installed the new one.
 Here is the HOrnby  acHO French Electric at Centerville station.
frank
 
 If you find this ; Thanks Kenny !
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 8th, 2016, 9:53pm
At the Montvale train show, this month, last Sunday, I got this Gilbert NYC Hudson 443. After a little work it is complete and running. On my other 443 I changed the drivers on it, so it is not a original one. This one is.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 7:40am
My oldest Gilbert Hudson id #151. It is strangely numbered like the first and second one's released. They all have different cab numbers and Gilbert stock numbers. #151 has cab # 5318. I will be refinishing this locomotive when time allows. It is still as I got it. This locomotive has a smoking system in the tender.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 7:47am
This is my first Gilbert Hudson also numbered 443. I got it with bad drivers and had to replace them to keep it running. I used mantua drivers for the repair. It has a smoking unit in the locomotive boiler.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 7:59am
My next Gilbert Hudson is #446. It is the only Hudson that has a whistle in it. The smoke unit is the same as 443 in the front part of the boiler. This is the only one I have in a original box.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 8:02am
The last complete one I have is #31005. It is of their newest design with larger drivers. Mine like most of the ones I have are well played with.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 8:05am
I have another Gilbert Hudson with the loco being another 31005 type. I replaced the tender with a HObbyline one. I still have its original tender though the lettering on it is gone.
frank
 
PS still looking for Gilbert Hudsons lettered for Santa Fe , and the other one Wabash. I Have a good Wabash tender.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 9th, 2016, 9:11am
This will make 7 photos I have added today. One I have posted before.
This one is a side by side look at the 2 American type camelbacks I kitbashed into a LVRR an a CRRofNJ models.
frank
 
Posted by: Rdgrail Posted on: Apr 12th, 2016, 12:20pm
Wow it has been a long time since I've last posted. Here's what I've been up to.
 
-Nick
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 18th, 2016, 9:38am
 At the last train show in the start of the month along with the Gilbert 4-6-4 443, I got a Revell SW7 in Union Pacific paint. I got it because I had none for my collection.
  Not a good photo for the loco looks better than this photo shows. Outside of no handrails the body is very good.  
 
 frank
 
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Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 21st, 2016, 9:41am
That is in very good shape for it's age. - 1960's ?
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Apr 24th, 2016, 12:33am
on Apr 18th, 2016, 9:38am, toptrain wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 Outside of no handrails the body is very good.  
Hello Frank....were these produced with handrails? I seem to recall that some manufactures released their models without any handrails....Tom
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 24th, 2016, 1:40pm
Tom This is a early SW7 so handrails only on front and rear platforms with little handrails by the side steps. also body mounted side rails.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 29th, 2016, 6:25pm
I added this locomotive which I got in a trade. When I got it the front pilot was broken and needed repair before it would run. I re-soldered the loose parts and though it runs now, I am afraid that any bouncing around will cause the pilot to break again. Got to look real good at it. Need to still raise it up slightly.  
** The locomotive is a 1966-67 Brass Akane C&O H8 2-6-6-6. I haven't taken a photo since it was repaired.
 Frank.
 
A second photo in next post:
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 29th, 2016, 6:29pm
**  A second photo to one in previous post.
* Akane C&O H8 2-6-6-6 .
Frank
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jun 29th, 2016, 8:59pm
Nice, Alleghenys are awesome locomotives!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 30th, 2016, 6:12pm
on Jun 29th, 2016, 8:59pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice, Alleghenys are awesome locomotives!

 
 Before I got this 2 days ago my other H8 is a un completed Winton beast.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2016, 8:24am
Here is a odd ball with a good road name. It is a all Athearn Hustler, painted and lettered "NAVY YARD, New York #51", done in blue. It uses the standard HI-FI drive, and has a Lionel L applied also. It is shown and listed in the 1958 Lionel HO catalog. And also listed in the 1959 catalog. I guess Lionel and Athearn had a arrangement for those years because Lionel also sold Athearn F7's HI-FI drive, Passenger and freight cars. All with the Lionel L on them. Another thing shown in this 1958 Lionel catalog is a all metal 4-6-2 pacific loco. It was made by Fleischmann. In Lionel's first HO 1957 catalog Rivarossi supplied locos and cars to Lionel for their first year in HO sales. The 3 steam locos were the 0-4-0t saddle tanker, the 2-8-0 , and the 4-4-2. Some of these items carried over into the 1958 catalog.  
 
 frank
 
 v-20363.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Jul 29th, 2016, 11:09am
That is too cool! I have a Lionel #51 Navy Yard switcher. It was my grandfather's.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 29th, 2016, 12:39pm
* Henry now you know the history of the piece. If you want to see and copy the catalog go to HOseeker/ Literature/ Lionel. It is in the 1958 catalog.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 13th, 2016, 12:56pm
Here is a locomotive made by Gilbert that I had in the past but traded away for whatever reason. Well I found another one at the Hamburg PA. show 7-31-16. The locomotive # 31019 is made in New Haven by Gilbert. It wasn't listed in any catalog, or released in any set. It has a B&O road name and is the standard PRR style B6 0-6-0 switcher . Gilbert also made another 0-6-0 in number 31031, also in B&O.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 28th, 2016, 8:28am
I have had a Bowser Aerotrain for a few months now and the post for coupling it to the cars was missing. I played around with the idea of what I would do to replace this post and get the set going. I sat down yesterday and after a few trys. I got it done less silver paint. Here are some photos of the Bowser Aerotrain.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 28th, 2016, 8:30am
Here is a video of it running around my layout.  
 
 Link to Flickr and my Video.
  https://www.flickr.com/photos/30431536@N03/29276172665/in/dateposted-family/
 
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 26th, 2016, 7:11pm
I received a e mail from my son and he painted and lettered a loco of mine for me. A Erie 2-10-2 R1 #4015. A 2-10-2 of Erie design. It is seen here on his layout.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 26th, 2016, 7:12pm
Here is a second photo.
 frank
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Sep 27th, 2016, 1:38pm
Very nice!
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Sep 28th, 2016, 5:28pm
A real brute of an engine. Love the Vanderbilt tender and red window detail
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 29th, 2016, 8:17am
Here is another one. My son kitbashed a Erie R3. A Akane USRA type 2-10-2. He recently completed it.
 Frank
Posted by: Marty_Feldner Posted on: Sep 29th, 2016, 10:21pm
Nice- complete with the correct (and relatively rare) Southern valve gear. The 2-10-2's were the only USRA class to use it, but I've never seen anything about why.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 30th, 2016, 10:04am
on Sep 29th, 2016, 10:21pm, Marty_Feldner wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice- complete with the correct (and relatively rare) Southern valve gear. The 2-10-2's were the only USRA class to use it, but I've never seen anything about why.

 
 Probably one of the many Akane models made in the early 1960's. As to why you didn't see anything about them, I don't know, not there is a lot posted. Just old catalog stuff.
 
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2016, 4:13pm
**     Erie R3 2-10-2 to the left, opposite a Erie R1 2-10-2 on the right.
   Almost on the turntable is a C&O Allegany. behind it the loco is a LNE 2-8-2. Another kitbashed locomotive my son has done.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Oct 6th, 2016, 12:23pm
Impressive display.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 9th, 2016, 8:05am
Here is another two photo of E-paws Erie R3. engineers side. It is an Akane loco and a kitbashed tender and added details.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 9th, 2016, 8:06am
* Here is the Fireman's side of Steve's Erie R3.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2016, 4:59am
At the Frankford service area most of the little critters have gone back to small branch lines. Some Mikado's and GP7's have replaced them. ( Mantua and Athearn )
there will be 4 photos.
 
frank
 
one
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2016, 5:00am
Photo 2
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2016, 5:00am
photo 3
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 28th, 2016, 5:01am
photo 4
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 10th, 2016, 8:25am
** A favorite of mine. Is this old time 4-4-0 world speed record breaker. New York Centrals. 4-4-0 #999. Empire State Express .
* My model is either by Brass Aristo-Craft, or a HO train Co. Both were released about the same time. Built by the same builder in Japan.  
 frank
 
I have added a photo that can be seen.
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Nov 11th, 2016, 4:38pm
high stepping 4-4-0 very nice.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2016, 7:13pm
Here is another Lionel Husky I got  at the last Wayne train show .  
* The US Air Force Minuteman, Husky locomotive 0059.
* look who is sliding into the photo a old Lionel Erie center cab diesel 0545.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2016, 7:38pm
*   One more photo of th station with the 2 diesels visible.
**  Erie 0545 and US Air Force 0059.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 1:04pm
* Finely found another Marx diesel switcher in McGinnis paint.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 1:13pm
Also a Marx locomotive I've been looking for is the NYC 0-4-0t #20. I have it with the circular NYC systems logo but not the NYC in the rectangle box. At Edison NJ yesterday (Greenberg Train Show), I traded for a small Marx set with the loco in it. Here is the set box cover. Next post the open set.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 1:14pm
In this post the open train set I spoke of with the Marx 0-4-0t lettered for the NYC.
frank
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 10:46pm
Made it to the Alameda County CA fairgrounds last Saturday for the first train show since March, and made out decent with some new additions to the fleet. Athearn blue box SD45 undecorated, GP30 and GP35 in custom ATSF paint.  
 
I'm not sure how I want to paint them yet as I have a rather nasty case of multi-prototype modelling disorder, where I can't make up my mind about which railroad I want to focus on to model. But for the price I couldn't pass them up.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 11:02pm
The GP30 is quite the interesting hack job. I'm assuming an aftermarket cab was put on as it doesn't fit quite right and there are rather large gaps around the carbody at the joints. I don't think I've ever seen an old blue box kit with both cab and nose lights either... whoever was messing around with it boogered up the window glazing with CA glue... but still a cheap dummy unit to bolster the fleet after a nice bath in alcohol to strip the paint and decide on what to paint her up as.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 11:09pm
I know those lines ain't quite right on that warbonnet..... and a bit of overspray. Could be worse....
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 28th, 2016, 11:11pm
Another custom paint job on this GP35. She'll be getting stripped.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 29th, 2016, 10:44am
**  Well you can't go wrong with Athearn Blue box locos and cars. They are made well and last. The newer Genesis locos and the present company have their problems. I learned and just wont ever get them again. They used up there 3 strikes. There out!
* It is good to see someone repainting again. Don't forget to post a photo of your work once done.  Cant waite to see it.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 4th, 2016, 10:07am
** A old Varney all metal F3a dated 1947. One of the new ones. Ha, Ha ! Got it from a friend. Oiled it, cleaned the pick-up wheels put it on a test track and--------- etc. etc.--.
 frank
 
Link to see test.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30431536@N03/30590806454/in/dateposted-family/
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Dec 9th, 2016, 4:35pm
That is one rugged looking engine. They don't make them like that anymore for sure.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 10th, 2016, 9:26am
Actually Hobbytown of Boston made a F3a and b with die cast bodies and their drive system. The company has been purchased and products should be aviable soon.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 20th, 2016, 7:35am
*  Here is a not to good photo of a pair of HObbyline FA1's. #2100 is powered and #2200 is a dummy. That is how they were offered.  
* Now the dies for these FA1's went to Lionel and became their FA1 sold starting in 1958 and on.
* FA1's were made in die cast metal by John English earlier and continued to be made by them till that 1957 date that the company assets were sold off. HObbyline and John English were the same company. One there plastic line of trains. The other their die cast line. A FB1 was also made in die cast metal.
* Another company making metal FA1's A&B's was Lindsay. Their bodies were made to accept a drive frame, where on English ones trucks attached directly to the body. Lindsay also made FA2's in A&B models.  
* Hobbytown acquired the Lindsay castings and used them right up to now.  
 
Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 12th, 2017, 8:29am
** Well here is a oldie. A IMP Old Time 2-8-0. 1960'ish. Maybe a Akane.model?
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 14th, 2017, 4:28pm
All metal, Brass? It looks heavy.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 15th, 2017, 6:17pm
The 2-8-0 Old Timer is the Akain Ma and Pa.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 26th, 2017, 11:12am
Todays locomotive is one made in another country, and is a English prototype. It is a OO model of the Stevenson's Rocket, and runs on HO track. Made by Triang and sold in this country by the "American Train and Track Company". This also had a smoke unit in the stack.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 30th, 2017, 7:53am
**   Here is what I have been working on for most of the last 2 weeks. A reworking of a old mantua Bell of the Eighties.  
* I got the old paint striped off. Repainted Russian Iron and different greens. Original tender had a section of the tender cracked off. I have a Akane-Gem spare tender to use. I replaced the steam dome, and the painted sand dome. I replaced the bell and headlight with decorative Kemtron parts. I put on a shorter draw bar. The cab looks bad having no detail. And that split cab keeps separating and the roof gets loose. Need to get a better cab.  
* Here is the boiler detail now.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Feb 1st, 2017, 9:10pm
A lot can be done with that engine. I like the blue color and the Kemtron brass parts you added.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 17th, 2017, 9:19am
My new to me Hornby Electric. "Electra"  BR Rails.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 20th, 2017, 7:53pm
Another Marx 0-4-0 with tender locomotive, is the NYC switcher #20. The rear coupler cover is replaced with one with a pin to connect the tender draw bar to. I have this one and the Santa Fe one. I don't have the  Western Pacific or the New Haven switcher type wit tenders. Still looking for them. I do have the Santa-Fe and NYC switcher types. Because the NYC comes with two different heralds and I have none of the round herald type, it probably comes in both with and without tender. I have neither.  
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2017, 6:57am
** Over in England OO and HO models are still common and appreciated. The Dapol company has made a couple of smaller 0-4-0t and 0-6-0t locos I was able to get from a friend there. One is this one a 0-6-0t of the W&D, named Warrington. A very good looking 0-6-0t inside connected saddle tanked.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2017, 7:02am
** The other is this much smaller, half the size 0-4-0t of the LNY Dapol calls the PUG.  
 
Frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2017, 1:21pm
* Here is a new to me TYCO Shark-nose with a early Athearn geared drive.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2017, 1:22pm
 A second view of the Tyco Shark in a "Hears Looking At U" view.
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Mar 14th, 2017, 11:30am
The shark is a classic in the NYC scheme. What is the make of the two C&O cab units in the stalls? I don't think I have seen those before.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 25th, 2017, 10:12am
on Mar 14th, 2017, 11:30am, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The shark is a classic in the NYC scheme. What is the make of the two C&O cab units in the stalls? I don't think I have seen those before.

 
***  Hey Fan; all are Tyco-Mantua. I try to run all my trains at least once a year. The Shark is a TYCO body with a Globe drive. The two C&O's are a harder to find Mantua paint skeam. The Orange F2A is a Marx.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 20th, 2017, 8:38am
This is the Pacific Fast Mail ( United ) Santa-Fe 2-8-0 from the Timoninum Maryland train show a couple of week ago. I actualy owned it for 2 weeks. My son has it now. Also has my old time Akane 2-8-0 he will be refinishing for me. We never spoke of what road name he would put on it. This PFM 2-8-0 is a pre 1960 one. They were made for 5 years previous to 1960. This is the date where PFM started to use brass casting parts on their engines. The one in the photo has both turnings and shaped parts on it. Also a few castings. main one is the compressor. The others are small.  
 frank  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 25th, 2017, 6:17am
Here is another Marx switcher. This one is New Haven.
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 25th, 2017, 6:21am
This is the train set with the cars (types) it came with. From what I can tell and found on the Marx site. Is this set should have come with a different tank car. A Rocket fuel tank car. It is the most common when colored white. The ones with blue, red, and yellow, parts are harder to find.  
 This is a different set in another way because when sold by Marx, it came in different road names with switching loco and caboose matching. All had the same set number. The two cars were the same in all sets. ( NYC, WP, RI, Santa-Fe, and mine is NH which isn't listed on Marx site. )
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 21st, 2017, 6:37pm
**  Here are my 2 Navy Loco's. Lionel diesel and Mantua? Tyco 0-6-0 steam loco.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 26th, 2017, 9:21am
I just finished painting and lettering a Mantua-Leetown conversion to a CNJ E class 0-8-0. Here is the Firemans side.  
 frank  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 26th, 2017, 9:22am
A second photo of the CNJ E class. Engineers side.
frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 1st, 2017, 7:13am
** My Fleischmann 4-6-0 #4301 entering the turntable. Got to get a US style headlight for it.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 5th, 2017, 8:29am
*** Here's a new one I got yesterday in Hamburg PA. A Roco 2-10-0, Decapod! DB-58-2059. Laying in a dealer's tray in appeared to be broken. The loco and tender were apart but still wired together. The cab and the backhead lay in the tray. When I asked about it the dealer said 30.
 A low price for an almost complete engine. The pilot was missing front bumpers and a lamp cover. Maybe I can get them someplace. I put it all back together and on a test track at home and it ran and the directional lighting worked. It is a good buy for 30.  
** This is a shorter Decapod but a modern one as far as steam engines go. A stocky little brute of an engine. It has a tender drive so drivers turn easily, with no restriction. I can't figure out yet how to remove boiler, to properly put the cab and back head on. With used engines, there is usually something to do.
frank  
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 5th, 2017, 10:05am
Here is a second view of the Roco DB-58-2059. This time of the Fireman's side.
 frank
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jun 6th, 2017, 4:38pm
one of my favorites, photo taken back in the 1970s
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jun 6th, 2017, 4:42pm
and on my current layout 45 years later
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 7th, 2017, 10:33pm
*** Steve, Very nice old 4-4-0 type models. That is the same one. frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 11th, 2017, 10:12am
** Another locomotive of mine is an Erie PA1 made by Athearn and custom painted and with details added. Erie #861.
 Frank
Posted by: moocow Posted on: Jun 12th, 2017, 1:35pm
a cute little upright boiler climax from NWSL
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 14th, 2017, 6:24am
An Interesting little locomotive. It seems a step back to simplicity. Some of the first locomotives of the 1830's and early 40's were very much in that design.
 frank
 
edit 8-21-17 Add photo of Gilbert NP F3A. Other Gilberts F3A's are in nearby posts so it is just another one to compare.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 28th, 2017, 7:09am
For New York Central fans here is a pair of photos of an NYC Mohawk 4-8-2. Photos are taken while the locomotive was passing through Bergen Point.
 frank
first photo
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 28th, 2017, 7:11am
Second photo of Mohawk. A Tenshodo Locomotive
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 12th, 2017, 7:32pm
This is a Gilbert Santa Fe F3A # L-3003.
frank
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 13th, 2017, 2:48am
That's an interesting model of an early F3. It must have been designed before Lionel's O gauge F3.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 14th, 2017, 1:55pm
on Aug 13th, 2017, 2:48am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That's an interesting model of an early F3. It must have been designed before Lionel's O gauge F3.

 
http://gilbertho.org/
 
* Because I went back to assist in getting a good answer for Henry and acquired the link above, then I came back and this site threw away all I have composed. It was a large paragraph. I guess henry the link will have to do. You could go there and look it up. You will see that L-3003 is one of the last few Gilbert F3's given Gilbert numbers and that was 1956. I have B&O F3a 421 it I think is 1946. That is a 10 year period and may help with the design date Henry spoke of.
 frank
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 14th, 2017, 3:52pm
It is better to compose complicated replies in a text editor and then paste it to the forum post editor rather than rely on your browser window to keep intact. Most browsers don't cache text that is in web page FORM elements so if you accidentally hit anything that changes the window contents you lose the partially composed post.
 
I didn't mean for you to go to all that trouble Frank. I was just going by the three porthole sides and high fans on the Gilberts while the Lionel F3's had two porthole sides and later low fans. I think Lionel's were done in 1948 with help from GM/EMD.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 14th, 2017, 6:12pm
 It's Ok I was just embarrassed that I didn't answer it sooner.  
Edit 8-21-17, add a photo of another Gilbert F3A this one is number 420 DL&W.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Today at 8:55am
My last Gilbert F3A is C&O #31025. It seems that only the F3's with 3 digit numbers had nice paint schemes. After that, they made the Paint much simpler.
Here is where the other Gilbert F3A's were posted. They are close by.
Post 813 is the Northern Pacific # 423.  
Post 816 is the Santa-Fe  F3A # L-3003.
Post 818 is the B&O F3A #421.  
Post 820 and the DL&W F3A. #420
Post 821 this one is C&O F3A  # 31025
 
frank