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Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 16th, 2010, 9:09am
A place to show your Locomotive Service areas big or small. Steam, diesel or electric. A nice place to photograph your locomotives.
* This photo is from my last basement layout.
 †toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 21st, 2010, 4:01pm
A real high teck turntable and roundhouse area. From a old layout of mine at about 1976
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 21st, 2010, 4:05pm
A roundhouse under construction. A Airfix turntable.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 21st, 2010, 4:14pm
Another Locomotive service from another old layout. Mantua parie and kitbashed old camelback.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 21st, 2010, 4:17pm
Still in a different part of this last old layout a small service area.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 7th, 2010, 8:29pm
Here is my current attic layout. Not much just two mainlines circling the open center. My roundhouse area. My Sons in Saylorsburg is much nicer.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 15th, 2010, 11:30am
post 7
 
A different look at some of my storage tracks
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 15th, 2010, 11:32am
Another view of previous a storage track area
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2010, 7:50pm
A Marx Hudson sits in storage
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 1st, 2010, 2:43pm
A photo of 3 marx hudsons and 2 Mantua mikes being serviced.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 1st, 2010, 8:22pm
good stuff!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2010, 11:39am
on Oct 1st, 2010, 8:22pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
good stuff!

 So many people read here but few say anything.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2010, 11:44am
post 13
 
 I'm celebrating someone posting in the thread with another photo. Here is a photo I took a few months ago at my sons home of a few Of my locos on his Locomotive service area.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 19th, 2010, 5:50pm
A vew of my roundhouse area as a pair of PRR F's take a turn on the turntable.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2010, 11:15pm
I laughed pretty good at the photo dedication to my comment! I feel the same way sometimes on here, even a quick "nice work!" makes the effort worth it. I do appreciate the updates!
 
Unfortunately, the Penn York Railroad staff has too much going on to get the diesel shop erected on the modules, but rest assured, when the day comes, the pics shall find there way here!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 24th, 2010, 10:49pm
post 16, photo 13
 
Whoooo! I got sombody that came back twice. Thanks for †the company. It can get mighty lonsome here talkin ta myself. I celebrate again with a photo from a real old layout back in the early 1970's. Back in the basement of my Metuchen home.
The value of the edit. today is 12-03-2012.  
 † Info for the modeler.
 Locomotive lower left is a Silvine 0-4-0t. seen to lower right is a Lionel 0-4-0t. A Varney Old Lady and Mantua Mikado fill the seen. A HObbyline caboose is down in the left corner. Back in the day of the silver smoke box and green boiler.  
frank
 
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 10:32am
Interesting photos, keep up the good work. And yes, you are not alone out there.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 11:55am
I had an old Atlas turntable like that one in the small yard on my layout in the 1970's. Ahh the good old days...
 
Henry
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Oct 25th, 2010, 12:20pm
Toptrain:
 
You aren't alone on this thread-I just don't have any photos to contribute at this point, as the layout is undergoing a very slow construction period.
 
On your last post, I noticed a very familiar single-stall engine house.  I also have one of those, and have a place for it in a small yard on my layout.  (Isn't this where Ed McMahon would lead the audience in saying, "How small is it?")
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 6th, 2010, 9:48pm
Alen ; Sometimes you feal like your going around in circles. Just like the trains do on the layout.
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2010, 9:29pm
post 21
 
* Here 3 Aristo Craft 0-8-0s peek out of the Kirby roundhouse. I had this roundhouse and Kirby turntable put on a seperate board just to move around to different places and take photos of different equipment. My son asked for it to place around his turntable and use. Well he's my boy so it is now his.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2010, 4:38pm
A pair of NYC Drifuss hudsons at coaling tower
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 24th, 2010, 10:07am
Toptrain:
 
Those Dreyfuss Hudsons are very nice...and so is the FM H10-44 right next to the roundhouse!
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 25th, 2010, 4:50pm
Alen ; Glade you like them. I know that since you picked the FM out, you know it is a Walters. Right now a pair of them is on the layout. I have a few of the old Hobbyline H10-44's. They are not as nice as the Walters ones, but still very useable. Keep in touch.  
 †Frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 26th, 2010, 12:57pm
Frank:
 
I grew up two blocks away from the east side of the Milwaukee Road's Bensenville yard in suburban Chicago.  I used to walk down to the tracks, camera in hand when I was old enough, and watch those H10/12-44s and H16-44s switch the yard.  
 
Before I had a camera, I used to see the MILW's C-Liners taking transfer runs out of the yard.  Those are the photos I wish I had!
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 27th, 2010, 1:59pm
post 26
 
Where i Live as a kid in Bayonne 3 blocks away was a overpass foot bridge. it crossed the 4 track main line of the CNJ. These tracks were shared †the READING and B&O. I dont even know if my family then had a camera.
 frank
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 30th, 2010, 5:01am
Just for you, Frank. I stayed up till 3:15 a.m. getting the engine bay and track laid on the workbench test track layout. LA&L 420 in the shop with ARR 3015 alongside.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 30th, 2010, 8:08am
Lfire83:
 
I have that same Alaska RR unit for my railroad.  It does look out of place surrounded by my anthracite railroad units, but what the heck, the price was right.
 
My "story" for it is the the repair shops at Mountaintop won the contract to rebuild it.
Now it has a veneer of plausibility to it, despite its improbability.
 
Alan
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Nov 30th, 2010, 9:54pm
The Alaska Railroad does almost all their work in-house, due to the isolation of their system, everything from traction motor rebuilds to custom metal fabrication. The one thing they lack is a paint booth, so when units are due for a dip, they are sent stateside. Horicon, WI and Boise, ID are some of the shops units have been sent to for contract repainting. Progress Rail Services in East St Louis had an older GP on the property for awhile too, as I recall. Seeing one of those units at a major locomotive facility wouldn't be out of the question.
 
The four ARR GP40-2's I own were "purchased used" for the Penn York Road and will be stenciled, similar to what most frugal railroads do. The federal black-and-gold and 80's schemes are pretty sweet, and I can't see painting them over. More shots "from the shop" as I find time...  
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 1st, 2010, 10:39am
on Nov 30th, 2010, 5:01am, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Just for you, Frank. I stayed up till 3:15 a.m. getting the engine bay and track laid on the workbench test track layout. LA&L 420 in the shop with ARR 3015 alongside.

 
* A good clear photo !
* Now your layout next to mine is highly detailed. You have ballast on the tracks. I do track work. Wiring. Then place buildings around. Last I run my trains.
 † frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 14th, 2010, 7:59pm
post 31
 
 The old timers take over. This time of year my early steam fill the layout. I have to only run my passenger trains because the demands of the little people must be met. Freight will be started after the new year. I will be very bussy with just the passenger trains.
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 15th, 2010, 5:52pm
more old trains
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 15th, 2010, 5:53pm
And more Oldies
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 15th, 2010, 5:54pm
And more Old timers
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 16th, 2010, 7:11pm
Post 35
 
* Old Fox River #12, a 4-6-0, sit's on a sideing by north end yard entrance.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 16th, 2010, 7:15pm
Directly behind Fox River #12 is ANNA RR, #7, a cab foward switcher.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Dec 17th, 2010, 2:12am
I gotta say Frank, that #7 is a cool little steamer!
 
LA&L 420 in the barn, LA&L 424 and WNY&P 421 with a yard local. New switch to the left ready to install.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 19th, 2010, 12:43pm
L-fire ;
 †Yep Ol' #7 got some personality. A converted ( Rivarossi) docksider. Not just a oil burner, but a cab foward.  
  That is a nice clean paint skeem on those alco's
 †OK, you have me in suspence ! Show me the yard.  
 †frank
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Dec 20th, 2010, 12:51am
There is no yard, just a passing siding with two industries. It was built as a workbench test track to check curve clearances and coupler adjustments on equipment for the Penn York Road, but I have some more turnouts laid out now for a small yard, "interchange" track, and a few more industries so I can have something to entertain me for an hour or so.  I will post pics when I get to laying the new tracks down. Most of the current work has been centered on the module layout (with it's 12 track, 52 foot long yard   ) and the first mods for the harbor branch are being retrofitted from existing mods I built several years ago.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:14am
post 40, photo 22
 
 †Here is another view my Holiday time locomotive service area.
* Yep ! More Old Timers.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2011, 6:05pm
post 41
 
The Old timers got put away. Diesels of the CNJ, Pennsy, Reading and B&O are seen now around the Frankford roundhouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2011, 6:10pm
CNJ trainmasters pull a frieght on outer mainline.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 31st, 2011, 7:24pm
post 43 - - -A gift from my Boy Steve
 
My Walters SW1, Pennsylvania Railroad
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Mar 31st, 2011, 11:52pm
Call the derrick, she's on the ground !    
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2011, 3:24pm
*  More on my past and present locomotive service area. A photo of the larger 8 stall roundhouse full of old timers.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2011, 3:40pm
An old Reading Atlantic rides the turntable at Frankford Roundhouse.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 4th, 2011, 8:26pm
Here a large diesel boxcab rides the turntable to servicing.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 4th, 2011, 8:27pm
Here a large diesel boxcab rides the turntable to servicing.
 frank
Posted by: puddlejumper Posted on: May 12th, 2011, 5:59pm
This thread is awesome.  Great photos!  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: May 13th, 2011, 9:50am
The sight of two CNJ Trainmasters is wonderful for these eyes.  Was there evera more versatile locomotive in the 1950s?  Sorry, EMD, ya just don't make it in comparison!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 13th, 2011, 12:33pm
post 51
 
 †It was the most powerfull locomotive of its time and it wasn't even supercharged. When B&O took over the CNJ it forced the retirement of all trainmasters. This is something the CNJ didn't want to do.  
 frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 12:37pm
Frank:
 
I knew the B&O had taken over, but I didn't realize they were the ones who forced the Trainmansters into retirement.  
 
Didn't they end up sending the CNJ some FM switchers and F units because of power shortages?  Seems to me I remember seeing photos of these unitls in blue but lettered for CNJ.
 
Alan
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 8:55pm
on May 15th, 2011, 12:37pm, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank:
 
I knew the B&O had taken over, but I didn't realize they were the ones who forced the Trainmansters into retirement. †
 
Didn't they end up sending the CNJ some FM switchers and F units because of power shortages? †Seems to me I remember seeing photos of these unitls in blue but lettered for CNJ.
 
Alan
 

 A power shortage they created so this could get rid of there junk.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 15th, 2011, 8:59pm
post 54
 
 Today a Reading GP30 had to come in for service. It was head end with a GP7 pulling the local beer train.  
 frank
 
Concerning this loco. Bev-Bel released this. They did a series on GP30's using Bachmann bodies and Athearn drives. They fit together nicely but the bodies did not snap or lock together with the frame. The body just sat on the frame. You always had to remember that you could not lift them by holding the body only.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 10:00pm
A pair of New York Central Streamlined Hudsons at turntable.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 10th, 2011, 7:56am
A CNJ F3A&B pair sits on the ready track awaiting its next assignment.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2011, 10:56am
The ANNA Railroads service area on the old basement layout.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 16th, 2011, 9:01am
post 58, photo 34.
 
 A New York Central Hudson prepares to leave storage area at Frankford Roundhouse, Bergen Point.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 16th, 2011, 6:46pm
As always, good pictures. It's a motivating factor in getting the Penn York diesel barn built. Nice paint scheme on the ANNA units!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 19th, 2011, 12:47pm
post 60
 
on Aug 16th, 2011, 6:46pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
As always, good pictures. It's a motivating factor in getting the Penn York diesel barn built. Nice paint scheme on the ANNA units!

 
 It was the stock Athearn ATSF skeem.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 19th, 2011, 9:22am
post 61
 Here are 3 locos. furthest to nearest. MARX F3 ATSF, MARX GP-7 MONON, Atheran GP-7 CNJ. ON storage tracks. Also peaking out on a flat is "Der Adler"
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 1st, 2011, 1:48pm
The ANNA Railroad geeps all service await the next call. You can see one, the one on the track with the caboose, has not been changes to the ANNA RR. I will keep its Santa-Fe heritage as stock to mix with the ANNA and other GPs. To spice up the photos.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 21st, 2011, 6:27pm
.* Today I travel not just a distance in miles but time. Back to when the New York Society of Model Engineers had club night. Members of other clubs were able to bring some of their equipment over to the NYSofME layout and have it run there, on their layout. A once a year thing that was always nice to do.
* Three of my locomotives are seen here. A CNJ C-44-9, A PRR AEM 103, and a CNJ E60CP. These are some of my imaginary what if locomotives. The first are seen on turntable storage tracks awaiting their turn to the turn table. The CNJ E60CP is forward and center on a ready track awaiting dispaching.
toptrain † † † frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2011, 10:22am
post 64
 
* A decapod is entering a storage track from the turntable. A German decapod, and a PRR J1 sit on adjacent  tracks.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 19th, 2011, 6:47pm
My camelbacks, 11, fill the storage tracks at the Frankford Roundhouse. 8 are Mantua-Tyco. 2 4-6-2c's, 1 2-8-2c, 1 4-6-0c kitbashed,and 2 old cast and brass Reading 0-4-0c's. A CNJ 0-6-0c, and 2 Reading 0-4-0c's. 2 brass, a CNJ 4-6-0c, and Reading 2-8-0c, and 1 IHC a 2-6-0c.
 frank
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2011, 8:05pm
Oh Toptrain, just add some coal smoke and a hostler walking around tending the locos.....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2011, 5:46pm
* Ok Alan : What is a hostler ?
 
* Here is a busy seen. It has a CNJ blue Comet Loco entering the turntable at Frankford Roundhouse.
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:24pm
Toptrain:
 
In the steam era, hostlers were responsible for moving locos in and out of the roundhouse, turning them if needed on the turntable or wye, and making sure that the locos on the ready track stayed hot and ready for the next train.  They'd have to go and phyiscally check the water level and that the fires were still banked, but hot.  I imagine thet also did other things, too.
 
Depending on the railroad, terminal situation and possibly union contracts, hostlers may also be responsible for taking locos that had just brought trains in to the service area.  They'd have dumped the fire, cleaned the ashpan, loaded the coal and sand, etc.
 
Imagine having to check the ready tracks at a place like Altoona or Roanoke back in the day!  
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 29th, 2011, 10:24pm
Alan, Those were busy service areas. Must of been a bunch of them there. You know those HO-stlers.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2011, 12:05pm
post 70
 
A Lehigh Valley Pacific Camelback on the Frankford turntable. This isn't a stock Mantua camelback. Details have been changed here. There is a new pilot. A new Coo-Coo Clock style head light. New water ejectors with piping. New compressors with piping. Also the paint and lettering.
* To the Lehigh Valley, #2004 is a very special locomotive. It is the classy power that pulls the Black Diamond.
 
Posted by: KingCoal Posted on: Dec 8th, 2011, 2:31pm
Nice,  
I think the fire under my lazy butt just got lit.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 14th, 2011, 7:05pm
* A Mogul Camelback sits on the turntable. A canadate for a new cab and repaint.  
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 19th, 2011, 12:48pm
post 73
 
Five little Camelbacks sitin in a row,
 †All are serviced and ready to go.
 † † Waiting to be steamed up,  
 † † †then sent on there way.
 † For they were made for work,
 † † † † † and not for play.

 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 20th, 2012, 10:20am
Here is the view of the Camelbacks to the left of these smaller camelbacks.
 Frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Jan 21st, 2012, 12:42pm
Wow for the craftsmanship and the fact that you can fit them all on the service tracks!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 31st, 2012, 10:41am
* What craftsmanship?  My modeling is the bare necessities. My layout just meant for running trains in a loop, and having places for photos. Not much layout detail here. Kinda like the real ones. Fill in all the spaces with useful track and buildings. Get as much built and in place on existing acreage. Land is valuable
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 16th, 2012, 6:10pm
* A different view of the Frankford Roundhouse Area .
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 24th, 2012, 5:09pm
A Lehigh Valley Class N1 Mike rides the Turntable.
 Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 1st, 2012, 7:45pm
post   photo 47
 
Lehigh Valley N1 232 on turntable.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 14th, 2012, 5:29pm
* Here is a photo of my Philadelphia and Reading , Reading class, C1s,  
4-4-4 exiting turntable for service after a run. This loco has been extensively rebuilt from a Mantua P7 4-4-2. A collector loco no one messes with. I have back dated it to its original C1 4-4-4 Reading type. I don't think to many people can say they have one on their layout because it has never been made by anyone else. Along side to the left is a Silvine 0-4-0t. A Teakettle. It is a all diecast locomotive with a vertical shaft motor. It is made in Japan for Silvine and has the Manufactures name on the bottom drive retainer plate, " New One". This locomotive is not a switcher but is a Passenger locomotive made to be used in local service. It has a nice Cow catcher mounted on its front pilot and is always assigned with either 2 passenger cars, or when used in early morning runs a insulated baggage car, and a combine for milk and mail trains.  
toptrain
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 18th, 2012, 9:50am
†Pennsylvania Rail road B6s #155 rolls off of turntable. Going in for some maintance. The Original, and one of the first A.C.Gilbert HO PRR 0-6-0 switcher released. The number 155 is not painted but cast onto the Cab. All other Gilbert releases of this Locomotive had there numbers painted on there cabs. This is also the only one with tender trucks of the type seen here. All other 0-6-0s had different trucks, making the tender unique to this locomotive only.
toptrain
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 31st, 2012, 7:55pm
CNJ L3s 4-6-0c camelback # 634 rides the turntable. The boiler body has been shortened, and the drivers replaced from mantua boxpoke, to spooked type.  These drivers came from a "HO Train Co", CNJ 4-6-0 camelback whose cast boiler went bad and was stripped for parts.  
toptrain
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: May 31st, 2012, 11:56pm
Top train, although you did make light of your scenery detail, the one things Im impressed with is that your service area is that it is so beautifully clean all the time.  I am shortly going to be "adjusting" the yard on my layout before putting in the engine service area.  Its going to have to be a fair size as there are back shops (not that big) going in as well.  The joy of a providing power for a large regional line I guess lol.  Keep up the good work.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2012, 7:48am
on May 31st, 2012, 11:56pm, Piglet wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Top train, although you did make light of your scenery detail, the one things Im impressed with is that your service area is that it is so beautifully clean all the time. †I am shortly going to be "adjusting" the yard on my layout before putting in the engine service area. †Its going to have to be a fair size as there are back shops (not that big) going in as well. †The joy of a providing power for a large regional line I guess lol. †Keep up the good work.

 
Goodmornin piglet.
 The reason there is little yard junk laying aroung the roundhouse area is my 4 year old grandson. If it is small, and it is there, it becomes his toy. He takes it for his. What happens to it is they get droped on the floor. Somrtines broken into little bit and vacumed up.
frank toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 11th, 2012, 6:27am
* A recient photo of a Mantua Reading I-10 on a service track. It is in need of work. It was sent to Frankford yards for a some repairs to get it back on the tracks again.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 1st, 2012, 1:30pm
* Just a little diversity in motive power ! Today at the Frankford Engine facility, Bergen Point, Two PGW locomotives are seen coaling up. A blue Coronation Streamliner and a Spam Can, Opps ! a Merchants Class pacific, the Winston Churchill. Also a streamliner of sorts.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 31st, 2012, 8:55pm
Storage tracks this week.
toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 14th, 2012, 8:53am
* My Coaling tower area.  
* How it looks today. I need to relocate one track. Maybe find a better location for the sanding towers, and add a wash rack.
* toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 28th, 2012, 8:53am
Storage ready tracks at Frankford roundhouse.
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 2:57pm
** Seasonal change for Christmas time. How I finish the year on my layout.  
* †What I like about putting photos in this way is for these photos that have many pieces of railway equipment in them, you can enlarge photo sections to better see individual pieces somewhat clearly.
* For less complicated photos I'll still use photos that properly apear on the post page.
Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 2:58pm
Another photo
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 3:00pm
Another photo
toptrain1
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 3:05pm
A forth photo . The entrance - exit tracks, and coaling area.
toptrain1
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 4:12pm
Frank,  
'Another photo'.
Looks good to me. †Got those tracks packed.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Nov 7th, 2012, 4:41pm
Frank:
 
Your railroad must have a heck of a fuel bill!  I hope they own their own coal mines and possibly a forest of two!
 
Nice collection of steam
 
Alan
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 8:04pm
Alen : It is a holiday thing. I would only put out some and run them for a month. Since then I got more and it takes longer to run every one. So now they will be out at least 2 months.  
frank
Posted by: petey Posted on: Nov 9th, 2012, 9:34pm
Frank,
I'm toying with idea of setting out my little bit of 'O' gauge.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 16th, 2012, 5:08pm
(O)k petey. Just show us a photo.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2012, 6:12pm
Old Timers take on coal and wood in service area.  
toptrain1
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2012, 6:32pm
.....I like how you kit bashed that coaling tower. I always thought some of those Plasticville structures had a lot of possibilities.....Tom
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2012, 11:04pm
Thank you Tom . I just wanted something different.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2012, 11:04pm
other side
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 9th, 2013, 6:12pm
** Pennsylvania Railroad Trainmaster H24-66 #8706 on ready track. (Atlas)
toptrain
 
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Jan 11th, 2013, 8:39pm
Oh, the PRR Train Master-nine built and all made it to the PC era.  At the end, they served in the Columbus, Ohio, yard for switching and transfer service.
Posted by: petey Posted on: Mar 27th, 2013, 9:52am
Nice tower Frank.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 30th, 2013, 8:49pm
** CNJ Baldwin Babyface A-B-B-A . 4 unit lash ups of this loco have not been seen of many layout for years. The left 2 are my son's and the right 2 are mine.
Photo taken by E-paw at his layout.
frank
Posted by: ttothemoss Posted on: Apr 10th, 2013, 11:49pm
good stuff
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 14th, 2013, 1:03pm
* ANNA RR 2-8-0c #328 ready, awaits the call to duty.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 28th, 2013, 2:49pm
†B&O EM1 2-8-8-4 enters turntable at Bergen Point engine house.  †At this time I am running my Pennsylvania Diesels.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 28th, 2013, 2:54pm
You can see it is too big to be turned. It is heading for a service track crossing the turntable.    2 of 3
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 28th, 2013, 2:57pm
Now for the roundhouse workers to do their stuff.   3 of 3
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 19th, 2013, 9:43am
*** † ANNA 2-8-0c camelback on roundhouse storage track at Sailorsburg PA. roundhouse. E-Paw locomotive.
frank
Posted by: TAB Posted on: May 19th, 2013, 2:43pm
......I like the weathering Frank...it makes the engine look as if it were part of the terrain though which it ran....very effective!.....Tom
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:10am
Hi Tom, I noticed your reply a while ago and forgot to reply to it myself. My Sons kitbash and painting of a ANNA camelback 2-8-0. His photo also. I like it so much I put it in twice. Very representative of the breed of locomotives that fill the tracks here in the East at the turn of the 19th century. Glade you like it.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 29th, 2013, 8:20am
** Here a Pennsy' GP7 8508 returns to the roundhouse for basic servicing and reassignment.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 21st, 2013, 12:14pm
Service area today. Seen are 4 gilbert steam engines, 4 Marx diesels, 2 Lionel diesels, 1 Silvine and 1 Aristo-Craft, New One engines.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 9:05am
** This is not a look at locomotives being services. It is of the new Pump compressor and sanding building. We had a little accident and the sanding tower has been moved and needs a realignment. The sanding tower is made by MARX. The building is by True Scale, also Revell.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013, 1:14pm
Pennsylvania T1 crossing turntable to storage track for basic maintance.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 9th, 2013, 8:53am
A view of my fueling, sanding, and watering service area with a PRR F3A&B, a couple of GP7 locos .  
frank
Posted by: CandF Posted on: Sep 11th, 2013, 7:21am
This is a view of the Retsof, NY engine house on my "Genesee Valley" layout.  The engine house was scratch-built by my dad.  A factory painted Atlas GP38-2 (Genesee & Wyoming 51), a custom painted and detailed (by me) Athern SW-1500 (G&W 47), a NE-style G&W caboose, and a CR plow sit outside.  The scene is somewhat close to the actual scene, circa late 1980's-early 1990's.  The Retsof, NY salt mine can be seen behind the engine house.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 16th, 2013, 3:08pm
Frank,
Where on earth did you get the 2-8-0 Camelback? See:
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 20th, 2013, 8:39am
on Sep 16th, 2013, 3:08pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Where on earth did you get the 2-8-0 Camelback? See:
 

 
it is a 4-8-0- camelback that is kitbashed
 
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 20th, 2013, 3:07pm
Frank,
Kitbashed 4-8-0, I see it now....at first, it appears to be a 2-8-0!!!
 
As for the kitbash, what was the boiler done, from? Another custom made cab as well?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2013, 7:56am
on Sep 20th, 2013, 3:07pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Kitbashed 4-8-0, I see it now....at first, it appears to be a 2-8-0!!!
 
As for the kitbash, what was the boiler done, from? Another custom made cab as well?

 
John it is from a Gilbert Hudson, the drive is a mantua 4-8-0.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 23rd, 2013, 2:54pm
Frank,
Well it turned out awesome! Great modeling job on that one....I'm going to do the same as you and scratchbuild a cab to fit the need I have with the B&O Camelback, when I start it.....
 
This is all good for inspiration!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 24th, 2013, 8:46am
Thank you John, I am glad you like it. I remember having a Tyco 4-8-0 old timer with a broken body. I knew that the CNJ had camelbacks of this wheel arrangement. K1 class. I compaired the measurements to a drawing of a K1 and found them to be the same. Even the spacing of the offset rear driver was the same. So I looked in my parts box and there was a gilbert 6 volt AC Hudson with no chance of ever being repowered by me. So I played around with it. You see the results.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 24th, 2013, 10:54am
Today I changed my roundhouse storage tracks and their occupants. I temporarily removed a 3 stall roundhouse and filled the open tracks with articulated locomotives. I'll be posting photos of what now fills the roundhouse service area tracks.  
 
* These are my railroads heavyweights.
PRR Q2, PRR HH1, N&W Y3B, B&O EM-1, D&H 4-6-6-4, PRR T1, Clinchfield 4-6-6-4, Big Boy, PRR CC1, PRR HH2, PRR HH@ to be HC1.
 There is also a group of 2-6-6-2 tendered, and tank locomotives not in the photo.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 24th, 2013, 6:11pm
That PRR,  HH-1 is an interesting critter! And needless to say I have a "blind" love for the EM-1 which I know, yours is a brass Akane!
 
Pennsy Q-2, is that the 6-8-6? I can't remember which class that Q-2 is....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 25th, 2013, 7:39am
Hi John. It is sometimes called a 4-4-6-4. But really a 4-10-4 rigid frame with duplex drive. The Q2 drives the front 2 axels with a one set of cylinders, and the rear 3 drivers with a second set of cylinders. Many of the models of the engine are made with articulated drives. The same is done on the T1. Also a duplex drive engine with a rigid frame.
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 25th, 2013, 2:38pm
So the Q-2 is a Duplex drive steamer..... The PRR S-1 was the 6-8-6.....Its jogging my memory here....
 
The HH-1 is a true articulated tho..... what was that? A 2-8-8-2? I think....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 26th, 2013, 8:41am
John as far as Pennys is concerned a 2-8-8-2 is a HH class, a 2-8-8-0 is a HC class, and a 0-8-8-0 is a CC class. That covers the 8 wheel articulates that PRR had.
frabk
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 26th, 2013, 8:50am
Another roundhouse photo from yesterday is this B&O EM-1 2-8-8-4.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 27th, 2013, 12:56pm
Frank,
Thanks for clarification on the PRR HH class, 2-8-8-2's...... I had thought but was unsure of it.  
 
The shot of the EM-1, is awesome. good runner for an old Akane?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 28th, 2013, 1:02pm
on Sep 27th, 2013, 12:56pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Frank,
Thanks for clarification on the PRR HH class, 2-8-8-2's...... I had thought but was unsure of it.  
 
The shot of the EM-1, is awesome. good runner for an old Akane?

 
Hi John glade you liked the info. My EM-1 also runs smoothly. As a after thought I am calling thie gathering of articulates the  
 " Frankford Railfest 2013"  
  To bad I think of these thing always to late. My Winton needs to much work to be out with the others. Looking for a tender to use. I still have a good Hudson trailing truck. Maybe some decapod parts. Not sure what I have spare.  
I am going to make another Cary, Penn line, 2 10-2 PRR N1. I have a Cary body with a removed cab and no trailing truck. Cab is gone. The drive has the Cary  extension already on it. I have a complete long distance tender for it already.  
 Frank
 
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 28th, 2013, 5:56pm
Frank that's awesome for Frankford Railfest 2013!  
 
As for the Winton, I may have a tender for that, BUT its not brass! Its from a Arbour Models kit! (If interested let me know!)
 
IF you need ANY parts for the N-1 2-10-2, let me know as I have staggering parts to those.... For another project, I was building a Western Maryland I-2, 2-10-0....
 
SO, let me know what all parts you may need that you don' have and we can work out a "parts trade"
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 28th, 2013, 8:44pm
John. with the N1 and parts. Cary supplies a air tank with a stand to mount on the front pilot. which for modelers who accept the basics or Cary as built, would work for them. It is way to sparse, and void of detail. I found my first Cary N1 almost in the same condition as this one that I have now. Here is how my first one came out. I still have it. And I have posted photos of it in a few places on the Tyco forum site. I built a second one which had a complete Cary body as the first and now my third have no cab. On the second I took a cab from a Bachmann PRR K4 and installed it . It came out very good. As to the front pilot I completely made a the front pilots tank c shaped raised platform with supports and ladder. I think it also came out good. If I find a photo I'll post it.  
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2013, 2:20am
Please do! I'd like to see the way it looks, I don't think tho, I have that detail of the tanks and such for the pilot deck.....I know of the ones your mentioning here, and yes, they are sparse looking from Cary, but the brass Cal-Scale detail, looks MUCH better!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 3:12pm
Here is the front pilot on the Cary Penn-Line N1 I detailed
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 4:26pm
Frank,
That detail you need looks as tho, I could make it from brass turned on my lathe!!!!
 
Any way to get a few different "shots" of it, and such? Do you have pilot that it shows as well? I ask as I may... NOT sure I have the pilot, but that tank detail, I know I can make!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2013, 8:28pm
†John the tank is made from a piece of brass tubing. I have more. The side are filed down wheels from some broken truck in a junk box. The valve gear hanger is from how knows where. You can see it doesn't fit the curve of the boiler. The cylinders were changed because I wanted bigger ones. They are also from my parts box. it came off of a Aristo-craft 2-8-2 with a broken frame. The walkway is just plastic. the headlight generator number board and pilot marker †lamps are all from Bowser. That is what I changed on the front end.
 Also the decapod drive that I will use has a pilot on it.
 
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2013, 8:09am
Frank, so that picture of the N-1 is something you also scratchbuilt?
 
I had a good look at it and I'd almost swear I can make that, from bits and pieces....out of brass none the less!
 
I've also seen Bowser's and or Penn Line (not sure which) I-1sa, 2-10-0 to have a air tank set up on the pilot like that, BUT dual vertical tanks, instead of the one long horizontal tank.....I thought at first, that was what you were referring too, but, this is a whole different set up here......
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2013, 9:52am
John, this is a picture of my Westside PRR N1. The pilot detail on it is the same as what I made. PRR also had USRA 2-10-2 locomotives. They were classed N2 class. They didn't have any air tanks on there pilots. All N1's did.
 
Here is a link to a photo of a PRR N1. From north east. railfan.net:
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/prr7128s.jpg
 
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2013, 9:51pm
Frank,
So, your trying to custom build another N-1 or make something other then an N-1 into one of them?
 
As for your Westside model, it has a bent eccentric rod on the shown side! Overall looks good tho.. factory or custom paint?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 4th, 2013, 12:30pm
John; I have my list.
Finish the CNJ I4 and I5 camelbacks.
Then kitbash earlier 2-8-0 and 0-8-0 camelbacks.
Redo my International D&H Challenger
At this point I may be open to something else. I do 3 or 4 not so important to me projects. In the intern I will repairing any running locomotive that breaks ( one day jobs). Now if I get some wheels I will just put whatever I am on down again and finish the SP 4-4-2.
* With the brass N1 I haven't touched that engine in the 10 years I have owner it. For decapods I am happy running the Penn-Line and Cary ones I have.  
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 4th, 2013, 9:18pm
Frank,
With all these projects..........what do you need for parts? I got a short list and all and we can work out a trade for everything, I'm sure! just let me know, I'm helping you get what you need to complete things, and your helping me, clear out some to open space, and get things back in return that I need as parts for the same reason!
 
Make me up a list.....I got all sorts as you know!
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 5th, 2013, 7:51am
John, Aren't you doing a 2-6-6-2 articulate. I may have some parts for that if you need the drive section already made up. I have a kitbashed set, and parts from a challenger. 2 different drives. I'll get some pictures of the parts. They may be usefull to you.
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 6th, 2013, 8:51am
Frank,
Now you got my attention! YES I'm actually working on a few articulates....a B&O KB-1, a B&O KB-1a, both 2-6-6-4's. The DD-1 "Old Maud" 0-6-6-0, and then a Western Maryland 4-6-6-4, and lastly the C&O H-8, 2-6-6-6 Alleghany! And numerous re-designed 2-8-8-0's.......
 
Yeah, I got my projects cut out, needless to say! †  
 
I am interested in all the articulate parts, I can get at this point!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 6th, 2013, 10:39am
Hi John. I guess that adds those parts to the list to. I hope you can use them. I got to check my projects to see what else I will be needing.  
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 11th, 2013, 9:05am
Now back to the layout and the Service area.
 ** How it looks with articulated locomotives all around.
frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 11th, 2013, 9:02pm
Nice collection of "Arties" Frank!   Question is that a Mantua on the turntable?
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 12th, 2013, 9:27am
on Oct 11th, 2013, 9:02pm, EM-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice collection of "Arties" Frank! † Question is that a Mantua on the turntable?

 
John; That is a kitbashed 2-6-6-2 using a Mantua drive and parts from a Athearn Genesis pacific. I combined the 2 locos to make what you see there.
I got three of the Genesis locos, A Pacific and 2 Mikado's. Only one Mikado would run. the other 2 have bad split drive gears. They said they had no parts for them and would not have any till they produced another run of them. That was years ago and I haven't bought any new Athearn since. I will not buy there NEW JUNK anymore. That company cant be trusted. I spent a lot of money on those engines, †and learned a good lasting lesson from it. Not sure what I did with the other mike. It doesn't matter anymore.
 As you can see one of their JUNK engines was put to good use. I re-detailed the running mike into a USRA PRR L2 . It came out good. A interesting loco.  †
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 12th, 2013, 5:27pm
Frank,
Interesting to know! As far as the 2 original Athearn "Genesis" locomotives, they weren't even made by Athearn! Those were made by Samsongsa, marked as Athearn and to be a in-between Brass and plastic, for quality. So sadly, they never held parts for repairs to be made UNLESS you mailed the whole loco back to Athearn for them to take it and replace the whole loco with a brand new one and then the broken one would have been sent back over sea's to be re-conditioned, mailed back and was to become the "sale" units......  
 
I must say, those were sad days on Athearns part, as I knew of this BEFORE I ever got either the 2-8-2 or the 4-6-2.....I however do have one of the 2-8-2's now, not that I spent much, (got in a....trade yep you guessed it!) Anyway, I haven't ran mine to much as by the time I got it done, I had the layout electrical taken apart so......  
 
BUT That Mantua 2-6-6-2 with the Athearn boiler looks GREAT gives that loco a whole new meaning.....How'd it mount?
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Oct 12th, 2013, 5:42pm
Frank,
Second post. just noticed something!!! The frame under that unit you put the Athearn boiler under, the 2-6-6-2......Would you consider a trade for a frame set up of another, with a newer cylinder style? Same thing the whole ball of wax, but even trade for trade on just the frame? I ask as that Western Maryland unit I'm planning calls for that frame that has the cylinders yours has and its one I've been hunting. What motor is in that unit? I'll make the trade even to run as well as it does right now, with just a couple of different cylinders?
Let me know!
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 14th, 2013, 10:05am
* I like you treasure the 2-6-6-2 type. I'm still looking for a early brass one. I've seen many at very high prices. Prices that would demand a loco, with some kind of detail on it that, this particular loco has none of. Every time I see one, at the end of the show, the dealer gets to take home with him.  
* I don't miss getting any of the ones I have seen because I have always used the money I brought to that show, for a much better brass engine.  
* At the last Wayne show, a couple of weeks ago, a dealer had about 10 of these early international brass models. They were very Spartan models with little or no detail on them, other than what could be stamped into the brass of the model. All in original boxes and just one assembled. The best of them was gotten by the fellow that went there with me. A 4-6-0 camelback for a good price. Last tuesday we got together, looking at photos of CNJ, L class engines.Then at what was aviable in the way of parts to detail it. Cant waits to see how he does it.
* In 2 weeks I'll be at the NYS of ME show and will bring some brass money to what I can get there. I am certain I will find something.
* Still waiting to see that tender.
* I can go on and on, so I'll stop now, or suffer writers cramp.
 
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2013, 7:50am
Here a Pennsy A5 sits by the coaling tower at Frankford yards. This is a old John English locomotive last made in 1956. It is all die cast and was made in a kit and ready to run with sets. It also was made in a plastic body version for the John English ready to run toy train market in their HObbyline line.  
* The dies were purchased by Lionel and small changes were made to allow for their motor to fit. then they, Lionel released their plastic body 0-4-0 switcher. Using the same dies they made a 0-6-0 switcher and a 2-4-2 small road engine.
 frank
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 11th, 2013, 4:20pm
Frank, question, that firebox on the PRR A-5, what make is that to have the Bellpre firebox tops? OR is that an added on detail of some sort?
 
I'd like to find a few of the brass detail parts for a few B&O 2-8-0's that had them from the PRR loco's that the B&O purchased from them.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 14th, 2013, 8:27am
John the locomotive, PRR A5, is made by John English Co.
Posted by: EM-1 Posted on: Dec 14th, 2013, 11:36am
frank,
Damn! Here goes wishing.....those detail parts for a Pennsy-like locomotive to get the Belpre firebox "tops" are difficult to come by.... in any length never-mind ones long enough for a 2-8-0 Consolidation!
 
I had to ask anyway.....
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 8th, 2014, 8:39pm
Here CNJ 2-8-0, I4 class, camelback 684 is going the coaling tower for a servicing. I scratch built the body for this locomotive. I also kitbashed the tender to make it shorter as it was more commonly seen.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 20th, 2014, 3:42pm
Here 2 locomotives, a Atlantic, and a Consolidation, are getting serviced with a 0-6-0 switcher leaving, and a 0-6-0t side tanker waiting with the wrecking crane. All 4 locomotives seen and mentioned in this photo are made by Rivarossi. They are very old. The CNJ 0-6-0 switcher being the newer one which in its own right a older locomotive.
 
frank †
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 8th, 2014, 7:13am
A busy area today with a Reading C1, A CNJ 4-6-2, and some little guys. Of interest to some is a old Rivarossi 0-6-0t doing turntable assignments. This engine is one of the original HO trains made in the late 1930's.  
 frank
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 28th, 2014, 8:07am
A second view from another angle of last seen. More can be seen going on around the service area.
frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 28th, 2014, 8:13am
And zooming out even more can be seen of the action on that day.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 13th, 2014, 8:47am
Full look at roundhouse area . My last gathering of locomotive from my collection, until my attic window work is done.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 17th, 2014, 10:53am
My layout still hasn't recovered from the window replacement in the attic area as of yet.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Oct 16th, 2014, 9:55am
*  Camelbacks on ready tracks at Frankford roundhouse.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2014, 1:24pm
†Well the gathering of the Old Timers occurred on time again this year. With a few more added and some left in boxes. It still is a very crowed layout. Now the new locos, the Lehigh valley E-28 #5 camelback is busy pulling its pulling its re-letter Bachmann passenger cars around. The also new CRR of NJ D-4 4-4-0 camelback is seeing a lot of work. Others just sit around and enjoy the lack of scenery.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2015, 8:42am
here is a photo of the coaling area taken at the time of the last post.  
Frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2015, 9:30am
** †In this photo in last post , reply 167, I'll try to tell you what locos are there and who made them.
 
** The three locos see only as boiler fronts and pilots are all Mantua 4-6-0 ten-wheelers. They are there to add to the busyness of the scene. The first loco and the most visible is the 0-4-0 switcher with slope back tender. †It is one I repainted from its original CB&Q lettering that was applied as it was made for sale by Aristo-Craft. I painted it for my ANNA railroad.
 
* Next to it is a bad photo of a Mantua 4-6-0 that never was. It is made up with all Factory painted parts. Notably the cab and tender body, for the Meadowood Logging company. These parts I found at a train show and used them to make another 4-6-0 to add to my collection. They are from a 2-6-6-2 logging loco with tender made by Mantua.
 
* Next is a all black 0-4-0 camelback. It was made as a kit by Mantua in the 1950's . I have it lettered for the reading RR.
 
* The next is a Mantua General, 4-4-0, I have painted and lettered for the US Military Railroad as its number 89.  
 
* Alongside it is another Mantua General. This also I have painted and lettered for the US Military Railroad. It is number 90.
 
* Also seen are two back to back 0-8-0's by Aristo-Craft . Next are seen two more small camelbacks, a 0-4-0 and a 0-6-0, both by Mantua a newer origins. The finally a old time 2-8-0 made by Model Diecasting, done by me for the CRRofNJ.  
 
 frank
 
* Now here is a better view of the never was Tyco 4-6-0 Meadowood.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 10th, 2015, 7:59am
I just checked this topic view count and it is a even 3000. This view should make it 3001. That's a lot ! I hope someone recognizes this maintance building for I have no idea who made it. I seen it at the last Greenberg train show at Edison NJ. It is very nicely detailed and HUGE building of more than 3 feet wide and the tower over 2 feet high.
 IT HAS A BIG PRICE TO MATCH OF $145.00.
 
* HOW ABOUT SOME HELP IF POSSIABLE.  
* WHO BUILT THIS BIG BUILDING?
 
*** A unknown Locomotive maintance building of large proportions.
 frank
Posted by: TAB Posted on: Feb 10th, 2015, 5:23pm
Hello Frank....it doesn't look like an engine servicing facility to me as it lacks railroad character even for a European prototype. To me it appears to be a model of a horse stable on an estate of an Austro-Hungarian Barron. Somehow I can imagine Clydesdales positioned in front...or perhaps itís a fire house in a large European city. The tower could be for hanging and drying the fire hoses. It has the appearance of kits manufactured by Volmer or Kibri....Tom
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Feb 10th, 2015, 6:33pm
Tom I found out a few hours ago it was a Faller kit for a very large firehouse. sold in 1989. It was a limited run kit.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 4th, 2015, 9:19am
** Today a local coal company under contract brings in a 6 car train to refill the tower storage bins. The locomotive when allowed will pass through the service track stopping short of the turntable. Then disconnect, get a ride to line up with the track to its left, then run around to the rear of the consist and take control of it from the other end pulling it clear of the switch then reversing it on to the slip track which also has the coal fill pit. Soon the  tower will be refilled and ready to work again. A set of 3 loaded cars will be positioned for refilling again.  
 frank
Posted by: NEFAN Posted on: Apr 7th, 2015, 4:39pm
That engine was born to shuffle coal cars - looks good. What make are the coal hoppers? I think I see one possible Varney.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Apr 7th, 2015, 9:42pm
on Apr 7th, 2015, 4:39pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That engine was born to shuffle coal cars - looks good. What make are the coal hoppers? I think I see one possible Varney.

 
** I think they all are Varney.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 5th, 2015, 5:54pm
My service area today with some CNJ diesels in around the Coal tower.
 
 Front range GP7. 2 Stewart RS3's, and a Athearn GP7.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: May 18th, 2015, 6:17pm
*** † Another view of the service area today. LVRR RS3 210 leaving for days work.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 18th, 2015, 8:09pm
* Back from a long trip LVRR RS3 #210 heads in for service.
 
V-3140
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 20th, 2015, 9:19am
 PGW assigned locomotives sit on ready tracks ready for work assignment.
 
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2016, 7:34am
Yesterday the service area tracks looked like this with some Pennsylvania RR, two B&ORR, and a CNJ 4-4-0 camelback there.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jan 23rd, 2016, 7:39am
** A second view of the same area from a different direction shows a few more locos out in front of the roundhouse doors.
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 6:40pm
* Well it is time for another of my service area photos. Here is todays.  
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Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 7:23pm
†* Looking at the photo to tell you what I see around the service area is. Closest track, left hand side is a Pennsy A5 0-4-0 switcher. Made by HObbyline around 1956. It has a plastic body. Behind it is a Pennsy B6 0-6-0 switcher. Made by Gilbert it is their #155. This is the first of this type loco made by them. 5 other of this type will follow 433, 31004, 31019, 31031, and last 31036. Behind that is the standard Mantua/Tyco 0-6-0 switcher. This one uses plastic bodies an metal frames. You can tell by the three domes. If there were only 2 the boiler would also be made of metal. A little operating hand car is last. Made by Bachmann.
* Next track from the left. First a blue 4-6-0 loco named the Royal Blue made by New one of Japan and sold by Aristo-Craft. A 1950's model train. Behind it is a 0-4-0c Mantua Camelback. Made from the 1990 to today. Plastic and metal in construction.
*  Next track from the left. A unique little loco made of all metal. Built by New one of Japan. But unlike the Royal Blue, not sold by Aristo-Craft, but a company named SILVINE. Later on a plastic version of this loco would be sold for a long time by life like. Behind this is another Gilbert 0-6-0 switcher PRR #433. Behind this is another Mantua Camelback 0-4-0c switcher. This one much older than the previous listed loco here in this topic. This one is all metal. Of brass and cast metal construction. Made post war to the late 1950's Behind that is another Plastic and cast metal Mantua 0-4-0c camelback like the first one spoke of here.
* I will combine the last 2 tracks here. First a Black, tuscan, silver and Russian Iron colored 4-4-0c camelback. One of my pride and joys. A one of a kind, for this loco is a scratch built body on a available locomotive drive. Here in Railfan forums are much better photos of it and a full step by step on how I built it. Last loco is a B&O 0-6-0t side tanker made by Mantua. It is all metal made from 1958 or so to the 1990's. that is all the locos you can see in this photo.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Nov 24th, 2016, 1:46pm
It is Thanksgiving Day. Nothing is moving except for Passenger trains bringing people home to their families. The locomotive service area has no activity except for the Hostlers moving locomotives around for work to be done on Monday. A B&O passenger train is expected to pass soon.  
* Erie Mike 505 is coaling for a late Sunday freight.
 toptrain
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 1st, 2017, 9:13am
** A look at the service area shows a pair of very different F7A locomotives. The Canadian Pacific is a Mantua, and the Southern Pacific is a Athearn. A Marx NYC switcher is behind them and further back is a old Athearn GP7 renamed ANNA from Santa Fe. †A good assortment of power and American manufactures.
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Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Mar 7th, 2017, 1:27pm
In the service area today are a Tyco Shark-nose leaving the turntable. A Athearn GP7 in renamed Santa-Fe colors, with a Marx NYC 0-4-0 behind.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jun 22nd, 2017, 4:46pm
*** Here my 2 Gilbert B&O 0-6-0- switcher's are seen at the Frankford roundhouse at Bergen Point. Though they are Altoona Built Pennsy B6 class they wound up on the B&ORR.  
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Jul 25th, 2017, 3:33pm
A New York Central 4-8-2 I have seen after coaling up at the tower. New York Central calls their 4-8-2's Mohawk's.
 frank
Posted by: toptrain Posted on: Sep 6th, 2017, 6:35am
A smaller version of big power. Two saddle tankers and two side tankers have been serviced and are ready to back to the tight curves of city back streets. all are 0-4-0T's. Left to right are Tyco-Mantua NYC saddle tank 0-4-0t, Tyco-Mantua NYC side tank 0-4-0t, Rivarossi B&O saddle tank 0-4-0t, And last a Marx NYC 0-4-0t side tank locomotive.  
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