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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/10/17 at 06:54:09 - 'NYC_881102.jpg' 154 KB
NYC 881102

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/10/17 at 06:53:07 - 'NYC_26560.jpg' 204 KB
NYC 26560

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/10/17 at 06:52:26 - 'NYC_23272.jpg' 124 KB
NYC 23272

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:36:25 - 'NYV_710426.jpg' 147 KB
NYC 710426

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:35:42 - 'NYC_S-337529.jpg' 216 KB
NYC S-337529

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:34:53 - 'NYC_726422.jpg' 63 KB
NYC 726422

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:34:07 - 'NYC_726013.jpg' 86 KB
NYC 726013

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:33:23 - 'NYC_714267.jpg' 64 KB
NYC 714267

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:32:34 - 'NYC_713150.jpg' 200 KB
NYC 713150

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:31:21 - 'NYC_711639_2.jpg' 64 KB
NYC 711639

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:30:41 - 'NYC_711542.jpg' 125 KB
NYC 711542

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:29:55 - 'NYC_644078.jpg' 109 KB
NYC 644078

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:29:04 - 'NYC_643703.jpg' 136 KB
NYC 643703

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:28:16 - 'NYC_643680.jpg' 117 KB
NYC 643680

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:27:34 - 'NYC_643572.jpg' 134 KB
NYC 643572

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:26:51 - 'NYC_643000.jpg' 118 KB
NYC 643000

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:26:08 - 'NYC_642645.jpg' 134 KB
NYC 642645

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:25:17 - 'NYC_632902.jpg' 117 KB
NYC 632902

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:24:33 - 'NYC_630203.jpg' 112 KB
NYC 630203

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:23:43 - 'NYC_620220.jpg' 84 KB
NYC 620220

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:22:59 - 'NYC_502235.jpg' 122 KB
NYC 502235

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:22:03 - 'NYC_501660.jpg' 134 KB
NYC 501660

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:21:17 - 'NYC_361522.jpg' 111 KB
NYC 361522

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:20:17 - 'NYC_359513.jpg' 78 KB
NYC 359513

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:19:25 - 'NYC_346999.jpg' 83 KB
NYC 346999

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:18:41 - 'NYC_333289.jpg' 178 KB
NYC 333289

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 21:17:37 - 'NYC_324099.jpg' 94 KB
And now some gondola, NYC 324099

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:47:57 - 'NYC_837442.jpg' 194 KB
NYC 837442

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:46:30 - 'NYC_S-426448.jpg' 125 KB
NYC S-426448

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:45:25 - 'NYC_913703.jpg' 219 KB
NYC 913703

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:44:28 - 'NYC_850126.jpg' 160 KB
NYC 850126

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:43:41 - 'NYC_847268.jpg' 146 KB
NYC 847268

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 14:41:54 - 'NYC_423513.jpg' 180 KB
Now some hoppers, NYC 423513

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:29:46 - 'NYC_S-499039.jpg' 63 KB
NYC S-499039

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:28:51 - 'NYC_499778.jpg' 119 KB
NYC 499778

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:27:59 - 'NYC_499664.jpg' 82 KB
NYC 499664

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:27:27 - 'NYC_499609.jpg' 100 KB
NYC 499609

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:26:46 - 'NYC_499516.jpg' 79 KB
NYC 499516

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:25:44 - 'NYC_499354.jpg' 155 KB
NYC 499354

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:24:59 - 'NYC_499300.jpg' 114 KB
NYC 499300

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:23:56 - 'NYC_99439.jpg' 161 KB
NYC 99439

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:23:17 - 'NYC_31288.jpg' 62 KB
Now some flat cars, NYC 31288

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:21:22 - 'NYC_199202.jpg' 149 KB
NYC 199202

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:20:26 - 'NYC_175252.jpg' 139 KB
NYC 175252

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:19:26 - 'NYC_174226.jpg' 93 KB
NYC 174226

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:18:22 - 'NYC_162237.jpg' 120 KB
NYC 162237

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:17:29 - 'NYC_152540.jpg' 128 KB
NYC 152540

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/09/17 at 05:16:37 - 'NYC_132579.jpg' 110 KB
NYC 132579

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:34:04 - 'NYC_107378.jpg' 145 KB
NYC 107378

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:33:13 - 'NYC_103819.jpg' 197 KB
NYC 103819

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:32:20 - 'NYC_85012.jpg' 119 KB
NYC 85012

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:31:41 - 'NYC_83085.jpg' 114 KB
NYC 83085

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:30:56 - 'NYC_70000.jpg' 131 KB
NYC 70000

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:30:10 - 'NYC_64776.jpg' 108 KB
NYC 64776

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:28:54 - 'NYC_60249.jpg' 122 KB
NYC 60249

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:28:09 - 'NYC_57000.jpg' 136 KB
NYC 57000

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:27:27 - 'NYC_56000.jpg' 146 KB
NYC 56000

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Re: Freight Car Photos - By gfluck1 on 05/08/17 at 23:26:39 - 'nyc_box.jpg' 171 KB
first up boxcars

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 06:49:09 - 'NYC_5343_5_765x990.jpg' 193 KB
"NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCOMOTIVE No. 5343 MAKES OVER 130,000 MILES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 06:48:38 - 'NYC_5343_4_765x990.jpg' 176 KB
"NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCOMOTIVE No. 5343 MAKES OVER 130,000 MILES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 06:47:58 - 'NYC_5343_3_765x990.jpg' 183 KB
"NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCOMOTIVE No. 5343 MAKES OVER 130,000 MILES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 06:47:19 - 'NYC_5343_2_765x990.jpg' 189 KB
"NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCOMOTIVE No. 5343 MAKES OVER 130,000 MILES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 06:46:29 - 'NYC_5343_1_765x990.jpg' 139 KB
Article below is from the September 24, 1932, "Railway Age", titled "NEW YORK CENTRAL LOCOMOTIVE No. 5343 MAKES OVER 130,000 MILES".

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 12:31:17 - 'NYC_Passenger_Loco_39_794x1128.jpg' 159 KB
"CENTRAL ATLANTIC TYPE PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 12:30:43 - 'NYC_Passenger_Loco_38_785x1123.jpg' 120 KB
"CENTRAL ATLANTIC TYPE PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 12:29:56 - 'NYC_Passenger_Loco_37_785x1088.jpg' 133 KB
"CENTRAL ATLANTIC TYPE PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 12:29:13 - 'NYC_Passenger_Loco_36_766x1120.jpg' 104 KB
"CENTRAL ATLANTIC TYPE PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 12:28:07 - 'NYC_Passenger_Loco_35_796x1117.jpg' 203 KB
Article below is from the February, 1901, "American Engineer & Railroad Journal", titled "CENTRAL ATLANTIC TYPE PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE".

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Desperately need help identifying locomotive NY Central - By Deborah on 06/29/16 at 23:39:58 - '4-4-0_3837.jpg' 273 KB
Hello and greetings. I am looking for some help..please??
(Cross post from the main line)
I am doing image research/fact checking for a great photographic art book coming out in the fall. I readily admit I am quite out of my league when it comes to the rails and trains.  
 
I would like some help identifying this engine (Image attached) and the "livery" if at all possible. The Library of Congress caption says this a 1905 image of the Empire State Express traveling through Syracuse (which I understand applies to the entire train) but it is obviously not the famous 999. The number seems to be 3837 (most likely). I suppose that it is carrying the cars of Empire State Express through Syracuse towards a major switching station.  
I have researched tons of sites with descriptions of the engine numbers and I simply cannot find this one ascribed to any engine.  
 
In 1894 NY Central engines (probably 999) were described  
"Set atop lacy 86.5-inch diameter drivers, with lead truck and tender wheels 40 inches in diameter, the glistening black device, its boiler, smokestack and cylinders fairly gleamed in front-to-back jackets of blue-gray, mirror-bright Russia iron. (rather flowery).  
I do not easily see those big 86" diameter wheels in this image, but the foreshortening is quite extreme and they could be there.
 
The image attached is a cropped portion of a much larger Library of congress image. It is only partially colorized (work in progress, the engine does not have color added yet) It is completely possible that grey and blue/black will work here no problem. But we sincerely would like to get the facts correct on this image.  
 
If anyone has any information I would sincerely appreciate it.  Some one has told me that the attached is 4-4-2 Atlantic type .
Thank you so much.  
Deborah

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Thinkin Lincoln on 05/03/16 at 12:39:09 - 'NYC_1.jpg' 55 KB
OK, maybe we'll have better luck with this one...Everybody likes steam engines, right? RIGHT!
 
This location shares an eastern placement from it's big brother city, and even has it's own monument that reaches the same measurements.
 
The 1877 railroad strike here was, unlike many of it's eastern counterparts, bloodless and violence-free........
 
So go on a guess and do it proudly even if you have no money as you go rollin' on the river, and you should be able to GTL in no time.....

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Thinkin Lincoln on 04/29/16 at 15:24:39 - 'nodi.jpg' 72 KB
Now, it's just CSX's Chicago Line.........................

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Thinkin Lincoln on 04/29/16 at 15:22:52 - 'Voorheesville-NY-train-station.jpg' 59 KB
Since the D&H guys got this one, we'll close this out...This is Voorheesville Jct, NY. D&H and NYC mainlines crossing.

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Thinkin Lincoln on 04/28/16 at 11:41:14 - 'imagesH3OMITV8.jpg' 10 KB
Lemmee go and see if the D&H guys want to play along........

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By L. Winston Ogle on 04/22/16 at 14:06:35 - 'NYC-3.jpg' 26 KB
So this GTL could go in two possible forums here, but since we see a NYC FA roaring at us, it gets placed here......
 
When built in the mid-1860's in what was then a farm field, a town named for a railroad attorney grew up around this busy crossing and quite the little community grew up around it, with the requisite railroad hotel, and even a cider mill!
 
Alas, earlier this century, one set of tracks were removed, forever ending this location as a junction.

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Re: Early Bird boxcar - By Raritan Clunker on 04/05/16 at 11:36:51 - 'eb.jpg' 20 KB
I guess the bird really IS the word!

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Re: Early Bird boxcar - By Raritan Clunker on 04/05/16 at 11:33:51 - 'EarlyBirdNewYorkCentral.jpg' 31 KB
Like most LCL and Express services, the railroads promoted it, and the NYC was no different.......I was never really a fan of the "Pacemaker" cars, which was actually an LCL service, as opposed to "Early Bird" service, which was more a marketing service.

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Re: Early Bird boxcar - By Raritan Clunker on 04/05/16 at 11:31:09 - '50.jpg' 21 KB
Here's another shot, but of the real thing

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Raritan Clunker on 03/30/16 at 10:50:19 - 'NYC_Detroit_1964.jpg' 110 KB
Seems I can't get much past the good Doctor!
 
Yes, we are looking at Detroit, circa 1964

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Raritan Clunker on 03/28/16 at 10:36:14 - 'NYC1a.jpg' 29 KB
Neat stuff! I don't know WHAT made me guess "Michigan", considering I've never been there! Seems like it was a neat place to railfan at one time.....
 
OK, next one.....Should be easy for you super sleuths......

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By firstbelt on 03/17/16 at 22:44:38 - '100_1989a.jpg' 99 KB
Here's a recent photo of a station that doesn't quite have the old standard New York Central "look."  No tracks exist nearby.

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 02/22/16 at 16:53:02 - 'UD_Hunter_NY_PassengerFreight_station_896x672.jpg' 136 KB
Correct. The Stoney Clove & Catskill became part of the Ulster and Delaware and was absorbed into the NYC system.
 
Here is a ground level view. The branch is easy to follow.


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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By J. W. Booth on 02/22/16 at 11:01:00 - 'Untitled.jpg' 159 KB
Well, it's Hunter, NY, though at first I thought it might have been Tannersville.
 
I suspect that the coal shed in the photo may be the Otto Gordon Coal Co.
 
The narrow guage RR was the Stony Clove & Catskill Mountain Railroad
 
LINK URL (New_York_Central_Railroad)

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 02/19/16 at 12:15:02 - 'NYC_896x672.jpg' 100 KB
Freight house and customer at the end of this branch. A 20th century addition to the NYC system and originally narrow gauge. -- GTL

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 01/21/16 at 18:29:55 - 'NYC-2.jpg' 46 KB
GTL

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By Bridge 1A on 12/28/15 at 11:53:16 - 'NYC_BNR_1.jpg' 31 KB
Trains still roll here today......Just now there's more than one tunnel! View looks railroad west......And if you look around, you could get lucky and see more than one at a time!

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 12/23/15 at 09:26:11 - 'Metro_North_RDC_Manitou_NY_70781.jpg' 51 KB
Yes -This is across the Hudson river at Manitou NY. I took the photo from the Bear Mountain bridge.  
 
Here you can see the shelter station behind the RDC on the right and Bear Mountain bridge in the background. The Hudson line is a great place for pictures.

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 12/19/15 at 15:24:38 - 'Metro_North_RDC.jpg' 77 KB
GTL A scenic location for sure - What is the station name ?

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 12/19/15 at 15:19:49 - 'Metro_North_FL9_N_White_Plains_NY_112781_2.jpg' 42 KB
This is North White Plains NY with the shops to the left and storage yard to the right. Notice the ex NYC mu's on the right which were late 50's early 60's additions. A few exNH coaches were also present.
 
Here is an FL9 with a grimy consist approaching the station.

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Re: Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By NEFAN on 12/15/15 at 15:24:49 - 'NYC_yd.jpg' 78 KB
GTL - While a 1980's view, this yard is still very busy ...

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/15/15 at 07:14:56 - '00000008_889x1263.jpg' 198 KB
"AN OIL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE FOR ROAD SERVICE" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/15/15 at 07:13:45 - '00000007-Copy_876x445.jpg' 56 KB
Article below is from the May, 1928, "Railway & Locomotive Engineering", titled "AN OIL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE FOR ROAD SERVICE".

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/13/15 at 08:03:28 - '00000005_870x181.jpg' 26 KB
"LOCOMOTIVE TERMINAL IMPROVEMENT OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/13/15 at 08:02:52 - '00000004_886x1257.jpg' 258 KB
"LOCOMOTIVE TERMINAL IMPROVEMENT OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/13/15 at 08:01:49 - '00000003_858x1204.jpg' 155 KB
Article below is from the April, 1928, "Railway & Locomotive Engineering", titled "LOCOMOTIVE TERMINAL IMPROVEMENT OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL".

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/15 at 17:32:12 - '00000002_874x1255.jpg' 232 KB
"GAS-ELECTRIC CARS OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL LINES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives.......... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/15 at 17:31:13 - '00000001_854x1266.jpg' 181 KB
Article below is from the May, 1928, "Railway & Locomotive Engineering", titled "GAS-ELECTRIC CARS OF THE NEW YORK CENTRAL LINES".

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Guess The Location - NYC Lines Edition! - By H. F. MALONE 3041 on 11/30/15 at 14:20:25 - 'NYC1_EVNY63.jpg' 206 KB
I appologize to the Moderator if we already have a thread dedicated to RF.net's FAVORITE Fallen Flags Fourms game. If so, I will remove and re-post accoringly.
 
So, anyone care to "GTL"?
 
"H.F. M."
 


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Re: NREX 5517 - By firstbelt on 06/25/15 at 18:13:40 - 'THB_4-6-4_502_Buffalo_3-1950_Ganger.jpg' 123 KB
One more to add to the pile...
The late John Woodbury left me a number of black and white photo prints, many of which I posted on the CP forum.  John took photos from the 1930's to the 1980's, when he passed away, and apparently traded with other photographers.  This is one of several photos of Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo equipment and such.
* NYC Hudson (4-6-4) 5313 was sold to the TH&B as their 502; built by Alco in 1929.  Info from steam roster page of
LINK URL
* TH&B retired and scrapped the locomotive, but rebuilt the tender as a steam generator #500 in 1955.
* TH&B sold the tender/steam generator to the Green Mountain in 1986.
* GMRC added the 500 to Steamtown's collection, ending up in Scranton, PA.
LINK URL
 
Here is TH&B 502 in Buffalo, NY in March 1950; photo by a Mr. Ganger.  The original was taken on a bothersome angle, print starting to fade.  I filled in the lower corner in Photoshop.

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Re: Hudson with Smoke Lifters - By Dr. Richard Leonard on 08/31/07 at 23:50:51 - 'SR_Duplex_RLeonard.jpg' 46 KB
How in the world do I do that? Very tedious-ly, with Paint Shop Pro 7.0. I start with a base photo, my own or "borrowed" from the Internet.
 
With the "Century Niagara," I simply cut behind the second driver, reduced the image proportionately, and spliced it in behind the third driver. Of course I had to cut at an appropriate spot on the boiler as well. I took the multiple-bearing crosshead from an L4 or a Niagara, I don't recall which, to replace the alligator crosshead on the J3. I used the double headlight, probably from a Niagara. Of course, there were some other fixes here and there.
 
On my web site you see the Century Duplex. That was a photo my father took in 1939. I lengthened the boiler and spliced in the drivers and cylinders from a photo I had of a PRR T1.
 
The view of S2 Niagara 5500 came off the Internet, but in removing the deflectors I had to rebuild the front. There are some photos of Niagaras out there minus deflectors, but they were the wrong angle, so I think I took the smokebox portion from a P&LE A2 2-8-4, and maybe the Selkirk front end with centered headlight from an L4 (again, using the double headlight).
 
You just have to find images where the engine you are borrowing from is photographed at the same angle, though it's possible to massage part of a locomotive with a good imaging program -- reducing or enlarging, tilting, stretching, and even skewing one way or another for the desired fit. Then you may have to brighten or darken it so it matches the tone of the base locomotive. Then you use a "blur" or "soften" to hide the edges of what you're pasting in. Sometimes you have to rebuild background as well -- trees, buildings, clouds, electric wires, etc.
 
My NYC 4-6-6-4 (on my web site) was based on the UP Challenger builders photo scanned from a book, but with Baker valve gear, roller bearing rods, pilot, etc. from a Niagara builders photo. From the cab and firebox back, it's a Niagara (with firebox and trailing truck lengthened slightly). The domes came from the Niagara for reduced loading gauge. I was able to pretty well emulate the drawing that had appeared some time ago in the "New York Central Headlight" publication. But I didn't want the deflectors, or the headlight on the pilot, so I made up a story to cover that.
 
I have had a lot of fun with this over the years, creating imaginary Peoria & Eastern locomotives as well such as a P&E passenger F7 on "The Peorian" (never existed), a P&E Hudson (never ran to Peoria), and a few shots of the streamlined Mercury-Riley K5 heading P&E passenger trains (it never ran there). I put those up on the P&E Yahoo Group as "April Fool" pranks and some people swallowed them till the moderator cleared things up. I think my funniest effort was to put the diesel lightning stripes on the "Mercury" Pacific -- that's on my web site.
 
I have an ongoing project to convert the PRR T1 to a Garratt. That will take some doing. Another plan is to repaint the Santa Fe's "Blue Goose" 4-6-4 with the "war bonnet" scheme. One of my latest efforts, however, and my first in color, is the Southern Railway duplex based on the streamlined PS4 Pacific. A friend in Tennessee sent me a photo that I modified. It's off-topic, but here it is.

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Re: Hudson with Smoke Lifters - By Dr. Richard Leonard on 08/30/07 at 09:54:21 - 'nyc5500_no_deflectors.jpg' 50 KB
Actually, I remembered that I had worked over the lone S2, No. 5500, minus deflectors and with the lowered headlight. But it has the Selkirk front end like the Niagaras and L4 Mohawks, not the J3 smokebox front.


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