Putnam Division posted:
WOW! A great topic. I grew up near the New Haven line in the northeast Bronx that eventually crossed the HellGate bridge.
My paternal grandparents lived in Larchmont just north and west of the station. I grew up watching McGinnis-liveried jets go flying by! I could get up close before I-95 was built.....
Of course, in 1958, I asked Santa to bring me the New Haven F3 freight set in the Lionel catalog.
This is my office computer, so I don't have a lot of pics here....this is what I have:
My DL 109-110 with PS3:
My EP-5 set from the 56 Lionel catalog:
My F3 set from the 58 Lionel catalog:
I grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY, and the New Haven Line ran through the heart of the City. Great pictures; they bring back fond memories. I often rode those NH trains with my mother, who took me with her to go shopping in NYC.
When I was a kid, a hardware store in Mt. Vernon, Telly Hardware, sold Lionel Trains. My Dad took me there when I was about 10 or 11 years old. They had a Lionel EP5 that I most wanted, but it was a little too expensive, so my Dad bought me a B&O center cab 44 ton Lionel Diesel, a very nice peppy engine made in the late 50s, which I still have and run on my layout.
I'm sure what I am about to say applies to many of us. Forty years later, I go to a train show, see that Lionel post-war NH EP5, and made it mine. I think I especially love it now because I could not have it when I was a kid.