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Obscure Photo for New Haven Fans

Serenska ·
I'm having some photos framed for my train room wall. The framer scanned this one and put it up on a Facebook page devoted to our town, Bristol, RI: The photos shows rail car #9110, lettered for the New Haven, rolling down Thames Street in Bristol. The end of the line is about 200 yards to the south of here. The date of the picture is April 12,1937. If you're familiar with Bristol, the slate roof and bell tower of St. Michael's Episcopal Church can be seen on the right side of the photo. The...
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Putnam Division ·
Beautiful......it's nice to see some New Haven pics not under catenary. It's a part of the New Haven that I don't see enough of.......especially non-electric passenger operations.....But then, look at where I lived and played.....the Bronx and Westchester County. Thnk you. Peter
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Serenska ·
Peter: Ironically, the Providence, Warren & Bristol RR was the line on which the first major electrification project was undertaken by the New Haven. The tracks you see in that photo had been electrified until about 3 years before the photo was taken. There is a book (more of an engineering treatise) named "The Pioneer Stage of Railroad Electrification Transactions" which documents this. Original copies of the book are ridiculously expensive, but reprints can be had relatively...
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CNJ 3676 ·
Thanks for sharing for the picture. It's quite a contrast to the typical New Haven image of a mainline electric or I-5 Hudson with a long limited at speed. Bob
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Matt A ·
Hello from Swansea. You might enjoy this book on the lost railroads of new england. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Ra...roads+of+new+england
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MELGAR ·
A very interesting photo to me, a Connecticut fan of the New Haven Railroad. I used Google Maps Street View to look at the modern day (2012) image of Thames Street in Bristol. The parking lot at the right side of the photo is still there and it looks to me like the rails may still be in the street. Also a classic brick New England factory on the West side of the Thames Street. Thanks for posting. MELGAR
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MNCW ·
Steven, Thanks for posting this. My dad came back from WWII to work on the New Haven, trained as a fireman for steam and diesel. I like that light fixture on that crooked pole, too. Tom
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Serenska ·
Tom: I was looking at that light fixture also. At first glance, it looks like any number of stamped-steel cheapo shades that you've seen in RR photos, but the stalk is a reasonably ornate and is either cast metal or a more elaborate steel creation. The PWBRR had a number of those crooked poles. The picture below, taken a few towns to the north and probably about 20 years earlier, shows more poles like this. In this photo, they were used to hold the catenary. I suspect the one in the photo...
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Serenska ·
MELGAR: The parking lot is still there. The lot is used as 1) overflow parking for the ferry that runs to Prudence Island and 2) for the brick factory (which makes rugs). The rails are not currently visible on Thames Street, but I was told yesterday that if you walk down to the end, you can still see them in the dirt where the paved road ends. I'll take a walk or a bike ride some time soon to see for myself. Thanks for your interest. SJS
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DMASSO ·
Thank you for sharing.
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MELGAR ·
Another great photo. MELGAR
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Hey NYC fans! Amherst Train Wreck 100th Anniversary Memorial Event Announcement

TrainWizard5972 ·
A little known event in the storied history of the New York Central’s Twentieth Century Limited was the Amherst, OH Triple Train Wreck of 1916. On March 29th, 1915 three trains collided just west of Amherst. It all began near dawn when New York Central train No. 86, the Buffalo Limited, stopped near the Amherst switch tower at a stop signal only to have the second section of No.86 ram into the rear end of the train. Telescoping the cars and knocking several onto the westbound tracks. Moments...
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New York City • Live subway music from the New York Transit Museum.

trainroomgary ·
New York City • Live subway music. New York Transit Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?...ature=em-uploademail Published on Feb 5, 2016 / On You Tube, a public video. On the centennial of Billy Strayhorn's birth, MTA Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) collaborated on a day of musical performances to celebrate the jazz composer's legacy with the help of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Transit Museum. Gary • Cheers from The Detroit and Mackinac Railway
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trainroomgary ·
Every time I visit New York City or Chicago, I always enjoy checking out the street and subway musicians. In Detroit we have the people mover and the Greek Town Station at street level is the best place to find street musicians and Farmers Market area.
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trainroomgary ·
A major part of the subway experience. Hi Denny: This group from NYC Subway is 100 % acoustic, Accordion, Bass, Drums, and Trumpet. Not counting the vocal, with the megaphone. Take a look and lesson. Most of the people walking by are dropping in green backs. This is a major part of the subway experience. What acoustic instrument did you play back in the day? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rnwqCltPZI Gary - Cheers from The Detroit and Mackinac Railway
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DennyM ·
Hey Gary, These guys are the bomb. That's the way we did it. I normally play bass, but for the streets I played guitar. A lot of those guys were really good. The streets are a great place to hone your skills. I have even seen well know modern jazz musicians out there jamming. I remember one night (back in the 70's) at least seven guys showed up on Rush St. and played in this little park and just jammed all night. A lot of the guys now use battery powered amps. Usually a deep cell battery...
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DennyM ·
Gary, I'm from Chicago (South side), I have ridden the 'L' too many times. I'm also a musician and have jammed down in the subway quite a bit. Street musicians are a special kind. They play for the love of music and not for the fame. Back in those days we didn't have the equipment they have now. It was all acoustic.
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Train to Heaven

scott5011 ·
I am very glad to suggest taking the " Train to Heaven " at Mr. Muffins web site. Happy New Year to all, Scott.
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bluelinec4 ·
Very interesting read.
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Karl Reichenbach ·
Wonderful read, as a cancer survivor I can relate to it Karl
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Texas Pete ·
LIfe's Railway to Heaven Lyrics LINK Pete
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Pine Creek Railroad ·
Scott5011, Agree 100%! PCRR/Dave
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Tinplate Art ·
Patsy Cline's rendition of Life's Railway to Heaven is an example of her perfect phrasing and synchronicity with the music, plus the Jordanaires as backup singers! Best version of this song!
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Tinplate Art ·
Check it out on U-Tube!
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DMASSO ·
Wonderful read. Our club just lost a member and the read made feel better.
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LionChief Plus: The New Postwar?

Arnold D. Cribari ·
Ever hear the expression 60 is the new 40, meaning that older people are living longer and feeling better than they did in the past? Could the same be said for certain modern trains that have some of the charm and other good qualities of treasured trains of the past? I submit that a case can be made that LC+ has some of the desirable characteristics of Postwar. These include user friendly, ease and simplicity of operation, affordability, ruggedness to the extent they are not too delicate,...
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Pete, I agree with you too, especially when you mention setting up the trains with dad, and the wonderful bonding that can result from that. Interestingly, I think LC+ can keep a young child and parent modeler equally engaged and intrigued the same way Postwar in the 1950s did. I am having that experience with my 6 year old granddaughter, and I know I am not alone. Arnold
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bostonpete ·
Postwar ...for me...is a dual paradigm. It refers to the actual Lionel/ AF /Marx merchandise and its styling, as well as the secondary nostalgic elements, I.e. setting up the trains with dad, the idea of actual factories in New Jersey and Connecticut making trains, and any black and white movie circa 1946-1955 in New York where men wore overcoats and fedoras. Lol.
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david1 ·
I mistook the Jersey Central for the Reading and Northern, very similar colors, sorry for the mistake. I really like it though. Dave
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david1 ·
I'm not a PW guy I have always liked the new modern stuff but now that I am older and have less space and run mostly Railking I have looked at LC+ and really like what I have seen especially the steam engines. I don't have one yet but the attraction is growing, two that I really like are Berkshire and the one Arnold showed, the Reading and Northern. For me the ease of running and now Lionel has added Bluetooth for those that like running with their phone or tablet and at no cost. Seems like...
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raising4daughters ·
Somewhat off subject, but I wish TMCC had been designed with an ability to update/upgrade the sounds via software downloads. Now THAT would extend the life of my early, Traditional-sized TMCC engines and give them Postwar longevity. I'd gladly pay an upgrade fee to update the sounds of my early TMCC engines, mostly RS 4.0 with one or two at RS 2.5.
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Dan Padova ·
I must agree with Arnold. Lionchief Plus seems to have filled a void for alot of folks who are intimidated by TMCC, DCC, Etc., Etc., Blah, Blah and so on. Lionchief is incredibly simple to operate and even better, uses post-war loco styles for the most part. I know there are some newer types of motive power, but these are still made to post-war dimensions. So it's a win-win situation for post-war lovers, like myself.
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Train Nut ·
Since when does LC+ engines lack electronics prone to crapping out??
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GeoPeg ·
I think you struck a chord with me, Rusty Traque. Postwar is a term that is largely confined to Lionel. I don't hear it used much anywhere else. So Arnold, your new slogan would, I think, most likely only ring a bell with the older farts, myself most certainly included. I don't know if it would grab or "snag" the younger generations. George
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
I agree with George. The younger generations would not know that Postwar refers to model trains. I guess that's why good advertising slogans are not that easy to come up. Lionel had some good ones years ago, ie. An Investment in Happiness. That would be another good thread: Great Slogans of O Gauge Train Manufacturers. Anybody else want to start that one?
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Hi David, the 2 LC+ steamers I have are the blue Jersey Central Pacific and the Erie Camelback. Reading and Northern (or Reading and something else), rings a bell, but I don't have that one. Reading is another Eastern railroad that I love. So far, my preference within LC+ are also the steamers. I have one LC+ smoking diesel, New Haven FAs, which are very nice, but not as good a puller as the steamers that have more heft. Incidentally, since I am approaching the end of the 1 year warranty...
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Rusty Traque ·
Let's not forget that Postwar is considered a time frame, ending in 1969 for Lionel. It also had its "darkside" as the interest in toy trains declined in the 1960's and the eventual end of Lionel (and American Flyer) as independent companies. Rusty
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Raising4daughters, I think you points are well taken. Only time will tell whether LC and LC+ will approach the long term popularity of Postwar, but I tend to doubt it for the reasons you've mentioned. When I came up with the title for this topic, I thought it might be a good slogan for Lionel to use in its advertising campaign for LC+ (without the question mark at the end). And I also thought that if it is, Lionel should pay me at least $10,000 for coming up with it. LOL Maybe even a better...
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raising4daughters ·
Interesting question and discussion topic. From the perspective of being a new standard, I'd say yes, LC+ or perhaps LC is the new postwar (forgive me, I'm not familiar with the MTH offerings). I'd say the new standard includes sound and remote control. Maybe LC is the old O27 and LC+ is the old O Gauge. That said, I think two things get in the way full analogies to postwar. Postwar era today represent nostalgia, toys from the boomer and silent generations. Since train travel was so much...
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Rusty Traque ·
21st Century Trains would be better. Most of the young'uns will have no clue as to what Lionel Postwar is all about and they'll probably think (if at all) of the Gulf War... Rusty
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Texas Pete ·
LionChief Plus: the New Postwar? Nope, sorry. Doesn't hold a candle. Closest to "new postwar" was/is Williams and Williams by Bachmann. For rolling stock Menard's is in there pitchin'. Glad you like your LC+ though. Pete
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bostonpete ·
Arnold you are not alone. My kids can run the kw-s and zw I have but prefer the LC+ remotes. I like your layout videos BTW. I like both options. Cheers
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bostonpete ·
I actually need to update my videos. I added a trolley line and some other items since that was done.
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bostonpete ·
Space is at a premium in south Florida. I wish I had the full size attic I had as a kid in New England.
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
I just clicked on your YouTube link, Pete. I think a subway would look great on the lower level of your layout. Also, I think your layout is ingenious with so much going on in a small space without clutter.
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Not all LC+ engines have fine detail, but some do. Look at the railings in this LC+ Erie Camelback:
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gunrunnerjohn ·
There's no reason that LC/LC+ will last any longer than my TMCC or Legacy stuff as it's also stuffed with electronics and cheap plastics. The reason post-war stuff lasts so long as it's built to 1940/50's standards, stuff was built to last back then. That's not the standards used today.
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Strummer ·
...and this one. Case in point: the American Flyer 300 I got yesterday. By my research, it was probably built 1947-ish, which makes it 70+. Upon receiving it, all it took was a few simple tools and a bit of time; it runs beautifully and will no doubt outlast me, who is 10 years its junior. Also, as GRJ states about things "built to last", I don't know if modern consumers think in those terms. It's a different age, so comparing PW and LC/LC+ is perhaps another example of "apples and oranges".
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Strummer ·
I agree with this post. Mark in Oregon


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