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Are you ever in a NY state of mind (Billy Joel)?

I am almost always.

The New Haven ran through NY State. Here are LC+ New Haven FAs hauling box cars through My Little Town (Paul Simon):

Whenever you are in as NY state of mind, you go post your photos, videos and comments about anything related to model railroading and NY here.

Arnold

 

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Sure:  (sorry it's not on rails, but this is a pic I took a few years ago when I asked for Forum feedback on where this car came from - turns out it was from a Bloomingdale's starter set.  The more common one that was offered as a stand-alone piece of rolling stock was white instead of this blue background that makes it look like nighttime, along with the lights in the skyline that were not present in the other car)

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Greetings Arnold, of all people, you're asking a Dallas born Texan if he is ever in a New York state of mind?  Fact: I was raised on my grandparents little farm north of Dallas in Farmers Branch.  A couple miles north, The Katy, Frisco, and Cotton Belt crossed each other on a unique three way crossing at Carrollton.  Until replaced by automatic interlocking, it was protected by Tower 77.  As a kid in 1951 I well remember Katy steam on the Denton Branch which ran near the farm. 

But back to New York, I almost forgot what you asked.  How silly of me. There's no place in the universe that can beat New York, New York!  But hey, I like all of the railroads of the Northeast.  MELGAR asked if the Long Island counts?  You bet it does!  Once upon a time in the Northeast, it was even part of the Late Great PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD, and like the Strasburg Rail Road that operates in the Keystone State, the "Rail Road" in Long Island is two words and not combined!

When I die, and meet my Maker, I want to board the Heavenly Express.  I'll travel First Class all the way.  It will depart on that secret underground track below Grand Central Station and will stop at the Roundhouse in the Sky, that's found just beyond the Big Rock Candy Mountains, where I will detrain.  There I will be greeted by all the railroaders, railfans, and model railroaders, who have befriended me during my lifetime here on Earth.  I hope to see y'all there too, you hear?

In these troubled times, please PRAY FOR PEACE, ON EARTH, GOOD WILL, TOWARDS MAN!  We're all in this together and must symbolically hold hands and give thanks that we will endure without another terrible world war that can, in fact, destroy all human life on this planet.  We owe it to our children and their children's children as well! 

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Joe

 

 

 

Arnold, 

This topic has made me one happy fellow!

Considering most of my engines and rolling stock are from The Central, I think these photos of my favorite engines belong here...

Bryce

Bryce, as much as I love NY, I also love NJ. Throughout my life, I've had some of my best times in NJ at LBI (Long Beach Island) and at the former sprawling split level home on 5 acres of my aunt and uncle in Pennington, NJ.

I am also an admirer of the Jersey Central RR, particularly the Blue Comet. Arnold

@BOB WALKER posted:

It would be interesting to have a "California State of Mind", but we are too busy fighting forest fires!

Bob, you can start a California State of Mind Forum topic, and post photos of your favorite models of trains from railroads that have had their rights of way through the great State of California, like the Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, etc.. 

Here's another idea. If you have any figures of beautiful women, say in O Scale, you can borrow from the Beach Boys great song,  California Girls: "I wish they all could be California girls." LOL, Arnold

 

@MELGAR posted:

Any place called The Empire State that gives Regents Exams must be OK.

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Oh yes, the Regents Exams, I remember those. Though my railroading interests skew west, I grew up in New York. Here’s a former depot not far from my childhood home. I have no memory of the tracks that once came through here, but believe this once stood on a Boston and Albany line. 

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Always... my family's house in Syracuse is most regrettably no longer mine,  but it will never cease to be my home.

Great memories of the 4 track Water Level route, just west of the E. Syracuse Yard;  great memories of several long gone  O gauge train layouts,  Go Saltine Warriors....  oops!...  Go Orange....  [more politically correct these days!].

Oh yes, the Regents Exams, I remember those. Though my railroading interests skew west, I grew up in New York. Here’s a former depot not far from my childhood home. I have no memory of the tracks that once came through here, but believe this once stood on a Boston and Albany line. 

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That looks like the Mellenville station between Ghent and Here is a photo that I took of it in 2015.  Also a google satellite view of the area.  Your photos are summer time while mine are in the fall with leaves gone from the trees.

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That looks like the Mellenville station between Ghent and Here is a photo that I took of it in 2015.  Also a google satellite view of the area.  Your photos are summer time while mine are in the fall with leaves gone from the trees.

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I just did a bit more checking.  Look in Google for Mellenville Grange and you will see a photo that shows that sign on the building.  It's on the national register of historic places.  What was your home town ?

I took my photos on a tour of the B&A's Hudson Branch to get some photos of all points of interest between Ghent and Hudson.  also the Harlem between Ghent and Hillsdale.

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