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@AGHRMatt posted:

Well, I just snagged the last of my BNSF locomotives -- a GE AC4400W with scale wheels and fixed pilots. I now have four GE's, two EMD's and a Genset. That should take care of things now that I was unceremoniously kicked off the Isle of Denial.

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Haha, I was eyeing that one on the bay, but had to pass as now is not the right time to be spending more money for me. We will have to meet up sometime and run ours together as I have another one of these in a different road number.

@bigboy25 posted:

Haha, I was eyeing that one on the bay, but had to pass as now is not the right time to be spending more money for me. We will have to meet up sometime and run ours together as I have another one of these in a different road number.

I have three of the BNSF Heritage ES44AC's. Basically, I wanted one in the 6000 series and one in the 5000 series, but the 6000's were sold out. So I bought two numbers in the 5000 series. Then one of the 6000's came up from a cancelled order and I pounced on it. I've been going back and forth about selling one of the 5000's as it's new in box.

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Got these mpc Santa Fe gp9. The power unit was from the bay, and the dummy from a forum member! A little tlc to the power unit and they're running awesome. Gonna add lights to the dummy.  These hold a special place in my heart. My dad, who didn't make a lot, but darn did he work his tail off 7 days a week for us. Still managed to go to church twice a week as well. I remember when I was about 6 he came home from the hobby store with the power unit. He was so proud of that engine. We ran it every Christmas and had it on our 5x9 layout. I know she's not a top of the line Lionel engine, but it brings back a lot of good memories of him and I together. This hobby has really helped me cope with the loss of him back in November of 2020. PXL_20221229_015652098PXL_20221229_015645687PXL_20221229_015704512PXL_20221229_015657769PXL_20221229_015637118

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@Donnie Kennedy, those are really nice Sante Fe GP 9’s, and the comments about your father, working so hard for his money and his love of this diesel is heartwarming. I’m proud to hear your going to make it a prized possession and remember your fathers love of model trains. And more importantly, his being a faithful church member is awesome. God is good.  I know losing your father must be difficult, but this kind of memory will be very consoling. My father past away when I was 12, in 1956…. He gave me my start with Lionel trains, I remember him every time we run trains in my basement. Good luck restoring this really nice MPC diesel. Happy Railroading Everyone.

@IRON HORSE posted:

That M&M's billboard looks like it was sprayed on using some sort of photo process.  Very nice job and very cool car -- love the hats they're wearing -- most worthy of posting here.  I met a lady from Minnesota a few years ago at a train show and she did the same sort of photo process thing, but I lost her card.  Would you mind sharing the contact of the seller?

Mike

Hello Mike, sorry for the delayed response. Holidays have been hectic. Anyways, thanks for the compliments and interest in the custom M&Ms car. The eBay sellers name is mayascoffeeshop.

Got these mpc Santa Fe gp9. The power unit was from the bay, and the dummy from a forum member! A little tlc to the power unit and they're running awesome. Gonna add lights to the dummy.  These hold a special place in my heart. My dad, who didn't make a lot, but darn did he work his tail off 7 days a week for us. Still managed to go to church twice a week as well. I remember when I was about 6 he came home from the hobby store with the power unit. He was so proud of that engine. We ran it every Christmas and had it on our 5x9 layout. I know she's not a top of the line Lionel engine, but it brings back a lot of good memories of him and I together. This hobby has really helped me cope with the loss of him back in November of 2020. PXL_20221229_015652098

Great locos Donnie. The tie to your Father makes them extra special. MPC gets frowned upon by many but they are reliable trains and will run for years to come.

I have the same loco btw.....

Bob

...............but it brings back a lot of good memories of him and I together. This hobby has really helped me cope with the loss of him back in November of 2020.PXL_20221229_015637118

...............it's good to grieve , but not forever .

It's great to have those " good memories "  Don , even if we stumble across the thought of loss.

Mom and Dad and my wife of 40 years gone now ,but not when I have talks with them when I think I'm alone.   

Glad you have these engines Donnie.

After a surprise purchase on Christmas 🎄 morning from eBay, these K-line Northern Pacific F7s arrived today.

Cosmetically they look great, and they'll be test run after inspection at the club on Saturday.

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Purchased another Weaver 15" sleeper; uses the same interesting extrusion as the UP version mentioned earlier in this thread.  Will probably use it on the Texas Special train that's slowly progressing.

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Happy New Year to all.

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Have I bought anything cool lately?  Yes, but in this instance not for myself.

Several days ago, in this thread, my train club friend was mentioned as an example of model train creep; i.e., spend a modest amount on a "great deal" then spend thousands adding on to this modest purchase.  In my friend's case, he got a great deal on four LIONEL NP full length aluminum vista domes, N/OB at Spring York 2021--$125.00.  He had no other NP trains since he began collecting trains 40+ years ago.

Since that modest purchase, he's spent a couple thousand dollars on additional K-Line, Lionel and custom painted pax cars and F unit diesels.

This is important background info since my contribution to this model train creep most recently occurred yesterday.  A new K-Line four pak of their popular NP NCL 15" aluminum cars showed up on ebay, N/OB so I "shared" the listing with him.  He'd previously purchased the two-car add-on set after @PaperTRW responded to my WTB on this forum and my friend bought them from a hobby shop in Michigan with me serving as his purchase agent.

He emailed me last night and asked me to order them for him (since he's averse to online buying)--and they are now on their way to him.

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This may be a bit unusual in sequencing since he bought the two-car add-on set almost a year ago and wasn't looking for the initial four-car set. 

Truth be told, I just bought the K-Line F-7 AA set that goes with these pax cars and I already own the LIONEL TMCC F-3 ABA set for the NP NCL, and I'm in the midst of painting a set of ABA NP NCL F units using new components purchased from LIONEL during their most recent parts sale, Microscale decals, etc.

So I have my own version of model train creep.

Can't forget these guys -- a bag of 100 painted, seated figures to populate my NP NCL 10 car pax train as it nears completion.

The opportunities for humorous posing seem evident; I just hope they're of a suitable size; they're advertised as 1:50.  I'd have preferred something closer to S scale, 1/64 for my 15" aluminum cars.

One thing about LIONEL interiors, they went overboard on population control; no wonder intercity passenger trains failed.

I preordered the Base3 last Jan but as you all know there is no clear delivery date, so I grabbed a Cab1 system cheap off of Trainz.com.  This is my first command system and I'm so impressed.  I know this only unlocks a small piece of the controls for legacy engines but it is so much better than Bluetooth or the universal remotes I have been using to date!

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  @Pingman posted:

Can't forget these guys -- a bag of 100 painted, seated figures to populate my NP NCL 10 car pax train as it nears completion.

The opportunities for humorous posing seem evident; I just hope they're of a suitable size; they're advertised as 1:50.  I'd have preferred something closer to S scale, 1/64 for my 15" aluminum cars.

One thing about LIONEL interiors, they went overboard on population control; no wonder intercity passenger trains failed.

I think I commuted with some of those folks back in the day

@Pingman posted:


This is important background info since my contribution to this model train creep most recently occurred yesterday.  A new K-Line four pak of their popular NP NCL 15" aluminum cars showed up on ebay, N/OB so I "shared" the listing with him.  He'd previously purchased the two-car add-on set after @PaperTRW responded to my WTB on this forum and my friend bought them from a hobby shop in Michigan with me serving as his purchase agent.



Well, Carl… I think that officially makes you a “Bad Influence”. Welcome to the club

@Apples55 posted:

Well, Carl… I think that officially makes you a “Bad Influence”. Welcome to the club

So true; so true.

The rest of the story is that when I sent him the link to the four-car set, his initial reaction was he "already has too much NP NCL stuff."

My reply was to point out that with this purchase he'd have the complete six car set.  He replied as mentioned above and the set was purchased on his behalf.

If I was truly evil, I'd offer him the K-Line F-7s I just bought; now that would be interesting.

By all means of measurement, you are truly a bad influence, Paul.  And I'm so pleased that you are.

@RSJB18 posted:

I resemble that remark.......

And I WAS one of those commuters on the LIRR back in the day.....Just missing the beer and a Marlboro....

Bob

Talking about smoke and beer on the LIRR - remember Tommy's Tavern On The Tracks (the bar car on the Pt Jeff branch)?

It was part of the consist on the 5:44 PM out of Hunters Point, it was PACKED! Non -stop from Jamaica to Greenlawn, a 40-45 minute stretch.

When the doors finally opened at Greenlawn one would have thought that the car was on fire with all of the smoke coming out!

Did I see you on that car Bob?

@Lionelski posted:

Talking about smoke and beer on the LIRR - remember Tommy's Tavern On The Tracks (the bar car on the Pt Jeff branch)?

It was part of the consist on the 5:44 PM out of Hunters Point, it was PACKED! Non -stop from Jamaica to Greenlawn, a 40-45 minute stretch.

When the doors finally opened at Greenlawn one would have thought that the car was on fire with all of the smoke coming out!

Did I see you on that car Bob?

It's entirely possible John. I was living in Huntington with my parents at the time after High School and before getting married. I wasn't a daily regular, but the company I worked for did a lot of trade shows in the City and I would often take the train back and fourth. Mostly to Penn Station though.

My mother used to make me change clothes in the garage. Amazing when you think back to the amount of second hand smoke we all inhaled.

Bob

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