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Well, back from summer fun for a few days. A not-so-easy- to-find NIB Lionel Union Pacific GP-7B unpowered unit arrived today to supplement my GP-9A.  When the UP discontinued its Yellowstone Special to West Yellowstone in 1960, then changed its terminus to Victor, Idaho, it used a GP9 A & B to replace the F7 A & B. The train was discontinued completely after the summer season in 1965.

I can use them on my layout for both passenger and freight service. 😉

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@Apples55 posted:

Joe;

Another possibility is the aluminum cars Lionel made in the early 80’s - I still see them for sale every so often. If I remember correctly, they are 15” cars. Depending on the size of your eventual layout, you could make do with three or four of them (they were sold individually, not as a set). My set is on the top shelf…

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Paul,  my apologies, I didn't mean to sully your reputation here.  You're just trying to show us the way to train enlightenment.

Thanks for the heads up.  I've seen some of those alyouminium cars on eBay, good to know they're an option for 42" diameter curves.  For now I'm going with the HWs, I think the light gray with dark gray window band will look good behind the 785.  If they look too small then there's the RK Commodore Vanderbilt or even the K-Line 20th Century Limited that can pull them.  If that's the case then those 15" alyouminium bad boys could be next.

@RSJB18 posted:

On my way to Lynbrook tomorrow....😁

Now, where did I leave my credit card!🤣🤣

Bob

Bob, I'm so glad you can't resist the LIRR.  I must have been typing a response to Dallas when Frank posted about this unique caboose and would have missed it.  Now all I have to do is decide if it's a good fit behind either of my LIRR engines, a K-line F-unit dressed in the MTA silver, blue and red scheme with a black roof or the gray Beep.  I do have the NLOE 10th anniversary box car and Islanders TOFC so a caboose could make for a nice little train.

@coach joe posted:

Bob, I'm so glad you can't resist the LIRR.  I must have been typing a response to Dallas when Frank posted about this unique caboose and would have missed it.  Now all I have to do is decide if it's a good fit behind either of my LIRR engines, a K-line F-unit dressed in the MTA silver, blue and red scheme with a black roof or the gray Beep.  I do have the NLOE 10th anniversary box car and Islanders TOFC so a caboose could make for a nice little train.

An ever expanding collection Joe. Club cars from NLOE and the guys in Riverhead, Nassau Hobby, and Trainland. Lots of locos from various mfrs, and soon to be, more cabeese! 🤣

I like watching O gauge LIRR trains much more than riding the real ones....

🤪🤪

Bob

@coach joe posted:

Paul,  my apologies, I didn't mean to sully your reputation here.  You're just trying to show us the way to train enlightenment.

Thanks for the heads up.  I've seen some of those alyouminium cars on eBay, good to know they're an option for 42" diameter curves.  For now I'm going with the HWs, I think the light gray with dark gray window band will look good behind the 785.  If they look too small then there's the RK Commodore Vanderbilt or even the K-Line 20th Century Limited that can pull them.  If that's the case then those 15" alyouminium bad boys could be next.

Yes the collection is fantastic, but the shelving to show them off is also great.  More Please

Several days ago someone posted several pictures of a sitting style creeper. Since my layout starts at 48" high, this piece looked like a good way to do work under a layout. I actually had no idea something like that was available. I found several different configurations for sitting and rolling around. After looking them over I decided on the one shown here. It has adjustments for the seat and back and good heavy casters for rolling. I ordered it from Zoro, 400 Bordentown-Hedding Rd, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 for $226. creep 4creep 2creep 1

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@Bill Park posted:

Several days ago someone posted several pictures of a sitting style creeper. Since my layout starts at 48" high, this piece looked like a good way to do work under a layout. I actually had no idea something like that was available. I found several different configurations for sitting and rolling around. After looking them over I decided on the one shown here. It has adjustments for the seat and back and good heavy casters for rolling. I ordered it from Zoro, 400 Bordentown-Hedding Rd, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 for $226. creep 4creep 2creep 1

Anyone else notice that it's sitting on his wife's granite counter?

Forget the nap.....I'd be taking  a dirt nap.....🤣🤣

I'm pleased to report that I've bought nothing train related for 2 months.

It's not easy overcoming the train buying addiction, but I think I did it. Key is to take it one day at a time, the same as for most other addictions.

LOL, Arnold

PS: Shortly before that 2 month period of abstinence, I bought 2 MTH PS3 F3 diesels A powered and B non-powered units: B&O and NY Ontario & Western.

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Been watching for a few years and finally found one within my budget. No broken parts, all the window struts intact.

Tired drive belt will soon be replaced and motor tune up and thrust washer in work.   A little heatshrink on the pully that drives the front rotor eliminated the slipping and spins probably better than new.

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I just picked up an Atlas O Amtrak P42 I pre-ordered last year (#175).

I am highly impressed with the increased rooftop detail versus the MTH version it takes its tooling from. There are a few other small detail differences I noticed immediately too. The big difference is a little bittersweet though: the Atlas version of this locomotive is a much more accurate shade of Amtrak blue. It's the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box. That unmistakable shade of blue has been taking me to school, work, and family since 2001.

With one hand, I can count the MTH locomotives delivered in the correct shades of Amtrak's various blues. That said, I hadn't considered this before ordering a locomotive that was meant to be a sister to MTH #204. They aren't twins -maybe cousins. For now, there will be no double-headers on this railroad.


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I just picked up an Atlas O Amtrak P42 I pre-ordered last year (#175).

I am highly impressed with the increased rooftop detail versus the MTH version it takes its tooling from. There are a few other small detail differences I noticed immediately too. The big difference is a little bittersweet though: the Atlas version of this locomotive is a much more accurate shade of Amtrak blue. It's the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box. That unmistakable shade of blue has been taking me to school, work, and family since 2001.

With one hand, I can count the MTH locomotives delivered in the correct shades of Amtrak's various blues. That said, I hadn't considered this before ordering a locomotive that was meant to be a sister to MTH #204. They aren't twins -maybe cousins. For now, there will be no double-headers on this railroad.


While 175 is the correct shade couldn't it be the older of an A-A consist and therefore weathered to a different shade of blue?

I'm pleased to report that I've bought nothing train related for 2 months.

It's not easy overcoming the train buying addiction, but I think I did it. Key is to take it one day at a time, the same as for most other addictions.

LOL, Arnold

PS: Shortly before that 2 month period of abstinence, I bought 2 MTH PS3 F3 diesels A powered and B non-powered units: B&O and NY Ontario & Western.

Paul, I think Arnold needs a pep talk.

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