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Here's my end of the front kind for this fine Friday!  

A Baldwin RF 16 shark nose in demonstrator livery is at the point of a Reading Co. commuter train.   RF 16 locomotives  were road freight engines, however, since it's summer they could be used to power passenger trains, when passenger locos were not available.   I love the livery of this locomotive!   IMG_2026IMG_2024

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I just got back from a two-day trip to Maine, so I have some "1:1 scale" entries for Front End Friday!

I was busy recording a float-plane taxiing away from Junction Landing when a Canadian Pacific freight train rumbled across the trestle behind me. I whipped around just before the locomotive passed out of view, check it out at the 0:15 second mark in this video.



On my way due south, I stopped at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. Loads of interesting stuff there, particularly foreign mass transit. This Australian streetcar stood out to me as a very curious looking front end.

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Of course, I never miss an opportunity to photograph the front end of my favorite, the PCC Car.

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I got to take a ride on this open-air trolley too.

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Well today I have what I believe to be one of Lionel's most handsome steamers.  Not as well known as its Hudson brethren, this #224 2-6-2 Prairie was a pre/post war stalwart and was chosen to power the only set offered by Lionel in 1945 and five sets in 1946.   It had its roots in a newly designed boiler casting from 1938 that was used for 3 locomotives...the 224 E for 0 gauge and the 1664E & 1666E for 0-27.  It was painted gunmetal grey in 1938 and then black in 1939 -1941 but no Prairie's were offered in 1942.  After the war, in 1945, Lionel anxious to meet post war demand brought back the 224 to lead its only 0 gauge freight set.  Then in 1946 it used this engine to lead 5 sets including a passenger set with brown painted tinplate passenger cars.  It had a whistle tender and headlight but was never equipped with smoke. Despite the honor of leading the only set offered immediately after the war in 1945, the #224 Prairie was dropped from the line in 1947.

Here she is with her consist of brown, tinplate passenger cars from 1946.

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Best wishes to everyone for a great weekend

Don

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My front-end view this Friday shows the MTH model of New Haven Railroad EP-5 electric locomotive #371 that was delivered with PS1 in 1999. Ten locomotives of this type went into service between New York City and New Haven in 1955. The color scheme was proposed by the wife of New Haven Railroad president Patrick McGinnis. These locomotives were nicknamed "Jets" due to the sound of the blowers used to cool the internal electrical components.

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Getting a "bang" out of my latest acquisition:

This little RMT BANG S-4 switcher is a "bang" for the buck, too. Got it NIB from Trainz for $127.59 delivered. I was trying to find a PRR BEEP in DGLE for $100 delivered on ****, but the only one I did find would have been over $120 delivered. Went to Trainz for the BEEP and, instead, found this PRR BANG in DGLE. She's a little fast though. She's pulling this whole train at only 2V. The RMT BANG seems to run quite a bit better than the K-Line MP-15 despite both having the same drive components.

Thanks to @Strap Hanger for showing off his MTA version which inspired me to go for this PRR version.

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Love this one, which I assume is a Lionel Boston and Albany Hudson. I have one too:

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Arnold wish it was a Boston & Abany Hudson that is a nice loco! Mine is from 2005 a broken set, Bought out in Syracuse NY Fair grounds some time ago it also has the cop and hobo car that I got to work. Its from 2005 6-38069 Erie Hudson also bought the caboose and cop and hobo gondola car, But the smoke unit the lever for the piston keeps breaking, I replaced twice and the bugger does not hold up for some reason, other than that not a bad runner want to trade LOL God Speed!

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Well hello F.E.F. fans, thought today I might post something a little different than my usual.  These are my "desktop" trains, those that I keep out of the train room as they don't really function on the layout.  These are 1. A Hornby type 20 clockwork engine (green) and its few type 20 wagons - about the low end of the Hornby 0 gauge line and from the 1950's.  2.  An HWN clockwork locomotive (black)  and carriage, also 0 gauge clockwork, from the 1950's.  Compared to the beautiful engines above, these are fairly simple and inexpensive but I like them for their colorful lithography and toy like qualities.

I like to think that due to their simplicity and low cost, they provided some young person a great thrill on Christmas or their birthday sometime in the past.  Remember, it is very likely that we all started "here" or somewhere close, I know I did.

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Hope you have a great weekend

Don

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MELGAR3_2023_0810_14_UP_1875_10X5_CROSSING_FEFMel, that's a unique RR Crossing sign.  I figure that's got to be some of your work but where did you get the idea?  I've never seen one like that.

Bob, I think that I'mpass is the way to go.  I can hear the CEO now,  "Why do you need more space? Do you have so many trains that they won't fit in the space you have?  You'll just have to get rid of some!"

@coach joe posted:

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Mel, that's a unique RR Crossing sign.  I figure that's got to be some of your work but where did you get the idea?  I've never seen one like that.

Bob, I think that I'mpass is the way to go.  I can hear the CEO now,  "Why do you need more space? Do you have so many trains that they won't fit in the space you have?  You'll just have to get rid of some!"

@coach joe,

Joe,

I think the pole, arm and wordage were fairly common from the 1920s to 1940s. Purchased as a small kit from Banta Modelworks. In the kit, the wordage was several decals that dissolved when I applied water to them. So, I reproduced the wordage on my computer (as a document file), converted it to photographs, and had the photos printed. Then glued them to the painted wood parts (Yellow carpenter's glue).

MELGAR

@Sitka posted:

Arnold wish it was a Boston & Abany Hudson that is a nice loco! Mine is from 2005 a broken set, Bought out in Syracuse NY Fair grounds some time ago it also has the cop and hobo car that I got to work. Its from 2005 6-38069 Erie Hudson also bought the caboose and cop and hobo gondola car, But the smoke unit the lever for the piston keeps breaking, I replaced twice and the bugger does not hold up for some reason, other than that not a bad runner want to trade LOL God Speed!

I'll pass, Sitka, but your 2005 Erie Hudson is very attractive IMO. Arnold

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My front-end view for today is Union Pacific #1875, a die-cast model of an EMD SW9 diesel switcher made by Atlas O prior to 2001.

MELGAR

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Happy FeF, I'm catching up from last week but great photos. Mel I especially like your scenes, the RR crossing and turn coming out of the tunnel are excellent.

Here's my photos for this week, a couple I took around my loco servicing building.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend.

John

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Here are two front-end views of Rutland GE 70-ton diesel switcher #500, a model made by Williams by Bachmann (23504). The Williams model of #500 runs conventionally. Each truck of the locomotive model has the inner axle powered and the outer axle free to rotate, and it also has only one traction tire on the wheels of each powered axle. A clever design built to a price but it seems to work well.

MELGAR

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@MELGAR posted:

Here are two front-end views of Rutland GE 70-ton diesel switcher #500, a model made by Williams by Bachmann (23504). The Williams model of #500 runs conventionally. Each truck of the locomotive model has the inner axle powered and the outer axle free to rotate, and it also has only one traction tire on the wheels of each powered axle. A clever design built to a price but it seems to work well.

MELGAR

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Indeed. Here's one from the archives:

My WbB Tropicana 70-tonner is at about 7 or 8V here. She needed a few mods that you all helped me with but now she's a top performer for a great price.

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@trumptrain posted:

Here's my end of the front kind for this fine Friday!  

A Baldwin RF 16 shark nose in demonstrator livery is at the point of a Reading Co. commuter train.   RF 16 locomotives  were road freight engines, however, since it's summer they could be used to power passenger trains, when passenger locos were not available.   I love the livery of this locomotive!   IMG_2026IMG_2024

Very nice Shark Nose Patrick thanks for sharing

@lee drennen- yes it is. This engine was destined for the shelf to be dissected another day. The only thing I did find was a harness plug that was a little loose. Might have been the cause but might not have too.....
@Dennis Holler- S gauge? Hand laid rail? nice!
@Bill Park- Hang in there Bill. I had issues with Google too. Finally started a Youtube channel to upload larger videos. A couple more steps involved but once you get used to the process, it's easy.
@Bill Swatos- Those WbB's are great little engines. Love to see more road names.

Bob

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