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Happy FEF!

I got Monon 444 hauling a freight load on my floor layout. A friend and I have combined our FasTrack collections to do a floor layout upstairs in the train loft at my new house. I have aspirations to get some benchwork going in the not too distant future, so I can get this off the floor.

Monon 444 is a USRA Pacific custom run that @MrMuffin'sTrains did with Lionel back a couple of years ago. One of my favorites!

If you look closely, you may notice the front-end of the 20th Century Limited on the siding on the right. That belongs to the same friend who combined track with me.

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Happy Front End Friday everyone! To start off the new year, I'm running some New York Central on my layout, starring this big MTH American Legacy 763e Hudson.

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I'm also running my diesel MU pair, front ended by my Railking PS3 GP9. I understand long hood forwards was the NYC's preference in the early steam era, hence the orientation.

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Here's the video of the 20th Century Limited and a tanker freight riding the high iron.

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Soo GP38-2 from Lionel's 1993 service station set, the "Soo Line Special:"

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I got the whole set NIB and the loco has a few problems, as might be expected from a 30 year-old set. Although the box says "Made and Litho in USA," I believe this might be an example of the first generation of low-cost "China Drive" diesels produced by Lionel during the Kughn era. The "motor-in-truck" design is almost identical to some Chinese-made (Sanda Kan) K-Line locos I have. Anyhow, I've got her hauling my FARR #5 PRR consist + WBB PRR gondola around the oval while I work some of the "bugs" out.

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Soo GP38-2 from Lionel's 1993 service station set, the "Soo Line Special:"

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I got the whole set NIB and the loco has a few problems, as might be expected from a 30 year-old set. Although the box says "Made and Litho in USA," I believe this might be an example of the first generation of low-cost "China Drive" diesels produced by Lionel during the Kughn era. The "motor-in-truck" design is almost identical to some Chinese-made (Sanda Kan) K-Line locos I have. Anyhow, I've got her hauling my FARR #5 PRR consist + WBB PRR gondola around the oval while I work some of the "bugs" out.

Thats a fine looking set you have Bill!

Well I am a little limited being still at family visiting hence using my archives but I don't think I have posted this on F.E.F. at least not recently.  This is an American Flyer "Hummer" locomotive and tender, this one dated from approximately 1930 although it might be a few years either way on that date.  Clockwork and clearly just a sheet metal model, with little to no detail.  The tender, green was the original color by the way, has a "crackle" finish that I believe is just age related and not what it looked like originally.  So any way, here she is, now 94 + years old and "still ticking"!

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Best wishes

Don

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Been out all day, so posting one from 2005.  As my wife and I were crossing the tracks at the start of our hike up the Bemis Brook trail to Arethusa Falls, we heard a diesel horn in the distance.  We didn't have to wait too long before the Conway Scenic Railroad train passed us.  I don't remember what CNL was, but I am pretty sure it was an F7 consist.

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Been out all day, so posting one from 2005.  As my wife and I were crossing the tracks at the start of our hike up the Bemis Brook trail to Arethusa Falls, we heard a diesel horn in the distance.  We didn't have to wait too long before the Conway Scenic Railroad train passed us.  I don't remember what CNL was, but I am pretty sure it was an F7 consist.

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Conway Scenic FP9.  A rare bird!

Well I am a little limited being still at family visiting hence using my archives but I don't think I have posted this on F.E.F. at least not recently.  This is an American Flyer "Hummer" locomotive and tender, this one dated from approximately 1930 although it might be a few years either way on that date.  Clockwork and clearly just a sheet metal model, with little to no detail.  The tender, green was the original color by the way, has a "crackle" finish that I believe is just age related and not what it looked like originally.  So any way, here she is, now 94 + years old and "still ticking"!

American Flyer Hummer loco front quarterAmerican Flyer Hummer loco and tender

Best wishes

Don

I can imagine the joy this little loco once brought into a child's life, Don! Now she's bringing joy into ours. Thanks for sharing!

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