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Here are a couple of "front ends" a few decades apart.  First the classic Lionel Berkshire from the 1950's.  One of the largest steamers Lionel put out in the post war period and it headed many of Lionel's top outfits.

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Then from 3 decades earlier, the American Flyer ( Chicago Flyer) #1211 steeple cab of the 1920's.

American Flyer 1211 front view [1920's)

Well its foggy this morning and I have to go teach my class so I'm off!  Best wishes

Don

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A trio of New Haven Mountain types wait their call in the Cedar Hill New Haven yard on my New Haven/New York Ontario and Western layout. The Mountain in the middle belongs to Chris Vigarito, a raiboy from the Mahopac area of New York. Chris has super detailed it and has posted his progress on it on the Forum over the past few months. The Mountain ran just as good as it looks.Great job Chris.



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Back up on another FEF  .         With a Gp60 joining the F7s needed for the steep climb out over the Allegheny mountain's Horseshoe Curve.   Harrisburg visit was great but can't wait to get back home out west.

Lashup with ps3  Premiers for this front end.

2 powered A F7s  , a nonpowered B unit  ,  1 powered Gp60  , and  a nonpowered  rear A unit .

God speed all.

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So Dallas, 5 engines to pull 4 cars? 🤔 They ARE beautiful, though. 😉👍

And by the way, since when is Du Bois, PA “out west?” 😂

Thank you sir Yellowstone Special .

That Horseshoe Curve is a monster Ray.   5 engines on the O31s    uphill is a bunch.

Well Ray , DuBois is somewhat west of that area and only 4 cars does need a lot of horses to get those big  passengers over the Alleghenies after all the overly generous dining that took place .   

Thank you sir Yellowstone Special .

That Horseshoe Curve is a monster Ray.   5 engines on the O31s    uphill is a bunch.

Well Ray , DuBois is somewhat west of that area and only 4 cars does need a lot of horses to get those big  passengers over the Alleghenies after all the overly generous dining that took place .   

Ah, I guess I didn’t think of that. 😉

GM Aero Train

The Aerotrain was a streamlined trainset that the General Motors (GM) Electro-Motive Division introduced in 1955. GM originally designated the light-weight consist as Train-Y before the company adopted the Aerotrain marketing name.

GM based the EMD LWT12's power components on those in the EMD SW1200 switcher. Like the SW1200, the LWT12 used the company's model EMD 567C 12-cylinder prime mover that could produce 1,200 horsepower.[6] The power car featured a cab that mimicked an aircraft's cockpit. The locomotive's overall design was similar to that of General Motors automobiles at the time.

I just received this link from a friend; about odd ball diesels. I know people here like to model off the beaten track equipment. Enjoy!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/mone...a1978b6409&ei=24

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Back up on another FEF  .         With a Gp60 joining the F7s needed for the steep climb out over the Allegheny mountain's Horseshoe Curve.   Harrisburg visit was great but can't wait to get back home out west.

Lashup with ps3  Premiers for this front end.

2 powered A F7s  , a nonpowered B unit  ,  1 powered Gp60  , and  a nonpowered  rear A unit .

God speed all.

Dallas, now that is a great lash up! Shiny too! Great Video.

@pennsyfan posted:

GM Aero Train

The Aerotrain was a streamlined trainset that the General Motors (GM) Electro-Motive Division introduced in 1955. GM originally designated the light-weight consist as Train-Y before the company adopted the Aerotrain marketing name.

GM based the EMD LWT12's power components on those in the EMD SW1200 switcher. Like the SW1200, the LWT12 used the company's model EMD 567C 12-cylinder prime mover that could produce 1,200 horsepower.[6] The power car featured a cab that mimicked an aircraft's cockpit. The locomotive's overall design was similar to that of General Motors automobiles at the time.

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Hmm . . . strong family resemblance to my 84 year old Marx M100005:

Wow, Happy Front End Friday Everyone, @rjsmithindy, Wow what a beautiful 765 standing Tall, awesome picture, @Melgar, Mel, I love looking at pictures of your beautifully built model railroads, simply stunning, Your attention to detail is amazing, @Don McErlean, wow, that’s a beautiful 1950’s “Lionel 736”, it is one of my favorite steamers as well as the 773…. Amazing pictures and videos everyone. Today, you will see the Corvette Club having lunch at the K-Line Starlite Diner, there cars out front make our memories of days gone by a lot of fun. Also, pictured of some real heavy steam power is from Dr. Jack Fishers transfer table, a lot of power in a small space. Happy Railroading Everyone IMG_0703IMG_0704IMG_0705IMG_0706IMG_0606

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@MELGAR posted:

My model of New Haven Railroad Alco RS-1#0668 was made by Atlas O (6888-2, MSRP $429.95) in 2004. Here are some Front-End Friday views of #0668 for January 26, 2024.

MELGAR

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This handsome similar NH unit below was my first introduction to MTH's RK Scale RS1s and their amazing Alco sound set some 12 or so years ago!   What does yours have for sound?

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