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I think I've got all the major areas.  K-line made this in quite a few liveries in many handsome paint schemes.  In addition to this handsome lightning stripe inspired gray Pacific, I've also got 3004 Ringling Bros., red, blue, yellow and silver with a similar tender and 3014 Anheuser-Busch in a handsome Black, gray, brown scheme with a longer brown tender.

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Happy Front End Friday everyone! This week on the layout, I'm running some Rock Island motive power, starring my most recent acquisition, a Lionchief Plus 2.0 GP7. (I just did a writeup on this locomotive's features earlier this week.)

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I'm also running one of my 3D printed masterworks, this meticulously pinstriped RI AB6 (which I think I featured last fall).

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Hope your "front ends" stay in service like mine!

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My front end view for Friday, February 16, 2024 is New York Central System 0-6-0 #231. It's an MTH Premier model (20-3281-1) delivered in December 2007 with 3-volt PS2 at MSRP $599.95 and built to the 0-6-0 steam switcher design developed by the United States Railroad Administration during World War 1. I took the photo and video on the back straight of my 10’-by-5’ layout.

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Well guys, those of you with Delaware & Hudson diesels in the blue and silver livery certainly have some nice looking locomotives.

Thanks, Vern… the blue/silver/yellow scheme is definitely eye catching. I have some nice passenger cars in the same scheme. Here’s a couple more D&H’s…

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But not all D&H engines had the colorful livery!!!

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Happy Front End Friday! This week on the layout, I am continuing to roll with the Rock Island. I'm running another one of my famous 3D printed "Kustoms", in this case my EMD TA set (built from MPC era Alco FAs and equipped with TMCC). These are prototypically run front to back-- the TAs were early streamlined diesels designed with MU as an afterthought.

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Here's this week's video.

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Happy Front End Friday! This week on the layout, I am continuing to roll with the Rock Island. I'm running another one of my famous 3D printed "Kustoms", in this case my EMD TA set (built from MPC era Alco FAs and equipped with TMCC). These are prototypically run front to back-- the TAs were early streamlined diesels designed with MU as an afterthought.

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Here's this week's video.

Nice Run Ken, just wondering what is the size of your layout?

Rutland #500 is a model of a GE 70-ton locomotive viewed from the front on my 10’-by-5’ layout this Friday, February 23, 2024. The model was made by Williams-by-Bachmann.

Rutland #500 was built in 1951 and was the only engine of its type on the Rutland Railroad. It replaced 0-6-0 steam locomotive #106 for switching the Rutland yard and was powered by a 600-horsepower engine. Tractive effort was 23,600 pounds and maximum speed was 55 miles-per-hour. After a strike in September 1961, the Rutland Railroad was abandoned in 1962 and #500 was sold to the Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad of Vermont.

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I try to get at least one example of a PRR engine that was active in the late 40s.  Here are my cab-units.  Check your knowledge of them and the answers are at the end.  I do need to dust them off and retake the photos.

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Lionel Centipede, Lionel PA1, Atlas Erie-Built, 3rd Rail F3, Lionel freight shark, Weaver passenger shark, Lionel E7.

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Here is another "Toy" train from my collection.  It is a H.W.N (Heinrich Wiemer Nuremburg) train set sold in the 1950's or 1960's under the trade name "GW:  It is clockwork and 0 gauge.  The curved tracks in the set are elevated on the outside rail to help prevent de-railing on the curves.  By putting different "bodies" on the flat car (which w/o a body is a log car) you can make a passenger coach or a box car.  Three trains in one!!

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Best Wishes

Don

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Happy Front End Friday, and have a great weekend!

Here's a couple of Western Roads F7 ABA sets. WP 918-D is usually on the backend, but today it's on the front end heading east.

Here's a YouTube link to an old video from Niles Canyon Railway with the real WP 918-D in action. Added bonus WP 713 GP7 is on the other end. Both of these locomotives have been repainted since this video. The wig-wag crossing signals are cool too. The hills are brown with the sound of summer, and it's probably toasty hot!

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