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Wow guys sure are some great engines! and I love how you guys go out of your way to help Bob spend his money on more paint jobs! LOL

I am sorry I have nothing new to share and I have no layout right now, but here is something from the past!


To be honest I can't remember if I still have this one! LOL

I hope you all have a great weekend and fun with your trains!IMG_20211015_122359


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@mike g. posted:

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

My layout is roughly 8ft x 25ft. As you can see from the videos, it pretty much fills my basement. I made a walkaround video of the whole layout last year, here's an embedded link to it.

Happy Front End Friday everyone! This week I'm running some CNJ, which means a mixture of tinplate and scale. I'm running my custom 3D printed Baldwin DR6 "Double Ended". Many of you have seen this locomotive before, but I did a writeup on this build a while back.


My only Central Railroad of New Jersey steamer is this 249e. This is a MTH Lionel Corp locomotive with all the bells and whistles, one of my better pulling tinplate locos.


On that tinplate note, here's my fully restored vintage 262e on the conventional loop under the city.


And of course they all run!


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My front end for this Friday, March 1, 2024 is Boston & Maine USRA 0-8-0 Steam Switcher #617 – an MTH Railking model with PS2 that I bought in 2001. Most of the photos and the video were taken as the engine made its way out of the tunnel, across the bridge, along the back straight, and behind the Idaho Hotel on my 10’-by-5’ layout.




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During my layout's era, the late 1940s, there were several specialty trains roaming the country.  I have two complete trains and working on a third.  The two complete trains I have are the 1947-1949 Freedom Train, and the GM Train of Tomorrow which also ran from 1947 to 1949.  Here are their front ends for today’s FEF.


Unfortunately, both these sets have been on the shelf for a while.  My goal for next week is to get them down and take some videos of them running.



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My front end views for Friday, March 8, 2024 are models of two locomotives that ran in Maine – a 2-8-0 steamer and an F3 diesel.

Photos and first video show a front end view of my Weaver die-cast model of Maine Central Class W 2-8-0 Consolidation #501 running conventionally on my 12’-by-8’ layout pulling a freight train with cars from Maine.

MEC #501 was built by Alco Schenectady in 1910. Tractive effort was 37,000 pounds, locomotive weight was 198,000 pounds and total weight (loco and tender) was 348,000 pounds. #501 was retired in 1958 and is currently under restoration at the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire.

Photos and second video show a front end view of Maine Central F3 #686, a smooth-running MTH Premier model (20-21458-1) pulling two Boston & Maine passenger cars through one of the truss bridges on my layout. The B&M had a financial interest in the MEC and mixed consists of B&M and MEC equipment ran between Boston & Portland, Maine.




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