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It's still Friday here in California, so here's a link to an interesting photo on the CalTrain webpage, it's safe! New meets old front end to front end. The soon to be replaced F40PH and the incoming Stadler KISS. https://www.caltrain.com/about...ports/caltrain-fleet

The photo was taken at the Hillsdale Station around 21 miles southeast of San Francisco.

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It's still Friday here in California, so here's a link to an interesting photo on the CalTrain webpage, it's safe! New meets old front end to front end. The soon to be replaced F40PH and the incoming Stadler KISS. https://www.caltrain.com/about...ports/caltrain-fleet

The photo was taken at the Hillsdale Station around 21 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Well, it’s early Saturday morning here in Utah and here I am awake at 4:45 am and can’t go back to sleep. So what else to do but check out the OGR forum, right? 😉

Scott, thanks for the link to the photo and information on Caltrain’s Bay Area Peninsula service. Looking at those schedules reminded me of my college years when I worked at the airport way back in the late 1960s and lived one summer in Redwood City and another in San Mateo.

When I rode those commuter trains, they were pulled by Southern Pacific GP9s and oh, the memories! Looks like Caltrain has many more trains with expanded service, nowadays and new KISS trains in the works. Impressive and “thanks for the memories.” 👍

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Morning guys, I am sorry I am 2 days late, but as they say better late than never! LOL I just wanted to say wow what great engines everyone!

@leapinlarry You have an awesome selection of engines, and with that said I couldn't believe my eyes when I didn't see one BN or BNSF engine! LOL Just pulling your leg! You know I love everything about your layout!

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David (D500)     MTH PS3 E8 from 2016. This may have been the 1st 'stand alone' Premiere diesel without a tether. Bought from a Forum member a few weeks ago.  I picked up the Weaver B unit that must be 25+ yrs old and I had the Lionel Burlington E5 that we had custom painted many years ago.

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David (D500)     MTH PS3 E8 from 2016. This may have been the 1st 'stand alone' Premiere diesel without a tether. Bought from a Forum member a few weeks ago.  I picked up the Weaver B unit that must be 25+ yrs old and I had the Lionel Burlington E5 that we had custom painted many years ago.

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Nice - like that E6 on the other end, too.

My front-end views for this Friday, May 24th, 2024 show New Haven Railroad Alco S-2 diesel switcher #0615 – an MTH Premier model (20-20587-1) delivered in 2016 with PS3.

Photos and video show #0615 on the O-36 inner loop of my 12’-by-8’ model railroad and passing through a single-track truss bridge. This loop is always occupied by a New Haven freight train.

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For today a Williams Santa Fe Alco PA passes MR #261 on the mountain layout.  At this time (12 years ago) no one had produced the handsome D&RG 'Aspen Leaf' scheme. It looked to be an easy road to model so with the help of a Forum member who printed the decals, I painted the cab and Viola'  we then have an ABA set of these seldom seen beauties.  Williams is notorious for having that 'highwater' look with undersized trucks and too much air around them. I used balsa sheeting (from my model airplane days) and enlarged the fuel tanks to help with the illusion of the massive PA's that is missing on most of Williams diesels.

MTH RK Yellowbonnet F3s below

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Finally got around to taking some FeF photos this afternoon.

I haven't had steam on my layout for a few months, so I got out Western Pacific GS-64 #485 and dusted it off. Here's a few front end shots at and near the train station.

On the siding getting ready to pickup some passenger cars.

With passenger cars in tow, here's a couple shots at the station.  A little scenery work going on the right.

Have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend.

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Happy Front End Friday everyone! This week I've finally had the time to sort through the photos and video that I took on my trip to Colorado earlier this month. Although we didn't take Amtrak on this trip, we did get two days of rail experiences on our tour.

First of all, here's the power unit from the Pike's Peak Cog Railway on the train we rode up the incline.

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Here's another view of the locomotive. This is technically the downhill or "rear end" of the train-- we were in the "uphill" car on the Cog where the engineer typically sits. I would suppose that pushing the train up the mountain is easier than pulling on all of the couplers.

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We also got to take a ride on the Durango and Silverton! I wasn't able to get much closer to the locomotive than this, as I had completely winded myself walking around Silverton (at 10000ft altitude) not long before. I did get lots of photos from the D&RGW museum on the other side of town for my efforts.

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Here's our front end for the day, the #473, idling just before boarding started.

Here's the video that every tourist wants to get of the locomotive rounding one of the curves in the Animas River Valley. This is definitely a ride that every railroad enthusiast should take once, the scenery and historical value is unlike anything I've seen before. I would strongly recommend bringing an extra seat cushion aboard with you-- we were packed like sardines onto a completely sold-out train (not a single empty seat in sight!) and being stuck in the historically rigid seats for close to 4 straight hours was a less than comfortable experience.

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My front-end view this Friday, May 31st 2024 shows Boston & Maine #617, an MTH Railking model (30-1184-1) of a USRA 0-8-0 steam switcher. The model was delivered in 2001 with PS2 at MSRP $399.95.

#617 was one of twenty-two Class H-2-a 0-8-0 switchers built for the B&M by Alco Schenectady in 1922. It was sold to the Maine Central Railroad in 1946.

The video shows the engine and train as they exit the tunnel, cross the truss bridge, and pass behind the Idaho Hotel at 26 scale miles-per-hour on the back straight of my 10’-by-5’ layout.

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