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You must love the Blue Comet, Dave.

Although I'm a New Yorker all my life, I have great fondness for NJ and the railroads there. My favorite passenger cars are the Postwar Lionel 2400 series with the names of the NJ cities and towns on them.

I'm a fan... although I don't possess any Blue Comet passenger equipment. My fondness is with three short lines - Raritan River, Morristown & Erie and Rahway Valley.

Sometime back, Atlas O produced jersey-related rolling stock which I acquired, like the Bakelite tank car, Edgar Bros. Clays hopper, Public Service hopper and WR grace hopper which mentioned an originating New Jersey town on the car. I'm curious if there are any others. I do have M&E, Raritan River and Rahway Valley boxcars as well.

@juniata guy posted:

Till seeing the Lionel Wyandotte Chemical tank car CA John included in his earlier post, I hadn’t known that car existed. Looking at the photo my immediate thought was “dang, what a nice looking car!”

Guess what suddenly became irresistible? 😉😁

Curt

I recently 'rediscovered that car as well - at a nice price too! Those scale 8K tanks cars are nice, specially the earlier ones, that had printed hazmat placards.

I have a soft spot for K-line Train Masters in Milwaukee Road. I think I have six or seven of them. Can't pass them up. If you were a K-line club member you could get one of these beauties for only 100 bucks. Conventional of course, but you could add sound when ordering. At the time and for many years they were the best Train Masters on the market. Everyone else was still making copies of Lionel's, including Lionel. DonDSC_0042 2DSC_0040

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@scale rail posted:

I have a soft spot for K-line Train Masters in Milwaukee Road. I think I have six or seven of them. Can't pass them up. If you were a K-line club member you could get one of these beauties for only 100 bucks. Conventional of course, but you could add sound when ordering. At the time and for many years they were the best Train Masters on the market. Everyone else was still making copies of Lionel's, including Lionel. DonDSC_0040

Don! Wow, just wow. and the Roundhouse turntable with the bearings, wow. My Grandpa worked in the Proctor Roundhouse back in the Hauling Iron Ore days of Steam in the DMIR. Duluth-Messabe-Iron-Range days when men were men and wrenches were HUGE! Yellowstone Steamers up here. Gotta find a couple old photos. Ill put that on the list

Thanks Don, Fabulous, Amazing. Elliot has the hidden yard, Hill Humpyard, and my heart is once again lost to your turntable... Thanks for lifting our spirits with your photos!

Another "Irresistible" is my Lionel scale N&W scale J class from the  2005 catalogue.  At $1250 cat. price I never entertained the idea of owning one in 2005, but I sure loved looking at this beautiful locomotive in stores and at shows!  WOW WEE!!!  I had really longed for one since I first saw it in the late 1950s Lionel catalogue back when I was a kid.  Of course, as a kid, with 027 layout the J was not for my sharp curves not to mention my parents' budget  back then.  

Fast forward to the 2006 or 07 when my friend Randy had a train business on line and he also set up at shows such York and the Great Scale Show in Timoniium, Md. among others.  At that time Randy did not have TMCC on his layout so he had no way of testing TMCC locos.    He would come to my house and use my layout to test run TMCC engines  that he acquired for re-sale at his business.    One day he happened to bring a brand new scale J class.  Even at that moment,  the thought never crossed my mind that Randy would be leaving my house minus one locomotive ( no I didn't steel it ... LOL ).  We fired up the J and put it through its paces while still in neutral.  I was convinced that it would not negotiate my 042 curves but thought what the heck .... I slowly approached the O42 curve and the J took the curve without derailing.  I then backed the J through the curve, again,  without derailing.  I took her through the curve at a faster speed and she stayed on the track.  Then I cranked her up to passenger train speed and let her take the curve which she did just fine.  At this movement the " IRRESISTIBLE" urge ran through me like a bold of lightening!!  I began to drool like a rabid dog!!  The engine did have a slight problem with it but I thought I could probably fix that.  Randy and I worked out a trade deal.  I finally got the J that I had sooooo longed for as a little boy. This was one of those "IRRESISTIBLE" moments in my hobby life.   I did fix that small problem and the N&W J Class 611 still runs proudly on my FSJR and is still the "Queen of the Fleet".   IMG_0825IMG_0166IMG_4544

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@ftauss posted:

Yep. I don't know what the attraction is, but I love a nice drag of these. I have more than 10. When I see them I just check the decals to make sure they are still readable.

That and coal hoppers, same thing a drag of them is just so satisfying.

I think the appeal of oil tanker drags and coal drags is they commonly happen with real freight trains.

@trumptrain posted:

Another "Irresistible" is my Lionel scale N&W scale J class from the  2005 catalogue.  At $1250 cat. price I never entertained the idea of owning one in 2005, but I sure loved looking at this beautiful locomotive in stores and at shows!  WOW WEE!!!  I had really longed for one since I first saw it in the late 1950s Lionel catalogue back when I was a kid.  Of course, as a kid, with 027 layout the J was not for my sharp curves not to mention my parents' budget  back then.  

Fast forward to the 2006 or 07 when my friend Randy had a train business on line and he also set up at shows such York and the Great Scale Show in Timoniium, Md. among others.  At that time Randy did not have TMCC on his layout so he had no way of testing TMCC locos.    He would come to my house and use my layout to test run TMCC engines  that he acquired for re-sale at his business.    One day he happened to bring a brand new scale J class.  Even at that moment,  the thought never crossed my mind that Randy would be leaving my house minus one locomotive ( no I didn't steel it ... LOL ).  We fired up the J and put it through its paces while still in neutral.  I was convinced that it would not negotiate my 042 curves but thought what the heck .... I slowly approached the O42 curve and the J took the curve without derailing.  I then backed the J through the curve, again,  without derailing.  I took her through the curve at a faster speed and she stayed on the track.  Then I cranked her up to passenger train speed and let her take the curve which she did just fine.  At this movement the " IRRESISTIBLE" urge ran through me like a bold of lightening!!  I began to drool like a rabid dog!!  The engine did have a slight problem with it but I thought I could probably fix that.  Randy and I worked out a trade deal.  I finally got the J that I had sooooo longed for as a little boy. This was one of those "IRRESISTIBLE" moments in my hobby life.   I did fix that small problem and the N&W J Class 611 still runs proudly on my FSJR and is still the "Queen of the Fleet".   IMG_0825IMG_0166IMG_4544

And, your N&W scale J Class steamer, Patrick, has a beautiful home basking in the glory of the autumn colors on your layout. Arnold

For me, it was a super detailed cab forward accomplished a few years back. It has working oilers and individual cam sound for the drivers. the basis for this loco was the Williams cab forward. Some day I will figure how to put glass in the cab without taking the cab roof off.

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I have several "Irresistible" model train related urges.  One is that the models need to be at least "Scale" to some extent and not toy like.   When Sunset offered the scale Burlington Zephyr back a number of years ago, I could not resist the urge as that was one sweet model to own.  Especially the Tom Sawyer with the extra car.    The consist is all chrome and it looks great as a display under lights or on a layout.  Shown is the engine and observation car.  The two remaining cars are not shown.IMG_0051IMG_0054

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