Only been once to the one in New Brunswick in the fifties. Took the Pennsy from New York to visit a friend. Impressive store for that era!
Well, I finally have something that others are talking about! Here is mine, humble a layout as I have with my old Rio Grande 222 sitting in the background. The General is "new", from the 70's I believe. The Rio was a Christmas present about 1964.
4-4-0 American type locomotives, a.k.a. Generals are a favorite of mine, especially those of the W&ARR. Here are a couple of shots of the scale SMR General (as it looked at the time of Andrews Raid) next to the 1970's Lionel version (as the General looks after its last re-build) that I did as a size comparison several years ago.
Upgrading a Cheap General 4-4-0, 8005 dc powered engine
A cheap Lionel General 4-4-0, the 8005 , with dc power ,coal tender and Lionel 9541 Santa Fe Railway Agency Express Passenger car were obtained at a local train show a few years ago. I added a full wave rectifier and changed the Lionel 8005 to ac operation although only in one direction. A selector switch was added for manual reversal. The engine was dressed up with gold stripping, a lighted head light and painting all red engine black for the boiler and stack.
Now that I have two Lionel General 4-4-0 locos I can simulate The Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War between the General and the Texas. The Disney movie “The Great Locomotive Chase” is a good train movie to watch and the kids will enjoy it too.
One of my favorite videos I have ever made:
For those who have never seen this, here's a link to a very informative discussion of the various Lionel Generals and Sets. This is from the Trainz web site.
I've used it several times in doing research when looking to buy some of the Generals and associated rolling stock.
Great link! Thanks.
Here are my three lionel Generals, 1862, Rock Island and Virginia and Truckee.
The Rock Island served the town where I grew up, and I now live within 10 mins of
the V&T east depot. There is also the restored V&T Inyo engine and tender that runs on weekends
at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. I am so close I can hear the whistle and smell the
smoke from my house.