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Well "Midwest" fans great pictures and this is my first post to this thread...your beautiful scale locomotives and cars are wonderful but they are not from my humble beginnings.  So here are a few of the "poor brothers and sisters" to brighten up your Monday.

First the Marx FM Monon from Indiana:

Marx Monon FM- front

Then the Marx 588 from the "Rock Island Line"

Marx 588 RI black and red

Next the Rock Island E-7

Marx RI E7 ABA front

Who could forget the Marx 588 for the Missouri Pacific RR or "MOPAC"



Marx MoPac Switcher - front

Finally in a nod to all of you scale fans, here is a 1:1 scale picture of the BNSF traveling past a grain loading facility in the "booming metropolis" of Crawford Tx (population 760 in 2019) .  Its a Sunday morning, this a a mostly double stack train with 3 engines (2 on front and one in rear).  Crawford is about 5 miles from my home. This crossing is more or less in the center of town - which would be a great modeling project for someone...Town Center is four corners, Grain Loading facility with tanks and a single siding, one coffee shop, and 2 gas stations one next to a "Dollar Store" all on one side of tracks.  Other side has small residences and a very small park.

BNSF 2

Well that's it for me this Monday, have a great week everyone!

Don

Welcome Aboard Don. It doesn’t matter what you have as long as it is Midwest or affiliated hope you will join us next week and thanks for posting.

Remember the Rock ...

I allocated my once-extensive collection of O-gauge trains of the Rock Island by many manufacturers to Stout Auctions after a TIA, a stroke, and a cardiac incident seemed like "handwriting on the wall" then. Fortunately, I survived and sometimes regret the sell-off of 8 pages of RI-oriented inventory, action accessories, and control gear.

However, I kept a few of my RI favorites as mementoes, and they are now on display shelves in my train room. See the attached pic and a brief video of the RI TA diesel by Sunset 3rd Rail.

Mike Mottler    LCCA 12394
Another great train song:  "Rock Island Line" by Johnny Cash

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Remember the Rock ...

I allocated my once-extensive collection of O-gauge trains of the Rock Island by many manufacturers to Stout Auctions after a TIA, a stroke, and a cardiac incident seemed like "handwriting on the wall" then. Fortunately, I survived and sometimes regret the sell-off of 8 pages of RI-oriented inventory, action accessories, and control gear.

However, I kept a few of my RI favorites as mementoes, and they are now on display shelves in my train room. See the attached pic and a brief video of the RI TA diesel by Sunset 3rd Rail.

Mike Mottler    LCCA 12394
Another great train song:  "Rock Island Line" by Johnny Cash

The RI trains are wonderful but I really, really like your NASA train.   NH Joe

Good morning everyone...here is my input for Midwest Monday.  Two railroads, one the Baltimore and Ohio, with one terminus in St. Louis seems to qualify and the Nickle Plate Road with trackage in Indiana and Illinois.

First the B&O F-3 locomotive by Marx from 1953-54

Marx B&0 F3 front view

Here is the full view of the AA units.

Marx B&O F3 side view

Here a NKP 2-4-2 by Lionel, pulls out of the hole with the morning commuter consist on my Leonardtown and Savannah, time period would be mid 1940's to early 1950's

Lionel NKP front end

Happy Monday everyone.

Don

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DJ. Thanks for sharing you Burlington manifest and power.

Detroit. Thanks for always post every Monday and remind me it’s Midwest Monday. I like that EL unit. I’ve been so busy lately

Don. Thanks for sharing those tins your stuff is always interesting and thanks for posting also every Monday  

Thanks for another great Midwest Monday  have a great week  

I second Don's comments and would like to add I really enjoy Don's postings, these are trains one rarely sees and especially in the condition of his collection.

Additionally, I would love it if we can inspire a larger contribution to MWM.  Not that the current group isn't great but there is so much more out there.

Not sure how to do that (suggestions?)  I will continue to annoy the group with my postings faithfully each Monday.

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Detroit. Nice DT&I where did you get those Dixie Ohio Express DOX piggyback trailers? Thanks for sharing

THANK YOU! I don't remember where I found the first, probably ebay.  The second (other road number) I found at Stockyard Express.  I think Clyde (the owner) had both road numbers in his personal collection (he was thinning) so he may still have one.  Then some guy on ebay was selling two tofc, no box with NS flats (too new for my time period) but they had DOX trailers.  I bought them just for the trailers.  JIM

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Thanks Detroit

@DETROIT posted:

THANK YOU! I don't remember where I found the first, probably ebay.  The second (other road number) I found at Stockyard Express.  I think Clyde (the owner) had both road numbers in his personal collection (he was thinning) so he may still have one.  Then some guy on ebay was selling two tofc, no box with NS flats (too new for my time period) but they had DOX trailers.  I bought them just for the trailers.

Well guys, last week I was late on Monday (7 pm) and so to make up for it, today I am going to be early (7 pm Sunday!).  Wife has an early medical appointment in Ft. Worth tomorrow, 108 miles one way so its up with "the chickens" to get her to where she needs to be...

Anyway, I have another boxcar today to support "Midwest Monday".  This one from the "Cotton Belt" route  (St.Louis & Southwestern).   This RR went right through Waco, Texas (where I live) on part of its more southern main line.  In fact the main road that runs about 2 miles from our house is named "The Cotton Belt Parkway" from years past.  Cotton used to be a big business in Waco, in fact we still have the "Cotton  Queen Ball " and crown one of our young ladies, the Cotton Queen (today its a big charity event).

This is a Marx 6" car from 1940.  I am showing the cobalt blue one, but they also came in Brown, Orange, Crimson, and Yellow as well.  Mr. Marx was never one to not use up his tooling and make cars available in whatever colors you liked.

Marx Cotton Belt Box

Well have a good week, best wishes from this early poster.

Don

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Penn Central GP30 and C628 arriving in Detroit on a Monday with steel, chem and other.

Morning, not being that schooled on trains and how many engines are needed. But I do want to ask so I know, Are those 2 Penn Central engines really strong enough to pull that much steel along with tank cars? If anything I could see the dozer on the last car putting it over the limit!

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