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That's a great scene -  always is to see a train I might have been traveling on.  I started going to Yankee Stadium in1947 and rode that piece of railroad many times in the 60's

To make it more realistic, get rid of that water tank and put in a warehouse  or street scene.

You're right about the water tank. On my layout to the right is my roundhouse and turntable. I'll see what I can do.

I went to my first game at Yankee Stadium at Yankee Stadium in 1958. The only thing I remember was Bob Shephard announcing "Jerry Lumpe." I was only 4 yrs old and thought that was hysterical. The first game I really remember was 1960 against Cleveland.

Thanks for the input.

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Nice looking scene Skip and nicely framed image.

My first baseball memory was at the old Forbes Field of the Pittsburgh Pirates. My cousin took me to the game in her Buick Wildcat convertible in 1967. A foul ball flew up into my section, almost in slow motion...sadly, I did not get it.

Hope you and your family are well.

Tom

@PRRronbh posted:

Did you have any problems with the D1a?  Mine has been at Lionel Concord for over 5-weeks now!

Also the A2a was actually a P&LE engine.  In fact maybe an engine that should have never been built.

Ron

No problems with the D1a.

Yes the A2a was the last steam locomotive built for the New York Central and used on the P&LE. When ALCO got the order they had already closed their tender production plant and refitted it for diesel production. The engine was made by ALCO and the tender was made by Lima. This Berkshire was a great engine that fell victim to dieselization just as the Niagara did.

@NYC Fan posted:

No problems with the D1a.

Yes the A2a was the last steam locomotive built for the New York Central and used on the P&LE. When ALCO got the order they had already closed their tender production plant and refitted it for diesel production. The engine was made by ALCO and the tender was made by Lima. This Berkshire was a great engine that fell victim to dieselization just as the Niagara did.

Skip, there is a great 121 page book "P&LE's Berkshires"/ by Jack Polaritz.  P&LE's management were ready to go with diesels in fact were going to sign the contracts when NYC stepped in and forced the P&LE to purchase 10 of these Berks from Alco.  Now the seven P&LE Berks that got built  before the P&LE canceled  the other three eventually got LOANed to the NYC down Cincinnati way AFTER the P&LE side line them.  The tenders were farmed out to Lima because these were the last steam engines built by Alco (and also why they were green) and by that time the Alco tender shop was converted over to diesels.

By home town was the western terminus point of the P&LE.  Up till I  was a lad of five our house was about 2 1/2-miles from were the Gateway yard  was built years later.  Now I see to recall seeing these P&LE A2a's running on the east side of town.

My local toy train shop owner ordered and sold me my P&LE A2a for cost since the O-gauge specialist and I rebuilt the store layout about that time.  I use to get a kick out of running the P&LE A2a on the layout when a NYC fan came in wondering were this NYC Berk came from.  After having my chuckle would point out to them it says " New York Central SYSTEM" not "New York Central" on the side of the tender also long the top of the coal bin it says "P&LE."

Ron

@NYC Fan posted:

Ron,

It is a beautiful locomotive. I love the all-weather cab, as did the crew I bet!!! Explain to me your reference as to why they were green???

Thought you might get a kick out of this picture!



well the best guess is that the one order the Alco had when these A2a's were pushed on to them was for 50 Mountain-type 4-8-2's for the Argentina State Railway which apparently were painted in this "Huntingford Green."  The engines also had some "gold" stripping which was quickly changed. You probably noticed that this 9401 had a passenger red and white smoke box number board.  September 1948 this engine pulled a special Tain of NYC executives after this trip the logo and number board was restored to the same black and white as the other side Berks.

Ron

Here’s some shots from Harmon .......I’ll try to keep them in order,...I hope,..

1 Mohawk class L2a # 2795 rides the turntable at Harmon....

2 the roundhouse at Harmon engine facilities....

3 Niagara class S1 # 6025 & Hudson class J1e fitted with PT tender # 5274 are spotted on the inbound servicing tracks having their tenders topped off,....

4 freshly shopped Hudson class J3a # 5410 sits along side Mohawks classes L3a and L2d  as the Hudson awaits orders to back down the reversing loop at Harmon,...

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@harmonyards posted:

Here’s some shots from Harmon .......I’ll try to keep them in order,...I hope,..

1 Mohawk class L2a # 2795 rides the turntable at Harmon....

2 the roundhouse at Harmon engine facilities....

3 Niagara class S1 # 6025 & Hudson class J1e fitted with PT tender # 5274 are spotted on the inbound servicing tracks having their tenders topped off,....

4 freshly shopped Hudson class J3a # 5410 sits along side Mohawks classes L3a and L2d  as the Hudson awaits orders to back down the reversing loop at Harmon,...

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Beautiful!!!! I might have mentioned before, I spent about 8 years working in Ossining 1983-1991. I spent quite a few lunch hours hanging out by the yards near the shops where the turntable and roundhouse once were. That was obviously prior to 9/11. Can't do that anymore.

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@gmorlitz posted:

Always great to see Skip's layout. Skip, are you running any passenger cars? There's a particular set I'd like to see.

Gerry

@harmonyards posted:

I tried to do a motion shot, kinda hard to do with an iPad,...😉.....so let’s call this one photographer unknown please,...

never made in 3 rail O,...on the move is Mohawk class L2d # 2967, northbound, out of Croton,....

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Pat,

Got any more photos of this L2d Mohawk?? There were about 75 of these made between 1929 and 1930. Some of these were the first Mohawks that were converted for high speed passenger service. Yours looks like a beauty.

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Pat,

Got any more photos of this L2d Mohawk?? There were about 75 of these made between 1929 and 1930. Some of these were the first Mohawks that were converted for high speed passenger service. Yous looks like a beauty.

Sure Skip, ...I thought I did a build thread on this one, maybe I didn’t,....don’t get old, ...it sucks,...I built this L2d from a L2a chassis combined with a modified L3a boiler,...I removed the Worthington feed water, and added in the Elesco ( courtesy of PSC) also added in the correct external plumbing for the Elesco, ....I’m sure a couple of guys will catch the one part that doesn’t belong, but I’m waiting for PSC to cast it,...I’m sure Jack ( HW) would catch it,...( it’s getting fixed Jack 😁) ...anyways, here’s some quick highlight pics,...I built this one during my Christmas break, which lasts all December,...😁😁😁

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The middle pic above this reply, is of the rod bolt detail I had been working on with my good pal Pete ( Norton ) that pic is one of the first prototype rod bolts I made with the stud detail....after discussing back and forth with Pete, I finally nailed it down to look like this: ....this is much more “correct looking” ...it shows the stud with a tiny bit of thread and the centering mark on the stud,......I never could find a O scale cotter key,....😁

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@harmonyards posted:

Sure Skip, ...I thought I did a build thread on this one, maybe I didn’t,....don’t get old, ...it sucks,...I built this L2d from a L2a chassis combined with a modified L3a boiler,...I removed the Worthington feed water, and added in the Elesco ( courtesy of PSC) also added in the correct external plumbing for the Elesco, ....I’m sure a couple of guys will catch the one part that doesn’t belong, but I’m waiting for PSC to cast it,...I’m sure Jack ( HW) would catch it,...( it’s getting fixed Jack 😁) ...anyways, here’s some quick highlight pics,...I built this one during my Christmas break, which lasts all December,...😁😁😁

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That's awesome Pat!!! I admire the attention to detail. You and Pete do some really cool things.

@harmonyards posted:

I tried to do a motion shot, kinda hard to do with an iPad,...😉.....so let’s call this one photographer unknown please,...

never made in 3 rail O,...on the move is Mohawk class L2d # 2967, northbound, out of Croton,....

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Pat, this is a great motion shot. Trust me, I know what bad ones are since most of mine you can't make out s##t. Looking at the driver rods, that is perfect. You can see part of them look still, but further down towards the cab, you can see a bit of a blur. The background is blurred too. This is a great shot. Be sure to tell the photographer he did a great job. 👍

Pat, this is a great motion shot. Trust me, I know what bad ones are since most of mine you can't make out s##t. Looking at the driver rods, that is perfect. You can see part of them look still, but further down towards the cab, you can see a bit of a blur. The background is blurred too. This is a great shot. Be sure to tell the photographer he did a great job. 👍

Thanks Dave,...mechanical engineer, yes, .....painter ...yes,...photography....that would be a negative ghost rider,...I’d better leave motion picture taking to the motion picture takers,...😉

Pat

@harmonyards posted:

Sure Skip, ...I thought I did a build thread on this one, maybe I didn’t,....don’t get old, ...it sucks,...

Sorry buddy, but getting old is a whole lot better than the alternative. I have some aches, I have some pains, I have trouble bending my body, but I can still bend my elbow with a glass in my hand and enjoy family, friends and life.

Gerry

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