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For many years, a feature of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine was the "Collector Consist" column authored by Mr. Keith Wills. I always looked forward to his column as he discussed many different items in a variety of scales, some of which were quite unique and rare. One article in particular sticks in my mind. It told the story of the trip made by him and his Dad to sample the city's numerous railroading delights at Christmas time. It was published in the December 1983 issue. Evidently, it was a popular piece as RMC has seen fit to post it on its website to be enjoyed again. Here's the link:


"For the Love of Trains".....I can't think of a more appropriate title for that article.




Originally Posted by CNJ 3676:

I found this picture of the exterior of the old Polk's store on 5th Avenue. The caption indicates it was shot during the filming of "The Godfather" in '71. With an entire floor of train stuff, shopping at Polk's was quite an experience. In addition, Mr. Polk played a key role in starting the importation of high quality models from foreign manufacturers.






They had a 1:24 Slot car track on the upper floor that I used with my friends back in the 60's. I don't think there was a charge, bring your own cars and run them. Since they were so diverse, there wasn't a whole lot of O gauge stuff. Madison Hardware, 9 blocks south was the place to go for trains.

Originally Posted by Jim Policastro: (re - trips to the Polo Grounds)

As kids we had a lot of freedom, but we were discouraged from walking into that part of Manhattan on our own to get to a ball game.  Plus, it was a chance to ride the shuttle or the subway to the Polo Grounds.



This is slightly amusing to me, because I "grew up" on 161st & Broadway and my buddy lived down the block on Ft. Washington Avenue.  We walked to many Giants and Mets games at the Polo Grounds without ever being hassled.  Walked across the bridge to Yankee Stadium too, lots of times, no problem.  To this day we still "discuss" the relative merits of Mantle vs. Mays, and Gilbert vs. Lionel. 



As a kid we would ride our bikes from 167th St. Near Jerome Ave. Up the Edward L Grant Highway ( Boscobel Ave.) Across the (Martha) Washington Bridge to the George Washington Bridge to Rt 9 in Jersey. Then up to where you could ride down the Palisades on a winding road without pedaling at all to the bottom at the waters edge. Then cross the Hudson River on the Yonkers Ferry to Yonkers. The go South back to the Bronx and home. That took up most of the day.Life was good!

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> On Feb 12, 2015, at 12:06 PM, O Gauge Railroading On Line Forum <> wrote:

Nate - You're freakin' me out here!  One of my favorite rides after I got my Peugeot ten speed (in my twenties during a temporary bounce back to the parents') was to cross the GW bridge and go down those switchbacks to Palisades Interstate Park, it was called, along the Hudson.  A great spot to watch the trains on the Hudson line across the river.  The Yonkers ferry was long gone by then but I'd keep pedaling North, making my way up the North end switchbacks to Route 9W, and from there go visit pals in Tappan and gals in Piermont.  Return trip usually was through Jersey on the West side of the Palisades.


Jim - The only place in New Yawk City that ever gave me pause about being there was East New York, in Brooklyn, at the New Lots Avenue station.  Had a guitar player lived out there and boy were my nerves wracked when we walked from the train to his dad's apartment in the projects.  Interestingly, Bernard is a waaaay better musician than I and does a lot of recording production and playing on records of various rap artists.  He tells me some of those guys ain't so easy to collect from.



Originally Posted by bluelinec4:
Schaefer is the one beer to have when your having more than one. Schaefer pleasure doesn't fade even when your thirst is done.

My beer is rheingold the dry beer. Ask for rheingold wherever you buy beer

The most rewarding flavor in this man's world, for people who are having fun...

Originally Posted by NumberOne:
Originally Posted by bluelinec4:
Schaefer is the one beer to have when your having more than one. Schaefer pleasure doesn't fade even when your thirst is done.

My beer is rheingold the dry beer. Ask for rheingold wherever you buy beer

The most rewarding flavor in this man's world, for people who are having fun...





I love this thread! The architecture, and the use of steel and cast iron was amazing. I am always awe struck when visiting New York. The simplest things such as support beams in most buildings were so artfully embellished. If the construction industry was the same today as it was even thirty years ago, I would have considered staying in the masonry field. Simplistic styles and heavy and ugly building materials caused me to lose interest and physical ability to continue.


Originally Posted by M.D.:


Does anyone know what the building is on the top left of the photo?  Looks like the sign says N.D.C.O


Sunoco gas station and Taxi stand. New Dorp Coal & Lumber Co. also in that S.I. scene.

I generally observed 2 B&O - C&O 40' coal cars and a box car there back in the day.

ND Lane was a place to shop or Stapleton was the only other place to shop via train.




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WINS Radio You tugged a string in my heart!


Ahh yes,

Now that we did all the beer commercial songs and sayings lets go to the Radio. Who can ever forget WINS Radio. Rock & Roll, teenage girls, Allan Freed, Jack Lacy, Murray the K. The Brooklyn Fox Theater, street corner singing, candy stores, juke boxes, 45 rpm records, portable radios and reel to reel tape recorders. How about guys singing in the subway trying to get the echo. The there was station number 2. WMGM with the curly headed kid in the 3rd row. WINS top competition. The whole thing is a blast from the past. Happy times indeed.


Listen to Lacy the man with the style.

The next time you won't have to guess.

Just set your dial to 1010 a while. To W- I- N -S


So lets take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry before the WTC and the Verrazano Bridge. The ferry trip cost a nickel then. Its a better bargain today as it is free of charge. In this film, the boats carried aitomobiles . Only road routes wjere the three New Jersey Bridges. From Brooklyn and Manhattan it was by boat. Lots of Harbor traffic in this video . Also a couple of Ocean Liners including the SS France.


The Boat we are on is of the Mary Murray Class, There were three, Mary Murray, Gold Star Mother and Miss New Tork , Also in operation on the run where some twin stackers, perhaps Tompkinsville, Dongan Hills or Father Knickerbocker. Enjoy the ride.

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very cool video! As a young lad, my family and I would drive to long Island each summer for our vacation at our grandparents' home in Long Beach. We watched the progress of the Verrazano bridge. I don't remember how long it took, I just remember marveling at its massiveness. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.


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