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@JamesRx posted:

Paul you are exactly right about matching the Dreyfuss cars. The first E7s delivered to the NYC in 1945 were actually painted to match the 1938 paint scheme of the cars of the Century…light gray body with dark gray stripe, like the 4004 in my video. Soon after, however, they were repainted to match the new 1948 Century, which has the reverse paint scheme…the more familiar dark gray body with light gray stripe. (There were actually two units in that first order, numbers 4002 and 4003, which were painted all black! I have an older TMCC version in black but it has the incorrect road number 4008).

Sorry for the delay in replying, James… thanks for that interesting history - one of my favorite things about this forum is everyone’s willingness to share their knowledge.

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Two nice videos, Trainbros. I’m in the process of putting together a Metro North commuter train (waiting for the MN New Haven Genisis that 3rd Rail is doing next year). Are those the new Atlas MN cars??? I noticed that yours appear to have the tail red lights on between the cars. I found a small switch in the center of the underside of mine which can turn off the tail lights on all but one the last car.

Just got my Reading Crusader cars back, they now have LED lighting, full interiors with 3D printed seats and tables, and lots of paying passengers. The locomotive has received a full command upgrade with fan driven smoke and ERR cruise/sounds sounds, all LED lighting including ground lights. The train is now back at the depot ready to start earning it's keep in full revenue service!



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A trio of passenger trains on my club's layout this past September.  When I started taking the video, my 2 kids had been getting restless and I had only planned to catch the one I was running before needing to pack it in......but to my surprise  I got lucky and caught a 3-way meet!  The ACL is mine, the Erie belongs to the president, and the SP to another member. 

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Here is one of my "oldies" from about 1930.  It is an American Flyer "Champion" line train.  The Champion Line was formulated by Flyer to deal with the Great Depression, now in its 2nd year and approaching its worst year (1932).  Families had little or no money for luxury items like toys especially trains that were expensive for the time.  Flyer, like Lionel and others introduced lower priced lines to help sustain their business.  These cars are really interesting, they are one piece!.  They were lithographed on a flat sheet. windows and doors punched out,  and then folded up to make the car.  Cheap, efficient and very clever!  The engine while electric is all sheet metal and only goes forward.  Times were tough!!

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Don

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@Apples55 posted:

Two nice videos, Trainbros. I’m in the process of putting together a Metro North commuter train (waiting for the MN New Haven Genisis that 3rd Rail is doing next year). Are those the new Atlas MN cars??? I noticed that yours appear to have the tail red lights on between the cars. I found a small switch in the center of the underside of mine which can turn off the tail lights on all but one the last car.

Paul,



Apologies, I did not see this! Yes, the MN are the new ones. Yep, they have the switch, but for whatever reason, I love having all the lights on . I also have a MN 3rd Rail Genesis on order, can't wait to see them.

Here is one of my "oldies" from about 1930.  It is an American Flyer "Champion" line train.  The Champion Line was formulated by Flyer to deal with the Great Depression, now in its 2nd year and approaching its worst year (1932).  Families had little or no money for luxury items like toys especially trains that were expensive for the time.  Flyer, like Lionel and others introduced lower priced lines to help sustain their business.  These cars are really interesting, they are one piece!.  They were lithographed on a flat sheet. windows and doors punched out,  and then folded up to make the car.  Cheap, efficient and very clever!  The engine while electric is all sheet metal and only goes forward.  Times were tough!!

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Best Wishes

Don

Thanks @Don  McErlean for continuing to show you older stuff - I lover it!!!!!

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This is a replay from several years ago. In the video below, take a ride on the great Northeastern Railway's (GNR) daytime excursion train as it leaves suburban station, Terryville, passes the GNR City Yards and circles the City of Christopolis. It ends is journey passing under Mt. Carroll through the long C&T tunnel and returns to its point of origin, Terryville. The GNR mainline is busy. On its way, your train will be passed by other trains on track #2. Take your seat. Have your ticket ready and enjoy the ride.

I could have sworn that I posted this video on this tread a long time ago. After doing a search and going through all 28 pages here is one of my favorite videos of my Legacy K4s pulling a bunch of PRR Express Boxcars, MTH Refrigerated Express cars, and 18” Lionel passenger cars (2 from the Lindbergh Special set) and bringing up the rear a Kline Aluminum Business car:

       

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That's so nice John. Terrific watching 2 of the K4's blowing past with all those great cars in tow!

I recently acquired a K4 and am gradually building a similar 'Mail Train' as I can pick up appropriate items for the consist.  Is there a 'proper order' for the various cars usually found here?

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@c.sam posted:

That's so nice John. Terrific watching 2 of the K4's blowing past with all those great cars in tow!

I recently acquired a K4 and am gradually building a similar 'Mail Train' as I can pick up appropriate items for the consist.  Is there a 'proper order' for the various cars usually found here?

c.sam

i don’t know of any official PRR rules or any other railroad rules but based on videos I have seen usually express boxcars first then refrigerated reefers, mail rpo cars, regular baggage cars, sleeper cars, dinner, coaches, and at the tail end an observation or business car. Thanks for the like

JohnB

Here is another video from the BDSME Open House I think in 2017. My Legacy PRR E8s are pulling a K-Line Express Reefer and six 18” Lionel Aluminum passenger cars. Must of been a big year for passenger trains at he BDSME as you will also see one on our two rail line and a Santa Fe passenger train on the other 3 rail line too.

     

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Here is a limited run passenger train ( Whitehead's Flyer )  manufactured by Lionel for Schweppes Ginger Ale.  There were just over 1000 of these sets manufactured.   I purchased this set brand new at a train show in Ellicott City, Md back around 2015/16.    As I walked in the door, my friend Randy Harrison's son Chris was there to meet me.  As he and Randy were vendors that day,  Chris spotted this set early on and just knew that I had to have this set because my last name is Whitehead ... and who would not want to own a passenger set with their name on it!! LOL!   Of course I was able to get the dealer to come down on the price and in the deal making process you can betcha I didn't disclose my last name LOL.  Let's just say I got the set for a good price!  

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Here is a limited run passenger train ( Whitehead's Flyer )  manufactured by Lionel for Schweppes Ginger Ale.  There were just over 1000 of these sets manufactured.   I purchased this set brand new at a train show in Ellicott City, Md back around 2015/16.    As I walked in the door, my friend Randy Harrison's son Chris was there to meet me.  As he and Randy were vendors that day,  Chris spotted this set early on and just knew that I had to have this set because my last name is Whitehead ... and who would not want to own a passenger set with their name on it!! LOL!   Of course I was able to get the dealer to come down on the price and in the deal making process you can betcha I didn't disclose my last name LOL.  Let's just say I got the set for a good price!  

That’s cool Patrick and very thoughtful of Chris. What’s the chance of someone’s last name being printed on a train set unrequested.

Gene

@pennsyfan posted:

First time I’ve seen a baggage door at the end of a passenger car. Where does the dorm come in?

Looking at the interior furniture, this car looks to be more likely a baggage - dorm - lounge which was another configuration that was fairly common in the streamlined era.  Streamlined baggage - coach, baggage - lounge, baggage - dorm, and baggage - dorm - lounge cars varied from road to road.  The dormitory location wasn't always a head end car, but in many cases was.  Two well-known trains, the 20th Century Limited and the Broadway Limited, had the dormitory associated with the dual car kitchen - dining setups mid-train.

As for a baggage compartment on the forward portion of a streamlined trains, it was often adequate over a full baggage car for many name trains that didn't accept addition non-passenger related express packages.  One train that comes to mind off the top of my head is the Empire State Express that had a baggage lounge as the first car behind the RPO.

I'd love to see a 21" baggage dormitory car done so I can get closer to completing my circa 1988 Broadway Limited.  It is one of two cars I have yet to acquire with the other being a Heritage Lounge car which ran forward of the diner during the days I rode that train.  My GGD VIA Canadian one would work great, but there is no way I'm going to repaint that rare car. 

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