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Finally, the first and last Premier run of MTH E-8's in Erie Lackawanna.  Item number 20-21363-1 Cab #820.  I have the other powered #822 on the way!

Once things are safe and our club has it's 1st public show, both powered units (#820 and #822) with be pulling a 9 car consist of 20" Weaver Aluminum Erie Lackawanna cars.


Anyways, here are my Weaver Lackawanna E-8's pulling the Weaver Erie Lackawanna cars.

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The pride of the Panhandle, the PRR's Spirit of St. Louis occupies the soon-to-be-installed passenger siding at the Steubenville, OH station.  This is K-Line's (K4680) set of 4 extruded aluminum 18" passenger cars, representing the 1950's version of this famous, named passenger train.  The unfinished mainline is in the foreground.

Looking westward, the cars are (right to left) "Alexander Johnston Cassatt" flat-end observation car #8424, diner #4620, coach #4149, "City of Reading" Pullman #8060.


This is the view eastward, giving you a sneak peek at the Panhandle bridge.




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OK Guys, lots of beautiful passenger trains.  I hope you will forgive me, but being away from home and somewhat short of pictures, I have selected these JUST FOR FUN!  The Smurf Train, carries its little blue people on blue track!.  This was a bottom shelf, back of the antique store, find for $5 complete with the box!  What train guy can resist a $5 complete train set, even if its a Smurf Train...So anyway, just for laughs, here is my "passenger train" (Note: all passengers are small blue folks).

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Happy Mid-Week Everyone!



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Guys:  Well we have such beautiful passenger trains today, I thought you might like to see what some youngsters were playing with nearly 100 years ago, 1930-31 to be exact.  Hornby trains brought out a new smaller size train, 0 gauge but smaller in scale than their regular series, called M0 trains.  The first passenger sets came in two liveries , one in red livery and one in green.  The pictures below are of the red version.  Other than color, they were the same and used the same coaches which changed little over the prewar years except for the roof color.  This version is the 1930 - 33 brown roof. 

Here is the whole train, note 2-rail track (engine is CW)

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Here is the engine, the M0  engines in 30-31 all had no railway name and the red one carried the number 6100 on the tender.  The engine, at this stage (and until 1936) carried no cylinders or drive rods - note there are  no bosses on the driving wheels. 

Hornby M0 train loco 2

Here is one of the two coaches that came in the set.  This is the "Zena" coach.  Except for the name board it is no different than the other coach in the set. 

Hornby M0 train Zena Coach 3

Companion coach "Joan".  The engine, tender, and 2 coaches along with  a circle of 2 rail track comprised the full set.  There also was a "station" set that included a set of points (switches), a station, a signal box, and a suburban station and 3 telephone poles.  Eventually up through 1937 -38 Hornby made a rather complete line of M0 trains including both passenger and freight wagons plus accessories until the war stopped production.  The series was the first Hornby train back in production after the war and they continued to be produced until 1954. 

Hornby M0 train Joan Coach 4


Certainly a long way from the realism that our scale like trains today but I am willing to bet that a lot of youngsters were thrilled when they opened a birthday or Christmas gift with these 90 years ago!



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I am enjoying all the passenger trains, and the 1930 Hornby train is really neat to see. In the USA, the Ives 1122 and its cars came out at almost the same time in 1929. It’s fun to compare the passenger trains of 1929-1930 with the passenger trains of today, almost 100 years later!


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WP (John)  Thank you for your comment and your Ives 1122 set and cars is really cool.  I have almost no early Ives and I have always regretted passing stuff up over the years.  By the way, the M0 Hornby set I showed really is their attempt at "inexpensive" toy trains in the 1930's (world wide depression).  They did have more elaborate passenger cars of course, much more realistic than "Joan and Zena" but they were much more expensive (P.S. still are today ).  I sometimes think,(my own opinion - not verified ) that the M0 line was closer to what Marx was trying to do in the US rather than to a premium line like Ives.  As an example shown below are some 1935 Marx "Bogota" coaches (called "short wheel base" coaches) from Marx's first year of production after taking over the Gerard Model Works, in fact these still have the Gerard "Joy Line" couplers.  These  as you can see are even LESS decorated in terms of lithography than Joan and Zena, being just two colors on the coach and 2 on the frame.  No window decoration , just square holes cut out, quite basic,even for Marx.  However, in this case, Marx offered an electric engine choice for their low priced line along with clockwork while Hornby (best I have been able to find out) did not offer an electric M0 set.  It's fun to compare what all the manufacturers were doing to struggle to stay in business during those dark economic times (in fact Ives did not make it but went bankrupt and the "Chicago" American Flyer Company was sold to A.C.Gilbert who eventually moved operations to Connecticut ).  Anyway like you I find the old sets fun to look at and see run. 

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Best Wishes, Don


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