We will start with Postwar Pennsy Paradise, specifically this #681 Pennsy Turbine hauling coal and oil, puffing smoke rings in my basement this morning:

Don't you love the smell of the smoke from those smoke pellets? I think I'm addicted to it! LOL

Here, you can share your Passion for Anything Postwar. Arnold

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I think the turbine was one of the smoothest running engines Lionel ever produced. It is a good puller also. Thanks for posting that video.

Fendermain posted:

Great video and topic Arnold. My 682 turbine does not smoke as well as yours..I need to work on it.  Here are my 2383 Santa Fe F3s. There is something about the sound of heavy postwar engines and tubular sectional track. Oh, and don't forget the ozone smell. First video..hope it works.

 

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Fendermain, loved your video, 2383 and layout! Would love to see more of your layout! Arnold

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Arnold, here are 2 short videos of other areas. My server won't allow longer ones. Just to add...I think your sign off mantra is the best and true for a lot of us.

Fendermain

Terrific videos and layout, Fendermain. I love everything about your layout. Thanks for sharing it.

Thanks also to Bob, Tncentrr, Joe and Christopher for sharing your enthusiasm for these Postwar gems.

My sign off mantra is a lyric in a song I wrote entitled Who Am I (Rollin' By). I made a video to go with the song, and I posted a YouTube link for it on this Forum. I think you folks would enjoy this video/song. To see and hear it, search on this Forum for "Phil Klopp and Model Train Song," which I posted in November 2017. I believe you will find the link there.

You can also access the video/song on YouTube. Simply go on YouTube, type my name, Arnold Cribari, in the search box, and click on Who Am I (Rollin' By). If you do this, I would love to get your honest feedback.

Arnold

 

 

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Of Postwar paradise &  passions, Arnold and Fendermain, you guys are enablers of the best kind, lol.  I had a chockful of postwar layout in early 2005., sold everything and went O scale 2 rail.  Now rebuilding simplifying the past layout,  missed the color, sound and smell of it all. Postwar Lionel  is Always a pleasure and a time machine of past thrills.

As in the past, thank you once again. Fantastic videos!

Leroof.

Thanks to all for the positive words.  Leroof keep us updated on your rebuild as it progresses.  I bet it will be great.        Fendermain

Arnold, while on the topic of postwar Pennsy paradise, don't forget the GG 1 on parade on your layout. Looking forward to that installment as well.

leroof.

Hey Fendermain, I intend to share it. Progress is slow but next up is an over head working catenary for my electrics, one or more sidings and a couple of working accessories, followed by some choice plasticville from the great era. I have a few light towers I have plans for too. .Seeing your video and Arnold's  make motivation.

i have to find some decent heaters for the concrete refrigerator I call my basement. It's starting to get cold up here in Maine. What I may do is move the three tables upstairs for winter this time around. I may never go back to the dungeon! Lol. I do store the trains upstairs where it's a normal temperature. 

They share the same room as my couple of fenders ( a telly and a strat ). 

Thanks for your comments.

Leroof posted:

Hey Fendermain, I intend to share it. Progress is slow but next up is an over head working catenary for my electrics, one or more sidings and a couple of working accessories, followed by some choice plasticville from the great era. I have a few light towers I have plans for too. .Seeing your video and Arnold's  make motivation.

i have to find some decent heaters for the concrete refrigerator I call my basement. It's starting to get cold up here in Maine. What I may do is move the three tables upstairs for winter this time around. I may never go back to the dungeon! Lol. I do store the trains upstairs where it's a normal temperature. 

They share the same room as my couple of fenders ( a telly and a strat ). 

Thanks for your comments.

Leroof,  I remember your overhead power from another thread...great work.  We just had a local estate sale with a bunch of nice plasticville...no room for it unfortunately.  Cold here too..not Maine cold..NW Ohio.  I was just spankin the telly plank earlier.  Two of my boys came over...jam session.  I was using an 1x12 combo amp I made last year out of 100 y/o barn wood.  1950s hammond organ reverb amp converted to guitar amp...basically an 18 watt marshall. I made the cabinet not the amp.

 

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This is for Leroof, my Brunswick Green Postwar Pennsy GG1:

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Here is the same Postwar GG1 running at the other end of the layout:

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Doesn't that GG1 look great pulling Postwar extruded aluminum passenger cars?

Of course, the ultimate is to see it running from operating overhead catenary. Arnold

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Arnold,  lovely GG1 and passenger car videos. I just saw your model train song video and enjoyed it very much as well.  I am a musician of sorts myself...playing guitar for over half a century.  Man...that sounds ancient.  Anyway...great job.   Fendermain

Arnold!  A great big personal Thank you for the GG 1 videos. Yeah, they look Mighty Great with the extruded aluminun passenger cars! But really, EVERTHING looks great on your layout!  I like the loop excursion around your Yankee stadium. I can imagine lucky passengers looking for a Mickey Mantle at home plate!"hey, did you see that???"    

     I own a 2332 in black, a 2340 green with stripes , and a stripe less  brown 2360 that was given to me by a colleague years ago. The 2332 and 2340 were bought in your neighborhood back in the day at  Westchester toy and train show at the civic center. Did you ever attend the Tibbetts brook show back then?  Those were the days. 

     When I get my catenary up I will send moving images of GG 1's and NH EP 5 under wire.

 

Oh yeah fendermain, the Hammond organ amp transplant! I have heard of this done. Like the frankenstinian "it's alive, IT'S  ALIVE" tonal thing. I get the 18 watt Marshall side of the tonal world. Chunky thick, tonalbliss! 

I once had A vintage 1969 British origin Plexi Marshall Popular model #1930,  10 watt  valve with two greenback 10's . A mini blues breaker it was nicknamed.  I would play my 54 black beauty and my 59 LP jr through it.  Just killer response. what was I thinking getting rid of that stuff? You can always find the train you let go but.....so much for old wood. Somethings you just have to win powerball to replace! No I did not win. But my wish list is still for some selective old wood.

Doesn't matter how cold it is in NW Ohio, let the tubes glow warm.

So, you remember my live catenary?  Well my buddy who the layout was sold to did not like it, did not run electrics, so the towers recently  came back to me! Excited to clean them up after 13 years of storage. Some will need repair.  Seeing that the former layout I sold has been resurrected as the new replacement rebuilt to smaller diemensions I will add the overhead power to at least two of the tables. 

Moving images will arrive when up and running. Need to put down the tele first.

your boys play too? Awesome.

good weekend to all. 

Especially Arnold and Fendermain. In postwar we trust.

 

Sometimes I think I will sell all of my trains, plus the O scale stuff I have  to try and replace the old electric guitar equipment I once owned. But, alas the monetary value of loved postwar trains does not begin to even get close to the monetary appreciation of postwar Gibson and Fender wood. Oh well, I like the smell of ozone machinery more than old hot amplifier cabinets! I once had an old amp that caught fire! This has never happened with PW trains. However, it's well understood but discouraging that old amp transformers die way before ZW's and AC power brethren.

leroof, dreaming again.

Question:  Arnold, Are your loops tubular  031?  Mine are and it's plenty exciting to run PW fast and furious. Last layout I had the outside  031 curves were  banked with great success.

 

Fendermain, I look at your videos and like Arnold's, the more I look, the more I see.  Your prewar stuff on the layout is equally as exciting as the postwar displayed. I think I may have remarked at one time that it's a pleasure to see a fisished colorful layout with both eras depicted. Mega cool.

now where is the guitar room? 

Leroof posted:

Fendermain, I look at your videos and like Arnold's, the more I look, the more I see.  Your prewar stuff on the layout is equally as exciting as the postwar displayed. I think I may have remarked at one time that it's a pleasure to see a fisished colorful layout with both eras depicted. Mega cool.

now where is the guitar room? 

Leroof   Just got these from the postman today..separate sales.  Prewar 2224W tender...these are all metal and somewhat expensive in this condition.  Matched with postwar 2035...appeared unused for decades.  Clean up, touch up, lube up..rocking.  A little over 40$ for the engine.  My prewar/postwar conundrum continues.   FendermainIMG_2014

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Fendermain, 2224W and 2034, beautiful pair of pre/post war machinery! N I C E .

thx for the photo. I can almost hear them working the rails.

Leroof posted:

Oh yeah fendermain, the Hammond organ amp transplant! I have heard of this done. Like the frankenstinian "it's alive, IT'S  ALIVE" tonal thing. I get the 18 watt Marshall side of the tonal world. Chunky thick, tonalbliss! 

I once had A vintage 1969 British origin Plexi Marshall Popular model #1930,  10 watt  valve with two greenback 10's . A mini blues breaker it was nicknamed.  I would play my 54 black beauty and my 59 LP jr through it.  Just killer response. what was I thinking getting rid of that stuff? You can always find the train you let go but.....so much for old wood. Somethings you just have to win powerball to replace! No I did not win. But my wish list is still for some selective old wood.

Doesn't matter how cold it is in NW Ohio, let the tubes glow warm.

So, you remember my live catenary?  Well my buddy who the layout was sold to did not like it, did not run electrics, so the towers recently  came back to me! Excited to clean them up after 13 years of storage. Some will need repair.  Seeing that the former layout I sold has been resurrected as the new replacement rebuilt to smaller diemensions I will add the overhead power to at least two of the tables. 

Moving images will arrive when up and running. Need to put down the tele first.

your boys play too? Awesome.

good weekend to all. 

Especially Arnold and Fendermain. In postwar we trust.

 

Leroof   I have 3 boys and they all play.  We do one gig a year...pool party in the country.  So I used the JOHN-Q...that's the amp. Open it up with a tele and stand back..upper mid bliss...EL 84 smoking goodness. We have visited the southwest a lot..hence the grill cloth  Pedals..we don't need no stinking pedals...just use volume and tone controls on the tele.  FendermainIMG_2016IMG_2015

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We don't need no stinking pedals! Ain't it the truth with that killer rig. 

Hey, the "REV" would love that amp. That is the Reverand B. Gibbons.

You know I don't own a pedal other than in my car!

thanks for sharing. Now I feel like riffing.

i dig the old barn wood. Great heaps of open for tone business porosity

Could make a good plankercaster too.

JOHN-Q....ahhh I love the smell of  EL 84's in the morning!

 

Leroof posted:

Oh yeah fendermain, the Hammond organ amp transplant! I have heard of this done. Like the frankenstinian "it's alive, IT'S  ALIVE" tonal thing. I get the 18 watt Marshall side of the tonal world. Chunky thick, tonalbliss! 

I once had A vintage 1969 British origin Plexi Marshall Popular model #1930,  10 watt  valve with two greenback 10's . A mini blues breaker it was nicknamed.  I would play my 54 black beauty and my 59 LP jr through it.  Just killer response. what was I thinking getting rid of that stuff? You can always find the train you let go but.....so much for old wood. Somethings you just have to win powerball to replace! No I did not win. But my wish list is still for some selective old wood.

Doesn't matter how cold it is in NW Ohio, let the tubes glow warm.

So, you remember my live catenary?  Well my buddy who the layout was sold to did not like it, did not run electrics, so the towers recently  came back to me! Excited to clean them up after 13 years of storage. Some will need repair.  Seeing that the former layout I sold has been resurrected as the new replacement rebuilt to smaller diemensions I will add the overhead power to at least two of the tables. 

Moving images will arrive when up and running. Need to put down the tele first.

your boys play too? Awesome.

good weekend to all. 

Especially Arnold and Fendermain. In postwar we trust.

 

Didn't realize there were that many other musicians on here! Full time musician here!

Arnold, it looks like post war paradise has morphed a bit into postwar era guitars and amps!  Oh well post war paradise or passions one in the same.

back to the fabulous  GG 1 running top speeds on your layout, did you spring down the trailing trucks?  I know there i a way to do this that I have read about here on this forum. I am somewhat intimidated by taking my GG 1 apart and doing the spring thing.  My train doctor passed on this year.  

On Another topic:How about sharing a thrilling New Haven EP 5 video on your pike?  I have a mini toggle switch in the battery compartment of mine to utilize overhead power. Soon to be rebuilt.

i never get tired of seeing your PW time machine travel footage!

another question: does Westchester toy and train Christmas show still happen?

thanks and have a great weekend.

 

 

Speaking of GG1s running under live catenary, I would like to post this here, at the risk of being a show off, as it has been posted some time ago.  But as I said, since the subject of live catenary has come up, I'll post it again, here.  My layout is small, 3' x12'.  There are O31 curves at each end.  They made the building of the catenary interesting at those places.  

https://youtu.be/Jk8NN1yikTo

https://youtu.be/Pr3zgdBpkvA

I have lots of post war all boxed up. Never run it anymore but I still love seeing layouts from that period. Don

Wonderful seeing the PW layouts and trains.

Fenderman, seeing your 397 reminded me I replaced the broken belt on my childhood 397 a week ago; but, I work slow-=-the receipt for the rplacement belt was dated 2015!!!  Works like a champ now and will get its prominent place this Christmas; the 3469 dump car is ready to go.

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Wonderful seeing the PW layouts and trains.

Fenderman, seeing your 397 reminded me I replaced the broken belt on my childhood 397 a week ago; but, I work slow-=-the receipt for the rplacement belt was dated 2015!!!  Works like a champ now and will get its prominent place this Christmas; the 3469 dump car is ready to go.

Pingman.   It's really great that you have some of your childhood train stuff.  I foolishly let mine go when I was about 20.  397s are fun...mine needs a tune up.   Fendermain

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Speaking of GG1s running under live catenary, I would like to post this here, at the risk of being a show off, as it has been posted some time ago.  But as I said, since the subject of live catenary has come up, I'll post it again, here.  My layout is small, 3' x12'.  There are O31 curves at each end.  They made the building of the catenary interesting at those places.  

https://youtu.be/Jk8NN1yikTo

https://youtu.be/Pr3zgdBpkvA

Spectacular operating overhead catenary, Dan. Congratulations on building it!

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Leroof posted:

Arnold, it looks like post war paradise has morphed a bit into postwar era guitars and amps!  Oh well post war paradise or passions one in the same.

back to the fabulous  GG 1 running top speeds on your layout, did you spring down the trailing trucks?  I know there i a way to do this that I have read about here on this forum. I am somewhat intimidated by taking my GG 1 apart and doing the spring thing.  My train doctor passed on this year.  

On Another topic:How about sharing a thrilling New Haven EP 5 video on your pike?  I have a mini toggle switch in the battery compartment of mine to utilize overhead power. Soon to be rebuilt.

i never get tired of seeing your PW time machine travel footage!

another question: does Westchester toy and train Christmas show still happen?

thanks and have a great weekend.

 

 

Leroof, I love your enthusiasm for this topic.

Yes, Westchester Toy and Train Show at the County Center in White Plains is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th. I believe George Tebolt, a great train parts dealer, has retired. I miss him.

Will post my Postwar NH EP5 making a Yankee Stadium run in a few minutes. Arnold

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Lionel Postwar New Haven EP5. Turn the sound up and enjoy:

Arnold 

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Leroof posted:

Question:  Arnold, Are your loops tubular  031?  Mine are and it's plenty exciting to run PW fast and furious. Last layout I had the outside  031 curves were  banked with great success.

 

Yes, Leroof, all of my loops are tubular 031, and none are banked.

When I built the layout 20 or so years ago, my teenage kids, who liked the trains, wanted to also use the modest-sized basement playroom to play board games and do other things with their friends. The layout doesn't completely dominate the room. There is an old sectional couch and there used to be a small TV for my kids in that playroom.  I opted for a long and narrow layout that runs along backdropped walls, with 031 reverse loops for continuous operation.

It gives the impression that the trains are going places, including leaving the playroom, tunneling through a wall partition and traveling around Yankee Stadium and the George Washing Machine Bridge (LOL), and returning through the tunnel to the playroom, etc., etc.

I share this because there may be other Forum members with similar family and space issues. There are creative ways to resolve those issues and still have a great time building a layout and running trains. Arnold

 

 

 

 

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Fendermain posted:
Leroof posted:

Oh yeah fendermain, the Hammond organ amp transplant! I have heard of this done. Like the frankenstinian "it's alive, IT'S  ALIVE" tonal thing. I get the 18 watt Marshall side of the tonal world. Chunky thick, tonalbliss! 

I once had A vintage 1969 British origin Plexi Marshall Popular model #1930,  10 watt  valve with two greenback 10's . A mini blues breaker it was nicknamed.  I would play my 54 black beauty and my 59 LP jr through it.  Just killer response. what was I thinking getting rid of that stuff? You can always find the train you let go but.....so much for old wood. Somethings you just have to win powerball to replace! No I did not win. But my wish list is still for some selective old wood.

Doesn't matter how cold it is in NW Ohio, let the tubes glow warm.

So, you remember my live catenary?  Well my buddy who the layout was sold to did not like it, did not run electrics, so the towers recently  came back to me! Excited to clean them up after 13 years of storage. Some will need repair.  Seeing that the former layout I sold has been resurrected as the new replacement rebuilt to smaller diemensions I will add the overhead power to at least two of the tables. 

Moving images will arrive when up and running. Need to put down the tele first.

your boys play too? Awesome.

good weekend to all. 

Especially Arnold and Fendermain. In postwar we trust.

 

Leroof   I have 3 boys and they all play.  We do one gig a year...pool party in the country.  So I used the JOHN-Q...that's the amp. Open it up with a tele and stand back..upper mid bliss...EL 84 smoking goodness. We have visited the southwest a lot..hence the grill cloth  Pedals..we don't need no stinking pedals...just use volume and tone controls on the tele.  FendermainIMG_2016IMG_2015

My God, we have so much in common. I have an Open Mic at my house once per year. Great fun. My favorite thing is when the women dance to one of my songs.

Back to trains: I think there is a powerful connection between music and Postwar trains. It has to do with rhythm, passion and romanticism. Arnold 

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Leroof posted:

Arnold, it looks like post war paradise has morphed a bit into postwar era guitars and amps!  Oh well post war paradise or passions one in the same.

back to the fabulous  GG 1 running top speeds on your layout, did you spring down the trailing trucks?  I know there i a way to do this that I have read about here on this forum. I am somewhat intimidated by taking my GG 1 apart and doing the spring thing.  My train doctor passed on this year.  

 

 

Leroof, I have no idea what it means to "spring down the trailing trucks," LOL

 

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Here's my new to me today 2035 with postwar cars.  It did not run when I got it and probably has not in decades.  Hugging the rails pretty good.... O54 curves.    I used to watch my trains from this angle when I was a kid.   Fendermain

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:
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Leroof posted:

Oh yeah fendermain, the Hammond organ amp transplant! I have heard of this done. Like the frankenstinian "it's alive, IT'S  ALIVE" tonal thing. I get the 18 watt Marshall side of the tonal world. Chunky thick, tonalbliss! 

I once had A vintage 1969 British origin Plexi Marshall Popular model #1930,  10 watt  valve with two greenback 10's . A mini blues breaker it was nicknamed.  I would play my 54 black beauty and my 59 LP jr through it.  Just killer response. what was I thinking getting rid of that stuff? You can always find the train you let go but.....so much for old wood. Somethings you just have to win powerball to replace! No I did not win. But my wish list is still for some selective old wood.

Doesn't matter how cold it is in NW Ohio, let the tubes glow warm.

So, you remember my live catenary?  Well my buddy who the layout was sold to did not like it, did not run electrics, so the towers recently  came back to me! Excited to clean them up after 13 years of storage. Some will need repair.  Seeing that the former layout I sold has been resurrected as the new replacement rebuilt to smaller diemensions I will add the overhead power to at least two of the tables. 

Moving images will arrive when up and running. Need to put down the tele first.

your boys play too? Awesome.

good weekend to all. 

Especially Arnold and Fendermain. In postwar we trust.

 

Leroof   I have 3 boys and they all play.  We do one gig a year...pool party in the country.  So I used the JOHN-Q...that's the amp. Open it up with a tele and stand back..upper mid bliss...EL 84 smoking goodness. We have visited the southwest a lot..hence the grill cloth  Pedals..we don't need no stinking pedals...just use volume and tone controls on the tele.  FendermainIMG_2016IMG_2015

My God, we have so much in common. I have an Open Mic at my house once per year. Great fun. My favorite thing is when the women dance to one of my songs.

Back to trains: I think there is a powerful connection between music and Postwar trains. It has to do with rhythm, passion and romanticism. Arnold 

Yes,  open Mic events are cool. When we do our annual gig a lot of people show up to jam with us..great fun and it keeps you on your toes.

As with music being an art form I think creating a model railroad is one as well...it's very expressive as to how it's presented.  I think the prewar/postwar genre lets you create with real antiques.  That says something in itself.     Fendermain

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022 is King!

Yep..I have two on a dogbone loop.  They've been in service for decades...auto throw works great.  Fendermain

Now Boarding on Track #2: The Broadway Limited:

I always secretly wanted the Postwar Lionel Operating Dispatch Board as a kid, and got it for cheap as an adult at a train show.

Got it home, didn't work. Seemed hopeless at first. Opened it up and dead moths fell out. I tinkered with it, sprayed a little WD40 in the mechanism and Eureka, it has worked like a charm ever since. 

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Postwar power.   I don't know if you guys have upgraded your power or kept it postwar. I have built my layout so the control panel is a visual part of it.  I recently tuned the KWs up with new rollers, whistle diodes and modern circuit breakers.   FendermainIMG_1859

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Fendermain, you Postwar power station is so neat and clean!

Here's mine:IMG_0853

It's weathered. LOL, Arnold

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Fendermain, you Postwar power station is so neat and clean!

Here's mine:IMG_0853

It's weathered. LOL, Arnold

My wife says I have OCD.

Postwar Paradise Sweet Spot.  I agree with Arnold and think postwar may now be the best area for purchases. I have prewar, postwar and modern equipment.   Prewar..hard to find some parts for repair..broken wheels. Newer is expensive and the electronics are difficult if not impossible to repair it yourself.  Postwar...good prices now..most parts easy to find.. easy to fix it yourself. The postwar 2035 I just got was just north of $40..how can you top that.   Fendermain

Fendermain posted:

Postwar Paradise Sweet Spot.  I agree with Arnold and think postwar may now be the best area for purchases. I have prewar, postwar and modern equipment.   Prewar..hard to find some parts for repair..broken wheels. Newer is expensive and the electronics are difficult if not impossible to repair it yourself.  Postwar...good prices now..most parts easy to find.. easy to fix it yourself. The postwar 2035 I just got was just north of $40..how can you top that.   Fendermain

I just bought the 2025 and tender for the same price: $40. I also have the 2035, which is the same except it has Magnetraction.

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Arnold D. Cribari posted:
Fendermain posted:

Postwar Paradise Sweet Spot.  I agree with Arnold and think postwar may now be the best area for purchases. I have prewar, postwar and modern equipment.   Prewar..hard to find some parts for repair..broken wheels. Newer is expensive and the electronics are difficult if not impossible to repair it yourself.  Postwar...good prices now..most parts easy to find.. easy to fix it yourself. The postwar 2035 I just got was just north of $40..how can you top that.   Fendermain

I just bought the 2025 and tender for the same price: $40. I also have the 2035, which is the same except it has Magnetraction.

Wow..better deal yet.  I just got some new smoke pills in the mail...them seem to work better than my old left over ones.  Have try them on the turbine next.    Fendermain

This next video could be in a separate Post entitled Unit Trains, but because the trains are Postwar,  I'll keep it here.

Living in the NYC metro area, I don't get to see freight trains very much. However, about 2 years ago, I did. My wife and I went to West Point, where our granddaughter was a cheer leader for a Pop Warner football game. We sat in bleachers where we could not only see the game and cheer leading, but we also had a beautiful view of the Hudson River and railroad tracks on the west side of the river.

Suddenly, we could hear the roar of a diesel freight train, and for the next few minutes, we had the thrill of seeing what seemed to be endless oil tanker cars pass by.

I enjoy running unit trains because they seem more realistic to me than mixed freight, though there are also real mixed freight trains. I think runit trains are more common in the real world.

The video below shows a Postwar Lackawanna FM Trainmaster hauling Postwar oil tankers through a passing siding on my layout:

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Here is the same train running through the same passing siding from the opposite direction, into the afternoon sunlight.

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Today, I went to a local hobby store, Tom's Trains in Ardsley, NY,  which has a very nice running layout to entertain children and adults alike, and bought 3 Postwar operating log cars. My intention was to create a log unit train because I already had 4 other log cars.

This net video shows for the 1st time on my layout a  log unit train headed by a Postwar 646 Hudson:

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Arnold hits another one out of the stadium! Such entertaining videos!

the 022's are the gladiators of postwar era. I have eleven of them that do the non derail operation just about flawless! A couple of them are cut down to fit the tables. My favorite no nonsense switch.

fendermain, a little OCD makes Big for beautiful showmanship. Nice control area.

Arnold, I bet you know where every thing is on your control area, btw it's so laid back, train work well too.

Westchester toy and train Dec. 9th. I am tempted to not do the Big E in January  and visit my friends and family  in New York and attend it for old time's sake. I have pictures of my 1 and a half year old son asleep on my shoulder when I brought him to his first train show there. I have not been to this show in over 20 years! All grown up works and lives in NYC now, it might be a blast to attend with him.

might you be there? 

I used to buy parts from George Tebolt when I live in NYC.  Finally retired?  Wow, funny how time whizzes by. 

Arnold, great NH EP5 footage you sent. One of my favorites. I recently saw 5 of them for sale at a local train show up here. I behaved my self....but I wanted them all! No one bought them! They were in decent runner shape from 125 to 175 bucks. Other Postwar around decently priced .Walked away with a 750 blue American flyer bridge for $10, just needed a clean up, an American flyer fuel station for $3, and two red Lionel small bridges $8 each! Operator stuff makes me smile.IMG_0113IMG_0114IMG_0115

Have a great weekend.

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Arnold hits another one out of the stadium! Such entertaining videos!

the 022's are the gladiators of postwar era. I have eleven of them that do the non derail operation just about flawless! A couple of them are cut down to fit the tables. My favorite no nonsense switch.

fendermain, a little OCD makes Big for beautiful showmanship. Nice control area.

Arnold, I bet you know where every thing is on your control area, btw it's so laid back, train work well too.

Westchester toy and train Dec. 9th. I am tempted to not do the Big E in January  and visit my friends and family  in New York and attend it for old time's sake. I have pictures of my 1 and a half year old son asleep on my shoulder when I brought him to his first train show there. I have not been to this show in over 20 years! All grown up works and lives in NYC now, it might be a blast to attend with him.

might you be there? 

I used to buy parts from George Tebolt when I live in NYC.  Finally retired?  Wow, funny how time whizzes by. 

Arnold, great NH EP5 footage you sent. One of my favorites. I recently saw 5 of them for sale at a local train show up here. I behaved my self....but I wanted them all! No one bought them! They were in decent runner shape from 125 to 175 bucks. Other Postwar around decently priced .Walked away with a 750 blue American flyer bridge for $10, just needed a clean up, an American flyer fuel station for $3, and two red Lionel small bridges $8 each! Operator stuff makes me smile.IMG_0113IMG_0114IMG_0115

Have a great weekend.

leroof

 

 

Yes. Leroof, I will be going to the Decrmber 9th Westchester Toy and Train Show at the County Center in White Plains. There is a good chance that Melgar on this Forum will also attend. Maybe we can have a Forum get together at that show.

Sounds like you got some great deal re your recent purchases you mention in your post. I have the same red Lionel bridges (they may be pre-war) on my layout.  Arnold

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Leroof posted:

Arnold hits another one out of the stadium! Such entertaining videos!

the 022's are the gladiators of postwar era. I have eleven of them that do the non derail operation just about flawless! A couple of them are cut down to fit the tables. My favorite no nonsense switch.

fendermain, a little OCD makes Big for beautiful showmanship. Nice control area.

Arnold, I bet you know where every thing is on your control area, btw it's so laid back, train work well too.

Westchester toy and train Dec. 9th. I am tempted to not do the Big E in January  and visit my friends and family  in New York and attend it for old time's sake. I have pictures of my 1 and a half year old son asleep on my shoulder when I brought him to his first train show there. I have not been to this show in over 20 years! All grown up works and lives in NYC now, it might be a blast to attend with him.

might you be there? 

I used to buy parts from George Tebolt when I live in NYC.  Finally retired?  Wow, funny how time whizzes by. 

Arnold, great NH EP5 footage you sent. One of my favorites. I recently saw 5 of them for sale at a local train show up here. I behaved my self....but I wanted them all! No one bought them! They were in decent runner shape from 125 to 175 bucks. Other Postwar around decently priced .Walked away with a 750 blue American flyer bridge for $10, just needed a clean up, an American flyer fuel station for $3, and two red Lionel small bridges $8 each! Operator stuff makes me smile.IMG_0113IMG_0114IMG_0115

Have a great weekend.

leroof

 

 

I love the Flyer stuff and I have two of those bridges on my layout...I bought them at York about 20 years ago. You got a great deal.   Fendermain

Fendermain, This flyer bridge is certainly the strongest well built  bridge I have ever had. Structurally better than most.  This one is a bit worn and undoubtedly has seen a lot of trains through it.

just missing the smokestack on the bridge house. Will obtain one from a flyer friend. The show price tag read $20.  I asked the seller would he take $15 for the bridge, he smiles and says NO,  but I will take $10 ! What a nice man. Really nice deal. Certain experiences one doesn't forget. 

Arnold, you know Melgar? 

Does he live down there too?

A Forum get together an intriguing idea.

Maybe a shout out to Tri State forum guys to attend new topic etc.

hey, there used to be some great deli restaurants nearby, just add Dr Browns

cel ray or Black cherry sodas to a great sandwich during a meeting!

ok ok I am getting carried away now. Lol. 

 

Leroof, yes, Melgar lives in Connecticut about an hour away from me, and we have met a couple of times.  We have discussed an OGR On-Line Forum train get-together in the NYC metro area (preferably in Westchester County, NY where I live), and the December 9th train show in White Plains might be a good location and time to do it. City Limits Diner is across the street from the County Center building where the show is. It is a very nice diner and very convenient. 

Leroof, I see from your profile that you live in Maine, which is quite a trek from White Plains, NY.  Are you definitely interested in attending a Forum get together on December 9th in White Plains? Are there any other Forum members definitely interested in attending a Forum get together on that date and at that location? Once I have a few definites, I will be happy to do a separate Post about such a get-together in the next few days. Arnold

 

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Postwar coal unit train headed by Berkshire #736. This is an important run at this time of year. So many OGR Furum members want coal in their stocking for Christmas, and Santa is on a mission to make that happen:

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Arnold, what camera do you use to make such well done videos?

do you use a tripod or moving base?  I know you have a method as all of them are 

done with some reliable measure of exactitude. 

I will have to work out a deal with colleagues and family to go to Westchester Toy and Train, but I am willing if I have the opportunity. More on that as I gather pertinent info.

Btw, Your 736 with coal dump cars are awesome.

Another question: there is a red bridge behind the bleachers of your yankee stadium. Who, what, where , when was that made? Ok, four questions.

 

Running post war engines and cars is certainly nice. The engines do run smooth and pull strong. I have tons of P/W stuff but its all in boxes, because from the MPC era on, the fast angle wheels provide a big advantage for pulling longer consists. If you oil the old rolling stock wheels well they do run OK but you are still limited to how many you can run, but like Arnold I run conventional exclusively for reliability and ease of operation.

BTW that's a very long P/W consist that you're running

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Leroof, the camera I use is the one in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is my smart phone. I just hold it in my hands and follow the train..

The red bridge behind Yankee Stadium is not Postwar, its modern, I bought it at a LHS, and I forget the manufacturer. It has a litle red light on top.

I totally agree with Dennis about the importance on periodically putting 1 drop of oil on the inside and outside of each wheel on the axle for smooth running of long trains with Postwar cars, which minimizes derailments. My primary limitation on running long trains is if I go over 11 cars and caboose, it hits its tail in my reverse loops.

Thanks for the compliments. I also run modern trains, but lately have been enamored with Postwar. Arnold

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Ahh, I have the same phone! Do you place the footage in U tube first ? Then download it to the forum?

thanks for bridge info. I did not think it was postwar. It's really substantial.

Leroof posted:

Ahh, I have the same phone! Do you place the footage in U tube first ? Then download it to the forum?

thanks for bridge info. I did not think it was postwar. It's really substantial.

I don't put the footage in UTube first.

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On my way to Albany, NY (wife is driving at the moment) to visit relatives. Wouldn't it be nice sipping coffee in the caboose of this boxcar unit freight train headed by this Boston & Albany Hudson?

Arnold

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I don't own much Postwar (a 2328 Burlington GP7 repainted into Santa Fe zebra stripes, an ABBA set of 2343 Santa Fe F3s, and 3 2500 series aluminum passenger cars relettered for Santa Fe) but my layout's power is all Postwar. A ZW powers the trains, a Type Z handles all of the accessories. 

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I don't own much Postwar (a 2328 Burlington GP7 repainted into Santa Fe zebra stripes, an ABBA set of 2343 Santa Fe F3s, and 3 2500 series aluminum passenger cars relettered for Santa Fe) but my layout's power is all Postwar. A ZW powers the trains, a Type Z handles all of the accessories. 

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You got Plenty of Postwar Power, Lou.

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More Postwar Paradise. 646 Hudson, puffing away,  hauling milk unit train:

Arnold

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I don't own much Postwar (a 2328 Burlington GP7 repainted into Santa Fe zebra stripes, an ABBA set of 2343 Santa Fe F3s, and 3 2500 series aluminum passenger cars relettered for Santa Fe) but my layout's power is all Postwar. A ZW powers the trains, a Type Z handles all of the accessories. 

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Nice..I see you have sound activation buttons as well.  I use one on my main line for bell sounds on modern engines.    Fendermain

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Arnold, I did not know that one could directly down load movies made on a phone. How exciting! Does one need an app to do that? More exciting postwar videos! Much  Thanks. Breeding postwar enthusiasm is your calling! Lol.

Lou, that exact power is what I used on my former layout. Worked so well I decided to do it the traditional way once more. Next purchase will be a Z or a V. What are the numbered black controls on either side of the sound activation devices, momentary switch toggles, or other? 

Leroof posted:

Arnold, I did not know that one could directly down load movies made on a phone. How exciting! Does one need an app to do that? More exciting postwar videos! Much  Thanks. Breeding postwar enthusiasm is your calling! Lol.

 

Leroof, just take a picture with your smartphone and it goes into Gallery or Pictures on your phone. Then, when you post or reply on this Forum, hit Add Attachments.  Then, hit Files on bottom and that enables you to go to Gallery and include the photo in your Reply.

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Leroof, I'm almost 67 and struggle with technology. Most all young people under 35 are whizzes on smartphones and on-line forums. They can help you post photos and videos on this Forum using your smartphone.

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Arnold, Fendermain, here is a photo of my 2001 to 2005 former layout , long gone but it was predominantly postwar in its global fabric  I thought I might share in postwar paradise. I shopped for 90% of the accessories at YORK the first couple of years attended.it went from track, to well saturated then added working catenary!

only ran two trains continuously at a time, one track power, one overhead with one ZW. Plus a V powered lights 022's, accessories faithfully.

I used to run the last table  with a switcher and sidings and accessories with spare ZW at times.

ALL SOLD to a friend who lives an hour away. I was going to move to France at that time, but a Big change in plans kept me here. 

I used to play with the layout at his house but it soon went unused, into disrepair and dysfunction without maintenance . And first table was (as seen in forefront picture enclosed, was separated and expanded in his living room. Same layout with a outer loop. I may have put the only other photos of it up long ago but there are a few more I will add next.

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Thanks Arnold. You explained it clear enough. I see take a photo or video under file selection. Piece of cake.i have entered photos now it's only a matter of time before I make a film.  I won't ask a youngster. I got it from you, my peer.

Leroof posted:

Arnold, Fendermain, here is a photo of my 2001 to 2005 former layout , long gone but it was predominantly postwar in its global fabric  I thought I might share in postwar paradise. I shopped for 90% of the accessories at YORK the first couple of years attended.it went from track, to well saturated then added working catenary!

only ran two trains continuously at a time, one track power, one overhead with one ZW. Plus a V powered lights 022's, accessories faithfully.

I used to run the last table  with a switcher and sidings and accessories with spare ZW at times.

ALL SOLD to a friend who lives an hour away. I was going to move to France at that time, but a Big change in plans kept me here. 

I used to play with the layout at his house but it soon went unused, into disrepair and dysfunction without maintenance . And first table was (as seen in forefront picture enclosed, was separated and expanded in his living room. Same layout with a outer loop. I may have put the only other photos of it up long ago but there are a few more I will add next.

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Leroof,     I like!  I like!   The overhead power is top notch.  Yes, the tele is calling..too much computer...not enough tele.  Calluses are going away!!!  Yikes!!!   Fendermain

Leroof posted:

Lou, that exact power is what I used on my former layout. Worked so well I decided to do it the traditional way once more. Next purchase will be a Z or a V. What are the numbered black controls on either side of the sound activation devices, momentary switch toggles, or other? 

The black toggles are SPST switches for all the blocks on the layout. 

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Well technically I forgot to list some Postwar stuff I have, mainly the 3 accessories I own. I have a barrel loader, coal loader, and sawmill on my layout (the ice depot is a modern reissue).

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Arnold, Fendermain, here is a photo of my 2001 to 2005 former layout , long gone but it was predominantly postwar in its global fabric  I thought I might share in postwar paradise. I shopped for 90% of the accessories at YORK the first couple of years attended.it went from track, to well saturated then added working catenary!

only ran two trains continuously at a time, one track power, one overhead with one ZW. Plus a V powered lights 022's, accessories faithfully.

I used to run the last table  with a switcher and sidings and accessories with spare ZW at times.

ALL SOLD to a friend who lives an hour away. I was going to move to France at that time, but a Big change in plans kept me here. 

I used to play with the layout at his house but it soon went unused, into disrepair and dysfunction without maintenance . And first table was (as seen in forefront picture enclosed, was separated and expanded in his living room. Same layout with a outer loop. I may have put the only other photos of it up long ago but there are a few more I will add next.

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Very nice. Would love to see close up photos of the layout in the back, where I see the 97 coal loader in the distance.

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Leroof posted:

Thanks Arnold. You explained it clear enough. I see take a photo or video under file selection. Piece of cake.i have entered photos now it's only a matter of time before I make a film.  I won't ask a youngster. I got it from you, my peer.

So glad to be of help.

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Lou1985 posted:

Well technically I forgot to list some Postwar stuff I have, mainly the 3 accessories I own. I have a barrel loader, coal loader, and sawmill on my layout (the ice depot is a modern reissue).

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Also very nice.those accessories put smiles on people's faces.

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I see from our profiles we are a substantial distance from each other; Illinois, Maine. NY, etc.

If we were closer, we could visit and run trains on each other's layouts. Just like golfers who play different golf courses, we could run trains on different layouts, which would be interesting and fun.

Still, it's very nice to connect with each other on this Forum.

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Arnold, Ah yes table number 4. I will have to look through a thick haze of old PC photos that were not vaporized by a dreaded Trojan virus in 2008. I was able to regain some images through other forums and friends who I shared with. I will look, eager to transfer table  4  images. I am hopeful that there will be extended ennings with this cool topic of PW Paradise. 

 

Big distances are shortened via this forum. A great thanks to all that share.

 

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Yep..I have two on a dogbone loop.  They've been in service for decades...auto throw works great.  Fendermain

This is the power of postwar...022 sluggish=derailment on dogbone loop...clean and lube..back in business. You can fix things yourself.. I don't know how many thousands of throws these have had..still rockin. I have spares..not needed yet after at least 2 decades of use just by me.  Don't know the usage before me.   Fendermain

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Leroof posted:

Fendermain, hey put down that computer and riff, the telle is waiting! Lol.

crank it!

Leroof   No tele time yet..cleaned and lubed 022 switches.  Now it's time for some EL 84 fun.  Fendermain

Hey Arnold and Fendermain, and PW friends

Former layout: the three overview photos. Enlarge them if you want to spot what's happening. SOLD with all the trains and accessories in 2005.   Will look in PC for possibly left over close ups. Built on semi hollow doors (3 feet wide doors), homosote, tables fastened  together with luggage latches, supported by  aluminum with extended cast iron leg stands. Original plan  ideas by Peter H. Riddle , Easy Lionel Layouts You Can Build. 

 

i am in the process of rebuilding it a little bit less busy, with some modifications, possibly with another simple return looped elevated if workable. Given the time it may just happen!photophotophoto

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I know the photo quality isn't the greatest but a friend took these photos before buying it. I am glad I still have the photos to share.

Fendermain a 59 LP jr double cutaway came in that box upright in the last photo.

long gone regretfully. At least the PW trains are reachable.

There's a sad story about my two former vintage 57 and 59 LP jr.

"If I didnt have bad luck I'd have no luck at all" Jack Bruce sang.

I've had some tele therapy...now i'm better.  Leroof...lot's of nice things.  Flyer  751 log loader, 785 coal loader and looks like gabe the lamplighter... way cool.  Now's a good time to buy postwar...low prices.  Don't beat yourself up too bad over the instruments...life is short my friend.         Fendermain

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Here is my “pop-up” layout I put down in the family room last month. After a couple of weeks, I started getting the sidelong glances that meant it was time to move the operation on up to the attic. 

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Here is my “pop-up” layout I put down in the family room last month. After a couple of weeks, I started getting the sidelong glances that meant it was time to move the operation on up to the attic. 

CoastsideKevin what a nice slice it is...WP F3s are beautiful.  Since they are Western Pacific are you along the Pacific coast? I know all about the sidelong glances as well.  Fendermain

Fendermain posted:
CoastsideKevin posted:

Here is my “pop-up” layout I put down in the family room last month. After a couple of weeks, I started getting the sidelong glances that meant it was time to move the operation on up to the attic. 

CoastsideKevin what a nice slice it is...WP F3s are beautiful.  Since they are Western Pacific are you along the Pacific coast? I know all about the sidelong glances as well.  Fendermain

Yes, Central California Coast. I get to watch the Coast Starlight go slowly through the Elkhorn Slough from time to time. Those are lucky passengers!

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