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The NYC F style diesel has a pseudo lightning stripe decoration and is powered by six C cells in a slide-in tray inserted though the rear of the unit. Sound system includes a basic engine sound, a horn and bell and some crew talk to an unheard dispatcher. Nicely done for the $100 pricepoint! There is a single slide switch on top of the engine to turn it on. The remote with three AAA batteries must be switched on first. The three freight cars include a pseudo NYC Pacemaker boxcar, a green chemical tank car and a very nice red center cupola caboose. The track consists of short plastic straight and curved sections that snap easily but firmly together. This nice little toy train runs very smooth with its fixed couplers. It is a fun set to run with its handy remote. There are several other versions of this set including some with steam locos and one Santa Fe passenger set. Highly recommended purely for FUN! :-)

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If my weed grown memory serves me well, the Magnolia Building with the Flying Red Horse on it's roof, was at one time billed as the tallest building in Big D.  It is now engulfed by the modern "skyscrapers" that appear to be in competition with the famed Biblical Tower of Babel!

Item: K-Line (among other manufacturers) released a super detailed St. Louis Refrigerator Co. wood reefer assigned to the Dallas Hotel Co. which featured billboard "Adolphus" lettering on each side as well as the wording: "Special Refrigerator Service Between St. Louis and Dallas, Texas".  I assume it transported beer from the Anheiser-Busch brewery, however, perhaps a history buff can assist in confirming my guess?

Joe: We have gotten off track, but I wanted to share my 2003 visit to the Big D! One day I rode DART light rail to a nice hobby shop in the burbs, and they sent a car to the station stop to pick me up! They had a ton of prewar tinplate accessories and some original standard gauge. I was strictly into O and G at that time so I did acquire that K Line Adolphus reefer and some Heinz cars.

I dunno, I was born in Dallas and partly raised on my grandparent's small two acre spread in Farmers Branch on old U.S. 77 (oh, excuse me, they now call their burg "The Branch"...?) until Ike's I-35E took it, so altogether, the place just don't look like "home" anymore.

No Frisco/Katy/Cotton Belt crossing each other in Carrollton, no former Dallas Railway & Terminal Co./Texas Electric bridge across the Trinity River, no Santa Fe East Dallas Yard, no Southern Pacific Miller Yard in S. Dallas, no Texas  & Pacific #638 2-10-4 on display at Fair Park, , Union Terminal Co. 0-6-0 working the grand lady passenger trains at DUT, and no Hall's Hobby House* on Bryan Street anymore.  There's much more, however, space limitations prevent me from adding them.

When you get right down to it: It's time to rename Big D...Bummersville.

Item: I can get excited observing trains on the Ft. Worth & Western, so perhaps not all is lost afterall...?

* Don't know anything about "that hobby shop" but believe me, w/o even knowing a darn thing about it, it'll NEVER be able to hold it's own against Hall's, NO WAY, any day!

Derailed in Deutschland

Joe

Last visit "Back Home" was 2009.  The grub at the Ft. Worth Stock Yards was oh so good as was the visit to the restored Texas & Pacific HQ/depot bldg.

The Original Dr. Pepper (made with pure sugar cane) and observing the Ft. Worth & Western switching Dublin was cool, but I sure missed Miss Hall at her Hobby House (RIP dear lady) and railfanning Miss Katy too!

New York, New York?  You bet!  My wife had relatives in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  When I was discharged from the US Army Transportation Corps in August 67 we stayed with her aunt and uncle.  He was retired off Erie-Lackawanna (a former DL&W railroader) and I still wonder (not the famous brand of bread with the red, yellow, and blue baloons you understand...LOL) if we should have stayed in NJ as he could have got me hired on with E-L.  Instead, yours truly, the No. One Dumb A**, decided to return to Texas where I hired on with Cotton Belt (67-68) then moved over to ATSF (68-76) before the move across The Big Pond brought me back to Germany.

No matter, we returned to The Fatherland, where I retired off Deutsche Bahn in 2010, with 31 years of service.  Mainline steam was gone, but the McDonald's dining car that operated on one of the InterCity trains was neat.  I was a passenger service rep so was always able to grab burgers and fries for me and my good buddy* (who was a platform dispatcher) right at trackside.  Lunch. it never tasted so good!

Joe

* RIP

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