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Good morning, welcome to today's edition of STEAMday Sunday.

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Today, I will start us off with an MTH PS2 Railking Jersey Central steam switcher. In the video below, it has a full head of steam as it rolls down the line hauling Northeastern boxcars and a Jersey Central caboose:

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Thank you Arnold for starting this off.

Here is a Lionel Legacy 2-8-0 that I have set up as a mixed train.  This Chesapeake and Ohio locomotive numbered 701 was built for the Hocking Valley Railway in Ohio.  It was acquired by the C and O with the Hocking Valley merger in 1930.  The Hocking Valley had trackage from southern Ohio to Toledo and coal dock access to Lake Erie.

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When I was a youngster, Long Island Rail Road G-5s 4-6-0 steam locomotive #35 was on display in Nassau County Park on Long Island, near where I grew up. It had been retired from the LIRR in 1955, a few years before I used to see it in the park, so I never saw it under steam. At the time, although I had model trains and a 4’-by-8’ layout, I didn’t appreciate the mechanical engineering of G-5s ten-wheeler #35. And the LIRR was the first railroad on which I rode.

Although I haven’t lived on Long Island for many years, I still collect and run Long Island Rail Road model trains, and the MTH Premier G-5s models of LIRR #21 and PRR #5740 are among my favorites. LIRR #21 is always on my 12’-by-8’ layout and PRR #5740 is often there too. Both are my subjects for this Steamday. I like to run them fast, as they did on Long Island, and listen to their realistic chugging sounds at high speed.

The PRR/LIRR G-5s was the most powerful ten-wheeler ever built. It was designed for fast acceleration in commuter service on the hills around Pittsburgh and had a tractive force of 41,330 pounds, so it was also well suited for commuter operations on Long Island. Between 1924 and 1929, the PRR sold 31 G-5s locomotives to its LIRR subsidiary, but PRR engines, such as G-5s #5741, were temporarily assigned to Long Island.

PRR G-5s 4-6-0 ten-wheeler #5740 is an MTH Premier model (20-3031-1, MSRP $699.95) delivered in March 1999 with PS1. LIRR G-5s #21 (20-3068-1, MSRP $699.95) was delivered in December 2001 with PS2.

Photos and videos show #5740 pulling MTH Premier Long Island Rail Road heavyweight passenger cars and #21 pulling K-Line passenger cars in the two-tone blue livery of “The Cannonball,” a train that began running to Montauk, on the east end of Long Island, during the summer of 1899. In the summer of 1922, the LIRR renamed the train Sunrise Special, a livery that can be seen on the tender of the MTH model of #21. The modern Cannonball ran during summer 2023 but service for 2024 has not yet been announced.

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Thanks Arnold for building up a head of steam and getting us to roll today!   You have a great looking CNJ 0-8-0!!!   In following your lead, I am showing my Lionel 0-8-0 in C&O livery.  This locomotive has been serving the Free State Junction Railroad since the mid 2000s.  It's equipped with TMCC.  It has good smoke ( original smoke unit was replaced ), is very reliable,  and is a great puller.  IMG_8470IMG_8477IMG_8481

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Just got this "New to Me"  3rd Rail/Sunset  ATSF 4-8-2 Mountain...  Really thankful I found this -   Here's a video of it pulling the most recent project, which was completing 13 PFE Steel Reefers (7 MTH and 6 IMRC), that I purchased, knowing that they all needed a bunch of TLC,  new wheel trucks, Kadee couplers, 3 rail wheels/axles.    Anyway the Reefer train project is almost complete

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJzyiL1J3xc

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Just got this "New to Me"  3rd Rail/Sunset  ATSF 4-8-2 Mountain...  Really thankful I found this -   Here's a video of it pulling the most recent project, which was completing 13 PFE Steel Reefers (7 MTH and 6 IMRC), that I purchased, knowing that they all needed a bunch of TLC,  new wheel trucks, Kadee couplers, 3 rail wheels/axles.    Anyway the Reefer train project is almost complete

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That's one awesome looking steam locomotive Chris!!  AND what a phenomenal consist too complete with sound cars!! WOW!!!  

It's great that you were able to get a Third Rail/Sunset Models  steam locomotive new to you!    I  contacted Scott Mann, this past week, asking about the possibility of Third Rail producing/ importing a Western Maryland K2 Pacific.  He said the reason they've quit producing brass steam locomotives is the cost to do so would necessitate Third Rail having to charge $5000. per locomotive  which he acknowledged to be a lot of money for anyone.  

Here is an old stalwart for you, the Lionel #204, a 2-4-2 and one of the last die cast steamers offered prior to the War Production Board requiring that no more metal toys be made in order to support the war effort.  She was available from 1940 -1941 (although in '42 existing stock might have been liquidated).  She came with a tinplate whistle tender and pulled 600 series freights in several outfits.

She still does real well by the way, operates fine and pulls well.  Her diecast weight gives her good traction (no magnatraction for her!!)

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Best Wishes All, hope your week goes well. I am on "spring break" this week...YEA YEA!!

Don

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Here is an old stalwart for you, the Lionel #204, a 2-4-2 and one of the last die cast steamers offered prior to the War Production Board requiring that no more metal toys be made in order to support the war effort.  She was available from 1940 -1941 (although in '42 existing stock might have been liquidated).  She came with a tinplate whistle tender and pulled 600 series freights in several outfits.

She still does real well by the way, operates fine and pulls well.  Her diecast weight gives her good traction (no magnatraction for her!!)

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Best Wishes All, hope your week goes well. I am on "spring break" this week...YEA YEA!!

Don

I heard on Sirrusxm the other day that Miami is closed!

Here is an old stalwart for you, the Lionel #204, a 2-4-2 and one of the last die cast steamers offered prior to the War Production Board requiring that no more metal toys be made in order to support the war effort.  She was available from 1940 -1941 (although in '42 existing stock might have been liquidated).  She came with a tinplate whistle tender and pulled 600 series freights in several outfits.

She still does real well by the way, operates fine and pulls well.  Her diecast weight gives her good traction (no magnatraction for her!!)

Best Wishes All, hope your week goes well. I am on "spring break" this week...YEA YEA!!

Don

Don, that’s a well aged beauty in excellent condition. Nice!

Gene

@GG1 4877 - That is a beautiful Berk the details are great.  The Berk is about the largest steamer I can operate and I have one of the original Lionel Berk's but the detail is not nearly as complete.  Great engine!

@Genemed- Gene, thank you for the very nice compliment.  I hope I still operate as well at 81!!

@pennsyfan-  Bob, I love's ya! but I must admit your comment I could not interpret.  Our local problem, here in central Texas, is the panhandle brush fires, being told they are the largest ever experienced in Texas.  They are gathering all kinds of volunteers to fight the fire, but it's immense.  Luckily for us, its still quite a ways away from us but I am planning to go to Dallas this upcoming weekend for "Train-a-Palooza" a huge train show.  I hope they can keep the fire away from that location.

Best wishes everyone and thank you all for your comments on my humble little 204...at 83 years old, I must admit I am proud of the way she works - just like new!

Don

@GG1 4877 - That is a beautiful Berk the details are great.  The Berk is about the largest steamer I can operate and I have one of the original Lionel Berk's but the detail is not nearly as complete.  Great engine!



Don,

I have a postwar Berk as well, but no tender.  Picked it up at a previous Desert Division TCA auction and one of these day's I'll get a tender to go with it!

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