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It's the wee hours of Sunday morning, a great time to start STEAMday Sunday, so away we go.

Please remember to post only photos and videos of steam locomotives you have taken, or those in which you have received the written permission of the owner to post.

Below is a video showing a modern Lionel NY Central 5340 Hudson running conventionally and hauling NY Central passenger cars around The House that Ruth Built:

Now, it's your turn to share your favorite steamers.

Arnold

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Good morning, Steam Crazies!  The theme of my posts for the past few weeks, on SwSat, has been “oldies, but goodies”.  It was well received, so I’ve gone to the archives for  my two postwar Lionel steamers today.

I bought my no. 736 2-8-4 Berkshire by mail order from Madison Hardware in 1960, using funds from a part time job.  I believe it cost me about $50.00.  The second engine, no. 2025, with a weird 2-6-4 wheel arrangement (an article I read said no one really knows why Lionel chose that arrangement when they could have made it a 4-6-2 Pacific like the prototype PRR K4), was gift from neighbors. She was rusty and dirty when I got her, but a bit of “spit and polish” got her looking and running well again.  Both engines have the bulletproof drivetrains that postwar Lionel was known for.

John

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My steamer for this Steamday Sunday – May 19, 2024 – is Lionel’s model of Reading Locomotive Shops class B-4A 0-6-0T steam switcher #1251. The model (6-28613) was announced in 2004 at MSRP $99. It’s a traditional O-27 model that operates only by conventional transformer control. With a length of 8.5 inches, it’s the smallest O gauge steam engine model in my collection.

Reading #1251 was built by the railroad’s shops in 1918. It ran on 50-inch driving wheels at 150 psi boiler pressure, weighed 120,000 pounds, produced 24,500 pounds tractive effort, and remained in use as a shop switcher until 1963. It is displayed at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg and is the only Reading steam locomotive that has been preserved.

Lionel’s model is similar to Reading #1251 but differs in some details. For example - #1251 has equally-spaced driving axles but the model does not. The prototype for Lionel’s model is a 1910 Alco 0-6-0T industrial steam switcher shown on a drawing on page 32 of Model Railroader Cyclopedia – Volume 1 – Steam Locomotives, by Linn H. Westcott. It shows a length of about 32 feet (8 inches in 1:48 O scale) over coupler faces with 44-inch driving-wheel diameter.

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Arnold - thanks so much for starting us off ... and so early in the morning too! Wonderful photos, videos, and info everyone!!

I'm again showing my scale B&O Pacific named President Harrison ( B&O had a fleet of 20 Pacifics that were named after the first 20 U.S. Presidents ) which I bought from Vince's Trains at the York show last month.   I just LOVE this locomotive!!! It's so much fun to operate and the whistle is to die for!    

The President Harrison has been on the FSJR mainline toting three passenger cars since I brought it home.  Last night ( actually this morning ) I thought I'd turn in at 12:00 a.m.  ... However,  I stopped off in my train room first.  Next thing I know it's 1:55 a.m. ( both Arnold and I were working 3rd trick .. in railroad parlance ).  I had such a terrific time running this engine with the B&O's Martha Washington Station Sounds Diner in the consist .. plus a Western Maryland Consolidation pulling a long freight train on the adjacent main, and  a Ma & Pa doodle bug sharing the same main as the President Harrison.   I had so much fun toggling my TMCC remote between the 2 engines, the doodle bug and the station sounds diner which announced all the station stops and departures plus more on board announcements.   I made a game out of keeping the doodlebug and the President Harrison a safe distance from each other while simultaneously operating the WM consolidation and the diner.  Like a little kid, I didn't want my fun to end but my inner adult thought it best I go to sleep .. busy day today.   Just thought I'd share my fun time running steam locomotives with all of you.  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!!  IMG_3902IMG_3878IMG_3874

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I had so much fun toggling my TMCC remote between the 2 engines, the doodle bug and the station sounds diner which announced all the station stops and departures plus more on board announcements.   I made a game out of keeping the doodlebug and the President Harrison a safe distance from each other while simultaneously operating the WM consolidation and the diner.  Like a little kid, I didn't want my fun to end but my inner adult thought it best I go to sleep .. busy day today.   Just thought I'd share my fun time running steam locomotives with all of you.  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!! 

Sounds like a fun, cool time Patrick. The enjoyment of running multiple engines simultaneously with a single device is what I’m looking forward to in the hopefully near future.

Gene

Here is one of my favorites.  The little Hornby type 51 tender loco brought out as the first of the Hornby line to reflect post nationalization of British railways ( note "Lion and Wheel" symbol on tender).  This was 1954 and was quite a late recognition of the nationalization by Hornby which occurred in 1948 but so it goes.  She is clockwork like almost all of Hornby 0-gauge and is shown here pulling a lone cattle car of the type 50 series.  She was available right up to the end of new production in about 1962, although on-hand stock was sold as long as it lasted.

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Best wishes, hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Don

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Getting around to working on my 1941 Walthers "Poly Drive" Mikado.  My father took it apart and checked the operational part of it for me and today I'm stripping paint off the tender to start.  It has so many layers of paint, it's become quite the task.  Here are some photos of the drive system in the meantime. 

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Here are some old photos of the locomotive when I received it.

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