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Good morning, switcher enthusiasts and Happy Switcher Saturday!

JHZ563 is busy at work this morning and I’m substituting. I’m sure that we shall hear from him later today.

We are compulsively attracted here every Saturday morning to talk about switcher locomotives of all sizes and types – small, medium, and large – in any scale from N to O to G to 1:1 – and propelled by steam, diesel, electric motors and some other possibilities too. A few of our models are even powered by springs.

Switchers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small enough to drag a steam locomotive onto a turntable with inches to spare, while others are former top of the line massive machines reassigned to local duty after the next best machine came along.  Many serve multi-purpose duties like yard switching at night, local deliveries during the day, and sometimes tourist service on the weekend.  Power sources range from gasoline and diesel to electric to steam both fired and unfired, to compressed air, all the way back to mules, horses, and now natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.  The contributors to this thread love them all, regardless of scale or gauge (this paragraph plagiarized from JHZ563).

I will start us off with photos and videos of two of my favorite switchers - one a steamer and another a diesel.

New York Central Lines A5 0-4-0 steam switcher #901 is an MTH Premier model (20-3281-1) with PS2 that was advertised in the 2007 Volume 1 catalog at an MSRP of $599.95.

New York Central SW8 diesel switcher #9620 is an Atlas O model (6105-2) that dates to June 2001 and had an MSRP $349.95.

So, let’s see what Switchers you’ve been looking at this week. Please observe the OGR Forum Terms of Service and have a great weekend.

MELGAR

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Yay! SWSat is on track!

Thank you for starting things rolling this weekend @MELGAR. Your NYC switchers are always great to see. I feel like the rebranded Pennsy  0-4-0 into NYCentral is like a little premonition of Penn Central.

This weekend I am about to go to the joint NYSME/METCA train swap meet in Rutherford NJ. Hopefully I’ll not find something I need. I’ll probably spend some time running trains down the block at the NYSME layout.

Today I’ll post some Switching on the 2 rail O scale NYSME layout.

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Here is my Weaver NYC 0-6-0. One of only 30 made in 2 rail. They made 300 in 3 rail to give an idea of how things stack in the US as far as popularity.
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These are of the big freight yard in Hoboken on the layout.
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Some LV power tied up in Port Jarvis yard on the layout in an area hard to see from the public areas  8BE83B75-A18B-4548-BB55-AD12D82F1C61

And an Pennsy FM waiting for an assignment.

Maybe I’ll see some of you at the swap meet.

I started a YouTube channel earlier this month. I posted a build of a New Haven Catenary Wire Maintenance train car. Maybe some here would be interested it is early days and hard to make an audience or find people to watch it.

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Have a great weekend. I can’t wait to see what you post.

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Happy switcher Sat everyone and thanks to Melgar for kicking it off today.  Here is my first MTH engine and despite having a dreaded five volt PS2 board, it keeps chugging after over 20 years. It had been used and abused as my kids grew up, spent a few years living on a shelf, but has never failed when pressed into service, which has included switching and yard services on my pike.  Yes, it’s a GP-38, and with a road name that seems strangely out of place in my small, northeastern themed urban layout,  but who cares. There will always be a place for this engine on my layout.

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Morning, y’all, and thanks, Mel, for getting us rolling.  I have spoken about inspiration before and I find myself inspired again by a fellow SwSatite.  Today it’s the esteemed Don McErlan, who famously said “ it’s my RR and I can do what I want”!

That explains how foreign power from the Wild West ends up hauling the Bow coal train on the B&M Ayer branch!  UP EMD GP20 no. 475 hauls the coal consist while D&RGW GE 44 tonner no. 42 passes with a milk train on the opposite track.

Thanks, Don!

John

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Good morning all,

Late in 1949 our photographer took some photos at the local yard of the recently arrived A5.  The A5 isn't new, and many of them have already gone to the scrap yard.  This engine, Little 87, was working the docks and warehouses down at the wharf but was replaced by a new GS4.  At its new location, the little 0-4-0 is showing it still has a lot of life left in it.

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While several A5s made it to the end of PRR steam, Little 87 did not.  #1587 was retired in 1952.

This is an MTH model.

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Andy! Happy to hear you are attending the NYSME/METCA train swap meet today. Thanks for the O scale switcher  photos, the layout has always been a favorite. Show report and photos would be great!
Want to mention the YouTube presentations of your creative art is wonderful.

lots of entertainment this Switcher Saturday a.m. starts my day well! Much thanks to all. Mel, you opened today with class as always.

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@Silver Lake - Oh No!  A train swap meet in Rutherford N.J.  I lived for over 20 years   (from birth to age 21) in North Arlington, N.J. right adjacent to Lyndhurst and Rutherford and NOW! they have a train meet!!  Hope you found some good stuff.  @Steam Crazy- Well thanks shipmate!  I appreciate the quote and the fact that you agreed with me (at least today).  Great video's as well.  I intend to return the favor with some of my own 44 Ton action.  This my Southern RR GE 44 ton from Williams by Bachmann.  These little guys really work well with my small radii curves and tight clearances.  The motor sounds are not too bad either and they pull really well.



Great pictures and videos everyone Happy SwSat.  Thanks Melgar for getting us moving today.

Don

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Good afternoon fellow switcher fans!  Thanks MELGAR for pinching hitting for JHZ563 and getting us rolling today    You all never disappoint with your wonderful photos, videos, and information.  Thanks for teaching me all that you do    I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Today on the Free State Junction Railway I have mostly steam switcher photos. In the first photo a Jclass and a C&O O-8-0 frame a B&O SW9 switcher. D7C5BA0B-5680-4936-97C4-713308A66253

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Crew of a Pennsy A5 talk over switching moves before gettin to work.

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@Leroof posted:

Andy! Happy to hear you are attending the NYSME/METCA train swap meet today. Thanks for the O scale switcher  photos, the layout has always been a favorite. Show report and photos would be great!
Want to mention the YouTube presentations of your creative art is wonderful.

lots of entertainment this Switcher Saturday a.m. starts my day well! Much thanks to all. Mel, you opened today with class as always.

Pierre. Thank you so much you are very kind.

I made it to the show and there was a great showing of 3 rail postwar, modern, and even a good amount of pre war including some of my favorites (Ives and Bing). I am always a fan of the obscure and there was a collection of early 20th cent European stations that was very neat to see. An early standard gauge sized Bing city station with ticket windows was extremely tempting to me.

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I did stay disciplined and only purchased a kit that builds a set of two 2 rail O scale flat cars that will probably become future wire train cars for the YouTube channel “Este Pandy Projects”.  A tightly packed NOS box of sticks and metal that will become a cable holder flat and a tower car that has a platform that raises to get up to the Electric wire. I also got a pair of NYCentral books that I have been looking for.

I did not stay long in the show but spent most of my time acting as a club host showing the O Scale layout and tail sign collection at the NYSME. I tried to run a new to me Lancashire and Yorkshire 0-6-2 mixed use heavy tank engine but it needed more prep work to get things running well.

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@Silver Lake - Oh No!  A train swap meet in Rutherford N.J.  I lived for over 20 years   (from birth to age 21) in North Arlington, N.J. right adjacent to Lyndhurst and Rutherford and NOW! they have a train meet!!  Hope you found some good stuff. 

Yes Don. I had a good time as did others it seems because we (NYSME and MECTA) have been doing this show here for at least 7 years now. I’ll make sure to make a bigger deal of it next time it rolls around. There were some deals to be made. People were in the mood to move some trains.

Sorry I had a long day yesterday gang, so here's to make up for it.  Prior to taking down the Halloween layout,  I thought I would get some #SwSat pictures.

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This year I added the start of a button box.  1 lights up the top of the ufo, 1 works the grim reaper gate house, and a 3rd fires up the haunted house.

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