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Switcher Saturday is a weekly thread celebrating the smaller locomotives that do the big work of railroading.

From FM units to SD, GP, Baldwin,  Alco, and XX tonners, to Juice Jacks,  Brookville, and  Republic, and way back to saddle tankers  0-4-0,0-6-0, and a huge number of other configurations, there has always been a need for nimble locomotives to do the work at the shops,  yards, docks and wherever the end customer may be.  From gas powered "closet" locomotives used to move steamers on and off turntables in Europe to the locomotives that helped build the Panama canal and others that still help move ships today, switchers can be a fascinating part of railroading.

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For this morning we find the Christmas Express 0-4-0 and train have arrived on the seasonal pike in the living room 😀.

So please share your Switcher photos and videos.   Have a great weekend crew!

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New York Central USRA 0-8-0 #415 steam switcher (Railking 30-1123-1 PS1) was delivered in August 1997. So, it has been running on my layouts for 24 years. It doesn’t have speed control but runs smoothly on O-54 curves at moderate speed and has a BCR. Since it’s an NYC engine, I run it with cars that operated in the New York area such as by Waldbaums (a supermarket) and Schaefer Brewing (in Brooklyn).

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TALES OF THE DOCKSIDER

Good morning, SwSat crew!  I’m short of time this morning because I’m going to a train show (hooray!), so a trip to the photo archive is in order.

NYC shop switcher, 0-4-0T no.  X-8688, is towing mighty Mohawk no. 3000 to the shop.  The Yardmaster doubted X-8688’s ability to move this monster, but her crew knew she could handle the task with ease!

John

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Good morning switcher fans!  JHZ563 great Christmas tree switcher!  AND thanks for notching out the throttle to get us started this morning!   Great pics and videos everyone!  Got to make it brief today so here is a photo of a B&O GP9 shoving a car load of black diamonds onto a siding while MOW workers keep on working and not even noticing the activity behind them.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!IMG_5497

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@MELGAR posted:

New York Central USRA 0-8-0 #415 steam switcher (Railking 30-1123-1 PS1) was delivered in August 1997. So, it has been running on my layouts for 24 years. It doesn’t have speed control but runs smoothly on O-54 curves at moderate speed and has a BCR. Since it’s an NYC engine, I run it with cars that operated in the New York area such as by Waldbaums (a supermarket) and Schaefer Brewing (in Brooklyn).

MELGAR

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Nice line up Mel. I like the Reefer car.

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TALES OF THE DOCKSIDER

Good morning, SwSat crew!  I’m short of time this morning because I’m going to a train show (hooray!), so a trip to the photo archive is in order.

NYC shop switcher, 0-4-0T no.  X-8688, is towing mighty Mohawk no. 3000 to the shop.  The Yardmaster doubted X-8688’s ability to move this monster, but her crew knew she could handle the task with ease!

John

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Nice pic John. I like those Farmall W9s on the flat one of my favorite Wheatland type tractors.

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I noticed a certain box squirreled away in one of our rooms.  A quick inspection, reboxing, careful placement back, and no one is the wiser, not even Santa. A similar sized box is now wrapped and sitting under our Christmas tree.  As George Costanza once said, “was that wrong”?  LOL!  It’s definitely the start of a wonderful Christmas season -

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PS, don’t tell the wife, LOL! By the way Trainworld/MTH did an excellent job with this RS3 switcher.  Now I have a few weeks to plan on how I’m going to remove that lirr/1556  under the cab window and replace it with the Blue Long Island  “M” decal I have from island model works.

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Happy SWSat!

A high priority seasonal load arrived on Team Track # 2 this week. The crew wasted no time getting the precious cargo on the trucks and over to the tree yard.

The crew on # 99 (MTH 0-4-0 Tank) were happy to assist with the offload. # 99 is overdue to go into the paint shop to get her road name lettering applied. The shop foreman's list keeps getting longer and longer......



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Another annual tradition is to pull out the old big hook to assist with the heavy lifting as well.

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Time to get the tree and decorations set up. December has bestowed a sunny and mild weekend upon us LawnGuylanders!

Have a great weekend!

Bob

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@RSJB18 posted:

Happy SWSat!

A high priority seasonal load arrived on Team Track # 2 this week. The crew wasted no time getting the precious cargo on the trucks and over to the tree yard.

The crew on # 99 (MTH 0-4-0 Tank) were happy to assist with the offload. # 99 is overdue to go into the paint shop to get her road name lettering applied. The shop foreman's list keeps getting longer and longer......



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Another annual tradition is to pull out the old big hook to assist with the heavy lifting as well.

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Time to get the tree and decorations set up. December has bestowed a sunny and mild weekend upon us LawnGuylanders!

Have a great weekend!

Bob

That’s very Cool Bob. Great scene and you can almost smell the fresh cut Christmas trees.

I noticed a certain box squirreled away in one of our rooms.  A quick inspection, reboxing, careful placement back, and no one is the wiser, not even Santa. A similar sized box is now wrapped and sitting under our Christmas tree.  As George Costanza once said, “was that wrong”?  LOL!  It’s definitely the start of a wonderful Christmas season -

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PS, don’t tell the wife, LOL! By the way Trainworld/MTH did an excellent job with this RS3 switcher.  Now I have a few weeks to plan on how I’m going to remove that 1556 numbering under the cab window and replace it with the Blue Long Island  “M” decal I have from island model works.

Looks nice Strap. Bet you can't wait for Christmas morning now!

I used Island MW decals on my track car. They are nice folks to deal with.

(snif, snif......still no RS-1's.....snif, snif....... )

@MELGAR posted:

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MELGAR

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I worked at Pathmak when I was in High School Mel. I have to look for that car. I also have fond memories of taking a field trip to the A&P warehouses in Garden City when I was in elementary school. The LIRR used to deliver goods to them via the Central Extension line off the Hempstead Branch. I seem to recall seeing RS-3's like Strap's as power.

Bob

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Looks nice Strap. Bet you can't wait for Christmas morning now!

I used Island MW decals on my track car. They are nice folks to deal with.

(snif, snif......still no RS-1's.....snif, snif....... )



Thanks Bob. Hold back the tears and don’t give up just yet. Last year, my LIRR RS1 in tichey paint scheme arrived 2 days before Christmas.  There is still hope for that beautiful one you’ve ordered arriving in time!  Really nice Christmas tree delivery scenes above!

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I worked at Pathmak when I was in High School Mel. I have to look for that car. I also have fond memories of taking a field trip to the A&P warehouses in Garden City when I was in elementary school. The LIRR used to deliver goods to them via the Central Extension line off the Hempstead Branch. I seem to recall seeing RS-3's like Strap's as power.

Bob

Bob,

The Waldbaum's car is Puget Sound Butter & Egg Company - Atlas O 40-foot wood reefer 30-3001550-1 Road Number 1006.

MELGAR

Thanks Bob. Hold back the tears and don’t give up just yet. Last year, my LIRR RS1 in tichey paint scheme arrived 2 days before Christmas.  There is still hope for that beautiful one you’ve ordered arriving in time!  Really nice Christmas tree delivery scenes above!

Fingers crossed..... I just received a really nice gift certificate to Trainland from one of our vendors. I'm planning to put it to good use soon!

Thanks @MELGAR

Wow everyone what great pictures today.  jhz neat Christmas switcher, our tree went up last night and its too small for a train but at least it puts the household in a seasonal mood.  Lee- welcome back glad you are back with us. 



Here is a short video of the PRR  "Beep" switcher pulling a short freight.  The box cars are a mix of Lionel and MPC  but the lighted caboose is vintage postwar Lionel.

Best wishes for a great weekend.

Don

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Fixing MTH's mistake in not making a Jersey Central VO-1000 ( they had 5 of them )

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Bought a unit without pilots ( the front steps are fragile and break easily ) from MTH's Cabin Fever Auctions

and machined some SW-8 pilots to replace them, and painted it Tru Color Paint TCP-233 CNJ Deep Sea Green

Makes it look a bit more like the later Baldwin S-12 switcher

"How to" post here

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Edit:  After the photos were posted I realized something was missing and added the front road number board ( brass stock epoxied in place, back of cab number would need disassembly to do, not worth the effort. )

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