It's Switcher Saturday!!!!

Love switchers, shifters, docksiders, yard goats, critters? Join the fun and lets keep #SwitcherSaturday (a.k.a. SWSAT) rolling!

In cased you missed it, Tom @MNCW  ran the SWSAT train last week, and sure enough it was a great Saturday indeed! Thanks Tom for being a great engineer!
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Today's pictures are of a couple of my NYC Dockside Switchers, I ran them at my buddies house on Thursday night.

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Everyone please enjoy your weekend and when you get a chance - please post some switcher stuff here!

You know the rules:

1. if it's related to switchers (model switchers, prototypes, critters, switching yards, switching layouts) - we want to see it! Videos, Pics, Stories (true or fictional), poems, whatever!

2. if you miss the post on Saturday? NO BIG DEAL, just keep posting pictures of your favorites until the next #SwitcherSaturday

3. keep it friendly - we want this to be fun. (we haven't had any problems with grumpy trolls, I'd like to keep it that way)

 

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Happy Switcher Saturday everyone and Rich, thanks for running "The Show" for us. 

My pictures are a continuation of last week's marker light repair. Yesterday, I installed the front, red jewels. I didn't have the amber ones handy...I will probably do that next week.

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Tom 

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Yay! SWSat is on. 

We are off to a nice start this very warm week. Thanks Rich. 

I was trying to see if a nicely built two rail O Scale  Varney B&O B18 4-6-0 would fit on my small switching layout. It will not make my tight track work. I mainly got it because it was well detailed and I thought I could learn how to make my own efforts better. The added wire soldiered around the cab and tender edges I have not seen it done before but  the engine wheel brakes are positionable.  It still need a few things like handrails. 

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On the NYSME layout here is a little preview of a big switchable industry project I am working on. Last week I cut a lot of windows in the new huge coal breaker we are building as well as the supporting trestle on the loader. We designed the huge building to wrap around a problematic support column  so visually it take up a lot of space but functionally it is a facade that on the ground takes 4 inches along one side. When it is done there will be 4 coal loading tracks, a rock waste loading track and a supply and service track. Track is still going in at a quick pace and I can add the last support legs this week when the rails get laid and spiked.

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

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Happy SWSat!

Another great start this week. Thanks Rich!

Marker lights look good Tom.

Love that 0-6-0 Bill.

More steam for a steamy weekend here in the northeast. I wonder how engineers and firemen dealt with the heat on hot summer days????

Stay frosty my friends

Bob

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Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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It's Saturday morning and the best thing about Saturday mornings, for me, is seeing and reading what you guys have posted on SWsat!!  Great stuff guys!!   Andy - I love that B&O 4-6-0! It looks terrific and I can't wait to see it when you are finished ...  and the coal dock looks fantastic too .. Wow!   Bob - I love those Docksiders!  Tom - those marker lights look dandy!  Bill T - your 0-6-0T looks great pulling those cool looking passenger coaches!     Rich - welcome back and thanks for giving two whistle blasts and notching out the throttle to get us rolling this morning!   Love those Docksiders!   Today on the Free State Junction Railway ... WM BL2 number 81, with a mixed freight,  approaches the Patsburg commuter station where it meets a the Weekend Beach Bum Special with GG1 4876 on the point.  WM BL2 number 81 gets a red signal just beyond the station and will be cleared as soon as the interchange switching operation between a Pennsy 44 tonner and Patapsco and Back Rivers VO1000.  The PBR is taking delivery of a new hot metal car which was transported from the manufacturer on the Pennsy.  The last photo shows WM number 81 proceeding on a green signal as the interchange operation now is completed.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend and if you are on the east coast .... stay cool!IMG_5865IMG_5868IMG_5881IMG_6148IMG_6150IMG_6154IMG_6140IMG_6136IMG_5905

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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Hey Brian - great NH photos!!  They just reminded me that I don't have any NH rolling stock in my collection.  That is about to change

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

RSJB18 posted:

Happy SWSat!

Another great start this week. Thanks Rich!

Marker lights look good Tom.

Love that 0-6-0 Bill.

More steam for a steamy weekend here in the northeast. I wonder how engineers and firemen dealt with the heat on hot summer days????

Stay frosty my friends

Bob

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I'm sure the old guys operating steam locomotives felt like stepping into a fall day after a full day in that kind of heat.

I worked in a power plant for many years where temperatures in certain locations in the plant could reached as high as 153 during the summer months.

Walking out of there was very refreshing even on very hot summer days 

Happy SWSAT, everyone! Ima hide in the train room today because air conditioning 

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That old switch tower is from a bygone era when this was a mainline railroad. Now the shortline Plywood Empire Route uses it for storage and sometimes the train crew will have lunch in the old interlocking room. It has a nice view. 

Lew

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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On my layout, the railroad police are more tolerant of hobos than the real deal is. My fantasy world is modeled on the Petticoat Junction idea--this includes an inner tuber enjoying a hot summer day in the Sweetwater Springs tank. My scene is a tad premature as the Sonoma County grape crush will begin in September.

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Can't think of a better thing to do when the heat index is 110 degrees, than to run and photograph switchers in a nice cool basement, and then post the pictures on this Forum in my air conditioned living room with the Yankee game on TV.

We should all stay inside where it's cool and take it easy.

Some LC+ engines have excellent detail. Check out the detail on this LC+ Erie Camelback switcher:

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Although it predates Bluetooth, it has heft and is an excellent puller. Like all LC+, it runs prototypically slow and smooth, has excellent sounds and smoke, and is affordable.

Here it is in action, pulling Postwar passenger cars:

This locomotive looks to me like the real one pulled freight, but when I Googled Erie Camelback, it said that it mainly pulled passenger cars. Does anyone have a different opinion about that?

Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Silver Lake posted:

Yay! SWSat is on. 

We are off to a nice start this very warm week. Thanks Rich. 

I was trying to see if a nicely built two rail O Scale  Varney B&O B18 4-6-0 would fit on my small switching layout. It will not make my tight track work. I mainly got it because it was well detailed and I thought I could learn how to make my own efforts better. The added wire soldiered around the cab and tender edges I have not seen it done before but  the engine wheel brakes are positionable.  It still need a few things like handrails. 

B757F591-B734-4BA1-A551-1BD63855F89A2472DE88-F57C-443E-8606-2962770297CC

On the NYSME layout here is a little preview of a big switchable industry project I am working on. Last week I cut a lot of windows in the new huge coal breaker we are building as well as the supporting trestle on the loader. We designed the huge building to wrap around a problematic support column  so visually it take up a lot of space but functionally it is a facade that on the ground takes 4 inches along one side. When it is done there will be 4 coal loading tracks, a rock waste loading track and a supply and service track. Track is still going in at a quick pace and I can add the last support legs this week when the rails get laid and spiked.

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

That structure looks like the beginning of a masterpiece. Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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