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Good morning forumites, and welcome to another edition of Switcher Saturday!

This is the weekly thread were we pay the honors due to the little locomotives that do big things.   Sure the Pennsy may have dragged a freight around the horseshoe curve with an M1 Mountain class, but the customer saw an A-5 make the delivery.   Dash unit diesels are cool, but venerable GP's dragged the last mile.   From Porters to plymouths,  Republic locomotive,  Brookville equipment,  USRA Switcher designs and all the rr shops that built their own homegrown yard goats and critters,  the Switcher locomotives get the job done.

Here we see an ets mini mallet working the marx freight platform, and a western Maryland geep handling the local.

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Switcher Saturday is always open to all scales and gauges.

Everybody follows the ogr tos regarding pictures, and most importantly everyone stays positive.

So please share a Switcher related picture,  vignette or story.  Everybody have a great day!

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Mike g. that’s a beautiful BNSF switcher ready for duty, and others, great pictures snd great scenes and videos, RSJB18, Bob, nice diesel and a great scene, I know Don McErlean will put a great looking diesel on this thread sooner or later, it’s always a conversation piece with a bit of history, Happy Railroading Everyone, ha e a great weekend... 22E6198F-71D1-449D-9A51-441491A1284896738C79-C053-4CFB-9B88-CD6AFDE9A3E43E8E0278-E38B-4148-8694-316F2EBCCA7A26501F5F-2F7B-4241-B247-419C5A5F24FDED6C912E-E117-4036-A7A5-50C446C06B3F26ECCB62-03A9-497E-B35B-4B86633521F1

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Good morning fellow switcher fans!!  JHZ563 thanks for manning the switch and getting us out onto to the mainline today.   Wonderful pics, videos, and info. everyone!!  

The FSJR company photographer is under orders from the FSJR CEO to get as may pics as possible of the company switchers at work delivering and picking up products from existing shippers.  The CEO has begun a campaign to increase the number of online shippers.  The FSJR always delivers and picks up on time.  

A Pennsy A5 handles a short freight west bound on the mainline as a B&O SW9 works a siding.  fullsizeoutput_5bd

Switchers can go through the junkiest areas of any city.  Here a B&O SW9 exits a tunnel amid piles of scrap.  Leon, the conductor, rides the locomotive's front deck as Zeke, the brakeman, prepares to through the switch leading into the scrap yard for there are 4 gons of scrap to be pulled.  

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Jake, the brakeman, chats with Otto, who leans against the pickup's front fender. This Pennsy 44 tonner idles as it waits  for a green signal.  This little loco is small, but mighty, and it always gets the job done!  IMG_4324

Pennsy 44 tonner runs light, as it has set out this reffer load of ice cream only 15 minutes ago.  Unloading crews have opened the car and are waiting for refrigerated trucks to show.  The first truck is due in 2 minutes.  Word has it that ice cream sales will be through the roof this summer and the FSJR switching fleet is proud to deliver this tasty treat!  

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Western Maryland BL2 number 81 heads up a manifest  freight.  It's assisted by an ALCO FA2 ( not shown )IMG_5843

On the service track is a B&O GP9.  Shown behind the GP9 is a C&O 0-8-0. IMG_9565 Chief Mechanical Officer  R.J. Smucker stands on the back deck of a B&O SW9 as it's coupled to a GP9.   MU lines/hoses need to be hooked up before this duo can be declared ready for work.  Over on the ready track a Pennsy A5 waits its' next assignment. IMG_9472

Engine service facility shows a Washington Terminal RS 1 and B&O GP9 being readied for their next assignment.  A Pennsy P5a modified, in the background, pulls a passenger trains that was made up by the WT RS1 about one hour and 20 minutes ago.  IMG_5966

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Wow great pictures everyone...makes for a great Saturday morning.  LeapinLarry you pictured my favorite Ford switcher and some really neat B&O Geeps and a UP Genset...cool.  Trumptrain, the engine service area is really well done with terrific detail, great modeling.  For me today, I have  a couple of engines.

First its the "last" of the pre-war Lionel die cast engines, the little 204 pulls his short tinplate train out of the depot and up the line.  This poor little fellow never made the catalogue and was never sold separately only in sets and his lifetime was cut short by the war, but he had both whistle and bell features of the time depending on which tender was used.  Die cast boiler, metal hand rails, and detailed cab interior.  The short but relatively heavy boiler with the weight centered over the drive wheels makes him a pretty good puller even at 80+ years old! Note: the cool thing is that by changing the tender to a postwar variant with Lionel pw couplers, I can pull any of my post war cars as well and he does a very fine job of that!!

Lionel 204 Frt front

A bit on the unusual side is a Japanese origin Alps (brand name) 0-4-0 switcher (simulated 2-4-0) marked for the NYC!  She is all sheet metal and lithographed and battery powered. She has rather unusual articulating (moves up and down) loop couplers front and rear.  Really made more for "street type" track rather than rail, but she runs well on two "D" batteries and has both forward and reverse.  Dates likely to 1960's I think.

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Well that's it for me today.  I wish everyone a happy and healthy weekend.  Thanks to everyone for posting.

Don

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Wow great pictures everyone...makes for a great Saturday morning.  LeapinLarry you pictured my favorite Ford switcher and some really neat B&O Geeps and a UP Genset...cool.  Trumptrain, the engine service area is really well done with terrific detail, great modeling.  For me today, I have  a couple of engines.

First its the "last" of the pre-war Lionel die cast engines, the little 204 pulls his short tinplate train out of the depot and up the line.  This poor little fellow never made the catalogue and was never sold separately only in sets and his lifetime was cut short by the war, but he had both whistle and bell features of the time depending on which tender was used.  Die cast boiler, metal hand rails, and detailed cab interior.  The short but relatively heavy boiler with the weight centered over the drive wheels makes him a pretty good puller even at 80+ years old! Note: the cool thing is that by changing the tender to a postwar variant with Lionel pw couplers, I can pull any of my post war cars as well and he does a very fine job of that!!

Lionel 204 Frt front

A bit on the unusual side is a Japanese origin Alps (brand name) 0-4-0 switcher (simulated 2-4-0) marked for the NYC!  She is all sheet metal and lithographed and battery powered. She has rather unusual articulating (moves up and down) loop couplers front and rear.  Really made more for "street type" track rather than rail, but she runs well on two "D" batteries and has both forward and reverse.  Dates likely to 1960's I think.

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Alps NYC Tank Engine -side view edited [3)

Well that's it for me today.  I wish everyone a happy and healthy weekend.  Thanks to everyone for posting.

Don

Don it’s always a treat to read about the history of the Vintage Engines thanks for sharing

Canton Railroad General Office and photos of half the locomotive fleet.  Four total locos in the fleet.  The Canton Railroad, a Class 3 carrier,  has been in continuous operation since 1906 and is Baltimore's oldest railroad connecting with both CSX and Norfolk Southern.  ( These are photos taken by me during summer 2019 ) IMG_9630IMG_9634IMG_9636IMG_9626

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