Well gang I can't believe we are well into 2020. You the year is rolling along when the York flyers show up in the mail! Sorry for the slightly late start, the little kids have the flu and sleep has become a precious commodity in the Z house!
Switcher Saturday is a weekly gehtering of those who appreciate the little locos that do big things. If you prefer a GP over a Centennial, or an A5 over a GS-4, you have found the right place!
This week were are starting off with a special treat.
This is Reading A-4b camelback, built around 1903. Now I have actually operated a loco that was originally an 0-4-0 saddle tank engine, later converted to 2-4-0 and tender, and I can tell you its a workout. Doing that same job in a camelback would be incredibly demanding of the engineer who is crammed into a tiny cab next to the boiler, and of course the fireman, who is totally exposed to the elements. A tip of the hat to all the engine crews who worked on these mechanical marvels, particularly to those of my hometown, Reading PA. This photo was used with special permission from the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society, RCT&HS.
Please share an image, a video, a story, a happy thought etc., related to a switching loco of any era or scale!
Switcher Saturday guidelines:
1. Everybody continues to be nice. In the digital age it's too easy to forget that words on a screen were typed by a living person. It's never been an issue on this thread yet, and I think we should be proud of that.
2. The subject here is small locomotive power of all kinds. 3 rail O is a given, but all are welcome, Full size, Hongz, live steam, park RR's, industrial critters, clockwork specials etc. You get the idea!
3. This weekly thread starts on Saturday but is open all week. Feel free to check out old threads. Here is a link to last week's thread.
4. This thread is in the photo album section to follow the terms of service of the OGR forum website. In that same vein, please only post pictures of your own or those you have permission to use here. Think it's cool but can't find a way to get copy and paste permission, no problem, just post a link instead.
5. Have fun!