Hello again fellow flanged wheel enthusiasts, and welcome to the 8th edition of Switcher Saturday - Mark II!

This is the place for your weekly dose of little engines that do big things.  If you prefer an A5 over an Allegheny, or a Plymouth over a Centennial, you found the right place.

This threads welcome switchers of all sizes and sources, such as 12" to the foot, live steam, HONGZ and of course 3 rail O gauge. If you want to check out last week’s thread, you can find it here.

For this week I offer up one of the smallest standard gauge engines I have ever seen.  I think this is a Witcomb diesel, but honestly I don’t know.  I do like the paint scheme.

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So - show us watch you got!

As usual, there's a few simple rules for Switcher Saturday:

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 real problems with grumpy trolls, I'd like to keep it that way)

4. In regards to compliance with the letter and spirit of the OGR tos, this post is in the photo album section as the subject is switchers and small motive power.  Three rail O is the common medium but anything from prototype through Hongz, grand scales, live steam etc is welcome, as long you took the photo yourself or have permission to post it.  Feel free to post a link to something cool.

High Greens to All ! - JHZ563

May God Bless us all.

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I own only modern trains except for this Lionel 1615 that I bought about a year ago because I wanted a genuine Lionel piece from the 1950s that was “Made in USA.” I keep the 1615 on a stub track at the front of my 10’-by-5’ layout and recently picked it up and examined it from every direction. The manufacturing quality impressed me the most – the castings, paint, wheels and rods. Some light file marks are evident at the parting line on top of the boiler and cab roof – undoubtedly done by hand by a worker in New Jersey. And, after at least 62 years, no zinc pest that I could see. Although modern technology has far surpassed this little locomotive, it certainly is a good example of why Lionel trains were so widely respected in the early postwar years when I had them as a youngster.

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Alas, since my O switchers are resting comfortably in their boxes, I bring you this week's 1/1 scale switcher.  # PSCC 1210 works at a portion of the Letterkenny Army Depot / Chambersburg, PA that has been privatised for commercial usage.  These bases often feature a maze of trackage - that is interesting in it's own.  The crew on 1210 was drilling some cars this past Tuesday morning and were kind enough to yield the right-of-way to me in the big truck.IMG_0280 [1)

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coach joe posted:

Nice photos everyone.  I've notice some of the old regulars have been missing in recent weeks, hopefully they have just been too busy to post and have not given up on SWSAT, thanks for keeping it going.

Several guys have not posted since Rich stepped away.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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coach joe posted:

Nice photos everyone.  I've notice some of the old regulars have been missing in recent weeks, hopefully they have just been too busy to post and have not given up on SWSAT, thanks for keeping it going.

Several guys have not posted since Rich stepped away.

Yes. Very odd. It’s easy to find us over here. What gives? Are they mad?

I have been a sporadic poster in the SWSAT thread for a few years now.

Going forward, what has put the hurt on me is the new policy that OGR has been forced to embrace. (I fully understand that. It is what it is.)

Simply put, my historic prototype switcher photos have been gathered over the years/decades on various internet RR photo sites and I haven't a clue who shot them and thus holds copyright on them. That means I have very little personal photos to share now.

Further, I split my available retirement time among my many interests, and sometimes my appreciation for switch engines takes a backseat to other interests.

To make sure all understand: My much reduced involvement with SWSAT certainly has ZERO reflection in regards to the timing involved in Rich's passing of the torch.

I highly suspect I'm not the only one hamstrung with the new photo policy.

Andre

laming posted:

I have been a sporadic poster in the SWSAT thread for a few years now.

Going forward, what has put the hurt on me is the new policy that OGR has been forced to embrace. (I fully understand that. It is what it is.)

Simply put, my historic prototype switcher photos have been gathered over the years/decades on various internet RR photo sites and I haven't a clue who shot them and thus holds copyright on them. That means I have very little personal photos to share now.

Further, I split my available retirement time among my many interests, and sometimes my appreciation for switch engines takes a backseat to other interests.

To make sure all understand: My much reduced involvement with SWSAT certainly has ZERO reflection in regards to the timing involved in Rich's passing of the torch.

I highly suspect I'm not the only one hamstrung with the new photo policy.

Andre

I totally understand.  I have had to dig deep into my phone to keep coming up with pictures to share.  There are lots of things I would like to post on this thread that I saw online but have no idea who did it first or how to obtain permission for reposting.  I am fortunate to live in central PA so I am usually not too far from some thing on rails.  

I appreciate everyone’s call continued participation.  Sorry the weekly intro has gotten kinda wordy, but at least that’s something I can mostly copy and paste!

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May God Bless us all.

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B&OCT 954 takes to newly laid No. 2 Track at Central Avenue Crossover during construction of the Congress Street Expressway.  No. 1 Track should be in place and in service by close of business, today.  CTA Garfield Park trains are still running on trackage temporarily relocated to permit Expressway construction but will soon rejoin their old neighbor.

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