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TALES OF THE DOCKSIDER

A bit late to the party, perhaps, but NYC shop switcher X-8688 is back in action!  She has been dispatched, as usual, to recover an engine out of service, but this time the ailing engine suffered a real equipment failure!

NYC 0-4-0 no. 901 was pulling the morning milk train when she suddenly stopped, wheels spinning.  When the crew got out to look for the problem, they discovered not one, but two thrown traction tires!

X-8688 will pull 901 back to the shop today, but repair work will have to wait because the shop isn’t fully staffed on Sunday.  The shop foreman believes new tires are in stock and - with a forecast of rain in central MA for the next two days - should be able to complete the repair.  Getting the rods back in perfect alignment after removing them is always a challenge, but he thinks he’s “ up to it”!

PS Tried to attach photos to this post, but they won’t load.  Will try to post separately.

@leapinlarry posted:

Johan, it’s so sad to hear you lost your big brother, your best buddy and friend. You will be in our prayers and thank you for sharing this news with us. Your contributions to our hobby are endless, such great model work. You are an inspiration to our forum and the hobby. Your creative weathering coupled to your scenic detailing is simply awesome. Keep the pictures coming.  Jhz 563, your finds are amazing, thank you for starting this fun to view thread, your Switchers are fantastic. Trumptrain, You, my friend, have a wonderful collection of Switchers as well as large steam and diesels, Wow, Thank You for sharing your beautiful layout scenes with us., NYC -Z Man, oh my, your video of the small S2 Ford switcher was Fantastic, I actually went an bought one, do in soon. Nice layout, fun to watch your switching maneuvers, really cool. Dave Warburton, so sorry to hear this hidden virus is affecting so many of your friends, we will keep you in our prayers and sEwing your model creativity. We all have to stay safe, stay healthy, Pray Continually. And yes, Don McErlean, You always come up with a winning switcher, your finds are so unique and you bring a lot of enjoyment to this forum, your Leonardtown and Savanah NYC switcher is beautiful and AA67A05C-4F88-4236-8945-12BAFC8586C435889798-4A75-40F2-B72E-F05025FCB780209FB52E-29D3-4871-9D46-91D1F28F1090keep the tales coming as their always interesting. Have a great Sunday as I’m a day late, and a dollar short. Happy Railroading Everyone

LeapinLarry. Thank you so much. It is a great honor if I can be a source of inspiration for someone. 🤝

Johan

@Steam Crazy posted:

Johan, I am also very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother and I am still a big fan of your modeling of ME railroads.  Be comforted by knowing your Forum “brothers” are thinking of you.

John

John. Thank you very much. I really appreciate the support of the Forum "brothers" and it is a great honor if someone appreciates my accomplishments.

Johan

So sorry for the loss of your brother, Johan.  I really like that picture of the two of you.  As many other members have stated above, I’m glad to see you posting again.  I encourage you to lean on the Forum brotherhood when you want or need to.  I’ve always been inspired by your modeling work...and really appreciate your willingness to share it with all of us.

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Johan,  I  echo the sadness we all feel when we heard your brother passed.  My condolences go out to you and your family.

On a different note,  I always liked your painting and weathering of  MEC locomotives. So in that vein. I just finished weathering my CNW NW2 #1017.  Here it is pulling bottle car #5 from the soon to be built blast furnace cast house at Overbeider Iron and Steel . I was tired of looking  at a clean locomotive next to a well weathered bottle car.20201129_151727

I did the weathering job with a wash Floquil's oily black,  grimy black , mud,   and rust colored powder. The locomotive is much darker in reality.

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@CNJ #1601 posted:

So sorry for the loss of your brother, Johan.  I really like that picture of the two of you.  As many other members have stated above, I’m glad to see you posting again.  I encourage you to lean on the Forum brotherhood when you want or need to.  I’ve always been inspired by your modeling work...and really appreciate your willingness to share it with all of us.

Joe. Thank you. I really appreciate your kind words. I've always been inspired by your weathering work  (D&H and LV). 🤝

Johan

@third rail posted:

Johan,  I  echo the sadness we all feel when we heard your brother passed.  My condolences go out to you and your family.

On a different note,  I always liked your painting and weathering of  MEC locomotives. So in that vein. I just finished weathering my CNW NW2 #1017.  Here it is pulling bottle car #5 from the soon to be built blast furnace cast house at Overbeider Iron and Steel . I was tired of looking  at a clean locomotive next to a well weathered bottle car.20201129_151727

I did the weathering job with a wash Floquil's oily black,  grimy black , mud,   and rust colored powder. The locomotive is much darker in reality.

Bill T. Thank you so much. It is incredible how much support I have received from this great group, it gives me the strength to continue forward. I'm really glad that you liked my work, keep up your good work too. 🤝

Johan

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