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Photos and videos show my K-Line Metro-North #412 F-unit diesel pulling two Atlas O Horizon 21-inch commuter cars on my 12’-by-8’ layout. The cars are marked for Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York State) and Metro-North Commuter Railroad (Connecticut Department of Transportation). On Metro-North trains in Connecticut, there often were mixed consists with New York and Connecticut cars. Metro-North F-Unit #413 used to pull some of these trains on the branch line from Bridgeport to Waterbury.

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Great photos everyone!  Here are my photos of fun for this fine weekend!   Enjoy your weekend everyone!  Be safe = Be well!

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My first Lionel locomotive ... 2065 Hudson ... still going strong! IMG_3952

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In honor of Giving Tuesday, I ran my #FeedVin¢ent around my office loop. The banks popped up around the University of Hartford several years ago. My secretary keeps one next to a dish of candy in her office. (Hint-Hint!).

Hope all of you supported your favorite charities last Tuesday. If not, there is still time.

For you trivia buffs, Dr. Vincent Coffin was the President of the University of Hartford when the merger and new campus was built in the 50s.

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Last year 2019 I had 3 public Christmas train villages on display for the public. From a big display with 10 trains running and lots of buildings tracks figures lights etc. over 4 weekends at the Polar Express at our railway museum, to a small display (will show this one next week). And a 1 weekend display with the 2 steam engines CN and GN at another railway museum. Here are a few assorted photos from these events and the home layout. I was to busy last year with the displays and repairing cleaning trains to post much last year, of course nothing this year. Really enjoy seeing everyone's photos each week!

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A 2019 Christmas Layout memory

The smallish Christmas section of the layout.  Notice the ceramic house - it's a Lenox product.  Very nice.  I has a smoke option that can be remotely turned on/off.  The house can be lit with 7 different colors, or none, controlled remotely.  The colors can rotate thru or can be set to stay a certain color.  I like rotating.

- walt

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@MELGAR posted:

Patrick aka Trumptrain,

I'm impressed by your layout. A variety of interesting scenes and a track plan with lots of activity. I also like the differing track elevations. My compliments.

MELGAR

MELGAR -  Thank you so much for your compliment!!  Coming from you, someone who has two fabulous looking O gauge layouts,  I'm humbled by your words.

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@trumptrain posted:

Great photos everyone!  Here are my photos of fun for this fine weekend!   Enjoy your weekend everyone!  Be safe = Be well!

Night unloading operation.

Postwar paradise.

My first Lionel locomotive ... 2065 Hudson ... still going strong! IMG_3952

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Well, Patrick, we have something in common: the Lionel Postwar 2065 was also my first locomotive. Mine was included in the complete freight set (the set has a funny name that escapes me at the moment) that I got as Christmas present in 1954 or 1955.

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Here it is pulling the freight cars and Lionel Lines caboose included in that set:

Here is that 2065 building up a head of steam:

Arnold

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Outstanding pics and videos this week guys, I'm getting ready to head to the Baggage Car that houses the Lone Star High Railers club layout in Grapevine, TX and get some run time with a couple of my new engines.  I'm also going to get instructions on how to use the Legacy throttles and the DCS throttle.  I'm really looking forward to learning these, then I can go to the club more often to run some trains, if I don't have any "Honey-do's" to do.  Pics and videos in the coming weeks.  Have a great weekend everyone.

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It’s 1952, and Train No.53, the maid of all work on the High Plains Division of the O Gauge Panhandle & Santa Fe, idles across the diamond crossing at Kauke, on the outskirts of Caprock, Texas.  This train usually meets its eastward counterpart, No.54, at Crosbyton, the second stop west of Caprock, and Engineer Wallace “Machine Gun” White has No.53 on time, right to the minute.  This pair of trains makes a daily trip between Brownwood (where they connect with trains serving Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Angelo) and Clovis, NM, connecting with Nos. 3 and 4, the main line trains between Chicago and Los Angeles/Oakland.  They have 15 scheduled station stops, and almost every town is a flagstop for the less occasional passengers.  At Abilene, No. 53 always picks up a car of mail from Dallas to California, off of the Texas & Pacific Railroad, and today, instead of the normal baggage car, the T&P had an express boxcar sitting on the interchange track.
Wallace will glide No.53 into the station at Caprock and have a brief conversation with the outbound Engineer, Lloyd “Gabby” Stratton who will extinguish his cigar and mount the seat of PA1 diesel 70L -- a 1947 product of Alco-GE -- and watch for a highball.  Once underway, Gabby will have her sprinting across the rolling plains to Dickens, where the railroad begins the ascent onto the caprock of the Texas Panhandle.  The big Alco passenger diesel's raspy voice will be shouting as the train ascends the 2% grade to Crosbyton and its scheduled meet with No.54.
Day in, day out, this is early 1950s west Texas railroading on the Panhandle & Santa Fe.  The Chiefs all use the northern route, via Albuquerque, La Junta, and Dodge City.  Passenger trains on the High Plains Division are humble in comparison, but they are clean, comfortable, and operate with as much employee pride and skill as the Super Chief does.

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Johan, I always like seeing the passenger operations of the Shark Bay RR.

Arnold with all the realism and scale fidelity on display on the forum it's wonderful to see some of the trains of our childhood running at the speeds we ran them as children.  Maybe unrealistically fast but thrilling.

Tom, wonderful story about No. 53.

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Model trains and beer. Great combination. How about one of you brilliant modelers making a scene on your layout reminiscent of the one in the movie Shawshank Redemption, when the prisoners revel in having a cold beer on the roof of the prison. Has anybody ever done that scene? Arnold

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Beautiful backdrop painting. Can you tell us more about it?

Thank you for the kind comment, Neal.  The mural behind the layout was hand-painted by Roger Farkash, of TW Trainworx.

I painted the wall blue, and Roger showed up the next day, with some paint, a handful of trim brushes, and a couple of photos of high plains skies, and did the whole job in three hours.

In his younger days, Roger painted scenery in Broadway theaters, and used those techniques here.  You may have noticed that I said he used trim brushes, the same kind used to paint the trim in a house -- not art brushes.  Well, in the hands of an expert artist like Roger, trim brushes turn into art brushes.

Whenever I have visitors at the layout, the mural is what they always comment about.  Roger had the vision and the talent, and all the credit goes to him.

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SIRT, we all know that you are an expert at weathering your cars, engines, and scenery, but this is definitely some of your best work.

First you had to actually see while looking, and then recreate what you saw.  The rust and damage on the inside of these well-used trailer doors is amazing.  I am in awe.

Your personal record has been awarded ten merits for exceptional visualization and execution of normally-overlooked weathering.

@coach joe posted:

Johan, I always like seeing the passenger operations of the Shark Bay RR.

Arnold with all the realism and scale fidelity on display on the forum it's wonderful to see some of the trains of our childhood running at the speeds we ran them as children.  Maybe unrealistically fast but thrilling.

Tom, wonderful story about No. 53.

Joe. Thank you. More S.B.R. -passenger cars coming later.

Johan

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