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I have been working on my lit up version of the CP Holiday train for a few years now. Was interested when MTH released the train in O gauge but I had already done much work on own version and decided to finish it rather than buying the new MTH train. I have been trying to get as close as possible to the real lit up train. Used a Williams’s engine and repainted several Weaver box cars all in the CP Red paint.

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 For the name I had plastic etched with the letters then used Red LED lights in the ends to light up the letters in red.

Used EL wire to do the out-line of the engine and box cars with the solid color. On the real train they change colors and flash on and off. I have some EL flat light sheets from Miller Engineering I am doing the images on the sides of the box cars. I started with a Santa and Reindeer and will do some more to match the real train. I use clear address label sheets print the images and then peel and stick them to the EL light sheets. The stars are actually a nice Blue color and can be set to fade in and out.

I have lots of images of the real train over the years has been similar in design but note have not seen the 2017 version in person yet but the on line photos and videos show they have made extensive changes to the lit designs on the cars.

I am working on an animated stage car and the lights for the passenger cars.

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This is a completely scratch built structure I started a few days ago, it's going to be the Pam Am building and it will sit on the NJ Hi-Railers layout once completed. You'll notice in the pictures I use many levels , clamps , and squares , anything I build must be plumb, level , and square, or it's not worth building. The footprint is 48 high , 39 wide , 10 1/2 deep. Frame material is primed pine 3/4 by 3/4 glued and nailed , I'll be posting progress pictures every week  

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Happy Friday 

Took Lorenzo to a train show last weekend in Raleigh & we picked up a few nice items - a 2046, 8551, 2328 45N & he REALLY wanted to get a 1045 flagman, so I we picked one up!

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2328 Burlington GP7 leading passenger set 1534W from 1955
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Lionel's 2046 Hudosn leading set 1473WS from 1950 - 
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& passing the newly installed 1045 - he loves to push the button!
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Set 2219W w/ the 2321 Lackawanna FM & 1583WS w/ the 2037 wait for clearance out of the yard 
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621 Jersey Central NW2 leads 1956 set 1551W past the freight station
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1957 set 1583WS w/ 2037
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Also picked up this Lionel 11252 set from 1962 - it''s in almost L/N shape - 
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Lorenzo at the train show - 
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A nice bonus was that we took Amtrak from Charlotte to Raleigh & back for the train show. He had a blast & it was a nice Father/Son day :) 
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NS rebuilt SD40-2 3226 leads a local through Christiansburg, VA .Always nice to get a friendly wave from crew too! 
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NS SD70M-2 2679 hustles eastbound 20T through CP MO at Cresson, PA
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NS Dash-9 9264 leads 18M through Ingleside, WV on a chilly Fall morning
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NS SD40E 6318 ( ex CR SD50 6707) shoves 21A westbound past CP SLOPE in Altoona 
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Two customers with Atlas and new Lionel C&EI cars -FLAGLER & FLYER?                                                     Must have been a rare scheme, never seen one even in any RR archives. Not sure about the proper color either?

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 Passenger trains names. Any ideas on the boxcars?

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Thought I would share this completed test run. Darstaed A4 “Lionel Spec.” Mallard. 

Equipped with Lionel smoke unit with Mike R upgrade(scientific now...😏). Guns Super Chuffer and ERR Cruise Commander with small engine Railsounds (for nearly British sounding whistle).

Many thanks to all those on the forum who helped me with this including Guns, Dr. ZW 😏for the Rohs EU spec. boards. Hopefully will have a happy little boy on Christmas Day.

Have a great Weekend.

Nick

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The boxcar in the photo makes it "train related".

We got some "snice" (snowy ice; icy snow). Looks silly on palm trees, too. Just one county north of Mobile, though, the video of the snow looked like Colorado - big, fat, fluffy flakes swirling and blowing and covering everything. There is still some white stuff on my roof: 1:00 PM. 

So, they threw a big Winter storm and all I got was this:

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(I also see now that I have a date with my power washer this Spring.)

 

 

 

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