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Lehigh & New England Railroad RS-3 #658 (MTH Railking 30-21185-1) is a special run model by Forum Sponsor Public Delivery Track. According to the online L&NE Diesel Roster, #658 was built in 1949 and actually was an Alco RS-2, not an RS-3. The major difference between the two types was horsepower – 1500 for the RS-2 and 1600 for the RS-3. #658 is my only L&NE locomotive model.

It should be mentioned that today, May 10, 2024 is the 155th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad and the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah on this date in 1869.

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Yesterday, the modular group took our 12x15 layout to the Children's Museum of Richmond (CMOR).

First, many of us met for lunch at Boulevard Burger & Brew......engines must fueled before they begin their run......

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It was great to be back after a 10+ year hiatus........our prior contact had retired....

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We have been invited back......likely in September.....

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

Peter

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Thanks Scott for getting us started!   Here's photos of the fun kind for this fine weekend!   Have a terrific weekend everyone!

As I sit on a hill beside the tracks, I see a train awaiting its' engines.  Off in the distance I hear the distinct sound of  EMD diesels heading this way with bell ringing.  IMG_2742

Now that the engines have arrived and pumped up the train's brakes, the train slowly moves forward and this WM TOFC passes by

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Further up the tracks I spot a small but busy yard. IMG_2739IMG_2747

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Picked up a few new items this week. Both have been on my want list for years.

First off is the 1351 B&O General passenger set from 1983. I remember seeing this in the catalog as a kid but never got it. Fast forward all these years later & I finally picked one up.  They don't seem to show up often & this is the only one I've ever seen in person.  The set is made in Mexico and is the first general with a can motor that was equipped to run on AC.

Second item is the 18838 Seaboard RSC-3 & matching 16559 caboose from 1995. 

On the layout front, I continued working on the road & also took care of the homes as well. I'm almost to the point I can add snow to this section and move on to the next area.

I forgot I had this Lionel loading ramp & came across it this week.  I wanted to work it into the layout & while I would have prefered a small spur , I don't have anyway to add one, so I put it adjacent to the main line. 

& finally ran some trains -

Yesterday I attended some seminars at the PRRT&HS' Annual Meeting in Altoona.  I learned something new about Pennsy's MoW operations when I attended the seminar on 'Modeling MoW' by Bruce Smith.  As some of you know my layout's era is late 1940s, specifically 1949.  Below is a photo I have posted before and it shows a wreck train operation that would be unusual for Pennsy in 1949.  Look at it and see if you can guess what it is.  Keep reading after the photo to see what I mean.

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A wreck train needs to be dispatched as quickly as possible.  Steamers take a long time, a couple hours was mentioned, to fire up and get moving.  Because a diesel can be ready to go soon after it is started, diesels were the preferred motive power for wreckers once they became available.  By 1949 unless the L1 in the photo was fired up and on the ready line, and probably even then, it would not have been used.

So from now on my engine dispatcher will use a diesel for wrecker duty.

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Tested my Premeir K4 on the upper loop with my Pennsylvania wood sided passenger cars, wondering if the O-57 curves were too tight for the K4…no it ran great!

We are riding the rails to Richmond on Friday to visit my son for the weekend, thought I would put out an Amtrak train to celebrate…

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In the summer of 1952, Santa Fe No.53, the connection from Houston to the California Limited, departs a brief station stop at Caprock, Texas.  5-Year-old Alco-GE PA1 number 70L clears her raspy throat as Engineer Wallace White eases the little train into motion, then increases the throttle to Run-4, and then straight to Run-8, and heads her into west Texas with stops at Slaton, Lubbock, Littlefield, and Clovis, New Mexico.

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In the summer of 1952, Santa Fe No.53, the connection from Houston to the California Limited, departs a brief station stop at Caprock, Texas.  5-Year-old Alco-GE PA1 number 70L clears her raspy throat as Engineer Wallace White eases the little train into motion, then increases the throttle to Run-4, and then straight to Run-8, and heads her into west Texas with stops at Slaton, Lubbock, Littlefield, and Clovis, New Mexico.

Beautiful layout and train Tom! Always enjoy seeing your little piece of the Texas Panhandle!

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