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Boston & Maine Railroad #117 is an MTH Premier PS3 model of a General Electric 44-ton diesel-electric locomotive. It’s just the right size for my 10’-by-5’ model railroad which is just an oval with Atlas O-54 curves on which I run short trains at slow speeds.

#117 was the only GE 44-ton locomotive built for the Boston & Maine during World War II, entering service in August 1942. It was permitted to run at a maximum speed of 35 miles-per-hour and powered by two Caterpillar V8 engines of 180 horsepower each.

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Train running this past week......

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Now that Run 320 is out, I can go back to shooting picks at the "Fall Corner"....

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Modular club member PatrickB placed a Lego loco on an MTH trolley chassis.

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There is a new stop on the Harlem Division below Harmon, and it's called Menardsville!

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....and lastly, the trains came home this week, and......are now back in the attic!

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Have a great and safe weekend, folks.

Peter

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A few weeks ago, I posted photos of my model of the Pennsylvania Glass Sand plant and said it was finished. Well, not quite. I was waiting for some electrical components to show up so I could finish the job, so I moved on to another part of the layout and then held off on the electrical work for a few weeks. I finally went back and got that work done. It included building a flashing highway sign as per the prototype and installing structure lighting.

First, here is a photo of the flashing ‘Truck Crossing” sign. I probably spent a good 6 to 8 hours building and installing the darn thing! I could not locate my ancient Dallee grade crossing flashers (over 30 years old as I recall!) so I ordered a new one. There is a photo of it after installation and it is used to flash the lights. Then there are some videos of the sign in service. This sign is prototypical, and there are two of them on Route 655 by the plant:

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The next shot shows the inside of the sand loading structure (a modified Lionel engine house) with the whitish-blue industrial lighting installed.

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Finally, here’s a shot of an Atlas Conrail MP-15 switching the plant. The turnout is a scratchbuilt curved 3 rail turnout built by my friend Mark Vinski. Mark is a true craftsman, and did a fantastic job on this piece of custom track work.

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Till next week, enjoy!

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A few weeks ago, I posted photos of my model of the Pennsylvania Glass Sand plant and said it was finished. Well, not quite. I was waiting for some electrical components to show up so I could finish the job, so I moved on to another part of the layout and then held off on the electrical work for a few weeks. I finally went back and got that work done. It included building a flashing highway sign as per the prototype and installing structure lighting.

First, here is a photo of the flashing ‘Truck Crossing” sign. I probably spent a good 6 to 8 hours building and installing the darn thing! I could not locate my ancient Dallee grade crossing flashers (over 30 years old as I recall!) so I ordered a new one. There is a photo of it after installation and it is used to flash the lights. Then there are some videos of the sign in service. This sign is prototypical, and there are two of them on Route 655 by the plant





The next shot shows the inside of the sand loading structure (a modified Lionel engine house) with the whitish-blue industrial lighting installed.

IMG_7029

Finally, here’s a shot of an Atlas Conrail MP-15 switching the plant. The turnout is a scratchbuilt curved 3 rail turnout built by my friend Mark Vinski. Mark is a true craftsman, and did a fantastic job on this piece of custom track work.

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Till next week, enjoy!

Love these 2 shots.  Always inspiring work!

A few weeks ago, I posted photos of my model of the Pennsylvania Glass Sand plant and said it was finished. Well, not quite. I was waiting for some electrical components to show up so I could finish the job, so I moved on to another part of the layout and then held off on the electrical work for a few weeks. I finally went back and got that work done. It included building a flashing highway sign as per the prototype and installing structure lighting.

First, here is a photo of the flashing ‘Truck Crossing” sign. I probably spent a good 6 to 8 hours building and installing the darn thing! I could not locate my ancient Dallee grade crossing flashers (over 30 years old as I recall!) so I ordered a new one. There is a photo of it after installation and it is used to flash the lights. Then there are some videos of the sign in service. This sign is prototypical, and there are two of them on Route 655 by the plant:

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Neal,

Great job on these. I could easily see myself riding along a curve in the road and seeing this type of sign in the real world. Is "flasher" the name of the item I would look for from Dallee if I was get one? Do you have a part number?

Thanks,

Dave

Train running this past week......

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Now that Run 320 is out, I can go back to shooting picks at the "Fall Corner"....

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Modular club member PatrickB placed a Lego loco on an MTH trolley chassis.

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There is a new stop on the Harlem Division below Harmon, and it's called Menardsville!

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....and lastly, the trains came home this week, and......are now back in the attic!

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Have a great and safe weekend, folks.

Peter

That's a big step!

Neal,

Great job on these. I could easily see myself riding along a curve in the road and seeing this type of sign in the real world. Is "flasher" the name of the item I would look for from Dallee if I was get one? Do you have a part number?

Thanks,

Dave

Dave,

The item is number 367, Grade Crossing Flasher Controller. Let me know if you cannot track it down.  Their site is:  www.dallee.com

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What do we have, a really, really nice custom job?  Can't tell but it's fixed pilot, 3rail with scale couplers???  Would love to get the lo-down, Thanks, Jim

Jim,

Thanks for noticing and your complimentary words. You are 50% correct! The unit is custom painted with fixed pilots and scale couplers. However, it is not a 3-rail unit. It is a 2-rail GP20 by CLW. I just sat it on the tracks here because this is one of the areas with mostly finished scenery.

I have been hoping/suggesting that someone, maybe Sunset, make one of these. There are no 3-Rail models, that I'm aware of, with fixed pilots, etc.

Dave

Jim,

Thanks for noticing and your complimentary words. You are 50% correct! The unit is custom painted with fixed pilots and scale couplers. However, it is not a 3-rail unit. It is a 2-rail GP20 by CLW. I just sat it on the tracks here because this is one of the areas with mostly finished scenery.

I have been hoping/suggesting that someone, maybe Sunset, make one of these. There are no 3-Rail models, that I'm aware of, with fixed pilots, etc.

Dave

Dave,



Can you tell us about the PC transfer caboose behind the engine? This was on the "to do" list when I worked on projects with Joe Hayter, owner of Weaver Models. Unfortunately, he closed the business before we could get around to these. I'd love to see them in 3 rail...in PC and CR.

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New carpet upstairs means “everything with carpet under it has to be moved”…making this shot possible.

Unrelated note: The upper picture has a metallic dome shaped object in the background.  That is the nosecone of a WW2 practice bomb.  One of our ranch pastures has a practice target where bombers learned how to operate the Norden bombsight  

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Jim,

Thanks for noticing and your complimentary words. You are 50% correct! The unit is custom painted with fixed pilots and scale couplers. However, it is not a 3-rail unit. It is a 2-rail GP20 by CLW. I just sat it on the tracks here because this is one of the areas with mostly finished scenery.

I have been hoping/suggesting that someone, maybe Sunset, make one of these. There are no 3-Rail models, that I'm aware of, with fixed pilots, etc.

Dave

It's beautiful, great detail.  I was fortunate to get an undecorated GP20 in the MTH garage sale with the intention of finishing it in PC.  I was also able to get one of their C628/630 and an E8AA pair also undecorated, all to finish PC.  Do you know anyone who would be really good with this?

Dave,



Can you tell us about the PC transfer caboose behind the engine? This was on the "to do" list when I worked on projects with Joe Hayter, owner of Weaver Models. Unfortunately, he closed the business before we could get around to these. I'd love to see them in 3 rail...in PC and CR.

Neal,

It looks like Ron beat me to it! Two of mines are 3-rail.

Dave

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@DETROIT posted:

It's beautiful, great detail.  I was fortunate to get an undecorated GP20 in the MTH garage sale with the intention of finishing it in PC.  I was also able to get one of their C628/630 and an E8AA pair also undecorated, all to finish PC.  Do you know anyone who would be really good with this?

Thanks and yes I do! Send me an email with the email on my profile page and I can give you more details.

Dave

At the club Saturday morning Chief Drew showed me the MTH Wisconsin Central SP-45 he purchased from @GG1 4877 (after I alerted him to the listing.)  I’d forgotten about the purchase until I saw its nose at the front of the last stall on the left.

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He ran it around the layout and put it through its paces.  Perfect purchase for a train guy from Wisconsin and his collection of Midwest locomotives and rolling stock reflects that passion.  (The C&NW diesels on the whisker track are his.)

One of the layout features I haven't explored, yet, is the roundhouse/turntable operation.  The turntable is fully indexed and the trackage is separately controlled from the main layout's 4 loops, and the nearby staging tracks which are also separately controlled.

With the permanent layout located above Dale’s Train Station retail store, we get visitors brought up by the owner regularly and members from time to time.  Such was the case with these young fellas who ran our Lionel Chief 2.0 Virginian rectifier train.  Their mom and dad had a hard time getting them to leave.

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The club is a very safe place on Saturday mornings since there will usually be a couple of retired physicians running their trains.  Such was the case Saturday with Les running his Lionchief plus 2.0 NYC Hudson with Bluetooth pulling a mixed freight on the Yellow Line; and, Dave running a Lionchief Erie Camelback on the trestle above on the Orange line.

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And our tireless secretary Lenny continued to work on our switching layout that’s under construction.  This week he brought in a pre-war remote control crane that he’d completely rewired into working flawlessly without benefit of a wiring diagram—he’s a very experienced and dedicated guy.   And Dale's donated the PFE 6352 ice car to go with the 342 Ice Station

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For myself, I ran the Burlington F-2 AB, formerly LIONEL PW 2243, that I painted ~30 years ago.  It’s modeled after a prototype, #153:  brass F-2 number boards; a second headlight; a third porthole window added to both units; scale porthole windows replacing the Lionel fisheyes; and, raised fan cowls per the prototype.

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We also measured the traveling layout modules mounted on their dollies to be sure they would “fit” up the ramp and through the entrance of the location where we’ll set-up to run in December.  Far better than carrying them in separately.

Hope everyone had a good, model train week-end.

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