Another view of my Southwest Unlimited with improper road power due to an extreme shortage of SDP40fs in the O scale market.  All three E8s are powered and the entire train only draws about 6-7 amps off the transformer.

Break in run for my Alco PA's a few months back.  Didn't run them together, but had fun using the E8b for a very fictitious Scottsdale Chief!

All scenery courtesy of the wonderful people who keep the Paradise and Pacific operating 363 days a year for the public. 

Jonathan

 

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GG1 4877 posted:

Another view of my Southwest Unlimited with improper road power due to an extreme shortage of SDP40fs in the O scale market.  All three E8s are powered and the entire train only draws about 6-7 amps off the transformer.

Break in run for my Alco PA's a few months back.  Didn't run them together, but had fun using the E8b for a very fictitious Scottsdale Chief!

All scenery courtesy of the wonderful people who keep the Paradise and Pacific operating 363 days a year for the public. 

Jonathan, please tell me how big is that layout? Looks like a lot of long straight running.

PAUL ROMANO posted:

Jonathan, please tell me how big is that layout? Looks like a lot of long straight running.

Paul,

The layout is 32' x 40' with four mainline tracks.  The outer two loops are normally set to run on automatic so it can be operated if no one is there, but they have the most forgiving grades.  I've run my largest trains on track 1 and 2 which run the perimeter of the layout.  Not a record on the club by any stretch, but I have run up to 75 cars on that track.  The record is 147 ore cars, so I might be close on train length? 

Tracks 3 and 4 tend to be used the most and have the longest runs as they run through the center section.  That's where most of the members run their trains as you have the best access to the trains and the TMCC signal is strong.  However the 2 1/2% grade can be hard on longer trains.  I think the FT pulled freight was the longest train I've pulled on the inside tracks.  There is also an 072 curve at the bottom which can cause string lining if you don't assemble the train properly.  Passenger trains up to 20 cars don't seem to have issues. 

Overall, it is a great layout and we have great members.  Very dedicated.  That's why I see no need for a home 3r layout.  I'll never have one this nice. 

You can learn a little more at pandprr.com

Enjoy!

Jonathan

 

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Lou1985 posted:

A day late but the Blue Goose and The Fast Mail Express.

Lou, I'm a big fan of mail trains and yours is spot on with the head end express boxcars. Thanks for posting!

Thanks. The Santa Fe express service boxcars took a little digging to find. The two 50' double door cars were made by Pecos River, the 40' single door by Weaver. I think they make the train. 

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  Lou, here is my old Athearn A.T.&S.F. 50' express boxcar I resurrected some years back. 

That's pretty neat. Those didn't even come up in my search. I think they are harder to find than the Pecos River cars I have.

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Love the Athearn Car Paul.  I have a few of these 50' cars laying around that need work, but not in ATSF.  I also have two of the Pecos River 50' cars in ATSF, but one is the in service oxide red and the other MOW silver.  No express versions!

Jonathan

 

Last week I mentioned I only had one example of a western road, but I forgot about my red, white and blue fleet.  Two of those engines I think meet the criteria.

A Lionel BN U30C

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And a pair of MTH WP GP-40s (need to get a better picture).

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Ron

 

TCA, TTOS, NCT, LCCA, PRRT&HS

 

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Last week I mentioned I only had one example of a western road, but I forgot about my red, white and blue fleet.  Two of those engines I think meet the criteria.

A Lionel BN U30C

BN U30C 002BN U30C 004

And a pair of MTH WP GP-40s (need to get a better picture).

WP GP-40 Bicentennial

AFT-FT GS4_GP40_GG1_PA1-01

 

Wow! That is quite a sharp collection of red, white and blue engines. I really like the S.P. #4449 in the AFT scheme. Thank you for posting.

GG1 4877 posted:

Love the Athearn Car Paul.  I have a few of these 50' cars laying around that need work, but not in ATSF.  I also have two of the Pecos River 50' cars in ATSF, but one is the in service oxide red and the other MOW silver.  No express versions!

I have 3 other Pecos River 50' double door boxcars besides the 2 Santa Fe Express Service versions. The other 3 are Santa Fe slogan cars with oxide red sides and black roofs. I have 5, but I'm always on the lookout for more in ATSF lettering. 

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The El Capitan pulling into Albuquerque, well actually the station relettered for my hometown of Douglas, AZ.  Lionel F-3's with K Line scale El Cap cars.  Now if I could just find the baggage car to complete the set.

 

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The El Capitan pulling into Albuquerque, well actually the station relettered for my hometown of Douglas, AZ.  Lionel F-3's with K Line scale El Cap cars.  Now if I could just find the baggage car to complete the set.

 

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Spectacular station scene! Thank you for posting.

There's "western" and then there's GREAT WESTERN...

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THE RIGHT ROAD!

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The El Capitan pulling into Albuquerque, well actually the station relettered for my hometown of Douglas, AZ.  Lionel F-3's with K Line scale El Cap cars.  Now if I could just find the baggage car to complete the set.

 

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Awesome as always Peter.  I've seen a few of the K-Line 18" baggage cars on eVilbay and was tempted to pick one up.  However, it just seems K-line cars are out of site on prices these days!

Look forward to seeing you Saturday.

Jonathan

 

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