Today I ran two NS Manifesta. Tankers and Boxcars lead by ES44AC NS 8035 and SD60M 6776, and Intermodal and boxcars led by SD70ACE Penn Central 1073, and ES44AC PRR 8102.

Modeling Enola PA in miniature


“It’s a good thing to let another generation know what a steam locomotive is.” — Southern Railway Vice President-Law W. Graham Claytor Jr.


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I ran a Lionel #622Switcher with 3 loaded coal hoppers out of the coal mine....

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A trolley through a late 1800's town

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A rotary coal dumper to unload coal for the power plant of the coal processing facility

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An Extra Budd RDC's to the top of the mountain

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A trolley through downtown suburbia

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And caught the incline railway to catch my ride home.

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God Bless America BABY!  

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Ran some serious Tin Plate with a Scale GG1 at the head of the consist.



And in honor of my Great Grandfather, who actually drove them, a Shay Engine, pulling a Military Transport Consist.


Never worry about what other people think, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.


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Ran ACL #1689 4-6-2 pulling an 11-car train yesterday:


This is a Williams/Samhongsa 3-rail brass USRA Pacific that has been repainted/lettered and converted to BPRC (the on/off switch and charging jack are under the removable black foam coal load), running on Atlas, Micro-Engineering, and Signature Switch 2-rail track/switches.

I'm still testing the layout, making sure the track plan is what I want before I attempt to put down any scenery, I'm in no hurry.

An 11-car train takes up a lot of space, even on a 12x30 layout.  A whole lot of clickety-clack going on as the train makes its way around the mainline, I like it!!!


4+ years and STILL Having A Blast Running BPRC


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Arnold D. Cribari posted:

For passenger service, Lionel postwar Brunswick Green 2340 GG1 with Magnetraction pulled 4 streamlined aluminum passenger cars. For me, this engine and passenger cars are the best of the best.

A PW GG1, pulling a string of aluminum passenger cars...that was the image from the Postwar Lionel catalogs that enchanted me the most!

LionChief + Camelback Erie hauling Eastcoast boxcars:

Excellent sounds and smoke, which I expected from LC+. What I did not expect was the stunning detail on this relatively modestly priced engine.

I think Camelbacks have been the subject of prior Forum threads. This is my first Camelback, and now I understand why they are popular.  Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.


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I ran a Lionel 0-8-0 New York Central switcher pulling 6 = MTH Madison NYC 13" passenger cars (baggage, combine, diner, coaches, and observation).  ALL picked up at a model train show yesterday.

I can't even begin to tell you how little I paid for these items (including a bunch of other stuff, too).  It's really criminal!!!  

The right place at the right time.  Probably never happen to me again.  Oh well, early Christmas present. 




2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high in either case.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

If the government knew how much fun O-gauge railroading was, they'd outlaw it!

Common sense is my second best trait.  Nonsense is my first, of course. 

Fendermain posted:

Postwar steam with prewar cars...Hey, I like smoke with my tin.      Fendermain

You have combined the charm of both, which makes many of us smile.

I only have a couple of Prewar cars, which I will share in a few minutes.

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

Postwar switcher and Prewar cars:

I believe the 3 red bridges are also Prewar.

Good job.  Tin just seems more fun and festive around the holidays. It could be the brilliant colors and clanking sounds.  Thanks for posting Arnold.   Fendermain

Last night I ran 3 trains simultaneously on the layout, a local passenger trains pulled by  a camelback locomotive, a train comprised of gondolas with junk loads with an SW9 on the point, and a train of of pulpwood cars pulled by a 44 tonner.  Also running on the industrial spur was an 0-8-0 on a switching assignment.  All the while a trolley kept time going back and forth on the elevated trestle.  

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

prrhorseshoecurve posted:

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God Bless America BABY!  

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   Most of the real estate plots are larger than my smallest layouts. Other plots bigger than my largest layout.

Where is this? Why is this? Who's is this? 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"


"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.


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