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PXL_20220421_032103717This morning I assigned one of my B6s to yard work switching, spotting 8 mixed freight to a spur and setting out 9 tankers for a Consolidation drag to its next destination. Below is an old photo of the same train but I have since changed the  pilot by removing the cowcatcher elements and adding freight engine elements I scratched using pieces of styrene as seen above. IMG_20200909_180912_1

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Well they don’t make a nice scene and definitely not realistic. However they served a very important purpose. I ran my largest engines with my longest and highest cars to double check the clearances under Penn station. With three curved mains in close proximity it was a job placing supports for the trestle.
Happy too report the only problem was when a fallen tree got dragged into the mix.

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I went downstairs today to spend a few minutes checking on my layouts and didn’t intend to run any trains. Instead, I put Maine Central 2-8-0 #501 on my 12’-by-8’ layout at the head end of two Boston & Maine passenger cars. The MEC was partly owned by the B&M and mixed consists of MEC and B&M equipment did occur. My die-cast model of MEC #501 was made by Weaver. The train is running at 33 scale-miles-per-hour in the video.

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A pair of New Haven DL-109's heads the daily Scranton to New Haven passenger train as it pulls off the Scranton reverse loop headed for New Haven. As was typical for New Haven trains, consists were made up of different types of passenger cars including stainless steel, rebuilt coaches, and old heavyweight varnish.

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My grandsons visited today. One of them is an Amtrak fan and both have ridden on Metro-North, so we set up a train with Amtrak P42 Genesis locomotive #64 pulling two Metro-North commuter cars of the Connecticut Department of Transportation – Noah Webster and Fairfield County. At one time, trains with these engines and cars ran on the Waterbury branch in Connecticut.

Amtrak #64 is an MTH Premier model (20-2189-1) with PS1 delivered in 1998 at MSRP $329.95. The passenger car models are Atlas O commuter coaches produced in 2008 at MSRP $109.85. I used these 21-inch scale-length cars to establish scenery clearances on my 10’-by-5’ layout with Atlas O-54 curves.

The train is running at 32 scale miles-per-hour in the video.

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In late afternoon, I go downstairs, set up a train, and take photos and videos to post on the Forum. Today’s engine was Norfolk & Western #244, the first Railking model of a USRA 0-8-0 steam engine made by MTH (30-1111-1). It was delivered with PS1 in March 1997 at MSRP $379.00.

Norfolk & Western #244 was the last reciprocating steam locomotive built in the United States for an American Class 1 railroad and also the last steamer built by the N&W at its shops in Roanoke, Virginia. It was completed in December 1953.

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Tonight I decided to run a PNW train. I was going to go to the train show today in Monroe Washington but didn’t make it. So… in lieu of that I went upstairs and constructed the train and got it running. I could have added more but decided that was good enough for tonight. Enjoy!



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I ran New Haven Railroad FL9 #2043 (Sunset Models 2013) on my 12’-by-8’ layout today – February 28, 2024. Trailing behind are two Metro-North Comet II commuter coaches of the Connecticut Department of Transportation – Noah Webster and Fairfield County (models by Atlas O in 2008). At one time, Metro-North had an FL9 locomotive painted in the New Haven Railroad’s McGinnis scheme that sometimes pulled this type of car on its Waterbury Branch in Connecticut.

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