Rats, I don't have anything to run on, however, in my mind I saw my SP 3800 pulling a long string of PFE reefers and my SP F3's pulling my Sunset Limited passenger train.   One of these days I'll have some place to run and hopefully it won't be too far off.  A move to the Dallas area is not too far off.  Great pics guys.

JEM

sptrainnut

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Three trains were running yesterday on my 12’-by-8’ layout. On the O-72 outer loop is a Sunset/3rd Rail New Haven Railroad ALCO PA locomotive with MTH New Haven heavyweight passenger cars. On the O-54 middle loop is an New York Central freight train with MTH USRA 0-6-0 locomotive and Pacemaker caboose. On the O-36 inner loop is an Atlas O Conrail MP-15DC locomotive pulling New Haven Railroad boxcars and a Conrail caboose.

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Although it is summer, I usually spend some time in the basement every day running trains or doing something on the layouts. Today I ran my New Haven EP-5 electric motor #371 (MTH PS-1) with a passenger train that now includes a Railway Post Office car (by Weaver) and a recently acquired New York Central GP-9 #6001 (MTH PS-3) pulling a freight train.

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None.

I have not run trains for a week now.

They are painting the outside of the garage and have been using a sprayer for part of it.

I covered the layout with very light plastic tarps before they started so that there is not chance of any paint getting on the layout, the trains, or the control panel.

Tomorrow they finish and as soon as they are gone, the tarps come off.

Shortly thereafter, the trains start running again!

 

 

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I am hopeful of running LC+ in remote mode with my 7 and 2 year old grandaughters today. In the past we have filled gondolas with their Shopkins. They love little people and things.

I hope to take photos/videos and post them here later today. Arnold

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

Here we go!

LC+ NH FAs pulling Postwar passenger cars with PopPop Pussycat (that's me because of my beard) on the remote, and LC+ Jersey Central Pacifuc steamer hauling freight with my 7 year old grandaughter, Karina, on the remote. My 2 year old grandaughter, Julie, is tending to the farm animals:

We are all doing different things we enjoy.

This was a peak experience for me this morning, and I wish you all peak experiences with your trains this upcoming holiday weekend. Arnold

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

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As part of my peak experience with the trains  today, my wife, Shawn, actually did something on the layout. Here she is, helping our grandaughter, Karina, with the little people and animals:

This is a momentous event. Although Shawn is very tolerant of my passion for our hobby and knows it has been good therapy for me in coping with my, at times, stressful profession, I can't remember the last time she did anything regarding the layout. I think only our granddaughters could motivate Shawn to show any interest in the layout.

Also in the video is my 32 year old daughter, Maria, sitting on the couch and my 2 year old granddaughter, Julie. 

We all had a wonderful time with the trains today. Arnold

 

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

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I have had the MTH Mallet #284 for sometime; but never ran it.

Something got me going early this morning and I put it on the rails. I gave it a little test and then assigned it to a coal drag that a 746 was having a problem with. Here it is taking on some water.

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Regards, Bob

 

 

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My 7 year old granddaughter, Karina, with remote unit running LC+ NJ Central Pacific steamer and boxcar unit train around the baseball field and washer/dryer in the laundry room:

Oh what fun we had today! Arnold

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Hey Arnold!

What a great looking bunch of gals you got to help you run your trains!  I wish I had a bunch of good looking girls to help me run my trains.  But I only got one funny looking boy (he's funny looking, because he looks just like me! ).  And my wife (she's pretty, too) don't want nuthin' to do with my trains. 

How did all your gals get to be so good looking?  Did they go to college for that, or sumthin'?    

 

What a wonderful way to spend the day!!!   

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

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!

Arnold - Great videos of your family in the train room!!  I sure wish I had a grandfather like you  You are the best!! 

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 

We all know that boys, by and large, love our toys, but let's not assume the girls won't be interested.

Daughters and granddaughters can go for model railroading in large numbers, and so can the occasional wife and sister.

The girls may naturally focus more on the little people (like playing with dolls) and the arts and crafts involved in model railroading. That is true of my 7 year old granddaughter, and was true of my 32 year old daughter when she was a little girl.

They also enjoy Polar Express excursions on tourist trains, which we are considering doing as a family, and steam engine rides. 

The girls may be an untapped market in the world of model railroading.

Pastel colored toy trains for girls, however, is not the answer. LOL, Arnold

 

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

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Great looking scenery Patrick, I can't wait to get started on mine. Jahn's ! You just brought back a ton of memories from the 50s!

Thanks so much Bob!  I greatly enjoy the scenery aspect of model railroading.  Jahns as I understand it was a small chain of sweet shops in  Queens and Long Island?  I would have liked to have sampled their delights many times over, however, I missed out because I grew up in Maryland.  However, running trains always brings back wonderful memories from everything from Christmas season, to walking along the B&O mainline and branch line in the summer when I was a kid .... ahhh, the aroma of creosote in the summer! 

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 

trumptrain posted:
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Great looking scenery Patrick, I can't wait to get started on mine. Jahn's ! You just brought back a ton of memories from the 50s!

Thanks so much Bob!  I greatly enjoy the scenery aspect of model railroading.  Jahns as I understand it was a small chain of sweet shops in  Queens and Long Island?  I would have liked to have sampled their delights many times over, however, I missed out because I grew up in Maryland.  However, running trains always brings back wonderful memories from everything from Christmas season, to walking along the B&O mainline and branch line in the summer when I was a kid .... ahhh, the aroma of creosote in the summer! 

Patrick,

Yes Jahn's Ice Cream Pallor originated in Queens, NY and did expand into Brooklyn and LI; however they were never the same as the original.

One actually opened in my neighborhood in Brooklyn (Marine Park) when I was a teenager, my excitement was quickly dampend; but I did take my girl out to the original several times. 

Living in the city, I didn't get to see many trains; althogh I do recall riding in my Dad's car as a youngster down along the East River waterfront. There were tracks in the pavement, and my dad had to pull to the side as a steam engine bared down on us with a few boxcars in tow. There was another spot near my Grandmothers where the Long Island railroad freight line ran from the East River through Brooklyn and Queens in a cut. At McDonald Ave they would switch out cars onto the trolley tracks. I remember waiting for the trolley and watching a steam engine pushing freight cars down the street.  The last action that I saw there was when they offloaded subway cars from a barge and a diesel pulled them down the trolley tracks all the way to the Coney Island subway yards.

Those memories led me to install EZ Streets on my layout and create a connection to an O Gauge loop. I also installed two EZ switches with short sidings; one to deliver an auto carrier to the Ford dealer and the other to deliver a Robert's Meats reefer to a butcher shop. Its still all a work in progress.

 

 

 

 

Regards, Bob

 

 

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