Discussion in 'Fallen Flags' started by Stourbridge Lion, Jul 25, 2005.
Sure has been quite in this forum for awhile now...
Well, than I will say something? I am from the Netherlands and I am a fan of the New Haven. Why? I don't know, it was a coincidence: it is very hard to get American modeltrains in this country, and I coudln't find anything of Boston & Maine. But I did find a FA1 of New Haven and I bought it. So, since that moment I model the New Haven.
Welcome to Trainboard. It would be interesting to see what you are modeling of the New Haven.
I hope you will take the time to explore all parts of TrainBoard. You will find it interesting, educational, and, the best part, fun.
I try modelling a line in Connecticut. I have never been te the USA, so I have to deal with photos I find on the internet and magazines. Maybe you will laugh when you see what I think that is Connecticut.
I am a member of a group N-trak/Onetrak modellers. Most of them like the eastern roads, like PRR en NYC. So we share our knowledge about the east.
Here a scene on my module 'Timford Junction':
More information can you find at our website (also in English!) http://www.phlfrra.com/Timford.htm
And New Haven may be far away, their engines are near! After WW II the Dutch Railways bought electric engines which were designed by Baldwin after a design for the New Haven! And they are still running!
While not a die hard NH fan, I always take an interest in Northeast roads. It blows my mind that there was so much variety before Conrail or PC for that matter.
From what i have seen, photos, videos, etc., the post-WWII time frame was fantastic for the variety of things you could see operating.
And the FL9 is still running, almost 40 years after New Haven merged into PC. Amazing.
What happen here, I thought we might get more topics going by now but it's been 3+ months since the last post again...
I am sorry. Here is a picture of my layout at home. Is supposed to be a branchline and a pasture in Connecticut:
You have succeeded in capturing some of the flavor of New England.
FL9, 2006, is now retired. If you are in Connecticut, you can visit it at the Danbury Railway Museum.
Thank you, that is a great compliment from a local resident!
At last it is retired? For our club magazine I wrote a article about de FL9 and mentioned that its retirement has been postponed many times. But now, time has come for the FL9.
As of a few weeks ago, all the FL9s were oficially retired. That does not mean they have stopped working. (Just like me, retired in 1995 and still working full time.) Once in a while we will still see one in action, but that is becoming rare.
You mean that they still are in service for Metro-North in case there is an engine shortage or so? How many of the FL9's are left? And what are the plans for these engines?
You might say, "stand by," rather than, "in service." I am sure they intend full retirement before long, especially since the leased locos from Amtrak are now on property.
I am not sure where all the FL9s will end up. We have two of them at the Danbury Railway Museum and I know at least one is going to the Railroad Museum of New England.
Acording to an informant within Metro North, the FL9s and F10s still in their possesion are not considered retired, just removed from revenue service.
This is what he had to say: "None of the units(FL9-F10's) are retired, they are just no longer used for scheduled passenger trains. Jobs you may see F units on are Waterworld, Wiretrain standby, equipment moves between shops, snowplowing duty. Can they fill in on passenger trains? Yes, but not as rule."
Even the two FL9s at the DRM could be pulled back into service even though they both need some repair work. 2013 has a water leak and 2006 needs some burned-out wires replaced in the HEP unit.
So are these two units just on loan for display? Not actual property of the museum?
We like to call it a long-term loan. In the case of 2013, it is owned by Metro North. 2006 is owned by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).
You can always tell the CDOT-owned units. They are in the NH colors.
Well, although not owned by the museum, that helps keep them safe from a scrappers torch. And in excellent position for eventual acquisition by Danbury.
Hi there Thieu:
As a matter of fact, FL9 #2016 still runs on the Metro-North Danbury branch; as a matter of fact, many members of the Tri-State (New York) Z Scalers travel up by train to Wilton, Connecticut for our monthly meetings on the FL9!
The sounds of the train coming into the station is so sweet; there is a rumble of diesel (it's beyond electric at that point) that is just so sweet...
A question: why are some FL9's called 'FL9M'?