Feb 5, 2021
Just some random old N scale steam.
Good, morning from cloudy, cold and windy Northeast Ohio, we were supposed to get snow and a wintry mix last night buy it looks like we only got the wintry mix.
Russell, nice looking locomotives, but it's hard to disguise the N&W Y6b under that cab-forward.
I managed to get a couple of cars done this week!
LBF 50' FMC Double Door Boxcar kit, removed the poorly done cast on ladders and replaced with IMRC ones from the scrapbox, also added A-line Sill Steps in place of the cast plastic ones. Car was painted with Scalecoat II NP Light Green paint and lettered with Champ Decals. The SP&S ordered these FMC/Gunderson cars in 1970 to deal with the increased lumber traffic out of the Pacific Northwest. Like the DT&I I think they regretted the yellow lettering on green paint.
Exactrail Evan 4780CF Covered Hopper kit, painted with Scalecoat II ATSF Red and lettered with Oddballs Decals. Evans in the 1977-1981 period built about 6,000 of these covered hoppers to deal with the increased grain traffic in the midwest. Garvey Elevators bought some of these cars new and took over the leases on other cars to service their elevators, the first cars were painted in this red scheme, the later cars were painted in Cascade Green with the same lettering.
Here is my Pennsy N1s 2-10-2 with a coal drag on the Strongsville Club Layout.
Thanks for looking!
Yeah, but it was a fun kit bash for a friend. He was happy with it. There was not much available in N scale back then so you played with what you had.
Love that old ten wheeler. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern boxcar is also interesting. Never heard of that. I assume it was a local shortline.
Iron Mountain Route became part of MoPac. Charlie Duckworth published a book recently:
The decals for the Iron Mountain boxcar are available from K4 Decals.
I checked on the link. Looks like a very useful reference for anyone modeling what appears to be an interesting railroad.
A little work train
With the impending demolition of the layout to make way for a new layout here is a little teaser
I remember seeing a few of these SP&S cars. Their paint was not holding up well to weather. They green looked more like faded olive drab and the lettering was difficult to read. But I still wish I had taken pictures.
As a trivia note, it's interesting that Arnold Rapido chose the lesser known StLIM&S as a road name on some of their very earliest N Scale. This stock car dates from the latter 1960s.
That's a fun way to close out a chapter in your road's history Tom. I did the same on my N Scale Delaware, Susquehanna & Northern two years ago with an Office Car Special. Life threw me a curve ball shortly after the demolition and DS&N v3.0 has been on hold ever since. I'm hoping to finally get underway with it sometime soon.
Picked this up off of eBay. A custom painted engine by Scott Lupia. Nice to finally get a local short line railroad represented on my rr.
Some shots from around Bill Schultz's layout
Count me in for a seat in the Old & Weary coach. Is this event BYOB?
Hardcoaler - Thanks!
Today was the day the last train ran over the RK&M Layout Version 2. The train known as the Final Flyer performed a photo run by at the Water Tower Diorama.
New York Ontario & Western F3A (Stewart kit)
New York Ontario & Western F3B (Unpowered; Stewart kit)
Baltimore & Ohio Railway Post Office car (Athearn Blue Box kit)
New York Ontario &Western Coach (Bev-Bel/Athearn Blue Box kit)
Reading Company Rounded Roof Coach (Bev-Bel/Athearn Blue Box kit)
2 of 2
Lehigh & New England Coach (Athearn Blue Box Lit; custom painted and decaled by others)
Central Railroad of New Jersey Coach (Athearn Blue Box Lit; custom painted and decaled by others)
Pennsylvania P54 Coach (Con-Cor)
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines P54 Combine (Con-Cor unlettered; I added the PRSL and numbers)
Lehigh & Hudson River Cupola Caboose (Atlas Trainman)
Here is a video of the Water Tower photo run by
Lastly a video of the Final Flyer as it makes it last trips around the layout
That’s one sharp model!
Feel the heat.......
...as it's 34 degrees and snowing here!