Sep 2, 2022
Approaching train headlight illuminates the station platform at Rosenberg.
The shops continue to put out new cars.
First is an Eastern Car Works General Steel Castings Depressed Center Flat Car, painted with Scalecoat II Black paint and lettered with Champ Decals. The New Haven had numerous cars like this servicing the small GE Transformer plant in Massachusets.
Next up is a Front Range 1944 AAR Boxcar kit, painted with Scalecoat II Boxcar Red #2 and lettered with a couple of different sets of Champ Decals. In 1946 the NYC started its Pacemaker Freight Service to try and recapture lcl freight service from trucks. The took the cars from Lot 737B and repainted them in the Bright Red and Gray paint along with outfitting them with Symington High Speed trucks (not roller bearing). But while the cars were being repainted and refitted, the NYC took 200 cars from Lot 773B and temporarily added the Pacemaker Freight Service logo to them.
Here is an Atlas C-425 and a Stewart U25B hauling a New Haven mixed freight along with one of the Depressed Center Flatcar with load.
Thanks for looking!
Fill 'er up with Ethyl
From 03/1980, a branchline addition on my N Scale road, days away from destruction. I built it in the mid-70s as a high schooler. Upon graduating from college and a career start a thousand miles distant, the entire railroad met its doom.
Since there is no public access to this side of Strata's Foods, I had to hike in a little bit to get this view of vegetable oil, and corn oil tankers being unloaded, along with a boxcar of corrugated cardboard for retail shipping cartons, alongside of the N scale Housatonic RR right of way.
Outstanding modeling and pics. No more doom!
I wish I had a few photos of my high school era layout. It died a slow death over the years getting moved around. When my parents moved to a smaller house after I moved out, it got suspended upside down from the ceiling of their new garage. The cat would get on top of the garage door when it was open and play with all the scenery. Needless to say, it did not hold up well. After I had my own home it got dumped in the garage there but was soon scrapped. I pulled up all the track and removed any structures still attached. Put the 4 X 6 foot benchwork out on the street for the trash. Some local kids came by and wanted it to build their own layout on. So the benchwork may have survived. Never saw it again so don't know. This is the only photo I have, showing it in the lower left corner covered with a plastic sheet to keep the dust off. Typical high schooler room for the late 60s. Black light posters, pennants, stereo amp, record changer, guitar, empty wine bottles etc. Click on the thumbnail if you really want to see it all.
That was the first thing to catch my eye. It was a neat era for component stereo equipment. This was my set, below.
A pair of Reading FP7's wait in Leiperville Station for passengers as an Reading RDC pulls in.
Are they watching the corn grow or the local freight as it passes by?
The people are all eyes on the train (more fun than watching the corn grow).
The corn is all ears...
...and so is Mrs. Johnson, the local gossip queen on the porch, heading down the general merchandise store in town...
Great modeling everyone! Hope you are having a good labor day weekend.
Had the BN 7149 SD40-2 in a consist of like 9 units on a Stockton to Denver back in the late 1990's. Here we are in the hole at Plain siding, on the Moffat sub. The SD40-2 were good locomotives, but the BN units had flat range dynamic brakes and they barely worked at some of the speeds we were required to maintain (~25 mph), so you had to learn to use the air in some creative ways. I always like the looks of this and the other unit painted and set up for LNG operation. Some think they added a SD45 radiator section but that was not the case. I have detailed images of how it was done, there was a lot of sheet metal work to make these units appear the way they did. Anyways a unique SD40-2.
Below BN 7149 at Plain
In the below image you can clearly see it is not a SD45 part. I have 10+ more detailed images of the prototype if anyone wants to see them I can post on another thread.
Below is my version in HO scale with a C 33-7 behind it. There was some mill work on this, and some sheet styrene work and Cannon & Co parts.
That's quite the unique engine and quite the exceptional modeling, Tom!
Thanks Mike! I Always enjoy your photos!
So where did they store the LNG on that locomotive. Looks like a standard diesel tank slung underneath. I think I recall on some setups they hauled a separate tank car behind.
My wife says trains are as much fun as watching paint dry.......
Another poor wayward soul...
At this point, when the image was taken the LNG experiment had been terminated.