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FINALLY!  Finally my steel company yard goat arrived which MTH released in mid-June.  

As much as possible I support the local toy train shop!  When this was cataloged in the 2019 V1 when to Local toy train shop to order.  In front of me they called MTH to order.  But was told the MTH's ( Mike Wolf's) policy was only case load quantities.  Which in this would have been two engines.  Now I bet no one within 100-miles knows of this company or anyone within 200-miles (like myself) has actually been inside a full fledge steel mill.  So they would have been stuck with the second engine.  they shop ordered it from one of MTH's largest distributors which is another story in itself.

I was born, raised and matured in the second largest producer of steel in the country.  The Youngstown Steel and Tube was founded there in 1900.  Also the Republic Steel company was founded there a year or two earlier.

Anyway my home town steel company yard goat.

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Oh it runs super-smooth at 2 SMPH!

Ron

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Another Carolina Craftsman Kit floated in.  This of the "Frog Pond" store.  This is similar to a couple of other store and feed mill kits out there.  Because of this structure's shape, l am considering bashing into a water mill with store,  and attached grain elevator.  I do like these kits, and country stores, mills, elevators, stamp mills, and "different" RR stations.

I missed this reefer when Atlas"O" released it in their Masterline reefer series years ago, so I decided the next best thing was the same reefer that S-Helper Service issued in their "S" gauge line a few years prior to them retiring and going out of business. Too bad MTH hasn't done their best to keep these wonderful models alive.....

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Harry Hieke had this in YORK last fall

He has sold the display unit, but said he would make me a new one

Just received from him last week through Fed Ex

Great detail and a beautiful addition, BUT the real kicker is the fact that it was sent through the mail and arrived in perfect condition

I have never seen a better packing job for a very fragile product

Thank you Harry

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Vincent Massi posted:

There in the open air market: a massive Thomas the Tank Engine elevated switchyard.  $27 US, I'll use about half of it on my lay-out.                                                                                                 SUNP0001SUNP0002SUNP0003SUNP0004SUNP0005 https://www.ogrforum.com/...33#97725347706921033

Badly-worded statement, Folks.  I will use the entire 8.8 cubic foot elevated switchyard on my lay-out. The other half consists of tracks, various bridge structures, and a few toy railcars, none of which I  want. I spent some time with a tape measure this afternoon and have already disassembled one structure to make room. 

Ralph M posted:

It's a challenge sometimes to find a bare flat car. All the manufacturers sell them with some kind of load. I already have more loads than freight cars so when this NOS Conrail flatcar popped up for $20 on eBay I was all over it. 

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Now to decide - Container (COFC) or Trailer (TOFC) ?

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It's why I like flat cars and gondolas. They give us the opportunity to improve them the way we want.

The items I ordered from Nicholas Smith Trains during their "Tent Blowout Sale" have finally arrived. I mainly got the Lionel SD60E so I have something to operate with my Lionel Southern ES44AC. The Lionel Trackmobile I purchased because I have always wanted one since they are so small but rather mighty. So far I'm loving both engines, but I like the Trackmobile a lot more because of how unique it is. I can't wait to try both of these out at the San Diego 3-Railers in a few weeks. It will be interesting seeing visitors reactions to my Trackmobile pulling a few freight cars.

Both models are running perfectly by the way! The SD60E has a rather noisy smoke fan motor, but I will fix that later.

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I've been putting together a collection of pw 2000 series steam engines. Last week I was surfing the bay for pw 2026 w/tenders. Found a seller selling separately two 2026 (one of each variations) and had two more separate auctions selling a tender for each engine. I found another seller selling a 2026 w/two matching tenders in one auction. Crunched numbers and realized buying the 2026 w/two tenders and one 2026 engine from the other auction would be cheaper. Then decided to buy a 2020 turbine w/tender and also found a 671 w/tender and w/ three freight cars and caboose at a good price.

All four engine runs great, two tenders works great, the other two tenders after rewiring works great.

 

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Mark Boyce posted:

I love the Plymouth, Lou!  I had a ‘73, but just not the same other than it was 2 tone and had a 318 that had more power than I ever used.

My parents had a '73 Satellite with a 318 Mark. I used to love driving it because it looked just like the unmarked cars the County PD used.

PS- I did use all of the available horsepower from time to time.

Very nice looking model Lou. Should look great with lights added.

Vincent Massi posted:
Ralph M posted:

It's a challenge sometimes to find a bare flat car. All the manufacturers sell them with some kind of load. I already have more loads than freight cars so when this NOS Conrail flatcar popped up for $20 on eBay I was all over it. 

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Now to decide - Container (COFC) or Trailer (TOFC) ?

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It's why I like flat cars and gondolas. They give us the opportunity to improve them the way we want.

I like flat cars to you can put what ever you want.I like putting on oddball loads like heavy machines.Some time you might see inside a big factory.

I saw this announced on an NYC Facebook Group I follow, and since I road the Harlem Line for a few years before I retired, I knew I had to order a copy (I got mine from Amazon). The book begins with some general history and then follows the general format of “chapters” covering a trip from GCT to Chatham, NY. Most of the copious photos are in black and white, but there are some great color shots as well.

Three interesting things I’ve learned so far is that there used to be a turntable and roundhouse at North White Plains (where I passed through many times), the old station at Katonah is definitely now a restaurant that I have eaten in, and that the NYC met the Rutland at Chatham and that is where the famous milk train began!!! 

The book is a bit pricey at $64.95, but I think it is well worth the cost.

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MichaelB posted:

The items I ordered from Nicholas Smith Trains during their "Tent Blowout Sale" have finally arrived. I mainly got the Lionel SD60E so I have something to operate with my Lionel Southern ES44AC. The Lionel Trackmobile I purchased because I have always wanted one since they are so small but rather mighty. So far I'm loving both engines, but I like the Trackmobile a lot more because of how unique it is. I can't wait to try both of these out at the San Diego 3-Railers in a few weeks. It will be interesting seeing visitors reactions to my Trackmobile pulling a few freight cars.

Both models are running perfectly by the way! The SD60E has a rather noisy smoke fan motor, but I will fix that later.

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Love my 60E! I have NS 911 as it holds a very special place in my heart. Soon I hope to have a model in O (first I got; Loniel), HO (second, Athearn Genesis) and soon to be N scale (Atlas) Be weary with the details, as the NS designed split cooling system had its glue loose adhesion. The parts aren’t glued on too well. 

Went to the Hamburg meet this past Sunday. Bought some nice looking Lionel pw 400 and 404 Budd cars at a decent price. The dealer who sold me the 400  said it runs perfect (yea.... checks in the mail) . First thing I did as usual when I got them home was take them a part to check out the electrical, clean the grease out, re-grease and oil them. The 400 had two wires off the motor and the 404 had one wire off the motor, at the price I paid for both, no biggie. After doing the maintenance they now run like new.

 

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