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Well here it is Friday already.  Its a very stormy Friday here in Central Texas and we have had very high winds / rain all night.  So I have reached back into the archive for today's post.  It's the Lionel post war # 2032 Erie Alco FA AA units from 1952-1954.  I never had these as a boy, acquired this pair much later in the 1980's.  Interesting and a bit odd as we lived relatively close to the Erie - Lackawanna railroad.  However this pair still strikes a handsome pose on my little RR.

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Best Wishes for a stormy Friday

Don

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The Great Northeastern Railway's (GNR) 2-8-4 steam locomotive just out of the paint shop and proudly wearing the GNR logo on its tender. It is now ready to pull the GNR flagship, luxury passenger train to be named for the GNR's former "Chairman of the Bored", the late Chaz Harrison (photo below). HPIM0850

When the passenger coaches are gathered, painted and decaled, the train will be named "The Chazanooga Choo Choo".  Below is a link to a video of the new locomotive.

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Bob:

Though I never got a GG-1 cab ride, while my grandfather could still get around, he took me to the PRR Orangeville roundhouse, his home base while he was still working for the PRR as a freight conductor. There was a GG-1 sitting on a track. My grandfather talked to one of his friends who climbed into the cab and they lifted me up to get in and see it. I FULLY agree with you. The GG-1 cab does not have a lot of room. It was quite cramped.

Here is a bit of "F.E.F." size comparison for you.  The American Flyer 4644 Wide Gauge box cab from the 1930's and the American Flyer O gauge steeple cab #1211 electric from the 1920's.  Two great "front ends" and they both still run and can pull trains, although I really no longer have any room for the wide gauge to operate any more.

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Best Wishes

Don

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Happy FEF everyone!  Here's the front end of NYS&W "Susquehanna" GP40 #3040.  This is a Premier 2-rail model from MTH with fixed pilots and full-length handrails.  I added a ProtoCraft scale coupler (to the front-end only) to add a bit more prototypical realism.  With the exception of the stamped metal representation of a "drop-step" in the down position (which I will eventually remove and replace with a prototypical one), this is a great-looking model IMO.

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Here's my ends of the front kind which I took last Saturday while visiting Annapolis Junction, Maryland.   A trio of CSX locomotives were sitting on a siding idling.  The CSX mainline ( formerly the B&O's Washington Branch is to the left of the locomotive.  This photo is one end of the locomotive trio.

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@trumpettrain, Wow, beautiful CSX Diesels, right up close and gorgeous. And there’s many beautiful trains pictured here, @MELGAR, I love the Chessie color scheme and your pictures are always great, @Don McErlean,beautiful tinplate diesels, looking right at home on your layout, American Flyer trains are so colorful, @Capetrainman, that’s a gorgeous picture of a Sante Fe PA at the station, beautiful scene, @Strap Hanger, wow, cool subway trains, beautiful setting, @W&W, Craig, that’s a gorgeous N&W articulated steamer ready for duty, Wow, and CNJ #1601, Joe, wow, beautiful diesel, Susquehanna with a nice setting, Happy Railroading Everyone….IMG_1272IMG_1273IMG_1274IMG_1275IMG_1276IMG_1277IMG_1278IMG_1279IMG_1280IMG_1281IMG_1282IMG_1283IMG_1284

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Here's my ends of the front kind which I took last Saturday while visiting Annapolis Junction, Maryland.   A trio of CSX locomotives were sitting on a siding idling.  The CSX mainline ( formerly the B&O's Washington Branch is to the left of the locomotive.  This photo is one end of the locomotive trio.

And here is the opposite end.

It’s always a treat to see an occasional dirty, full size front end. Thanks for sharing.

Gene

Happy Front End Friday, and Happy Railroading! My son has loved trains since he was a toddler. He started with O scale O27, moved up to live steam 7 ½ inch gauge, and then to full size trains! He bought and restored a 1909 tanker engine, SCPC 2 (Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2) an 0-4-0 engine. Here’s a Front End Friday video, SCPC 2 running at Niles Canyon Railroad in California  

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Happy Front End Friday, and Happy Railroading! My son has loved trains since he was a toddler. He started with O scale O27, moved up to live steam 7 ½ inch gauge, and then to full size trains! He bought and restored a 1909 tanker engine, SCPC 2 (Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2) an 0-4-0 engine. Here’s a Front End Friday video, SCPC 2 running at Niles Canyon Railroad in California  

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Happy Front End Friday everyone! This week I've finally gotten around to setting out some rolling stock on the layout. First of all, here's my Legacy SW8 in B&M "Bluebird" livery.

SW8 on outer loop

Here's my RX500 custom that I built last year-- I did a whole writeup on it last fall if you haven't seen it before.

rx500 on inner loop

Here's the video of everything (mostly) running. Hope you all have a nice Fathers Day weekend!

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