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Here's my ends of the front kind for this fine Friday!

Having completed some switching assignments in Brewtown, Washington Terminal Co's RS 1 number 46 deadheads through Butler Junction as it takes the grade crossing at Patsburg Ave.

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Western Maryland BL2 number 81 crew stops for a red signal as Washington Terminal number 63 is stopped on the adjacent track, also for a red signal.  Engineer Puffy Lawson leans out of the BL2 cab and yaks it up with brakeman Carson Link.  Meanwhile WTC brakeman Scruffy Hastings looks on hopping to exchange a few pleasantries with the Western Maryland boys.  

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Today on a very hot Friday, 90 deg, I wanted to post an unusual locomotive.  It is the Wells - Brimtoy "Silver Streak" which was created to honor, King George the V 's Silver Jubilee in 1936.  This locomotive used the same tooling and the same number as the #2509 Silver Link which was a 4-4-0 .  Here they left off the leading bogie and it is a 0-4-0.  This dating from about 1938.  Clockwork and using 2-rail sectional track.  It has a beautiful tender and some coaches in a matching color scheme but alas, I have never found them for sale.  (A great picture of the entire set can be found in Michael Foster's Book, "British Toy Trains - Book 3", page 168)

So here is a great front end for today...lithographed tinplate all the way!

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Here is what she looks like from the side.

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Here she is nosing past the Brimtoy switch box with the "Britannia" steam loco in the background.

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Best Wishes

Don

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@NJCJOE, Joe, Wow, your Hiawatha scene is fantastic, as is your model railroad, @Don McErlean, Wow, talk about Old, Beautiful, and in great shape, that engine is Unique, Silver Streak, a great name…. Today I had company and these kids brought there trains over for a test run on my layout… Nice kids, loving trains… Happy Front End Friday Everyone…IMG_1313IMG_1310IMG_1309IMG_1311IMG_1312IMG_1314

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Happy Front End Friday everyone. This week I've been running some interurbans on the layout. Starring my PCC Car and 55-foot McKeen Car making their rounds in the big city.

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Also featuring my 72-foot McKeen roaming the suburbs.

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Here's the video, this time featuring a minor front-end collision due to a runaway McKeen trailer (get the big hook!).

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My Front-End subject for this Friday, June 21, 2024, is Boston & Albany #53 – a Lionel model (6-28702) of a USRA 0-8-0 steam switcher with TMCC made in 2006 at MSRP $649.99. It is an excellent model of the USRA 0-8-0 steam switcher design developed by the United States Railroad Administration during World War 1.

B&A #53 was a U-3b class switcher built by Lima in April 1921.  The engine had 25-by-28 cylinders, 51-inch driving wheels, weighed 219,000 pounds (about 364,000 pounds with loaded tender), and produced 51,040 pounds of tractive effort at 175 pounds-per-square-inch boiler pressure. When the B&A dieselized in 1951, #53 was renumbered to New York Central #7725 and ran on the Harlem Division until retirement in January 1955.

Photos/video show #53 on my 10’-by-5’ layout running at 29 scale miles-per-hour and pulling two boxcars - B&A #50518 (Weaver/CMP) and New York Trumbull & Boston #777, an MTH car repainted and lettered by forum member @Krieglok. At the tail end is Boston & Albany wood caboose #1174 (K-Line).

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Happy Front End Friday everyone. This week I've been running some interurbans on the layout. Starring my PCC Car and 55-foot McKeen Car making their rounds in the big city.

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Also featuring my 72-foot McKeen roaming the suburbs.

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Here's the video, this time featuring a minor front-end collision due to a runaway McKeen trailer (get the big hook!).

😱 Was the motorman removed from service and tested?

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