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    • July 28, 2020 2:28 PM EDT
    • When the site owner/ Benevolent Dictator posts something about bad ideas I have a feeling it’s a trap and if we look or click on the links we will get booted for trying to see the bad ideas! 
      Being a west coast guy , coal is something we are mostly unfamiliar with, but I think I could modify a mine into something that fits into my layout. Cool!! 

    • July 28, 2020 2:27 PM EDT
    • Hi Bob;

       

      I spent a few years in Schuylkill County, PA.  That was the heart of anthracite coal country.  When I was working as a District Scout Executive (BSA) out of the Pottsville office, there was still a wooden breaker (where the coal was sorted by size) in nearby Llewellyn, PA.  That breaker was used in many of the scenes for The Molly McGuires movie.  I believe Sean Connery starred in that movie.

       

      Just a fun fact I thought you would enjoy.

       

      Best, David Meashey   

    • July 14, 2020 8:24 PM EDT
    • I really like the Red & Black color scheme. If fact, I like it so much it may have changed my mind on a color change of 45 Ton M-11 which is currently red.  I picked up a black chassis from Kevin Strong and have have yelllow hoods and cab. I was going to make it sort of match M-10 which is yellow on a black chassis. As I was digging out the parts to make that change I found some black hoods! So, now I'm thinking that just changing the hoods is a quick job that may give me a look I like: Red chassis with black fuel tank, hardware and gold safety stripes; red cab, black hoods with silver safety stripes and yellow railings!  I just never liked the all red with gold stripes.

    • July 13, 2020 12:57 PM EDT
    • I know not everyone has, uses or wants anything to do with facebook, but if you do there is a video of the unveiling of the new diesels in the black and red paint scheme:

       

      https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=286196722496177

       

    • July 6, 2020 12:05 PM EDT
    • John Lenheiser said:

      Nice looking engines, are those new, or rebuilds, and who manufactured them. I did collect a lot of WP&Y G scale many years ago, I also repainted five LGB passenger cars  and had decals made for them by a decal maker. I ended up trading them for other RR stuff and as far as I know the person who has them is still running them on has layout today. The yellow and green paint scheme is so much better looking then the white, blue, and orange ever was. 

       

      trainman

      They are new National Railway Equipment builds.  E3000-DC running EMD 645 prime movers rated at 3300hp (as I understand because they are a tacked on order with similar locomotives going to Australia the 3000hp is at the rails). 

       

      As I understand it is a total order of 10 locomotives and the units arriving this year will be the last in the yellow and green paint scheme.  The rest are supposed to be in a black and red design to match the Carnival cruise lines scheme.   I have not seen anything about what that might look like and also there is much discussion on how the deliveries planned will go with the cruise lines being impacted currently by the pandemic.  As I understand, Canada has not yet lifted restrictions on cruise ships docking at its ports.  The Jones Act, requires that foreign flagged ships, which almost all cruise lines are, cannot sail from one US port to another without stopping at a foreign port first. 

      WP&Y sold four of the DL series Alcos to the Durango and Silverton.  I suspect they will be repainted eventually before going into service. 

      The shovel nose GEs from my understanding though recently receiving new prime mover and being rebuilt will be completely retired.  Their fate seems to be iffy.  Hopefully they will not be scrapped.

      Here is a link to the NRE locomotives going to Australia:

      https://www.nre.com/news/international-spotlight-new-class-locomotives-australia

    • July 6, 2020 8:15 AM EDT
    • Nice looking engines, are those new, or rebuilds, and who manufactured them. I did collect a lot of WP&Y G scale many years ago, I also repainted five LGB passenger cars  and had decals made for them by a decal maker. I ended up trading them for other RR stuff and as far as I know the person who has them is still running them on has layout today. The yellow and green paint scheme is so much better looking then the white, blue, and orange ever was. 

       

      trainman

    • July 10, 2020 8:05 PM EDT
    • Wheres Waldo/ Rooster ?

       

    • July 10, 2020 4:36 PM EDT
    • Thanks for posting that Todd, when horses came up I thought of your 1HP loco, haha!  

    • July 9, 2020 6:24 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:

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      Wasn't there a horse on one of Mik's Challenge entries?

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         Pete, you might be thinking of Eric Schade's moose; I think it won first place, which I remember because i came in second. Second behind a moose...what a distinction!

       

    • July 9, 2020 6:16 PM EDT
    • The horse would be a challenge

      Wasn't there a horse on one of Mik's Challenge entries?

       

      Here's David Fletcher's photo, taken quite recently, and slightly lightened so you can see the wheels.

       

       

    • July 9, 2020 5:52 PM EDT
    • I remember reading in Model Railways that smaller stations in England actually had a "shunt horse" to handle the two or three wagons they got daily.  A good draft horse was more than up to the task for that kind of traffic.  The horse would be a challenge as a working model, though.

       

      Also read in National Geographic once that a small oil refinery in India hired out two or three elephants and their handlers while their small diesel shunter was gone for repairs.  The shunter returned, but was mothballed.  The refinery liked the elephants better, since they could also line the switches with their trunks!  Another challenge to build a working model.

       

      Trish, the work triceratops, is strictly static.

       

      Regards, David Meashey

    • July 8, 2020 10:31 AM EDT
    • A revival of the oddities - David Fletcher posted a photo of this after restoration, but this pic shows the details better.  The upper part is a standard Fordson tractor. David indicated there were lots like it, as the chassi/frame was a standard product built near Melbourne.  It drives on the center axle - not that we care in terms of a model.

       

    • July 7, 2020 6:55 PM EDT
    • Dave's baby made the cover of NG&SLG:

    • July 4, 2020 7:56 AM EDT
    • So who's going to be the first to 3D print some?

      Temporary Platform Gondolas were recently converted from MOW gons by the Bear shops and deployed to support a track work project on the NEC. They allow high level boarding from the center track while the outer track is out of service.

      https://www.railpictures.net/photo/741228/