The State Set Complete!

I've been after this car, the State baggage car lettered for Pennsylvania, for a long time and finally managed to bag the prize!  Smile  It is the sixth and final car in my Standard Gauge State set (yes, I know that there were originally only four cars in the set, but that's one of the many advantages of having a modern reproduction set).  The #381E (mentioned below) hauls all six cars (a very heavy load) with no trouble at all.  Now that I have all of the cars in the set, I will go ahead and finally shoot the long-delayed video of the entire set in action.  Meantime, here's a photo of the new car; click on the photo to enlarge.

Pennsylvania State Car

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The ALP-46

On a trip to New York City (which I almost always do by train), an ALP-46 pushing a train of multilevel coaches pulled in heading toward Trenton.  Just on a whim, I used my cell phone to take a photo of it and it turned out well enough that I've posted it on the ALP-44 & ALP-46 Electric Locomotives page of my web site.  Here's the photo; click on it to enlarge.

ALP-46

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Too Many Videos!

Do you know what happens when you embed close to a hundred and fifty True HD 1080p videos on the Multimedia page of your web site?  It refuses to load properly when someone tries to view it in a browser (any browser) and then Flash blows up!  Even adopting YouTube's new way of embedding videos (inline frames) didn't help.  Le sigh!!  I've had to reformat and split the page so that there are no more than fifty videos per page — there are now three pages which interlink with each other so that navigation isn't a problem, but it's still a major bother.  I need to do some thinking about how I ultimately want to deal with the entire "videos on the web site" issue.

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NYC Hudson (4-6-4) Steam Locomotive Video

I've noticed for some time now that my collection of O gauge trains has been missing one locomotive in particular — a New York Central Hudson.  Now, I do actually have two (videos are on YouTube) but they aren't the standard Hudson that people expect — one is a "tinplate" Hudson, reproducing a Lionel prewar model, and the other is the Dreyfuss streamlined Hudson.  When the opportunity presented itself to get a new one (albeit one that was issued some years ago), well, I've never been one to turn down such opportunities! 🙂  Here then is a True HD 1080p video of my new NYC Hudson, a 4-6-4 steamer that was a mainstay of the NYC for many years, hauling their fast passenger trains.  I've paired it with my set of Lionel heavyweight passenger cars that came out more than 15 years ago but which are an ideal match for it.  They're full scale length and while they don't have the detailed interiors and passenger figures of modern cars, they look just fine!  Together, the locomotive and cars make for a stunning train as I think you'll agree!  😉  In the video, you can see the train running first at 10 smph and then at 15 smph under full DCS control.

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A New Look

The blog has a new look!  Turns out that when WordPress upgraded to a new version, the old default theme stopped working properly, so I took the opportunity to apply a new theme and spruce things up a bit.  For recent entries and from now on, clicking on a photo will bring up a lightbox with the photo full-size from my web site.  Also, the photo and video thumbnails here on the blog are now larger. Enjoy!

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The State Set Locomotive

The "eventually" in my last post turned out to be a month!  LOL  I snared the MTH reproduction of the 381E on eBay.  It's the exact one that was brought out to go with my State set.  Since it dates from 1998, it's PS1, so I will arrange to have it upgraded to PS2 in relatively short order.  A video showing it hauling the State set (it's amazingly heavy and has no trouble hauling the 20+ pounds of State cars) will get done in the next few days.  Meantime, here's a photo (click on the photo to enlarge).

MTH 381E

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The Standard Gauge State Set Video

As promised, here's the video of the Standard Gauge State Set in action.  I show the cars being pulled by my Lionel Corp. #400E steam locomotive; I will eventually get the matching two-tone State green electric locomotive (modeled on a Milwaukee Road bipolar).  Enjoy!  Smile

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The Standard Gauge State Set

The largest and most elaborate passenger cars that Lionel ever made were the Standard Gauge "State" cars beginning in 1929.  These cars are about 22" long and very well proportioned.  Though I never thought I'd have them (the Ives cars and the Blue Comet cars are plenty big enough), the Standard Gauge bug bit hard and an opportunity presented itself to get them at a very reasonable price so I couldn't resist.  These State cars are reproductions (as is all of my Standard Gauge) that were made by MTH in 1998.  I have them being pulled by my gunmetal #400E steamer until I can get the appropriate green locomotive.  Here are photos (click on the photos to enlarge); a video will be forthcoming.  The first photo shows the California coach car.

state car california

The second photo is a close-up.

state car california

The next photo shows how the roof is hinged to open to show off the detailed interior.

state car california

The next photo shows the interior seating.

state car california

The next photo shows the rest room at one end of the car; note the operating hinged door.

state car california

Here's the rest room at the other end of the car.  The toilets have seats that can be raised and lowered!

state car california

The next photo shows the solarium car Maryland.  This is a new car that MTH created and was not part of the original sets of the late 1920s and 1930s.

state car maryland

The next photo shows the coach car Colorado.

state car colorado

Here's the last car, the observation car New York.

state car new york

I've spoken in the past about how scale really isn't a factor when discussing Standard Gauge toy trains.  The next two photos should speak volumes about that.  Both cars are Standard Gauge, both cars run on the same track.  The rest, well, let the photos speak for themselves.  LOL

standard gauge size comparison

The red car is from one of the Standard Gauge Christmas starter sets.  The comparison between the sizes of the cars should explain why I laugh when someone asks about the scale of Standard Gauge!

standard gauge size comparison

And, as I say, a video of these four cars being pulled by a Lionel #400E steamer will be forthcoming.

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Standard Gauge Freight From Another Point of View

I've been bitten badly by the Standard Gauge bug.  I've now obtained all nine of the 500-series freight cars (in modern reissues of course) that Lionel originally put out beginning in 1927.  This video shows all nine being pulled by my Lionel Corp. #400E steam locomotive.  The cars are the 511 flatcar with wood load, 512 gondola, 513 cattle car, 514 refrigerator car, 514 boxcar (please don't ask me why they used the same number for two different cars), 515 tank car, 516 hopper car, 517 caboose, and 520 floodlight car.  The video has two run-bys, the second one faster than the first.  Since people seemed to like the birds-eye view video of my O-gauge layout, now the I have the flatcar I was able to mount the video camera and the third segment of the video is a birds-eye view of the Top of the World layout.  There isn't all that much to see, but it is a very different point of view!

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The Blue Comet Video

It's taken a while, but I've finally shot the video for the Standard Gauge Blue Comet.  It came out rather well, if I do say so myself! Smile Here it is.

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My New Blue Comet!

I can't believe that I actually forgot to blog about this!  Chalk it up to my excitement at playing with my new toy and other things that have been going on.  On a visit to Trains & Things in Ewing/Trenton, I was once again enchanted by the Standard Gauge Blue Comet set from the new Lionel Corporation that Tony had on the shelf.  It's a modern reproduction of a set from the original Lionel that came out in the early 1930s and was a representation of Jersey Central's famous Blue Comet which ran from the Jersey Central terminal in Jersey City (now Liberty State Park) to Atlantic City.  On this visit, it called out to me too loudly and wound up coming home with me!  Smile  Unlike the original set from the 1930s which had three cars, this set has five cars — and additional coach as well as a newly-designed baggage car.  As with the prototype, all of the cars are named for comets.  The train is pulled by an absolutely exquisite two-tone blue 400E steam locomotive, fully equipped with all the modern conveniences such as PS2, sound, smoke, etc.  Now, I had already bought a 400E, in gunmetal grey, to pull my Standard Gauge freight cars, but as the saying goes, you can never have too many 400E's.  Smile  The cars are also absolutely exquisite and sport the same detailed interiors as the originals, down to the sinks and lavatories in the rest rooms!  In the following photos (click to enlarge), you can see the locomotive, tender, the five cars, and the detailed interior.

The 400E Steam Locomotive

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

The Tender

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Baggage Car "Olbers"

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Coach Car "Tuttle"

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Coach Car "Faye"

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Coach Car "Westphal"

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Observation Car "Tempel"

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

The detailed interior, with opening doors, seating, and rest rooms

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

Rest room detail, showing the sinks and lavatory

Standard Gauge Blue Comet

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The New Reefers in a Video!

This video is to showcase the twelve new 40' woodsided refrigerator cars (reefers) that AtlasO just brought out in July 2011.  To pull this short freight train, I've assigned the Pennsy L1s Mikado (2-8-2) steamer, one of their workhorse freight locomotives during the steam era.  Built between 1914 and 1919, the Pennsylvania Railroad's fleet of L1s Mikados hauled freight through two world wars and served until the end of steam in 1957.  All told, there were 574 of them built.  The reefers are the twentieth regular issue of these cars by AtlasO since they first started bringing them out in 2000.  A few special runs (custom made for various dealers) are also included.  For the first time, the regular run contains both regular reefers as well as models of the rebuilt reefers (distinguishable by the roof deck).  I think you'll agree that the designs this time around are quite nice.

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