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MTH/Lionel Standard Gauge State Set with Double-Headed #381E Electric Locomotives

In the previous video, I showed the complete State Set being hauled by a PS2 #381E from MTH under DCS control.  I also have the PS1 version which, as with the locomotive it reproduces, runs in conventional mode from the … Continue reading

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MTH/Lionel Complete Standard Gauge State Set with #381E Electric Locomotive Video

Having been bitten very badly by the Standard Gauge bug, back in March 2012 I got the ultimate Standard Gauge passenger set — the State Set.  This set is a reproduction of the set that Lionel brought out in 1929 … Continue reading

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The Anniversary Set

In 1950, Lionel brought out a set of short streamlined passenger cars in yellow with red trim, accompanied by a set of yellow and gray Union Pacific FA diesel locomotives.  Given the color and the fact that it was the … Continue reading

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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!    It is the sixth and final car in my Standard Gauge State set (yes, I know … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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