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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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Image by Tutenkhamun Sleeping
87014 "Knight of the Thistle" at Stafford on 11/08/03

87014

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

87014
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Image by Tutenkhamun Sleeping
87014 "Knight of the Thistle" at Stafford on 11/08/03

ICE at Liège-Guillemins

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

ICE at Liège-Guillemins
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Image by Darkroom Daze
German (Deutsche Bahn) high speed international express (ICE) running between Belgium and Germany on the Brussels Midi – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf service, seen here stopping at the new Liège-Guillemins station in the Frankfurt direction.

(Best on black – click on the picture.)

We were in Liège for a conference and were able to spend an hour or so wandering around this astonishing new station station just before we took our own train to Brussels, to go home. It’s worth a visit to Liège in its own right. The photo does not really convey its sheer size however, so this is best appreciated in the photos on the architect’s own website (see below). I have travelled through Liège several times over recent years and gradually seen this station being built.

The station was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. This view is looking more or less N on the E side of the station, towards the central main structure. The architectural contrast with the traditional (19th century?) street, glimpsed in the distance through the side of the station, couldn’t be greater.

We used this image for our printed Christmas Card this year (December 2011) and I didn’t remember that Jill was in this picture (on the upper concourse just above the train – in note box) until our niece Charlotte spotted her on the card.

NB The Yahoo-Flickr map is out of date and the layout of the station and nearby streets to the east is now different.

RAIL NOTES
According to the Eurail website, "With a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) these high-speed trains connect major German cities at hourly intervals. International ICE trains connect Germany with Austria (Wien, Innsbruck), Belgium (Brussels, Liège), Denmark (Copenhagen, Arhus), France (Paris), the Netherlands (Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam) and Switzerland (Zürich, Interlaken)." Although the trains are a German service and brand, ICE stands for ‘Inter-City Express’ in English. This set (Tz 4607) bears the city name ‘Hannover’ and is a third generation ICE (Series/Baureihe ICE 3M). This is the 11:14 departure for Frankfurt.

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Lionel Round Up

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Lionel Train sets. I organize my collection by sets. I also like classical music. So, what better way to enjoy life than to combine both interests?
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Pop Pilgrims – Memphis: Arcade Restaurant – Set of Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Billing itself as “Memphis’ Oldest Café,” The Arcade Restaurant has been at the corner of Memphis’ South Main Street and GE Patterson Boulevard since 1919. Just steps away from the train station, the restaurant has seen its surroundings rise, fall, and rise again with the fortunes of the city. Once the bustling heart of Memphis’ downtown, the neighborhood around the Arcade fell into decline in the 1970s and ’80s. By the time Jim Jarmusch arrived to shoot his 1989 film Mystery Train, hard times had overtaken what had become an especially seedy part of town. But as Sherman Willmott—who worked as a production assistant on the film—tells us in this installment of Pop Pilgrims, the Arcade remained a “beacon” through it all, serving up reliably delicious food 24 hours a day in a classic diner setting. Besides, the surrounding seediness suited the needs of Jarmusch’s film. With overlapping stories that converge at the dilapidated Arcade Hotel—torn down shortly after Mystery Train shot there—it’s a film partly about how the legends of the city’s past intersect with the everyday present, and how newcomers sometimes have trouble discerning the mundane from the mythic. In a neat twist, Jarmusch’s decision to shoot in Memphis’ less-reputable corners had an unexpected impact on the city’s onscreen life. A plaque commemorating “Modern Filmmaking In Memphis” now stands outside the restaurant, hailing Mystery Train, the first major feature to shoot primarily in the city since King

LEGO 7939 CARGO TRAIN

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Building Lego 7939 Cargo Train. Wonderful set. Also displayed Lego 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train and Lego 10194 Emerald Night.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Test Track: MTH NYCTA R142A Subway (ten-car train) 1 of 2

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

After a two-year wait, the MTH R142A subway cars have been delivered, and I got mine on the test track just as soon as I got them home. Unlike many of my videos, this train is a brand-spanking new product that is just hitting stores as of a week prior to this video being uploaded. Thus, you can find it at your MTH dealer (assuming they carry subway trains–you might have to look around a bit if you don’t live in the Northeast), or Ebay. Although Protosound2 doesn’t yet have a program for direct-drive electrics (like older subway sets, it uses a diesel program (albeit with more memory for the station stops), which explains why traction motor sounds often rev up and down independent of the train’s actual speed), the MTH sound engineer did a fine job working around the limitations, so as long as you accelerate at a prototypical rate, the AC propulsion sounds will play just like the real thing. I’d advise turning off the speed control (one long horn, two short bells) if you run these with anything less than a *big* transformer (I’m using a 100-watt Z-1000). Details MTH included include: –Accurate A and B cars –Underbody detail unique to both A and B cars –Separate air spring/shock absorber details on the trucks –Trip cock details on the proper location on the trucks –Separately applied grab irons and storm-door chains. –Car numbers printed on their roofs –Short-shank couplers installed In the second part of this video, I attempt to demonstrate a station stop sequence

BUSTER!! BUSTER!!… LEAFBUSTER!!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

BUSTER!! BUSTER!!… LEAFBUSTER!!
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Image by JohnGreyTurner
20189, displaying an evocative 0Z20, heads the 3S14, Grimsby-Malton leafbusting set west through Thorne South, with 20227 bringing up the rear.

I’ve been waiting ages to use that title 🙂 Thx to The Sweet

11/11/11

We Will Remember Them

Will’s OSU train under the tree.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Holiday fun and GO BUCKS!
Video Rating: 0 / 5

BUSTER!! BUSTER!!… LEAFBUSTER

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

BUSTER!! BUSTER!!… LEAFBUSTER
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Image by JohnGreyTurner
20227 brings up the rear of the 3S14, Grimsby-Malton leafbusting set west through a grey and thoroughly miserable Thorne South, with 20189 up front.

I’ve been waiting ages to use that title 🙂 Thx to The Sweet

11/11/11

We Will Remember Them

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