Lionel Amtrak HHP-8 set at Westport, CT First Night

This is actually the “Dennis the Train Man” event, as listed on the www.firstnightww.com site. He’s the one in the conductor cap, by the way. My extended Lionel HHP-8 set makes an appearance at this year’s “First Night’ randomly swapping places with the Metro-North M-7 set on the siding. Only 5 of the six cars appearing in the “Test track” video are in attendance, as the siding I had originally planned for was a smidge too long for the available space at the Westport Library (the band playing after our exhibit had their equipment occupying part of the room). and thus wasn’t long enough for all six cars. Also present are Dennis’ Hogwart’s Express (with two extra cars), some freight trains, steam engines and subway cars. Fun was had by all, in-between necessary track inspections on my loop, brought on my the “semi-compatible” transition joiners connecting the Atlas O track to the tubular straight track (they were designed for ‘O’ tubular rather than the smaller ‘o-27’ I had on hand). New for this year is the siding and block control which allowed me to swap trains without removing any from the track. You’ll see the swap occur a couple of times in these two videos. What you won’t see are the collisions I had from failing to re-set the switch back to the mainline aster pulling a train into it. I didn’t even have the common courtesy to have the camcorder pointed at them so I could have a blooper reel 🙂

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