I often get requests from people who want to see more of my main layout than they normally get to see in my videos that showcase my locomotives and trains, though some of those do show large areas of the layout. Well, what better way to see the layout than hop on the train and go for a ride! 🙂 In this True HD 1080p video, you’re in a car behind the locomotive, an MTH Premier Great Northern S-2 Northern-type (4-8-4) steamer as it goes for a spin around the layout. Since this is in the basement, you get to see lots of concrete blocks 🙂 but it gives some idea of what the layout looks like all the way around. Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains.
This video shows my most recent acquisition — the Lionel Corp. (manufactured by MTH) Standard Gauge Blue Comet set. It features the #400E steam locomotive (yes, I know, owning two #400E’s is going overboard but what can I say) and five passenger cars. The baggage car was never included with the original set from the 1930’s but they did a good job of maintaining the look and feel of the original set. In appearance, the set is a dead ringer for the orignal set from 80 years ago. Operationally, well … it’s equipped with the full Protosound 2 control and sound package. I’m running it from my DCS remote and the sounds you can hear for yourself. In this True HD 1080p video, you can see it on my around-the-ceiling layout in a slow speed runby, a faster runby, and in the last segment, I provide a sample of the great Blue Comet passenger station sounds that come with this set. Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more video and photos of both real and model trains. Video Rating: 5 / 5
Since I had already disabled a certain safety device that might be adversely affected by locomotive smoke (as in, I removed the smoke detector) so that I could film the Christmas steamer on the ceiling layout, I decided to give the #400E a run around up there as well. As I expected, it was spectacular! 🙂 So, since I was already set-up to film upstairs, I put it on video! In this True HD 1080p video, you can see it make a few runs around my Sky’s The Limit layout on top of the bookcases, hauling its seven 500-series freight cars. Enjoy! 🙂 Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains.
I often get requests to see more of my layout and how it operates. This video, the longest and most complex that I’ve ever attempted, is the response. In the previous two videos, you’ve seen some of my Pennsy power moving around passenger cars. In this video, you get to see all three models of the K4s Pacific-type steamers (#1737 = prewar, slotted pilot, early decoration; #5400 – prewar, slotted pilot, later decoration; #1361 = postwar, solid pilot) moving between mainline tracks in order to form a triple-header that is used to haul all of my seventeen heavyweight passenger cars. The K4s was Pennsy’s premier passenger hauler and in real life, for a train of this size, you would have seen at least a double-header and quite possibly a triple-header. This True HD 1080p video is made up of 14 segments that I’ve edited together with captions as well as explanatory scrolling credits at the beginning and end (you don’t want to know how many times I actually had to shoot things before I got them kind of the way I wanted). As you can see in this 10 minute long video, the K4s that I converted from PS1 to PS2 is functionally the same as the other two models that originally came with PS2. All operations were performed using DCS remote control. Putting this one together was a lot of work and I hope that you enjoy it. Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains. Video Rating: 4 / 5
In 1986, Lionel/MPC brought out the first set in what came to be know as the “Fallen Flags” series, honoring railroads whose names had disappeared through acquisitions and mergers over the years. The first set (and the only passenger set) honored the Wabash RR and had a Pacific (4-6-2) steam locomotive with six matching short madison passenger cars in the attractive Bluebird livery that the Wabash was famous for. The locomotive once again is on the cusp between conventional and electronic operation, with the “Mighty SOund of Steam” and electronic whistle but still with the 3-position mechanical E-unit. This was also the cusp of a big change for Lionel, as the next year would see ownership transition from MPC/Fundimensions to Dick Kughn and his Lionel Trains Inc. (LTI). Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains.
Back in 1998, MTH brought out a Premier model of the Jersey Central (CNJ) Blue Comet, a heavy Pacific (4-6-2) locomotive, painted in two tones of blue, which hauled a special train from the CNJ terminal in Jersey City to the seaside resort of Atlantic City (long before the days of casinos). The model was issued with the original Protosound system (PS1) and I later converted it to Protosound 2 (PS2) so that it could be controled with the DCS remote control system. Over the years, MTH has brought out several sets of matching passenger cars (all named for comets), to the point that I now have twelve of them. In this True HD 1080p video, you get to see the Blue Comet locomotive with all of its matching passenger cars, a model of one of the most famous trains ever to travel the rails here in New Jersey. Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — to see lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains.
This is the train set that, for me, started it all. This year it turns 55 and it still runs fine. It was a gift from a long departed uncle when I was just a baby but I’ve had it ever since. Lionel set #1534w consisted of the #2328 silver Burlington GP-7 and three aluminum-painted short streamline passenger cars: 2432 Clifton vista dome, 2434 Newark pullman, and 2436 Summit observation (all named for towns here in New Jersey). Over the years I’ve added two more cars to the set: another 2432 Clifton that has the car numbers in a different location (Lionel in the 50’s was great for variations like this) and the 2435 Elizabeth pullman. These cars first came out in 1954 and became part of this set in 1955. They were still part of sets in 1956. I also still have the rest of the set, the transformer, the track, the boxes, the whole thing. Having grown up with this, is it any wonder that it became a life-long hobby? Though the train doesn’t have sound or smoke or any of the other modern features that liven up most of my videos, it’s a sentimental favorite, especially around this time of year, and I thought that I’d share it with you. Please visit my web site — www.toytrains1.com — for lots more videos and photos of both real and model trains. There is a page on my web site devoted to the Lionel postwar short streamlined passenger cars www.toytrains1.com Video Rating: 5 / 5