Posts Tagged ‘Blue’

Does this shade of blue suit me?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Does this shade of blue suit me?
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Image by JohnGreyTurner
E3003 in Electric Blue with raised numerals and crest at Crewe Railfair 95.

Print scan – lost negatives

Lionel Corp. Standard Gauge Blue Comet with #400E Steam Locomotive and 5 Cars in True HD 1080p

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

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

Blue Island branch

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Blue Island branch
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Image by reallyboring
Metra Electric Blue Island Branch

Southern Electric – Classic Traction in the Rail Blue Days

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A collection of colour and black & white footage depicting Southern Railway and Southern Region electric units in Blue livery. The first few scenes show 2-HAL (Class 402) units, followed by a lengthy sequence depicting the final days of the 2-BIL (Class 401) units including one of the final runs, a railtour which took in amongst other places the much lamented Broad Street station (an island of third rail operation on the London Midland Region) where Class 501 3-car units are much in evidence. The final sequence shows 4-SUB, 4-CIG and 4-TC units (the latter operated by BRCW Type 3/Class 33 diesels and Class JA/JB/Class 73 electro-diesels) in their early days.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

MTH CNJ #831 4-6-2 PACIFIC STEAM BLUE COMET & LIONEL GE #520 2-4-0 ELECTRIC BOXCAB O GAUGE ENGINES

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

THIS VIDEO IS OF TWO 3 RAIL O GAUGE TRAIN SETS ON OUR SUPER O LAYOUT THE FIRST SET ON THE OUTER LOOP IS A RAILKING BY MTH SET OUTFIT #30-4192-1 BLUE COMET PASSENGER TRAIN SET THAT BULIT MADE IN 2008 THE SET COMES WITH A TWO TONE BLUE CNJ #831 4-6-2 PACIFIC STEAM ENGINE WITH A MOMENTUM FLYWHEEL CAN MOTOR WITH SPEED CONTROL WITH TWO TIRES AT THE REAR DRIVE WHEELS NEXT IS, A CNJ COAL TENDER THATS GOT THE SOUND BOARD & CONTROLS FOR PS2 PROTO SOUNDS 2.0 WITH PROTO SMOKE UNIT WHICH IS A FAN DRIVEN SMOKE UNIT AND IT PULLS A SET OF THREE BLUE COMET MADISON PASSENGER CARS WITH NAMES LIKE THE OLBERS FOR THE BAGGAGE CAR THEN THE NAME FAYE FOR THE COACH PASSENGER CAR AND THEN THE NAME TEMPLE FOR THE OBSERVATION CAR ALL HAVE NICE DETAILING INSIDE AND OUT THEY ALL HAVE 6 WHEEL METAL TRUCKS NOW WITH THE SOUND OF PS2 AND THE FAN DRIVEN SMOKE UNIT THAT DOSE SMOKE ALOT ONCE ITS HEATS UP AND THE WITH THE DETAIL OVERALL THIS IS A PRETTY NICE SET I LOOKED OVER THE WHOLE SET AND I DIDNT FIND ANY FLAWS WITH IT I THINK BOTH MY DAUGHTER & MY SON WILL LOVE THIS SET I DID SHOW MY SON THIS SET ONCE BEFORE ON ANOTHER VIDEO TO SEE IF HE WOULD LIKE IT OR NOT AND HE DID, THE NEXT SET ON THE 2ND LOOP OF TRACKS IS ONE OF MY OLD POSTWAR TRAIN SETS MADE BY LIONEL ITS A SET OUTFIT #1542 THAT WAS BUILT IN 1956 THAT SET COMES WITH A GE #520 2-4-0 ELECTRIC BOXCAB ENGINE WITH A 3 POSITION E-UNIT POWERED BY A LIONEL OPEN FRAME ARMATURE MOTOR AND PULLS A SET OF THREE FREIGHT CARS A LIONEL LINES #6012 GONDOLA A
Video Rating: 4 / 5

CG620 Blue Rail Bridge

Monday, June 25th, 2012

CG620 Blue Rail Bridge
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Image by listentoreason
Visit to Northlandz in January of 2010. An astonishingly large HO model railroad layout, recommended for train enthusiasts. It occupies a building the size of a large 3-story warehouse.

Pros:
+ Quirky – some of the scenes are pretty amusing
+ Detailed – lots of fine work. You can spend a long time in one place, just looking at the subtleties
+ Huge – Very extensive dioramas
+ No that does not quite do it, how about "Gargantuan?"
+ No, still not right. I think this: "You’re lying. It cant be that big." – No, it is. Jaw-dropping. That link shows only part of one of maybe a dozen rooms. Plan on 90 minutes if you jog through, three hours if you take your time and enjoy it.
+ Organ music – The builder and owner, Bruce Zaccagnino, is a skilled organist and plays for visitors (I think every day) in a little theater in the middle of the building.

Cons:
Dust – Lots of it. I’m sure it’s a nightmare to clean, but it needs it. At HO scale, it’s up to the inhabitants’ ankles.
Disrepair – Plaster landscape cracking in places. Little figures fallen over. Not too often, but enough to jar you from your reverie.
Few trains! – When we visited most rooms were largely silent; I guess it made the trains more exciting when they did come through, but they did so rarely, and often only a handful of cars.
– Somewhat inflexible – you have one shot at moving through, then you need to buy another ticket if you want to revisit a scene. Not a big deal… except there’s only one bathroom inside at the halfway point. Remember, it’s HUGE. Know your kids’ tolerances if you go.

All in all if you like railroads (or have kids that do) you should probably see it at least once.

Electric Blue

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

2 Dragonfly trikes flying in formation over a winter landscape. One has electrically retractable undercarriage.

Lionel Polar Express & MTH Blue Comet Xmas Train

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

My “O” Gauge layout with 2 holiday themed trains. MTH Engine & Tender from set # 30-4192 Lionel Polar Express Set # 6-31960 Lionel TrainSounds Tender Part # 6-36847 – TrainSounds sound system includes steam chuffing, steam whistle, bell, squealing brakes, and operator-controlled multi-part crew dialog Quick Train Tip: Always make sure to turn off the smoke switch on your engines if you are not running smoke.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet Pacific O-Gauge Steam Locomotive in True HD 1080p

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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.

Blue train

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Blue train
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Image by Elsie esq.
Not as luxurious as its famous namesake but quite comfortable for a commutor train.

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