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.
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.
Question by plainswalker: How can I tell if my O-gauge Lionel train set is pre-war or post-war?
I believe it is pre-war, because my father bought it used in 1947. I have an engine, coal car, 2 passenger cars, and a caboose. The passenger cars have lights inside and as I recall, you can do something to get the engine to puff smoke out of the stack. Thanks for your help!
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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.
Tour this fabulous 2-Rail O-Gauge layout, “The Union Connecting RR”, operated by the New York Society of Model Engineers. Layout is a mix of realistic trains, buildings, and scenery along with a little sense of humor as you will see in the video. Visit them on one of their open house dates, located one mile from Giants Stadium.
An overall video of action on the layout. All three trains consist of AtlasO reefers, about 150 in total. The outside track has the MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger 4-6-6-4, GN R-2 2-8-8-2 and the GN S-2 Northern 4-8-4. The middle track has an MTH Premier PRR K4s Pacific 4-6-2 pulling and another K4s pushing. The third track has the MTH Premier PRR L1 Mikado 2-8-2 pulling and the PRR B28 0-6-0 pushing. That makes a total of seven steam locomotives in action at one time. Please visit my web site – www.toytrains1.com – to see lots more videos of model (and real) trains in action! You can now see the trains in True HD 1080p! For the triple-headed Great Northerns www.youtube.com for the K4s Pacifics: www.youtube.com and for the Mikado & B28: www.youtube.com Video Rating: 4 / 5