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We will start with an image of my favorite steamer, the ATSF 3000. I belive that Lionel is the only O-Gauge supplier that has and a model of the 3000.

This week, if you have one, please post your favorite steamer.

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I liked the common Union Pacific 4-6-2 Pacifics with their Vandy tenders. These came through my hometown in eastern Idaho until the late 1950s. Then they were replaced with diesel EMD GP-7s for freight service and F3s for passenger service.

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My favorite loco is a New York Central Hudson and this LionChief Plus Hudson in particular. As much as I love the Dreyfus Hudson I love a plain black Hudson even more.

This photo is from a little while ago before I finished the fascia. I normally use this loco for passenger trains but occasionally, as in this photo, it pulls a priority freight where speed is important.

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Favorite!

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A new project!

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I have one of the UP 4-6-2s you remember and have pictures, but can't find them. I'll post when I find them. In the meantime, here's one with the 9,000 gallon cylindrical tender.

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My Favorite Steamer is the Southern Crescent Limited 4-6-2 Ps-4.

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The only Southern 4-6-2 that has been preserved is the one in the Smithsonian Institute but this engine was not a Crescent Limited when it ran on the Southern Railroad.

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Every O'Gauge Manufacture has manufactured the Crescent Limited...MTH, K-Line, Lionel and Williams. I have 3 from MTH and 2 from Lionel. Each is unique in its own way and I don't have favorite amongst them.

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Lionel Legacy Crescent Limited in Black Paint Scheme

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Lionel Legacy Crescent Limited in Green Paint Scheme

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MTH Premier Crescent Limited

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My Lionel Postwar 2175W Santa Fe set arrived in today's mail after making an offer on eBay last week. A little disappointed as both locomotive frames have been repainted, and the power unit has been heavily touched up and partially repainted which wasn't really obvious in the photos. The seller was great to work with and offered return shipping and a full refund due to his forgetting to mention that in the listing, but I opted to keep the set for a partial refund since everything else looked so nice. Eventually I may look at getting a replacement shell in better condition. For now it's a nice runner, although the motors need new brushes. Also, all boxes are present and more or less intact, including the main set box.

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Fun TCA show at Annapolis tomorrow. Trackers will have a nice 18x38’ layout, plus the show has row after row of members selling trains, food and drinks, lots of fun.




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Some pics from the group’s display at an adult retirement community called Dogwood Terrace.....

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Well done Peter! and to your group as well. This is everything that is Great about our hobby: Sharing it with others. I know your display is bringing joy and remembrance to the Dogwood Terrace Residents. A well deserved "Tip of the Cap" to you Sir!

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Good job to you and your club, Peter. The show looks like fun for the Annapolis area.
 

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This is the Thomas & Friends that I use on my layout. Whenever there are younger folks visiting, with parents or grandparents, they actually get to run Thomas with the remote. Fortunately, I’m able to put a limit on the speed by keeping the transformer at a lower voltage...so they can turn the speed knob all the way up and not run Thomas off the tracks! :)

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So to that end...and an effort toward promoting this hobby, I have donated a new version, with Bluetooth, of Thomas & Friends to our small town Community Hospital Benefit Auction this year. I’ve chaired the event a couple of years myself back in the 90’s, and have attended for years now. Last week I delivered Thomas to this years Chairman and he and the hospital media specialist were able to visit and view my layout for the first time...they were both pretty amazed. The photo is on the auction Facebook page and has been published in the local newspaper as well.

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I have a few billboards placed on the layout with logos on them of local businesses and all of the buildings and fronts have local business signage too. This years Chairman owns a local consulting business here...so when I knew he would be coming, I did a billboard using his company logo, but didn’t tell him about it. I wanted him to find it...and when he did, his iPhone camera really got a workout!!! It was great...;)

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Anyway, I’m sure some youngster and maybe his or her parents too...are really going to enjoy the Thomas and Friends toy train set...Just sayin...
 
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Very nice gesture, Paul. Hope the hospital does well with the auction.
 

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Very nice Peter and Paul. Peter, I know the seniors enjoyed the layout. Paul, very cool donation.
 
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